Charlotte West

2012 New Visual Artist: George Michael Brower

“I make images, music and software,” the top of George Michael Brower’s website says. That’s as good an introduction as any to the 23-year-old designer’s body of work, which has been cross-disciplinary from the start. “My first act of graphic design was a Geocities website,” he says. “I became interested in programming shortly thereafter...

2012 New Visual Artist: Dafi Kühne

Dafi Kühne took a rather circuitous route to becoming a graphic designer. He first fell in love with design during the year he spent studying architecture in the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. When he decided that wasn’t a good fit, he dropped out of the program and spent a year working as a...

2012 New Visual Artist: Casper Heijkenskjöld

There is nothing better than getting paid to do what you love—except, perhaps, learning it from the person you admire the most. “Since I was about 12, I knew I wanted to draw for a living,” says Casper Heijkenskjöld. His role model was Stefan Sagmeister. So in Heijkenskjöld’s sophomore year of college, he e-mailed...

The Architect and the Painter: Q&A with Director Jason Cohn

Directors Jason Cohn and Bill Jersey have recently produced another design documentary that easily deserves a spot on the shelf next to Gary Hustwit’s trilogy, Helvetica, Objectified and Urbanized. Now screening at independent theaters around the country, Charles & Ray Eames: The Architect and the Painter provides fresh insight into the personal lives of...

Shiny Brite and Design Thinking

Over the holiday weekend, my mom and I sorted through several boxes of my grandparents’ Christmas ornaments. Both born in 1913, my grandparents lived through two world wars, had two daughters and were married for 73 years. They had several hand-painted glass bulbs that we can date back to the 1940s due to the...

From CPH to PDX: Hvass&Hannibal

Last month, Copenhagen-based graphic design studio Hvass&Hannibal released the DVD packaging for An Island, a 50-minute music documentary by French filmmaker Vincent Moon about Danish indie band, Efterklang. Designer Nan Na Hvass and her husband, band member Rasmus Stolberg, spent three months living in Portland, Oregon, where they came across Stumptown Printers. The outer...

Urbanized: Q&A with Filmmaker Gary Hustwit

More than six years after he started working on a movie about a font, director Gary Hustwit has now tackled the gargantuan topic of urban design. Hustwit is currently touring with his third design documentary, Urbanized, which premiered last month at the Toronto International Film Festival. His first film, Helvetica, was released in 2007,...

Inside the World of Board Graphics

I first met Robynne Raye and Mike Strassburger of Modern Dog Design when I interviewed them after their first book, 20 Years of Poster Art, came out in 2008. I have subsequently had the pleasure of getting to know them personally and professionally, and had the opportunity to work on their second book, Inside...

An Education in Natural Science Illustration

The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture in Seattle is hosting an exhibition featuring the work of recent graduates of the Natural Science Illustration program at the University of Washington until the end of October. The certificate program is one of the few programs in the country offering education in natural science illustration....

Cinema Komunisto

Serbian director Mila Turajlic has captured the visual history of Yugoslavia in her new film, Cinema Komunisto, which made its North American debut last week at the Tribeca Film Festival. This week it is screening at the San Francisco International Film Festival until May 5, 2011. Turajlic’s documentary provides an unprecedented look into the...