February 24, 2009

February 22, 2009

Credit Where Credits Are Due: The Past and Present (From NY Times)

Interesting and timely recap of Cinema Graphics from the past and present in NY-Times. Known and/or unknown unsung heroes/designers that created memorable title sequences for various films, through history go unacknowledged if not unnoticed. Here is a remarkable tribute.... -V.

Credit Where Credits Are Due: The Present

Credit Where Credits Are Due: The Present

It’s hard to imagine why these and the other exceptional title sequences have never been recognized by the Oscars. We would like to urge the academy to create this much-needed category. In the meantime, we’ve gone ahead and selected the title sequences that should have been nominated for 2008. During the nomination process, we happened upon an interesting trend: filmmakers, more and more, are plunging viewers right into the action and then ending with elaborate title sequences, which serve as epilogues or bonus tracks. Without further ado — or a badly scripted joke — our nominees for Best Achievement in Film Title Design:

Chicago International Poster Biennial | Medalists

February 21, 2009

After the Fall

No Downtime (or downturn) for Design
The current economic crisis, combined with environmental issues pose challenges as well as opportunities for designers. . Tied to the question is the issue of consumption. Faced with new realities and knowledge of the consequences of ignorance call for us to redefine or reinstate the role of design. Design as a response to necessity vs indulgence, or both, prompt us to look at use-patterns in a much wider context than what the 20th century consumerism did. There is a paradigm shift..... We as a consumer society have understood how to share our resources and exploit them selfishly. Time has come to also share risks; design must play a significant and responsible role for the collective good.

Recession should not mean regression.... progressive ideas come from the need to be frugal and inventive at the same time; to do more with less, is the challenge 21st century designers must embrace.

I.D. - After the Fall

February 17, 2009

The Cellphone, Navigating Our Lives | NY Times

It fascinates me to note how gullible we are as a society of the "willing victims"; and how technology has colonized us since the industrial revolution...
Our personal space is shrinking day-by-day...

February 7, 2009

Art: Interactive Interface | Richard Serra at MoMA

An excellent interactive website showing Richard Serra Exhibition at MoMA.
Richard Serra at MoMA


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