Exposure: Marlene Dietrich Billboard by Brassaï
Superhuman mystique of a star
Exposure: Rossellini and Lynch by Helmut Newton
A primal lovers’ tryst
Three Reasons: Harold and Maude
Three Reasons: The Bridge
Bernhard Wicki and the final days of WWII
Lord of the Flies
"Kids, a camera, and a beach"
Three Reasons: Macbeth
Roman Polanski’s masterful film adaptation of the Shakespeare play
The Craft of the Fake
A crafty art forger’s work inspires an idea: authorized forgeries.
The Music Video, Rebooted
Holiday Movies in Print: The Apartment
Holiday Movies in Print: Santa Claus Conquers the Martians
Christmas in space-blazing color!
A new film from Jeff Scher commemorates composer Victor Ullman
Posters by Hans Hillmann for Jean-Luc Godard’s Films
On Teaching to See, A film by Andrei Severny; produced by Edward Tufte.
Gary Hustwit is an independent filmmaker who has produced six feature documentaries, including Helvetica.
Jeff Koons’s Studio: An ER Room for Art
Walking into Jeff Koons’s studio is like entering a medical laboratory crossed with an open plan office. It’s an ER room for art.
Our Shared Past
A short film about Ethan King, a 15 year old from Michigan whose dream is to give soccer balls to kids all over the world.
Mysteries of the Vernacular
Mysteries of Vernacular is a video series from Myriapod Productions that contains 26 etymological installments, one for each letter of the alphabet.
Lucia Eames, 1930-2014
An appreciation of Lucia Eames (1930-2014).
Shape: A Film About Design
Shape is a short film that is part of MakeShapeChange , a project aimed at young people to get them thinking about how the world is made around them and where design fits in.
Inge Druckrey + Sister Corita Kent on Film
The Hilda Stories
In a new video series from Herman Miller, Hilda Longinotti, George Nelson’s longtime aide-de-camp, recounts some of the greatest anecdotes from her 21-year run at the legendary New York City design atelier.
The Filmic Page: Chris Marker’s Commentaires
50 Years of Cuban Film Posters
The Danish Film Institute has posted their collection of Cuban Film Posters from the past 50 years or more on Flickr.
Horror Movie Posters
Accidental Mysteries for November 3, 2012 highlights vintage horror movie posters.
To celebrate the creepy and the spooky, a short list of films for your Halloween viewing pleasure.
Architecture & Design Film Festival in NYC
The Architecture & Design Film Festival is the nation's largest film festival celebrating architecture and design.
From the Archive: Brian Eno, Artist of Light
An early profile of ambient musician and producer Brian Eno’s parallel career as a visual artist.
Design Observer: Ten Years
Design Is One
Opening Friday at the IFC center: Design is One — Lella and Massimo Vignelli.
Sukkah City Documentary to Premiere in Union Square Park
Sukkah City documentary to premiere in Union Square Park on September 22.
Let's Talk Movie Posters
Movie poster for the upcoming drama The Gambler.
Iron Man 3 Titles
An interesting look at the design process for the Iron Man 3 title screens.
Jan van Toorn
A video profile of Jan van Toorn, from the series "Dutch Profiles: Design, Fashion, Architecture".
An Archive of Czech Film Posters
Accidental Mysteries for June 30, 2013 showcases an archive of Czech film posters.
The Irresistible Attraction of Self Storage
In honor of Monday's unofficial beginning of summer, a brief history of Roger Kastel's movie poster for Jaws.
Saul Bass Google Doodle
Google celebreates Saul Bass with a Doodle.
FILMography, a blog dedicated to matching scenes from movies with their real life locations
Bringing Data and Storytelling Together
In a guest post on the Tribeca Film Institute blog, Ingrid Kopp, the U.S. Director of Shooting People, explores the reltionship between data ans storytelling.
Ann Weber Dumpster Dives in Rome
A film by Nick Heller about Ann Weber, a California-based artist who currently works primarily in cardboard.
Google Image Search Results, Abstracted and Animated
Rob Walker has created a video of his image abstraction Tumblr.
