Jan van Toorn, born in 1932, is one of Holland's most influential graphic designers. Central to his approach is the application of content-based strategies, resulting in a design practice as a form of visual journalism. Opposite to the more self-contained designs of the modernist tradition, Van Toorn is always striving for designs that are open to different ways of seeing...
Van Toorn's view on the role of design manifested itself clearly during passionate debates with Wim Crouwel, one of Holland's other great design heroes, and a absolute advocate of pure functional design.
Here at the University of Amsterdam Van Toorn's enormous body of work is being persevered for future generations.
From the late sixties to late seventies, Van Toorn made special calendars in which he explored different ways of visual communication. For the famous 72 edition Van Toorn collected hundreds of portraits.
During Van Toorn's long and longstanding career education has played an important role. With positions at prestigious universities and art institutes worldwide, Van Toorn trained generations of students to conceive their design practice as a quest for creative autonomy. And still, at the age of 80, Van Toorn continues to pass on his love for critical reflection to young graphic designers. Like here at the Saint Joost Academy in Breda where he reviews the work of master students.
Dutch Profiles is a series of short documentaries produced by Submarine commissioned by DutchDFA about architects, graphic, product and fashion designers in the Netherlands. Dutch Profiles focuses on the conceptual, context-oriented and research-based practice of Dutch designers and includes interviews with, among many
others: Rem Koolhaas, Marcel Wanders, Studio Job, MVRDV, Jurgen Bey, Claudy Jongstra, Wim Crouwel, Irma Boom, Marlies Dekkers and G-Star.
Produced by Submarine, Femke Wolting & Bruno Felix , Commissioned by DutchDFA , Commissioning editor: Geert van de Wetering, Line producer: Janneke van de Kerkhof Production assistant: Anjet Blinde, Research: Liselotte Francken , Director: Geert van de Wetering Camera: Pierre Rezus Sound: Benny Jansen , Editor: Geert van de Wetering, Voice-over: Micha Westera, Color correction: Maurik de Ridder, Music sound design: Pastelle Music , Archief: NTR en Beeld en Geluid
WINNER OF THE VIMEO AWARDS 2012 in CATEGORY MOTION GRAPHICS! Thanks so much for voting everyone! Watch a short 1 min. making of here, which was shown at the awards: vimeo.com/44046584
Graduation project 2011
Designed as a possible title sequence for a fictitious documentary, this film shows a history of the title sequence in a nutshell. The sequence includes all the names of title designers who had a revolutionary impact on the history and evolution of the title sequence. The names of the title designers all refer to specific characteristics of the revolutionary titles that they designed.
This film refers to elements such as the cut and shifted characters of Saul Bass' Psycho title, the colored circles of Maurice Binder's design for Dr. No and the contemporary designs of Kyle Cooper and Danny Yount.
This title sequence refers to the following designers and their titles:
Georges Méliès - Un Voyage Dans La Lune, Saul Bass - Psycho, Maurice Binder - Dr. No, Stephen Frankfurt - To Kill A Mockingbird, Pablo Ferro - Dr. Strangelove, Richard Greenberg - Alien, Kyle Cooper - Seven, Danny Yount - Kiss Kiss Bang Bang / Sherlock Holmes
Direction and Animation: Jurjen Versteeg / synple.nl
Music and sound design: Lea Jurida / jurida.com
Many thanks to all the people who helped me realizing this project!
For some more info on the concept and the production process, please check out the interview on 'Forget the Film, Watch The Titles': bit.ly/pzvXXE
Born in 1979, Kook Ewo is a Paris-based title designer and director, who first came to prominence with his work on Silent Hill. He has since directed commercials and shorts films. His main titles, including Splice, Fracture, Solomon Kane and most recently, Silent Hill: Revelation.
Ewo is also a teacher at Goblins School of the Image (Paris' school of Visual Arts) in the Motion Design section. In 2010, Watch The Titles interviewed Ewo in his studio in Paris for this interview (previously published on the Watch the Titles DVD set (2010).
In 2011, Ewo co-founded MOTION + DESIGN, an initiative to found the world's first physical center for motion design.
Watch the Titles is a Submarine Channel website dedicated to title sequence design, featuring a growing collection of title sequences and interviews with designers.
This video by Dohee Kim, was shown at the Art Directors Club 2010 show as part of the Department of Advertising and Graphic Design's end of the year show.
The Art Directors Club in New York features some of the world's most groundbreaking work in communication and design. Every year, the Department of Graphic Design and Advertising hosts and event to showcase the best student work in Graphic Design, Advertising, 3D Design and Motion Graphics.
The Department of Advertising and Graphic Design is part of the School of Visual Arts in New York City. For more information visit gdad.sva.edu