Chicago Screening of Herbert Matter Documentary

Back in January, I shared a post about the making of the Herbert Matter documentary film. Slated to be screened only in Los Angeles, Switzerland, and Virginia in 2011, it was proving difficult for many of us to see. I have just learned that the Elmhurst Art Museum is hosting a presentation of the documentary film The Visual Language of Herbert Matter, on Friday September 23rd, 2011. Take a look at this gorgeous video clip of the entry sequence from the film. You can learn more about the film by visiting the official website . For those of you in the Chicago area, it will no doubt prove to be a wonderful event. Hope to see you there.

“I am very excited about the new documentary film, The Visual Language of Herbert Matter. It provides a revealing look at the fascinating life of the highly influential mid-century modern design master. He was a true multi-disciplanary designer, blurring the lines between graphic design, film, and photography. 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.”

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Paper Airplanes

Please click here to see the paper planes video. You won’t be disappointed. Promise.

Have you seen the much anticipated Hand Made issue of Wallpaper? This annual exploration into all things handmade, once again, does not disappoint. In fact there are so many beautiful, artful stories, it was hard to select just one to share. I chose Paper Airplanes by Studio Glithero and Baddeley Brothers, for a multitude of reasons. Yes, they are handmade. But, by tradition that is often the case. These airplanes are special not only for that one important quality. The designers craft of making the paper and the applied pattern is deliberate, well composed and perfectly placed in the final form. Additionally, the adaptation of equipment to create these planes; those used for envelope folding, is a stroke of brilliance. I have such respect and admiration for the designer who celebrates the process of creation as this team does. Each step carefully considered. No shortcuts. Every necessary event given the time and space it needs to become a beautiful detail in the finished object. I hope you enjoy the video of this exploration in creativity and flight. I certainly did.


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What I saw in… Spain, part two.

Continuing this week with more images from Spain. What I love about traveling through Spain is that every city or village I visited, the local graphics just simply do not disappoint. Completely different look and feel from one to the next, yet somehow it all comes together beautifully as a culture, and a design community.

Calle Princesa / Barcelona
Love how the street number is simply engraved into the wall/structure itself. Injecting a dose of modernity to a street that is both old and new Barcelona.


Side street in Bilbao
This “Art After Dark” poster for the Guggenheim Bilbao really caught my eye. It was as bright as it looks, maybe even brighter. The “messiness” of everything around it just makes it that much more interesting.


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Six Architects

These beautiful minimalist posters designed by Andrea Gallo are a study of six masters of architecture. Each design, in black and white, conveys the style of the architects work. It is successfully communicated with abstracted forms from their body of work. Can you recognize the famous buildings from these simple images? They include the National Assembly of Bangladesh by Louis Kahn, the University School of Science and Technology by Alvar Alto, Notre Dame du haut, by Le Corbusier, the German Universal Exhibition Pavilion by Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, by Frank Lloyd Wright, and last but certainly not least, the Bauhaus School and Faculty, by Walter Gropius. No doubt, a significant list. Well interpreted and represented in Andrea Gallo’s work. The thing I find most intriguing about this collection is the diversity of stylistic representation. Each architect study has an essence evocative of the architects work. Yet, the range is broad, from Prairie Style of Frank Lloyd Wright, to the International Style of Mies van der Rohe. To me, it seems an ambitious undertaking to attempt to graphically convey these stylistic elements in one minimal graphic approach. Personally, I think it works.


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Design As Art

Recently, I picked up a new addition of Design As Art, by Bruno Munari. First published in 1971, it is a design classic worthy of this reintroduction. Munari felt design had become the most significant visual art of his time. I find his way of thinking is still relevant in the critical design thinking process.

Munari shared the Bauhaus ideal that art and life should be fused back together. The designer’s job was to respond to the needs of the time and visual quality should be part of everyone’s ordinary experience. Only when the objects we use and the places we inhabit have become works of art will life be in balance.


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