ON! at the Contemporary Art Center in Cincinnati
In this special Design Matters video episode, Debbie Millman gives you on a preview the new exhibit ON! at the Contemporary Art Center in Cincinnati.
Flickr Collection of the Week: Bladerunner Magazines
The world of Bladerunner showcases some of the most elaborate production design in film history, all the way down to its magazine covers.
Educate Girls and Change the World
Girl Rising — a new documentary from Oscar nominated filmmaker Richard E. Robbins — consists of nine different girl’s stories of how education factored into her life circumstances.
SVA/BBC Design Film Festival
Overview of the second annual SVA/BBC Design Film Festival.
The Artist is Present
Marina Abramović and Ulay
Movie Title Stills Collection
A roundup of movie related things for a dreary Wednsday.
The Me Bird
The Me Bird: Brazilian Design Studio, 18bis, Reinterprets Neruda Poem
A Million Times
Dual Perspective Videos
Two videos that show two stories happening simultaneously in different places to different people.
Vivian Maier: The Movie
A documentary is being made about John Maloofs discovery of Vivian Maier's street photographs.
The Experiential Thrill of Driving in Films
Filming Love in Times Square
From 11:57pm on February 13th until 12am February 14th British artist Tracey Emin turned Times Square into a big Valentine's Day card.
Voice Over: A short film directed by Martin Rosete.
A Two-Minute Walk Through The Louvre
A Two-Minute Walk Through the Louvre
Poster Design with Saul Bass and Stanley Kubrick
Saul Bass designed the movie poster for The Shining, but not without plenty of comments from Stanley Kubrick.
George Nelson in Two Dimensions
On My Screen: Shooting the Past
Stephen Poliakoff’s Shooting the Past, set in a fictitious photo library, is a film that could haunt you for years.
Bad Taste True Confessions: Erté
Visualizing Mass Transit
Andrew Walker has visualized the mass-transit systems of major cities.
The Cheetah at 1200 Frames per Second
The Cheetah at 1200 Frames per Second
Clearing Landmines with Windpower
Clearing Landmines with Windpower
Knolling Your Polling Place
Knolling your polling place: for the next election, a little spatial organization would go a long way.
Climate of Doubt
A documentary on the remarkable — and sometimes bizarre — debate over global warming and climate change that has gone on since 2008.
They Go To Die
They Go to Die is a documentary film-in-progress investigating the life of four former migrant gold mineworkers in South Africa and Swaziland who have contracted drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) and HIV while working at the gold mine.
True Stories: A Film about People Like Us
Ambiguous but prescient, David Byrne’s film True Stories is a classic piece of postmodern pop anthropology.
Design Indaba Online FilmFest
Design Indaba's online film festival features 10 of the Focus Forward short films.
NYC Architecture Design Film Festival
Now in its fourth season, the Architecture Design Film Festival will offer more than 25 films from around the world and panel discussions with design leaders and filmmakers.
Selling the Sixties
Like Mad Men? Then you'll have to see Selling the Sixties from filmmaker and Design Observer contributor Adam Harrison Levy. Screening October 9, followed by a discussion between the filmmaker and Jessica Helfand.
John Stezaker: Images from a Lost World
John Stezaker’s collages, recipients of a major photography prize, achieve great resonance with limited means.
It’s Smart to Use a Crash Test Dummy
Design Film Festival at Venice Biennale
Attendees of the upcoming 2012 Venice Biennale will have the chance to catch the first-ever Design Onscreen Film Festival.
A Bathroom Mirror
Le Miroir is a remarkable piece of mini-cinema, employing masterful filmic artistry to encapsulate one man's life, from childhood to old age, through the lens of his bathroom mirror.
Arial vs Helvetica: War is Hell
The type world just isn't big enough for the both Arial and Helvetica. So what happens when they go to war?
Brian Eno’s “Music for Films”
A Public Service Announcement: Collecting Air
A public service spot for the American Lung Association, “Alvin Grimes, Air Collector,” features him with his collection.
31,000 Flights Over Holland
Mind Design in Amsterdam recently visualized Dutch air traffic in a short animated film.
