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Helvetica, Objectified, Urbanized: The Complete Interviews

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.        

Objectified

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.        

Limited Edition Helvetica Blu-ray Designed By Experimental Jetset

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A Blu-ray ver­sion of the Hel­ve­tivca doc­u­men­tary has been announced today. This limited-edition ver­sions comes in a 12″ gate­fold record cover cre­ated by amaz­ingly tal­ented Exper­i­men­tal Jet­set. It con­tains the Blu-ray disc on one side and a fold-out poster in the other, all housed in a cus­tom black cloth record bag. 1,500 copies have been pro­duced and each copy is signed by direc­tor Gary Hustwit.

This thing is freakin’ gor­geous! I want one so bad but the price is a lit­tle steep, $125. You can pre-order it now and it will ship on May 6th. There’s also a stan­dard Blu-ray ver­sion that’s only $26.

Now I have to explain to my wife why I’m spend­ing $125 on a DVD.        

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Gary Hustwit Interview

Helvetica

A nice lit­tle inter­view with Hel­vetica direc­tor, Gary Hus­twit for Studio360.

Via Swiss­Miss        

Comic Sans Documentary

Comic Sans Documentary

Comis Sans, a doc­u­men­tary film com­ing soon. Fake or real?