Why I've Watched UPA's "Gerald McBoing Boing" 100+ Times

Curator: Erica Gorochow
date: November 17, 2014
Categories: Design in Film, Entertainment Design, Illustration, Motion Graphics
Tags: animation, drawing

Like many working in animation today, I grew up obsessively drawing cartoons. It wasn’t until college, however, that I was introduced to the rebels at UPA

Working in a style that came to be known as “limited animation,” UPA was formed in conscious contrast to Disney’s perfectionism. Their films embraced applying design to animation in wildly interpretive ways. So much of their language laid the foundation for the future field of motion graphics.

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A Wandering Mapmaker: Rachel Freeman

Curator: David Grey
date: October 22, 2014
Categories: Advertising, Art, Design in Film, Design in Music, Poster Design
Tags: graphic design, student
Rachel Freeman is changing the landscape of graphic design in northern New Mexico. She’s a young artist who already shows the qualities of a creative mystic. I love how she manipulates color and form to resonate sensation and emotion. 

Her reinterpretation of 2001: A Space Odyssey and the commissioned poster for Santa Fe University of Art and Design are magnificent. She builds supportive grids to create compositions that feel like flowing rain and the flickering of a night sky. They instantly make me smile. 

Whether it's commercial work or self-initiated projects, Rachel explores graphic design as contemplative art. She's authentic and self-reflective. If this is the work of a designer who's at the beginning of a life-long practice, then I can't wait to see how her creative path unfolds.
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How Filmmaker Duo The Mercadantes Keep it Real

Curator: Peter McClelland
date: September 30, 2014
Categories: Advertising, Brand & Identity Design, Design in Film
Tags: advertising, Film

You’ll probably recognize the aesthetic and tone of filmmakers Daniel Mercadante and Katina Hubbard from recent Apple spots. There’s a consistent level of authenticity and down-home charm to all their work. On top of that, there’s often an underlying message and somewhat subliminal meaning to their films that creeps up and sticks with you. 


Despite the fact that their films are so calm and "real," they still keep you on the edge of your seat. My personal favorites, which you can watch below, are "Words," "Baseball," and especially "Symmetry."

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A Charming Animated Video to Teach Design's Impact to Kids

Curator: Sue Murphy
date: September 10, 2014
Categories: Art, Design in Film, Information Design
Tags: animation, educational, social design

Shape from Johnny Kelly on Vimeo.

"If, for one day, you had the power to make your world better, what would you change?"

I wish I'd been asked that as a kid. Pivot Dublin commissioned Scott Burnett and Johnny Kelly to create a film to promote the value of design to children in schools in Ireland.
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I Heart the Hover Board

Curator: Michael Freimuth
date: July 31, 2014
Categories: Design in Film, Product Design
Tags: Film, product, sports

I’m a huge nerd. I reflexively try to hide it, but it comes through if you’re looking in the right places or catch me at the right (wrong?) time. Or if you’re my girlfriend. I’m into science fiction, and always have been. What does this mean? That typically you can find me wandering over to the Manga section in Barnes & Noble, or reading novels set in dystopian futures and/or in outer space (Red Rising, anyone)? And ‘science’ movies? Let’s. Not. Even. Start.


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