I Love the 80s
Miami Vice: the quintessential postmodern design artifact, in all its glory and all its disgrace.
Hillman Curtis Celebration Benefit
A Hillman Curtis celebration benefit has been organized by his friends and colleagues.
The Theater of Making
The Visual Language of Herbert Matter
Known as a quintessential designer's designer, Swiss born Herbert Matter is largely credited with expanding the use of photography as a design tool and bringing the semantics of fine art into the realm of applied arts.
James Victore's Q&A Tuesday
James Victore is presenting a weekly YouTube series – Q+A Tuesday – in which he addresses a questions about working in a creative industry.
‘Beyond Good Intentions’ – The Movie
A new documentary hopes to answer the question "What happens in a disaster area after the initial wave of support?"
Frank Lloyd Wright + Katniss Everdeen
Woody Allen, Creative Management Genius
Woody Allen's movie-making process offers three insights that have application to anyone who leads a creative enterprise or manages a creative process.
A live episode of Design Matters with Debbie Millman withe special guest Malcolm Gladwell.
Reassessing the Saul Bass and Alfred Hitchcock Collaboration
The evidence, scholarship and debates: Saul Bass and the famous shower scene in “Psycho.”
On My Shelf: Jean-Luc Godard Anthologized
Lawrence Ratzkin’s cover design for an early anthology about Jean-Luc Godard is almost an anti-cover.
How We Learned to Live with Zombies
Zombie films, zombie walks, zombie shops, zombie TV series: our darkest fears are now mainstream.
Literary Horror from the Chapman Brothers
Tell Me a Story, ‘Urbanized’
A city is not a font or a toothbrush, so why, in Urbanized, does director Gary Hustwit treat them the same way?
National Design Award Trophy
In October 2011, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum unveiled a new trophy for the National Design Awards. Originally designed as an asterisk in silicon carbide by Winterhouse in 2000, the new glass trophy is by Corning GlassLab.
Watching Movies about Architecture (and Design)
What makes a good film about architecture and design?
Did We Ever Stop Being Postmodern?
Jan Svankmajer and the Graphic Uncanny
Uncanny: Surrealism and Graphic Design opens at the Kunstal in Rotterdam on September 24.
My Block NYC
My Block NYC, a new video-mapping website, invites residents, tourists and videographers to upload clips they’ve taken on the streets of New York.
William Drenttel at Design Indaba
Jump Cut: Thoughts on Editing
What can designers, architects and writers learn from the art of film editing?
Cars: Pixar Falls for Intelligent Design
Cars: Pixar's greatest misstep in design, and perhaps film in general.
Jane Austen, Architect?
A stop-animation film with 2,933 still photos created by Doyle Partners for Green Building Council's conference, Greenbuild Next.
Is That a Gun in Your Pocket?
Winterhouse: A Video
A short film about Winterhouse, the studio of William Drenttel and Jessica Helfand. It was made for the Art Directors Club Hall of Fame in 2010. Film written and directed by Andrew Sloat.
Designing, Writing, Teaching: Not My Real Job
Michael Bierut gives an outline of his life and work: a video for a D-Crit lecture at SVA in NYC.
On My Screen: The Back of Beyond
Wim Wenders’ Strange and Quiet Places
892 Unique Ways to Partition A 3x4 Grid
A 100-second Animation Inspired by Patent No. 7124360.
From Bankster HQ to Start-up Central in Iceland
The Start-Up Kids is a documentary about young entrepreneurs who have founded web and media startups in the US and Europe.
Erik Spiekermann - Putting Back the Face into Typeface
In this video, Erik Spiekermann discusses his process and methods for designing type.
An Empire State of Mind
Join in a running commentary on Andy Warhol's film "Empire," at MoMA.
Five Years of 100 Days
Michael Bierut on Clients
A video of Michael Bierut giving a talk on the subject of clients.
Bring Back Braids
At the Movies with Javier Mariscal
No Rest at the Last Supper
On My Screen: Bill Morrison’s Decasia
Michael Bierut on Typography
In a video interview with The Atlantic, Michael Bierut talks about typography.
