douglas wilson

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Emily Haines on Writing in Buenos Aires

Emily Haines (of Broken Social Scene and Metric) talks about getting out of her environment and finding inspiration in Argentina. Really fantastic.

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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Dieter Rams - Cold War Modern

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Spy Box

Ever wonder what it was like to be a parcel going through the mail? Tim Knowles did and created a parcel with a digital camera inside and called it Spy Box

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Sunday, January 18, 2009


"In March 2007 at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London we hosted an evening of animation related events which I took as an opportunity to make some more examples of my Phonographantasmascope, an extension of the Zoetrope principle."

So cool!

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Thursday, January 15, 2009


Gary Hustwit (of Helvetica: The Film fame) has a new film coming out called Objectified. It is about industrial design and the process of making things. I know it sounds lame, but I am excited about it!

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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Sigur Ros at the MoMA

I wish I was cool enough to have been here!

Shot live at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City on Icelandic Independence Day, Sigur Rós @ MoMA is a unique concert film highlighting new material from the band's latest album, "með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust", as well as classic Sigur Rós songs. Directed by Alex Simmons.

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Friday, December 5, 2008


Good friend, Frank Chimero, has just worked with GOOD Magazine for a short film about jails in America. He did all of the illustration and worked with an animator to make this awesome.

Well done, Frank!

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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Kinetic Typography

Typography and motion; put together in great ways: 20 Brilliant Kinetic Typography Videos.

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Saturday, November 15, 2008

Flight to Nowhere

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Honda Civic Musical Road

The Santa Monica ad agency RPA cut half-inch grooves into a quarter-mile stretch of Avenue K, in Lancaster, California.

The grooves were synched in such a way that driving over them at precisely 55mph caused Rossini’s “William Tell Overture” — a.k.a. the Lone Ranger theme — to echo in the air around you.

Fantastic idea. So so results. Angered neighbors.

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Monday, October 20, 2008

Air Traffic Video

I could watch this video for one hour. Seriously. I'm not even joking.

Also, want to see live radar/flights over Switzerland?

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Monday, September 8, 2008

The Archive


"Paul Mawhinney was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. Over the years he has amassed what has become the world's largest record collection. This is the story of a man and his records."

Really nicely done video portrait of this amazing collection and dedication to music by Sean Dunne.

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Saturday, July 12, 2008

Human Mirror

Improv Everwhere (of Frozen Grand Central Station fame) created a human mirror in a NYC subway car using identical twins. Great stuff!

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Tuesday, July 1, 2008

SynthEastwood - Flags & Anthems

I recently contributed some film/motion work to SynthEastwood, a visual exhibition featuring submissions from over 60 international artists in Dublin, Ireland.

I did not get to make it to the opening/party (which was held on the ominous Friday the 13th), but the Flickr photos look like it was a great time!

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Saturday, June 28, 2008

Typeface: The Movie

Kartemquin films is currently editing a documentary simply entitled "Typeface." It is a film about the history of Hamilton Wood Type - from it's beginnings, to when it became the leading manufacturer of wood type in America, to now, as a living museum and the applications of letterpress and wood type in the 21st century.

I have been lucky enough to visit the Hamilton in Two Rivers, Wisconsin and I have massively high hopes for this film!

Also, visit Hamilton's website as well as Nick Sherman's Flickr set of his residency in Two Rivers.

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Sunday, June 15, 2008

Magnetic Movie Magic

I understand very, very little of this, but it is mind-bogglingly amazing. (and yes, mind-bogglingly is a word...)

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Monday, May 12, 2008


Artist Blu creates some pretty crazy drawings on public walls. His latest film "Blu: An Ambiguous Animation Painted on Public Walls," is drawn in Buenos Aires and Baden and is simply overwhelming and intriguing.

Check out his blog for more drawings and illustrations.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

My First Stop-Motion Film Ever!

I am working on trying something completely new, stop-motion film. This is a test for a larger animation that I will be working on in the coming weeks. Enjoy!

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Monday, April 7, 2008

"Get Lost" & "Live With Art!"

I am excited to announce a new print, "Get Lost" is now available for purchase at Keep Calm. It is printed over vintage maps from the United Kingdom and in a limited edition of 220. Each map is different and unique!

To accompany the print, I have made a short little film showing the process of making "Get Lost." If you are unfamiliar with the process of letterpress printing, this will help you understand how my prints are made.

Also, for a limited time, if you purchase any of my prints from Keep Calm, you will receive "Live With Art!" for free! It's my way of saying "thanks" for spending your hard-earned money on my prints and it's a good phrase to live by as well!

You can also see a lower-quality version of my film on my YouTube page. And as always, more images can be seen on my Flickr.

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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Pop-Up Type Book by Marion Bataille

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Go Around Twice If You're Happy

Here is a nice video of people having some fun with street signs to knock people out of their daily driving in Dubai. Have I ever mentioned that I am quite obsessed with the craziness that is Dubai?

