Objectified Film

Posted by Alex


Objectified, the upcoming documentary on industrial design by Gary Hustwit, will be premiering soon at the South by Southwest Festival in March. It will take an in-depth look at the designers and creative processes behind some of today’s most popular objects, and should provide a great introduction into the field of industrial design.

I enjoyed Hustwit’s last film, Helvetica, and I thought it was a great way to give the general public some perspective on the world of graphic design. I am constantly asked what graphic design “is” by friends and family, and it was nice to have a film I could show them that pretty much summed it up. It was also interesting to see how the film’s release affected the use of Helvetica at school. Despite the fact that it was ubiquitous already, students suddenly became afraid of using it at all, for fear of further saturating the design community with more Helvetica, or doing something predictable.

I’m sure a lot of you will have heard of the release by now, but be sure to keep an eye out for a screening in your area. The fantastic Sundance Kabuki Theater, here in San Francisco, will be showing it on April 21st, with a Q&A with Hustwit to follow. More dates and screening information can be found on the Objectified site.

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Kirk says:

February 5, 2009 at 12:30 am

Nice find, i’ve always been torn between doing 2D and 3D design (graphic vs. product) These should get me some more perspective on the careers but either way, i think they both fall in the Design and Industry Major at SFSU, so i think im good


Alex/HeadUp says:

February 5, 2009 at 5:55 pm

I was a big fan of Helvetica, it definitely opened my eyes to the true depth of typography, an entire design universe in and of itself. This looks like the kind of film I’d need to give 15 mins before I get drawn into it…but I’m sure I’d benefit from watching it.

Thanks for posting and welcome, your pantone project was pretty naaaaasty, I look forward to readin more.