Greenaway at the Armory
Peter Greenaway's Leonardo's Last Supper: A Vision, at the Park Avenue Armory in New York.
Trailer for Film: Waiting for Superman
The amazing trailer for the new film, Waiting for Superman — produced entirely in info-graphics by Buck.
John Madere: Massimo Vignelli
Vignelli Celebration: This film about Massimo Vignelli was directed and filmed by John Madere in 2010.
William Drenttel on Design and Social Innovation
A video of a talk on design and social innovation at the Feast Conference given by William Drenttel on October 1, 2009.
SELCO: Product Design Philosophy
This video of the SELCO innovation team talking about product development is a part of the SELCO case study, the first in a series of case studies on design and social enterprise funded by the Rockefeller Foundation through a grant to the Winterhouse Institute.
SELCO: Founder Harish Hande on SELCO's Future
This video of Harish Hande is a part of the SELCO case study, the first in a series of case studies on design and social enterprise funded by the Rockefeller Foundation through a grant to the Winterhouse Institute.
This is a Terrible Poster
I saw the poster for the Facebook movie, The Social Network, at the Bergen Street station yesterdayand all I could think was, This is a terrible poster.
The Language of "Kids Are All Right"
Finally escaped my house for an evening Saturday night and saw The Kids Are All Right, which I loved.
Michael Bierut on 86 Notebooks
Michael Bierut video of a talk on the 86 notebooks he's kept over the course of his career and design lessons derived from them.
Viva The Villain: A Review of Despicable Me
In an age in which last week’s Bernie Madoff is next week’s BP oil spill, villains are no longer the stuff of fiction. So when a really juicy fictional villain comes along — let alone two — it’s time to go to the movies.
The Maddening, Rewarding World of Design People
Most design people I know — don’t feel guilt over knowing what is priceless and what is junk. The film Please Give also thinks they know what it is worth.
Each morning, before starting work, I spend 30 minutes looking for images that are beautiful, funny, absurd and inspiring. Here's TODAY.
Anthony Lane Fugs Too
Anthony Lane pans The Clash of the Titans.
I loved Jane Campion’s film, despite my feeling that it might not be true, and it must surely be anachronistic.
Aspen Design Summit: Film
This short film by GoodFocus Films captures participant perspectives at the Aspen Design Summit in November 2009.
All Rubble Is Not Alike
I watched Manufactured Landscapes in the weeks before Christmas and it was just too depressing to post about in the run-up to gift day.
The Yuck Factor
Watch District 9 as a palate cleanser after the visual feast of Avatar.
A world colonized by brands is the theme of a new film, Logorama, by French designers and filmmakers H5.
It's Not Just Me
Way back in the beginnings of blogging in July, I praised the French film Summer Hours.
Avatar is itself a hack, James Cameron is less auteur, more sci fi magpie.
While Manohla Dargis rants about the lack of women in charge in Hollywood save for Nancy Meyers, Zaha Hadid similarly represents the dirth of women in architecture.
In a F.O.G.
I am thinking about adding films to my undergraduate class at NYU, namely Sketches of Frank Gehry.
Where Have All the Type Geeks Gone?
Set in Helvetica, the title for Up In the Air looks plain wrong.
Stone River: The Passion of Jon Piasecki
Landscape architect Jon Piasecki, talks about nature, the woods, and a recent multi-year stone works project in New York State — Stone River
If someone asked me to write a profile of Wes Anderson, I would start with corduroy.
Start Asking: a Project by Ryan Fitzgibbon
Start Asking was Ryan Fitzgibbon's solution to the final challenge of Command X: Season 2, the graphic design reality show at the AIGA Make/Think Conference in Memphis.
Buy It Now
I watched two episodes of the Sundance Channel’s new advertisement for Anthropologie, Man Shops Globe, and failed to be caught up in the drama.
In Revolutionary Road and Away We Go, the characters lack believable emotion because they fail to convince us that they are in a house, rather than a set.
A Stitch in Time: A Review of 9
The comically repetitive date of 090909 iss thought to be a lucky day, a day of optimism and interconnectedness. It was also the release date for the new animated film, 9.
