Posts Tagged With Screen-based design

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…

Arrested Development

The show that I chose to analyze for this assignment is the opening title sequence of Arrested Development.  The element of design that stuck out the most to me was the use of sound. Now, the obvious aspect of this is the voiceover done by Ron Howard, one of the executive producers for the show.…

Breaking Bad (2008)

Breaking Bad is a TV show that aired from 2008 to 2013 and was created by Vince Gilligan. The opening sequence successfully uses design elements that give viewers context – the show’s time period, main themes, and ideas. Typography, sound, color, and the show’s title itself convey the ideas behind the show’s plot. The title…

Life of Brian

Though often perceived as a joke, as it is somewhat intended, Monty Python’s work is often taken less than seriously. However, Terry Gilliam, the groups graphic designer, is actually a very skilled designer and uses his talents of manipulating imagery and typography to create unique and fitting intros to their works, an example being Life…

The Americans 2013

The opening sequence for the 2013 television series, The Americans, utilizes design elements such as the juxtaposition of Russian and American-inspied imagery, a fast-paced style of movement, Russian-inspired musical elements, and a sans serif typeface reminiscent of Russian Communist Propaganda. The combination of these elements, which respectively represent visuals, movement, sound, and typography, set the…

The Politician (2019)

“The Politician” (2019) created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Ian Brennan, has a title sequence that captures the picture-perfect nature of the TV show through its musical clues, detailed motion, and color choices.  The title sequence starts off with the display of several intricate objects that each have specific purposes, then glides into the…

Re-Animator

The Film before the Film Noah Weaver   The movie first begins by taking us directly into a university setting. There are people speaking german, while dramatic music plays in the background. We then follow a bellowing german woman, a well dressed man and two police officers as they break into a locked room where…

Spectre

The James Bond series, originating in 1953 by writer Ian Fleming, is arguably one of the most iconic and well-known examples of opening title sequence design. From the original 1962 adaptation of Fleming’s work, Dr. No, a stunning collection of artful and immensely-detailed opening credits followed; resulting from this, certain imagery and even film scores…

The Thomas Crown Affair

The Thomas Crown Affair (1968) is about a rich billionaire who orchestrates a bank robbery and the love affair that transpires between himself and the female detective that is trying to charge him for the crime. I will attempt to keep my discussion and analysis in order of appearance during the sequence and separate the…

Eddie Opara

        Eddie Opara is one of the twenty-three owners of the Pentagram, the world’s largest independent design consultancy. His presentation for NC State’s College of Design spanned various aspects of his work over the expanse of his successful career and gave the audience lots to take away from it, no matter the age…

American Beauty

Short Summary: American Beauty is an operative about a man who is sexually frustrated in his mid-life crisis as he finds romantic interest in his daughter’s best friend. The protagonist, Lester, has this “epiphany” about how stagnant his life has become with his wife and he begins to fantasize new love interests to indulge in…

Vertigo

Vertigo is a thriller film directed and produced by Alfred Hitchcock that premiered in 1958. The film stars James Stewart as John “Scottie” Ferguson. Scottie is a detective who develops acrophobia (fear of heights) and vertigo after dangling from a building and watching a colleague (who tried to rescue him) fall to his death. According…