motion graphics

Lunch Break Video: Dutch Designer, Wim Crouwel

Our friends at Submarine Channel are doing a series of fantastic profile videos of notable Dutch designers. And since things have been sorta Dutch-y around here lately (Tony Brook of Spin, who guest art directed our current issue, worked with Crouwel on some recent projects, AND Metahaven, from Amsterdam is guest art directing our...

Jacques Fresco, Futurist

Far from being a futurist, I’m often the last to know. For instance, I hadn’t known about Jacques Fresco (here) until recently stumbling across the 2006 film, Future by Design by William Gazecki  (get DVD here; trailer here and here), a documentary about Fresco’s life and output. His work is a revelation and fascination;...

A Magazine is Born

Another slap in the “magazines are dead or dying” face, is Bracket, an arts and culture journal edited by Felix Ng, who was trained as a journalist but became a designer instead, and co-founded a design practice in 2005. Ng started the firm Anonymous in 2009 as a research facility / think tank with...

Wider White Space, Part 4 (with Experimental Jetset)

The final installment of the CCA student-curated exhibition class was design studio Experimental Jetset, the Amsterdam studio that is made up of partners Marieke Stolk, Danny van den Dungen and Erwin Brinkers. In their own words the students describe the idea behind the curation: “Experimental Jetset is Marieke, Danny and Erwin, but it is...

Designing a Narrative Experience (Inspired by Portal 2)

As you might know, Portal 2 came out April 29, the long awaited sequel to the critically acclaimed 2007 puzzle game, developed by Valve (makers of the Half-Life series). And even though there are many similarities between the original, Portal 2 takes a leap into an often complex issue; the delicate balance between narrative and...

The Opposite of Static

Video producer and designer Graham Elliott wrote to tell me “I am closing in on completing the New York in Motion documentary.” That was then, it is finished now. The film, which features some of the most ambitious motion makers in New York, will premiere 7:30 tonight,  Thursday April 14th, in the SVA Theatre....

Winky Dink and Me

Winky Dink And You was the first interactive TV show aired on CBS from 1953 to 1957, on Saturday mornings. Hosted by Jack Barry, a popular game show host, it featured the exploits of a character named Winky Dink (voiced by Mae Questel, the voice of Betty Boop) and his dog Woofer. Winky Dink,...

Arnold Stang, What a Chunk

Arnold Stang, a character actor whose bespectacled, owlish face and nasal urban twang gave him a singular and recognizable persona, whether on radio or television, in the movies or in advertisements, or even in cartoons. Stang appeared alongside comedian Milton Berle on radio and TV and with Frank Sinatra in the film Man with...