The one question people often ask that I don't enjoy answering is, "Who's your favorite architect?"
In Valentino: The Last Emperor, one dress is followed in all of its incarnations, while architecture is put in its place.
Review of Crude, Joe Berlinger's documentary film about a lawsuit filed against Chevron by denizens of the Ecuadorean Amazon.
Cooking for Crowds
Nora Ephron, or at least production designer Mark Ricker, must have spent a fortune on cute lamps for the set of Julie & Julia.
Tell No One turns out to be a snoozy French thriller while Entre les Murs (The Class) makes up for it.
Man on Wire is only so-so, but Phillipe Petit's personality and the imagery of his three major walks are not to be missed.
After watching Ride With the Devil, I discovered the common thread in Ang Lee's films.
There seems to be some questionable parenting in Caroline.
England's Next Top Model
In The Duchess, the gratuitous sex scenes were the least of the film's problems.
Once Out of Chaos: Pauline Galiana
Natural sounds and natural lighting inform this elegiac mediation on making — on art formulated and gridded from the detritus of painting. This meticulously-paced video by Richard Devereaux takes the time to capture the beauty of hundreds of individually-sewn stitches, softly wavering in the breezes of a warm afternoon.
Polling Place Photo Project
A retrospective of the Polling Place Photo Project, which asked American citizens to document the act of voting in all its glorious nationwide dissimilarity. Made in partnership with Winterhouse, co-sponsor of the Polling Place Photo Project. 2008
Article 2 (for BHO)
Article 2 (for BHO) is a video short in honor of the historic swearing-in of our forty-fourth President, with the words Justice Roberts got mixed up on the big day. 2009
More Perfect Union
More Perfect Union spells out the preamble to the United States Constitution with forty friends in a high school gym in New York City. 2007.
22nd Amendment, was made in the twilight of Bush's second term, a reminder that sometimes the Constitution is our best friend. 2007
I can't but write about the objects in Summer Hours, Revolutionary Road, and Frozen River.
Zhang Yimou's Ju Dou makes a strong commentary on parenting.
In Waltz With Bashir, director and protagonist Ari Folman makes amazing use of animation to tell a most unfunny tale of recovered memory and national guilt.
Unlike the stories documented in the film Nursery University, my experience of enrolling my child in preschool in New York City was completely different.
Breaking Up Is Hard to Do
After viewing He's Just Not That Into You and Confessions of a Shopaholic, I need to effect my own romantic comedy ban.
Our admiration for Kelly Reichardt’s Wendy and Lucy led us to Netflix her first film, Old Joy.
Spoiler Alert! Or, Happy Father's Day
Dad couldn't help it. He was a natural born spoiler.
Aloysius is Missed
I took my chances to see if the 2008 remake of Brideshead Revisited was as good as the multi-part original.
In Brick Lane it is the fabric that does most of the talking, for while the novel is very interior, the film is not.
While watching Chop Shop, I was bored not by the plotlessness, or even the purposely inartistic direction, but by the lack of acting.
Romance Is Dead
There are some movies so bad I can’t bear to put them in my Netflix queue, but He's Just Not That Into You somehow made it in.
Wendy and Lucy may be the feel-bad movie of the year, but it is beautiful, terrifying and real.
Worst Case Scenario
Two of Danny Boyle's filme, Slumdog Millinaire and Millions suffer from a wavering of purpose from gritty realism to wish fulfilment.
Once Out of Chaos
Polling Place Photo Project
To commemorate the inauguration of President Barack Obama, please enjoy this short film by Andrew Sloat inspired by Polling Place Photo Project.
Curious Case of the Better Adaptation
Now that I am comfortably “well-read” in my twenties with a Master’s in modern English Literature tucked into my back pocket, I can’t help but notice that every movie I have seen lately — and every movie that I want to see — has independently stood as a work of print before being reincarnated into movie form.
Interview with Brian Oakes
It’s not often that graphs and numbers take center stage in a popular film, but in the brilliant hands of graphic designer Brian Oakes, information design is not a backdrop but a main character in the recently released documentary I.O.U.S.A. Interview by Gong Szeto.
