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Books, Design and Culture

March 16, 2017
by Dan
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Design Canada Documentary

Greg Durrell of Canadian design firm Hulse&Durrell, and Jessica Edwards and Gary Hustwit of Film First are putting together a documentary about Canadian graphic design: The project is currently on Kickstarter. There are a couple of weeks to go and they are … Continue reading

June 22, 2016
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RAMS: The First Feature Documentary About Dieter Rams

Gary Hustwit, the director of the documentaries Helvetica, Objectified, and Urbanized, is making a feature-length documentary about the life and work of designer Dieter Rams: You can support the production on Kickstarter.

October 26, 2011
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Midweek Miscellany

An Expressionist Newsreel of a Bad Dream — Guardian film critic Peter Bradshaw on the classic Martin Scorsese movie Raging Bull: The effect is to combine stunning scenes of brutality and self-destruction with a lethal, even outrageous sentimentalism and self-pity. It’s all … Continue reading

October 12, 2011
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Midweek Miscellany

Art or Death — Art Spiegelman on books, comics and technology at Publishers Weekly: I would say that, in the future, the book will be reserved for things that function best as a book. So, if I need a textbook … Continue reading

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