While it wasn’t intended for me per se, I got quit a laugh out of the new line of t-shirts Knoll is offering at the NYC shop.
There are a lot of “dying” art forms out there, and this is surely one of them. The talent these people have, and the contributions made to our daily lives are huge. Whether we know it or not. A new film by Directors Faythe Levine and Sam Macon called “Sign Painters” looks beautiful. Go see it if you can.
They’re known by everyone. We see their work if not every day, it’s close there to every day. But like most designers, most of us don’t know their names. It’s Lella and Massimo Vignelli. This new documentary reveals to us all just how wonderful this couples work has been, and what a gift they have given to us all through design.
Throughout their career, their motto has been, “If you can’t find it, design it.” Their achievements in industrial and product design, graphic and publication design, corporate identity programs, architectural graphics, and exhibition, interior, and furniture design have earned worldwide respect and numerous national and international awards for over 40 years.
In 1965 Massimo brought the Helvetica typeface to the U.S. Notable projects include: New York’s subway signage and maps; the interior of Saint Peter’s Church at Citicorp Center; Venini lamps; Heller dinnerware; furniture for Poltrona Frau; and identity programs for Knoll International, Bloomingdales, Saks Fifth Avenue, Ford, and American Airlines.
Leaders on the frontline of the design profession, the Vignellis continue to be mentors to other designers. Their archive is being housed in a new building — The Vignelli Center for Design Studies — at the Rochester Institute of Technology, which will enable future generations to appreciate the Vignellis’ contributions.
Many from the world of design — from architects Richard Meier and Peter Eisenman to graphic designers Milton Glaser, Michael Bierut, and Jessica Helfand, among others — speak about the Vignellis’ work and tell us anecdotes. DESIGN IS ON brings us into the work and everyday moments of the Vignellis’ world, capturing their intelligence and creativity, as well as their humanity, warmth, and humor.
I’m still not 100% sure on just how much “in camera” is happening here – if it’s traditional projection mixed with CG projection techniques mixed with some straight up black magic sh*t. The people at Bot & Dolly, the brains behind this, describe it as:
“Box” explores the synthesis of real and digital space through projection-mapping on moving surfaces. The short film documents a live performance, captured entirely in camera. Bot & Dolly produced this work to serve as both an artistic statement and technical demonstration. It is the culmination of multiple technologies, including large scale robotics, projection mapping, and software engineering. We believe this methodology has tremendous potential to radically transform theatrical presentations, and define new genres of expression.
Regardless, it blew my mind.
Happy to finally get a new site up and (almost) running!