There is No Why
The year's best design movie is not about a typeface. It's Man on Wire, the new documentary about Philippe Petit's 1974 high wire walk between the two towers of the World Trade Center.
We Found It at the Movies: Part I
Rick Poynor: Looking back, it’s surprising how long we’d known each other before it emerged that we shared an obsession for film.
We Found It at the Movies: Part II
The second installment of Rick Poynor and Adrian Shaughnessy’s conversation about film. Can genre movies express a personal vision? Are films blurring into other media? And what’s the state of film culture today?
Iron Man: The Screen Behind the Screen
Iron Man is the fulfillment of all the computer-integrated movies were ever meant to be, and by computer-integrated, I mean just that: beyond the technical wizardry of special effects, this is a film in which the computer is incorporated, like a cast member, into the development of the plot itself.
This Joke’s for You
In the movie Idiocracy, an average and unambitious guy played by Luke Wilson hibernates as part of a military experiment and wakes up 500 years later. The America he wakes up to has devolved radically.
The Sky Is Falling
Where once the sky is falling scenarios would not, as Dr. Flicker said, “happen for billions of years yet,” the doomsday clock is steadily ticking away. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could go back to the days when fiction was not fact.
Kurt Andersen is an award-winning journalist, author and host of the Peabody-winning public radio program, Studio 360.
Stan Brakhage: Caught on Tape
For Stan Brakhage, that concentration resulted in extraordinary explorations of many things, including the life cycle of a moth, caught on adhesive strips of tape, and subsequently captured on film where it regained however briefly the magnificent illusion of mobility. For designers, faced by budgets and clients and deadlines, the luxury of so much isolation seems a distant, if not an altogether perverse paradigm. But are these intentions really so mutually exclusive?
Phil Spector vs. The Wall of Sound
Until 1966, producer Phil Spector was an unstoppable machine, churning out "symphonies for little kids." Then came "River Deep, Mountain High," where the combination of Tina Turner's raw, unbridled passion and Spector's orchestral swoon was a total disaster. Spector's career was over, but the song goes on and on.
Harry Potter and The Enchanted Letterforms
The most recent theatrical release of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix includes a paradigm shift that warrants particular recognition, for the simple reason that this may be the first film in which mere letterforms, once the purview of the production designer, break free and actually join the cast.
Our Little Secret
The documentary Helvetica premieres in a world where everyone knows how to do something that once only very few did: how to set type.
On this episode of Design Matters with Debbie Millman, an interview with designer and filmmaker Jakob Trollback — who is also a DJ.
That (Other) 1970's: The Last King of Scotland
The Last King of Scotland, Kevin McDonald's film about Idi Amin's notorious presidency, opened in Uganda to great fanfare. The VIP screening took place at Kampala's Cineplex, with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and Forest Whitaker in attendance. The premiere was not targeted to the average Ugandan...
Cheap Music and Commercial Art
You wouldn't know it from Dreamgirls, but Motown staff songwriters Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, and Eddie Holland were examples of how art is created under pressure.
War Is Over! If You Want It
When the star of the documentary The U.S. vs. John Lennon is asked by a reporter what he thinks Nixon should do to end the Vietnam War, Lennon stares incredulously into the camera. "He should declare peace." As if this was the most obvious solution in the world.
The work of directors PES and Kris Moyes leads to a discussion of the history of stop motion animation.
How Hollywood Nailed The Half-Pipe
Pixar and Animal Logic have mastered a particularly persuasive (and as it turns out, rather literal) form of spin that makes Road Runner look like dryer lint.
The Right Stuff
Prada is yet another in a long line of stories in which posessions loom large, at once shining beacons of material success and wagging fingers of moral turpitude. When will we have enough stuff?
Werner Herzog and the Deeper Truth
For hardcore cineastes and bug-eyed amateur movie buffs like me DVD audio tracks are an invention of Guttenburgian proportions. Few technological advances in the realm of art and culture can equal the joy afforded by an articulate and perceptive commentary specially prepared to accompanying a movie.
