I watched Helvetica and Objectified this past weekend. Both great films by Gary Hustwit. The first is a documentary on the type face which used to be known as Die Neue Haas Grotesk...so glad they changed it to Helvetica. Anyways, it speaks to its unique history and more importantly discusses why designers love typopgraphy and why it's essential to all our lives whether we notice it or not. Objectified is similar in that it also discusses why design, more specifically of everyday objects, is important in our lives. I think of the two, Helvetica is the stronger film since it delves further into the specifics of its design, history, social influences etc and, I think, gives a fairly unbiased viewpoint. Objectified is a bit more vague and isn't as diverse in its story. In any case, both films are quite spectacular and a definite must see esp if you are in any sort of aesthetic field or just appreciate good design. These are the types of films that make you observe the environment in a slightly different light and makes a solid effort in revealing what goes on in the heads of those in the design profession.

A little still life today because my friend Jon insists that I don't draw from life enough...I have to agree...I blame the cold weather. I should really take a picture of my workspace...I have a very small secretary desk because my room isn't big enough for a big drafting table. It's organized mess and mostly full of trinkets and art supplies with one corner devoted to my laptop.

2 Responses so far.

  1. sammy! says:

    I agree! Drawing from life is fundamental...nice one you got there! ^_~

  2. Amanda says:

    Thanks! Seriously, I can't wait for spring so I can sit outside and draw again.

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