Latest from the Screen-based Design category

Susan Kare: Microsoft 3.0’s Solitaire

Susan Kare is best known for her work at Apple, but she also created work for Microsoft as well. In 1990, Microsoft 3.0 was released. With the intent of becoming a more personable brand, this version of the software began shipping with smaller games on them. One such game was Solitaire, a game famously known…

Susan Kare: an Apple Icon

Susan Kare’s work on the original Macintosh was revolutionary. For an industry that is full of geniuses constantly pushing the boundaries of computing and trying to create products better than the last, computing lacked one thing: the human element. Susan Kare’s icons for the original Mac lended themselves to being incredibly personable, relatable, and overall…

Powers of Ten

Featured Image Courtesy of Eamesoffice.com The “Powers of Ten” was a very well known short film created by Ray and Charles Eames which has been used as a teaching tool for understanding the importance of scale through the system of exponential powers. The film was based on Kees Boeke’s 1957 book, Cosmic View: The Universe…

Project 2: Fight Club Movie Credits

Project 2: Fight Club Movie Credits The movie Fight Club produced in 1999 used P. Scott Makela to design a rave-flyer-inspired sans serif typeface to use for the movie credits. Makela worked with movie producer, David Fincher, to produce and design the look and feel of the opening credits. David Fincher had an idea of…

Franco Grigani’s Works: The Woolmark Logo

Grignani most famous work is his Woolmark logo, known as one of the best and most iconic logo designs of all time. The logo was designed for a competition hosted by, at the time known as, the International Wool Secretariat in 1963. The competition wanted designers to produce something that would “ create a global…

Project Post 2 – Swiss Ski Map

Amy Lee Walton knows Swiss maps have always been recognized for their accuracy and quality, and she set out to design a Swiss ski map using her resources at Mapbox Studio. The integrity and detail of maps created by Swisstopo (Swiss Federal Office of Topography) was an aspect Walton wanted to retain in her recreation,…

Project 1 – Mapbox Satellite Streets

As a cartographer, a lot of Amy Lee Walton’s work revolves around maps and their design. In 2016, Mapbox launched redesigned maps, some of which were created by Amy. Mapbox’s goal was to “add meaningful context of vector data to vibrant Mapbox Satellite imagery without sacrificing legibility to create a navigation-friendly map,” (Walton). Different terrains…

Bradbury Thompson – Showing Off What Paper Can Do

While just one print spread has been selected for this review, this review is generally meant to encapsulate the techniques and styles that were pretty much universally present across all of his print work. This image was sourced from Smashing Magazine (https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2020/08/inspired-design-decisions-bradbury-thompson/) Thompson was quite possibly most notorious for the work he was capable of…

Cowboy Bepop

Film Before the Film: Cowboy Bebop Ben Hawley  4/15/21   The first impression is often considered to be the most influential parts of a work of art. In film this certainly holds true as movies like the Bond films have proven that an elaborate and expensive opening sequence can at least ensure a memorable experience.…

On Otto (2007)

On Otto (2007) is a film project by the German Contemporary artist Tobias Rehberger, and was paired with an architectural installation for his exhibition. Rehberger takes a unique stance of the art of filmmaking,  and he produces On Otto in reverse, starting with a movie poster. The film poster was created and then passed on to the…

The Film Before the Film: Vikings(2013)

                  The visual performance of any show head can not be separated from the four elements of text, graphics, color, composition, and cut, and the study of these visual elements is of great value and significance to the design of show heads themselves and for the whole…

Star Wars (A New Hope) 1977

Star Wars is one of the most popular franchises to ever exist, spanning over a dozen movies, TV shows, and spin-off series. But it all starts with the iconic title sequence. It begins with  “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…” The blue font itself is unremarkable and sits in front of…

Film Before the Film: His Dark Materials (2019)

The opening sequence for “His Dark Materials” offers many design elements for analysis. The most prominent design elements are light, movement, and sound. At the 20 second mark, the camera begins moving backward at a moderate pace. The camera is on a linear, horizontal path—almost like it’s moving back through time. As the camera is…

Flash Gordon

The opening of Flash Gordon, once finished with the villain’s introductory dialogue, plays the dramatic theme of the titular main character. The opening uses both art and real shots that are implied to be occurring in-world while the title and cast member cards are rolling. The art used is in keeping with the setting and…

Punisher: War Zone

Since the creation of man, art and pictures have been an integral part of life. The evolution of troglodytes creating paintings within cave walls to high definition action movies packed with explosions and surround sound is quite astounding.  With hundreds of major motion pictures being created yearly, it is critical to understand the importance of…