Broadcast vs. Broadband
Viral video is on the rise, spreading from broadband to broadcast and back again. What are the opportunities for designers in this new genre?
Good Font, Shame About The Reporting
John Stossel on Graphic Design
This film was made in 2005 for 20/20, a beloved AIGA National Conference segment in which twenty designers are asked to talk about something for one minute each. This particular year, the conference itself had no theme, leaving Jessica Helfand no choice but to write a script for John Stossel, co-host, with Elizabeth Vargas, of the ABC-TV program, 20/20.
Catastrophic Imaginings: The Design of Disaster
In the end, artificial disasters are designed to elicit and test the responses of participants. In their recording, both allow for a post-mortem evaluation. How did I do? How would I respond? Would I sit patiently in my car a mile up the road? Would I watch from my window, safe in my home?
Andrew Geller, Alastair Gordon + Jake Gorst
Andrew Geller, Alastair Gordon and Jake Gorst talk about Gorst's new documentary Leisurama.
The Adventures of Cynic Boy and Design Mom in 3D
Brainwashed I may be, but I distinctly noted an homage to Salvador Dalí with perhaps a gentle nod to René Magritte last night while sitting through Robert Rodriguez's ludicrous, yet oddly luscious new movie, The Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl in 3D.
Wisconsin Death Trip: A Psychic History
Michael Lesy’s book Wisconsin Death Trip documented awful events in Black River Falls, Wisconsin, using a town photographer’s pictures. Years later, it remains a spellbinding piece of literary and photographic alchemy.
The Aural As An Architectonic Challenge
What are the people over at Transom.org up to? As it happens, this month is a very good time to pay them a visit: for the next several weeks, Walter Murch the phenomenally smart and inspired film and sound editor will be continuing to hold court there.
Chris Marker: La Jetée
For years, I've owned a copy of La Jetée, a book about the film by Chris Marker, the experimental filmmaker. Designed by Bruce Mau and published by MIT Press/Zone Books in 1993, this is one of those design books that has ascended into the realm of rare bookdom...
Mysterious Disappearance of Carol Hersee
The story of Carol Hersee's portrait as Test Card F: since it first appeared in 1967 on BBC2, Carol's face has been on-air for over 70,000 hours.
The Other Rand
The Fountainhead, a 1943 novel by Ayn Rand, continues to exert its influence over generations of architects and designers.
What's incredible about The Incredibles is the art of design capture. Because when it comes to nailing design, the "Is" have it.
Graphic Design: The Movie
Some time ago, I pondered about the future of graphic design as a reality show, but recently I've become convinced that its real future lies in its actual integrated presence onscreen: design as part prop, part protagonist.
Pablo Ferro Offers You His Protection
The title design for the film Napoleon Dynamite, credited to Pablo Ferro [although designed in fact by actor Aaron Ruell], provoke an assessment of Ferro's influence in the world of motion graphics.
Designer by Day, Catwoman by Night
I Hear You’ve Got Script Trouble: The Designer as Auteur
Screenwriter William Goldman has written about how difficult it is to ascribe authorship for a film. The same may be true for graphic design, which, like filmmaking, is essentially a collaborative activity.
Graphic Design's real power comes from its ability to reach us through any of a number of means, both real and virtual, now and later. This ability to transcend the everyday and resonate in the heart, the soul, the mind and the memorythis is graphic design's reality, its legacy, and it is, decidedly, a reality that is more than a sum of its parts.
Stanley Kubrick and the Future of Graphic Design
Stanley Kubrick's attention to the nuances of graphic design, typography, and branding went far beyond his well-documented obsession with Futura Extra Bold. 2001: A Space Odyssey in particular projects a perfectly designed vision of the future that has never been topped.
Defamiliarization: A Personal History
Errol Morris Blows Up Spreadsheet, Thousands Killed
Errol Morris's documentary "The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert McNamara" demonstrates his mastery of information design as a poetic narrative device.
The Art of Elegant Abstraction
Bill Morrison's surprising 66-minute film is now playing on the Sundance Channel. For listings, see: http://www.sundancechannel.com/film_finder/index.php?startingLetter=d