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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Typography Films on the Internet

Here is a post for my Advanced Type class and anyone else that is a lover of type! As new films come out, I will update this post.

Typography Films
+ Really gorgeous organic motion graphics involving type.
+ A person's life in type: The title sequence for Typophile Film Fest 4 done by students and faculty of BYU.
+ The great Abbott and Costello skit "Who's On First?" - just ignore the incorrect apostrophes...
+ And another nice abstract typography film.
+ Here is a very well done Typographics film with quotes from Jeff Keedy & Ellen Lupton.
+ Hoefler & Frere-Jones talk to CBS about typefaces.
+ Paula Scher shows off her Moleskine Journal filled with great hand-drawn type.

Letterpress Films
+ Here is a really well done video about Firefly Press. This explains why letterpress is in my blood.
+ Another letterpress video featuring a good friend of mine, Philip Cheaney.
+ Here is a nice video from the London College of Printing.
+ Amos Kennedy prints with great style and flair.

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Sunday, November 11, 2007

Music Video Created with 1979 Apple II Plus

This great video for Grandaddy's "Jed's Other Poem" is entirely created with a 1979 Apple II Plus with 48K of RAM. Which is insane because I am fairly sure that your cell phone has at least 500 times that much memory. It was created by this chap.

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Friday, November 9, 2007

New Guinness Advert

Oh man I have always wanted to do this!

The new (and most expensive ever) advertisement for Guinness shows multiple objects toppling over onto each other in a remote Argentinian village. Toppling items included: 6,000 dominoes, 10,000 books, 400 tires, 75 mirrors, 50 fridges, 45 wardrobes and 6 cars. It is directed by Nicolai Fuglsig of Sony Bravia "Balls" fame.

You can read an article about it here.

And you can watch it on YouTube here.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Paul Rand Film

This is why Paul Rand is awesome.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Just a Little Font Chit-Chat...

My friends and yours, Pat Sajak & Vanna White, chit-chat about their favourite fonts. At least she mentions Helvetica at the end...

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Monday, October 8, 2007

Sony Bravia Adverts

Hopefully, most of you have already seen the Sony Bravia commercials, but if not, you must see them because they are simply wonderful. No fancy computers, no special effects, just tons of hard work and great concepts.

Bouncy Balls in San Francisco

Paint Fireworks in Glasgow

Rabbits in NYC

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Friday, October 5, 2007

The "New" AT&T...

I saw this a while ago, and just got around to posting it. Ahh, the beauty of corporate mergers...

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Saturday, September 1, 2007

Why I am forever in love with letterpress...

This is a nice five minute video produced about the Firefly Press. It pretty much shows all of the aspects of what I love about letterpress.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Spirit Fingers


This is an 8mm visual/musical mash-up that I created as an interpretation of the song "Spirit Fingers" by Four Tet. Along with the help of Brandon Goodwin, I took some expired 8mm film stock, shot various things around town (which none of them came through as more than just blocks of color) and then came back and physically drew on the film.

No "high and mighty" concept behind this one - just a visual interpretation of some great music.

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Sunday, August 26, 2007

Helvetica: The Film

I just found out that "Helvetica: The Film" is going to be playing at the local art-house movie theatre, The Moxie, here in Springfield and I am SUPER excited! I don't really even like Helvetica, but I am excited to see this film! I made a quick little poster to advertise the event - but upon thinking about it, maybe the "cool" thing to do would be to not use Helvetica at all... oh well!

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Monday, July 9, 2007

A different point of view.

Certainly one of the most lovely and clever ads I have seen in quite a while. This has made my day.

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Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Dum De Dum

My good friend Brandon Goodwin and I created a very short film with the last seven feet of Super 8mm film he had left over from a wedding that he had shot. We had no script, no storyboards, and no idea what we were doing. So, we created a staring contest film. Enjoy!


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Monday, June 11, 2007

Why am I not this smart?

An entire music video illustrated with dice.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

making a car out of cake!

Found this a few days ago - such an amazing and lovely advert for a car!

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Friday, May 25, 2007

Friday Fantastic.

You must visit the British National Archives of public information films. Simply fantastic - especially the 1940's through the 1960's.

Also, two great articles about Super Sonic Airliners and amazing Communist Gothic: Architecture by Yakov Chernikhov.

And finally, the best and most understandable discription of the rules of cricket ever. Using pies. Seriously.

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Saturday, May 19, 2007

Probably the coolest thing ever!

Art Links from Design Observer...

Two beautiful pieces by English artist Antony Gormley. Here and here. Allison and I saw the piece with the massive wings driving somewhere in England - we didn't know what it was, so it is neat to finally place it in context.

Also, someone just paid $72.8 MILLION for a Rothko painting - amazing.

And, whether or not Andreas Gursky is out of ideas really doesn't matter to me - his work still impresses me.

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