Latest from the Screen-based Design category

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…

Flying Letters by John Maeda

In another method of combining complex computer programs with creativity and art John Maeda created “Flying Letters”. This interactive rpgr uses a. Mac OS9 emulator and can be known to take a significant amount of time to load up. “Flying Letters” is exactly what it describes, flying letters in white against a black background that…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (2014)

The opening title sequence to Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, designed by Kelli Miller and Trollbäck + Company, is a bright and fast-paced collection of imagery that is organized and thoughtful in its design and execution. This title sequence sets the mood for the show through its use of movement and transitions, use of…

The Tortoise and the Hare 1966

The Tortoise and the Hare used the use of visual elements by focusing on how typography can be incorporated into live action, specifically through moving cars. Throughout the opening title sequence, there is an abundant use of text on all the moving vehicles like cars and trucks. Certain trucks like a dump truck and cement…

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008)

The Mummy movie franchise consists of multiple films by Universal Pictures. These films are renowned for their action, adventure, and horror, primarily focusing on Egypt and the mummy mythos associated with its history. However, as the films continued to be produced, the franchise moved its setting from Egypt to China. In The Mummy: Tomb of…