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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 London W1S 4FF 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

helvetica-objectified-urbanized-complete-interviews helvetica-objectified-urbanized-complete-interviews helvetica-objectified-urbanized-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

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

objectified_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

filemagazine.jpg 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

juliusshulman.jpg 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

objectified_poster.jpg 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

nowshowing.jpg 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.        


The logo and poster above were designed by Build. Objectified is a feature-length independent documentary about industrial design. It’s a look at the creativity at work behind everything from toothbrushes to tech gadgets. It’s about the people who re-examine, re-evaluate and re-invent our manufactured environment on a daily basis. It’s about personal expression, identity, consumerism, and sustainability. It’s about our relationship to mass-produced objects and, by extension, the people who design them. Through vérité footage and in-depth conversations, the film documents the creative processes of some of the world’s most influential designers, and looks at how the things they make impact our lives. What can we learn about who we are, and who we want to be, from the objects with which we surround ourselves? Read director Gary Hustwit’s post about the film. Objectified is currently in production and will have its world premiere in early 2009. Featuring Paola Antonelli (Museum of Modern Art, New York) Chris Bangle (BMW Group, Munich) Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec (Paris) Andrew Blauvelt (Walker Art Center, Minneapolis) Anthony Dunne (London) Naoto Fukasawa (Tokyo) IDEO (Palo Alto) Jonathan Ive (Apple, California) Hella Jongerius (Rotterdam) Marc Newson (London/Paris) Fiona Raby (London) Dieter Rams (Kronberg, Germany) Karim Rashid (New York) Alice Rawsthorn (International Herald Tribune) Rob Walker (New York Times Magazine) and more participants TBA You can purchase the limited-edition screenprint above that was designed by Build.