seminar – 09/05/12

Vittorio De Sica – 1948

Hailed around the world as one of the greatest movies ever made, Vittorio De Sica’s Academy Award–winning Bicycle Thieves (Ladri di biciclette) defined an era in cinema. In postwar, poverty-stricken Rome, a man, hoping to support his desperate family with a new job, loses his bicycle, his main means of transportation for work. With his wide-eyed young son in tow, he sets off to track down the thief. Simple in construction and dazzlingly rich in human insight, Bicycle Thieves embodied all the greatest strengths of the neorealist film movement in Italy: emotional clarity, social righteousness, and brutal honesty. – youtube contributor

cinema – influence on modern culture – visual culture develops

1948 Italy – politically unstable – switched from fascism to allies

Robert Rossellina – Rome Ope City

A. O. Scott looks back at Roberto Rossellini’s film about the struggle against oppression.

cinema used to ‘educate’ – social realism/modernism

‘Cinema City’ – film org created by the state

Mulholland Drive – David Lynch

non linear narrative / shifting time, POV – narrative not always resolved – open ti interpretation

Modernity- Postmodernity

why not associates – multi – disciplinary Design – andy altman – sensations exhibition – 1997

inspired by Man ray – armoury – ‘object to be destroyed’

‘art, money, culture, power’

powerhouse : uk – design agency – multi-media exhibitions

Jonathan Barnbrook  – books and virus fonts

Anti- design poster


Frank Shepard Fairey (born February 15, 1970) is an American contemporary graphic designer and illustrator who emerged from the skateboarding[1] scene. He first became known for his “Andre the Giant Has a Posse” (…OBEY…) sticker campaign, in which he appropriated images from the comedic supermarket tabloid Weekly World News. His work became more widely known in the 2008 U.S. presidential election, specifically his Barack Obama “Hope” poster. The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston calls him one of today’s best known and most influential street artists.[2] His work is included in the collections at The Smithsonian, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. – wikipedia

Hope – Obama Poster

politics, social network, vernacular

Innocent drinks

– social engagement – brand identity

blackwater – private security firm


Stefan Sagmeister

social commentary – from graphic designers

We started a documentary movie about happiness, called the Happy Film. Its a proper look at all the strategies serious psychologists recommend that improve wellbeing, they include Meditation, cognitive therapy and psychological drugs. I will try them all out and report back on the results.

The film will be visually driven and will be released it in theaters in fall 2011.

Erik Spiekermann

design – collaboration with clients – inc Target Audience in process

boris bikes – berlin

open source

metahaven – design agency


Sapientnitro – design agency – data harvesting, total design, strategies, psychologists

s Idea Engineers, SapientNitro seamlessly and consistently combines communications, brand and transactional expertise to conceive, build and execute integrated, multi-channel brand experiences that lead to tangible business results.

We spark and nurture the relationship between consumers and brands, ensuring that they are both long lasting and mutually beneficial. But, with today’s consumer, that’s no easy task.

They’re complicated. Highly emotional. They won’t sit still. They want to feel valued. They want to be in a relationship, provided they get to call all of the shots. And enabling and empowering every moment of their complicated, emotional, impulsive lives is technology.

Bruce Mao Design – citizen design

Centre For Massive Change

is to create an entrepreneurial experience purpose driven educational model. The idea here is to use action and real purpose to accelerate education and development.

Bureau for doing something about it

incomplete manifesto for growth

~ by mrtbrown on August 20, 2012.

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