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The Birth Of A Tool

The Birth Of A Tool is a three-part doc­u­men­tary series show­ing the hand-crafted process of how John Nee­man Tools are made. The films are beau­ti­fully shot, and are just mes­mer­iz­ing. See­ing a mas­ter crafts­man at work is a thing of beauty. There’s some­thing spe­cial about mak­ing some­thing real with your hands.

John Nee­man Tools is a small Latvia based com­pany that pro­duces super high qual­ity knives, axes, chisel and long­bow using tra­di­tional tech­niques. The way they com­bined wood, metal and leather is superb.

Above is Part I, and here is Part II and Part III.

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Il Capo

This is an excerpt on NOWNESS from the doc­u­men­tary, Il Capo (The Chief) by Ital­ian film­maker Yuri Ancar­ani. The film fol­lows a mar­ble quarry boss who uses sim­ple hand ges­tures to guide his crew. The topic is fas­ci­nat­ing, but what strikes me the most about the excerpt is the won­der­ful aes­thet­ics cre­ated by mix­ing the beau­ti­ful land­scape, excel­lent cin­e­matog­ra­phy, and a super min­i­mal sound design. All you hear are the sounds of the machin­ery and the mas­sive mar­ble blocks being extracted. It’s all won­der­ful and worth a look.

Via Kot­tke

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Coast Modern & Build — Live Through Architecture Not For It

Build Coast Modern Poster

To kick­off the UK launch of the doc­u­men­tary film Coast Mod­ern the film­mak­ers invited Build to exhibit a series of prints designed exclu­sively for the event. Build designed the poster above for the show, that will take place at Mead Car­ney gallery in Lon­don. The A1 poster is a two color screen print on Lus­tralux 215gsm paper, and printed by K2 Screen.

The exhibit will also fea­ture a very lim­ited set of 5 typo­graphic prints, each with a word or state­ment taken directly from the film.

The film­mak­ers and the Build team will be at the show, and the film will be screened on Sat­ur­day 14th June at 4pm. The prints will be avail­able for pur­chase at the shop, and on Build’s shop.

Wish. I. Were. In. Lon­don. Damnit. More info below:

Mead Car­ney
45 Dover Street

Sat­ur­day 14 — Sun­day 15 June
Open Sat­ur­day 10am — 8pm & Sun­day 12pm — 6pm

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Bentley: Intelligent Details

Intel­li­gent Details is a short doc­u­men­tary film that fea­tures Luc Don­ck­er­wolke and SangYup Lee, heads of design at Bent­ley Motors, talk­ing about the Bent­ley Mul­sanne.

What’s really inter­est­ing about the film is that it was com­pletely shot using an iPhone 5s, and edited on an iPad Air mounted inside the Mul­sanne. The end of the film seems more like an Apple ad than one for Bentley.

The films is proof that con­sumer prod­ucts like an iPhone and iPad can be used to cre­ate pro­fes­sional qual­ity con­tent. Granted, they used some expen­sive gear with the iPhone to achieve a lot of the results, but you can still get close to this with just an iPhone.

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Helvetica, Objectified, Urbanized: The Complete Interviews




Gary Hus­twit, the direc­tor of Hel­vetica, Objec­ti­fied and Urban­ized, is releas­ing almost 100 hours of unseen inter­views from the three films as a book. The book, designed by Build, will include in-depth dis­cus­sions with Paola Antonelli, Michael Bierut, Neville Brody, Matthew Carter, Wim Crouwel, Tobias Frere-Jones, Jonathan Hoe­fler, Exper­i­men­tal Jet­set, Naoto Fuka­sawa, Jonathan Ive, Michael C. Place, Rick Poynor, Dieter Rams, Karim Rashid, Ste­fan Sag­meis­ter, Paula Scher, Erik Spiek­er­man, Mas­simo Vignelli and more.

A Kick­starter has been setup where you can back the project.

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Experiments in Speed

Exper­i­ments in Speed is a short film about bike frame builder Tom Don­hou and his attempt at try­ing to go 100mph on a bike that he built. The film was pro­duced by Spin­dle, and what I love most about it is the beau­ti­ful cin­e­matog­ra­phy. It’s really well done.

The American Poster


Not only does the movie seem like it’s going to be great, but the poster is really well done in my opin­ion. Designed by Mojo House, the design is rem­i­nis­cent of the min­i­mal style seen dur­ing the 60s, but with a mod­ern touch. The paper is even dis­tressed to give it an authen­tic feel.

Here’s a good write up on the poster, with some nice exam­ples of orig­i­nal posters from the 60s.

The Lost Poster


We’re all famil­iar with the sil­ver Objec­ti­fied poster, but Michael C. Place designed a sec­ond ver­sion with a white back­ground and sil­ver objects and black text that wasn’t used. It’s now being released as a lim­ited edi­tion let­ter­press, printed in metal­lic black and sil­ver ink, on Crane’s Let­tra 300gsm paper. Sounds like heaven.

It’s being printed by the awe­some Brook­lyn based Coeur Noir Let­ter­press, the same folks that printed the Hel­vetica poster and my son’s bap­tism invi­ta­tion. They do stel­lar work.

Only 100 will be printed and you can grab one for $125.    

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File Magazine


I’m dig­ging this.

File Mag­a­zine is a bi-annual pub­li­ca­tion that focuses on graphic design, art and visual com­mu­ni­ca­tion and includes a DVD that fea­tures shorts, videos, inter­views and more. Each issue also fea­tures a lim­ited edi­tion print.

They’ve just released their first issue which can be pur­chased for £6.50.    

Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman


Visual Acoustics is a doc­u­men­tary film by Eric Bricker that explores the career of the extra­or­di­nary archi­tec­tural pho­tog­ra­pher, Julius Shul­man. His aes­thet­ics, com­po­si­tion and style cre­ate time­less pho­tographs that epit­o­mize mod­ern archi­tec­ture. Shul­man is eas­ily one of my favorite photographers.

Unfor­tu­nately there isn’t a good online gallery of his com­plete work, you have to do some search­ing to find most of it. But there is an amaz­ing book set titled Julius Shul­man, Mod­ernism Redis­cov­ered that cat­a­logues his per­sonal archives. Gotta get my hands on a copy.

The film is being screened in lim­ited cities, one of which isn’t NYC, which I don’t under­stand. Shul­man him­self will be speak­ing at some of the screen­ings and if you’re lucky enough to be in one of these cities, def­i­nitely check it out. It’s should be a good one.        

Objectified Poster


The excep­tion­ally tal­ented Michael C. Place has designed this damn sexy poster for the new Gary Hus­twit doc­u­men­tary Objec­ti­fied. Sized at 27″ x 39″ and lith­o­graphed, it fea­tures illus­tra­tions of objects cre­ated by the design­ers in the film. The poster will be one sale very soon at the Objec­ti­fied store.    

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Now Showing/Barcelona


Dar­ren from Six and of WIWP fame con­tacted me about an art exhi­bi­tion called Now Show­ing that explores the lost art of the film poster. Artists who’s work is on dis­play include: Build, Hellovon, Non For­mat, Corey Holms, David Pear­son, Mar­ian Ban­t­jes, Tomer Hanuka, Wal­lzo, James Joyce, Yuko Shimizu, Siggi Eggerts­son and Many More.

The show is cur­rently in Barcelona at the Vallery gallery from Sept. 18 — Oct. 18. Here’s a Flickr set of the Barcelona show where you can also pur­chase the posters from.