One of my favourite “characters” in the 2007 Helvetica typeface documentary was Massimo Vignelli. The Milanese designer came across as confident, opinionated and uncompromising, plus he had a rad sense of personal style and the greatest quote in the whole film: “The life of a designer is a life of fight. The fight against the ugliness. Just like a doctor fights against disease. For us, the visual disease is what we have around, and what we try to do is cure it somehow with design”. He works with his wife, Lella, and their influence is everywhere, from New York City’s 1972 subway map (with Bob Noorda) and IBM to American Airlines and Benetton. Now there’s a documentary film about them called Design Is One. Check out the trailer above. The release date in October 18th.
The 18 minute “Connecting” documentary is an exploration of the future of Interaction Design and User Experience from some of the industry’s thought leaders. As the role of software is catapulting forward, Interaction Design is seen to be not only increasing in importance dramatically, but also expected to play a leading role in shaping the coming “Internet of things.” Ultimately, when the digital and physical worlds become one, humans along with technology are potentially on the path to becoming a “super organism” capable of influencing and enabling a broad spectrum of new behaviors in the world.
Pretty freaky stuff…
The acclaimed documentary, Jiro Dreams of Sushi, is now out in theatres amd if you’re the least bit interested in the art of cooking (or the fetishisation of perfection), you should go see the hell out of it. We know of many local cooks who were quick to check it out, and we’re hearing from them that it’s an inspiring jaw-dropper.
JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI is the story of 85 year-old Jiro Ono, considered by many to be the world’s greatest sushi chef. He is the proprietor of Sukiyabashi Jiro, a 10-seat, sushi-only restaurant inauspiciously located in a Tokyo subway station. Despite its humble appearances, it is the first restaurant of its kind to be awarded a prestigious 3 star Michelin review, and sushi lovers from around the globe make repeated pilgrimage, calling months in advance and shelling out top dollar for a coveted seat at Jiro’s sushi bar.
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Honour Bound details the many cool things that we feel honour bound to check out because they either represent Vancouver exceptionally well or are inherently super awesome in one way or another.
There’s a sweet-sounding fundraiser for a beautiful-looking film on West Coast Modernist Architecture by Gavin Froome and Mike Bernard going down in Strathcona next Thursday night. Footage will be shown, plus there will be the inevitable music, dancing and partying to follow. Tickets here, details there, and check the poster after the jump… Read more
Lost & Found Films presents “This Must Be The Place”, a short film series that re-examines the spaces in which he inhabit.
There’s no place like home. It’s where we live, work and dream. It’s our sanctuary and our refuge. We can love them or hate them. It can be just for the night or for the rest of our lives. But whoever we may be, we all have a place we call home.
(via LikeCool) Rob Carter’s “Metropolis” says a lot about the sedentary habit of humanity without saying anything at all. The part where the highway system unfurls from a ball of paper worms would have made Robert Moses turn and cough…
(via Kuriositas) Patrick Jean’s new short depicts an all out 8-bit attack on New York City.
SCOUT is sponsoring Vancouver’s March 31st exclusive advance screening of Louis Letterier’s remake of the 1981 cult classic, Clash of the Titans. The new version, an effects-driven tale, stars Sam Worthington (Avatar), Ralph Fiennes (The English Patient), Liam Neeson (Schindler’s List), and Pete Postlethwaite (The Usual Suspects). It tells of the mortal son of Zeus defending Greece and the Heavens after Hades rises to wrest control over both. As you can see from the clips above, it looks pretty intense. Not exactly The World According To Garp, but we all make exceptions for art, and that Kraken at the end of the trailer is gnarly. If you join us with a double pass of your own (you and a date), invent your own mythical creature in the comments. Be as descriptive as you like. The best ones win tickets, starting now.
PS. Consulting your Monster Manual for aid in this contest will result in the confiscation of your 20-sided dice.
(Via Sully) Watch this profoundly humanist anti-deforestation ad by Maya Lin. The basic visual arithmetic of loss of habitat + global warming + mass extinctions = you losing your favourite city park might not balance out, but that doesn’t make the final minute or so with the tree felling seen in reverse any less poignant. Can you imagine Stanley Park gone in sixty seconds? I’d rather not. More at WhatIsMissing.net.
Just in case you needed one. Check after the jump for a visual and musical interpretation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (it’s a gooder…and the subject of one this website’s first posts back in November, 2008). Read more
In the new YouTube era of mega mash-ups, a thing such as this – a 9:54-long series of clips depicting everything from the Big Bang 13.7 billion years ago to the extinction level asteroid impact that closed the Cretaceous and killed the dinosaurs – is an eventuality, a new meme reference for when the complicated bigness of it all fails to chill a mind that was never programmed to comprehend secrets so monumental, like a cheat sheet for surmising the grandest of hows… Read more
Sigh. When are we going to get our own Top Gun?