film

Visual Verbal Wit


The ITF Internationale Tentoonstelling op Filmgebied (International film exhibition) poster is an unusual advertisement. The subject of the poster - an educational exhibition on the history of film, new technologies, screening (all film types including the avant-garde) and all other facets to the world of film – is reflected in the poster’s execution.
Piet Zwart, poster, graphic design, film, typography

Out With the Old, In With the “Nowy”


What makes this theater new? The theater the text refers to depicts a historical landmark that represented a shift between the two World Wars and Poland’s sole source of entertainment at the time. The antithesis of the old Polski Theater, calling it the New Theater suggested a less serious, light hearted genre. The founder of New Theatre was Mieczysław Rutkowski. Throughout a twenty year time span, many directors held positions there and various dramas and concerts were performed. By the 1980’s the theater became known for its political involvement, a prime example of this being the performance staged in 1980 entitled "The Defendant:  June 1956". This political performance references the The Poznań 1956 protests, also known as Poznań 1956 uprising. The working class were protesting against communist dictatorial government and better working conditions. The protest resulted in many injuries to the Polish people and a period of political persecution.
Poznań 1956 protests, Nowy Teatr, film, performance, Warsaw, offset lithography

Light Years


Michael Bierut, Nicole Trice, Tobias Frere-Jones, Josef Müller-Brockmann, Ed Ruscha, Pentagram, Architectural League of New York, film, graphic design, poster

Citizen Architect


“All architects expect and hope that their work will act as a servant in some sense for humanity–to make a better world. This is a search we should always be undertaking.” —Samuel Mockbee
Samuel Mockbee, D.K. Ruth, Rural Studio, Alabama, Mississippi, Auburn University, Architecture, residential, built environments, low-cost housing, cameras, film, recycled wood, architectural drawings

Exodus


“Work? It’s just serious play,” Saul Bass remarked in a 1993 interview. Indeed, Saul Bass’s marvelous career, which spanned from the 1930s until his death in 1996, is defined by his trademark wit, humor, and playfulness. Whether it was in movie posters, billboards, brand identities, or packaging design, Bass always injected his work with a delightful energy and intelligence, quite remarkable given the distilled simplicity of his work.
Saul Bass, poster, graphic design, Arts Students League, Bauhaus, Paul Rand, Alvin Lustig, New York City, film, Judaism

Never Fast Forward the Credits!


One focus of Cooper-Hewitt’s current exhibition, Graphic Design—Now in Production, is the field of motion graphics. The exhibition features the opening credits of television series, like Six Feet Under and Dexter. Cooper-Hewitt asked Twitter followers which TV shows and movies they thought feature great title sequence design. A big thank you to followers @Epavisha, @Kmhaag, @Kelseykrz, @Cmoa, and @Yarngeek for their keen eyes for graphics on screen. And, next time you go to the movies, give credit to the credits!
movies, graphic design, exhibitions, film, film credits

Form Follows Film


This photographic exhibition presents a historical survey of stage sets from major film studios. 
film, photographs, stage sets, exhibitions

A Tale of Three Peripheries


Rael Feliciano, Kai Liu and Jamila Jad have quite a few things in common. They each live at the rough edges of formal urban settlements.
Global Lives Project, Rael Feliciano, Kai Liu, Jamila Jad, cities, urban, formal settlements, edge, peripheries, neglect, São Paulo, Brazil, Chengdu, China, Shatila, Beirut, Lebanon, video, film, interviews, Design with the Other 90%: Cities, Exhibition

The Curve of Forgotten Things


It’s been just over a year since the stunning Rodarte exhibition here at Cooper-Hewitt. Known for finding inspiration in unexpected things, the prolific Rodarte duo have just released a fashion film to accompany their Spring 2011 collection.
Rodarte, fashion design, film, spring, collection, 2011, Kate Mulleavy, Laura Mulleavy, sisters, Elle Fanning, actress, Todd Cole, Director, Deerhunter, band, score

Unlocking the Mysteries of the Universe


This is the first of the grand challenges posed by Secretary Wayne Clough for the new strategic plan of the Smithsonian. Here’s the explanatory sentence: “We will continue to lead the quest to understand the fundamental nature of the cosmos, using next-generation technologies to explore our own solar system, meteorites, the Earth’s geological past and present, and the paleontology of our planet.”
challenge, Wayne Clough, smithsonian, cosmos, technologies, explore, system, Earth, past, present, paleontology, planet, World, Universe, mysteries, Ray Eames, Charles Eames, Powers of Ten, film, Cosmic View, book, Kees Boeke, illustrate, zoom, rate, extent, micro, macro, scopic, understanding, ideas

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