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interview :: experimental jetset

The first time I saw Gary Hustwit’s 80 minute documentary about a font, Helvetica, was at the ICA; part of a competition with some friends to organise the geekiest Friday night out which had started with a screening of This is Tomorrow (a documentary largely about a carpet*) at the Royal Festival Hall with a live score performed by Saint Etienne. Needless to say, I won, albeit by a fairly narrow margin!
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From left to right: Erwin, Danny, Marieke. Poster part of the 'La Zafra de los Diez Millones' series, by Olivio Martinez Viera, Stedelijk Museum. (Photo by Karina Bisch)

From left to right: Erwin, Danny, Marieke. Poster part of the 'La Zafra de los Diez Millones' series, by Olivio Martinez Viera, Stedelijk Museum. (Photo by Karina Bisch)

Helvetica, now my favourite film, was my introduction to a number of influential graphic designers, not least Wim Crouwel and Experimental Jetset. Continue reading

thinking about :: festival style

A month with five Sundays affords me the opportunity to deviate from my usual topics and include a little something about Festival Style; topical at the moment due to the Southbank Centre’s 60th anniversary celebrations of 1951’s Festival of Britain which began last week and run until September.

Original Guide to the Festival of Britain, 1951

Original Guide to the Festival of Britain, 1951

The Festival of Britain took place from May to September 1951, and was designed to commemorate the centenary of the Great Exhibition of 1851. Continue reading

out and about :: pennies from heaven

Not willing to concede the end of London Design Festival quite yet; I swung by Paul Cocksedge’s Drop installation on the terrace of the Royal Festival Hall tonight.

Paul Cocksedge's Drop installation with RFH in background

Paul Cocksedge's Drop installation with RFH in background

The highly magnetic brass metre-high ‘coin’ supposedly “fell to Earth from a giant’s palm.” Continue reading