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The mode of story telling has for the most part remained the same for most of human history. It has been a passive experience with the story teller doing all the work to a willing audience who consumes the themes, characters, and pathos and the only real input they have had is to either participate in the exchange or not. With the invention of computers, devices with untold potential in processing and memory, storing those stories became easier than ever before. We turned our attention then to another type of story telling then, interactive, where we say to the audience,...

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Sometimes you just can't beat being in the comfort of your own home, that is the beauty of television. Television has gone through a renaissance in the past few years with more and more experimentation in what audiences want to consume, usually en masse, in their own living room. I though it prudent to examine the typographic qualities of this medium.   Hill Street Blues 1981, originally aired on NBC A lot of the current trends in breakthrough television can trace their roots to this often overlooked show. It broke many of the formats of what a show should behave like...

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Film has always held great cultural significance. From the beginning with images of a train coming into station that frightened people straight out of the theatres, movies are an affecting experiences. Every once in a while one concept takes root so fully in our shared cultural awareness that just one film won't do, we need more, and more. One of the best, most substantial examples of that is the Bond series. James Bond has represented the pinnacle of style and cool for decades, and this is due in large part to the trademark lavish title sequence that accompany every entry...

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Saul Bass. The name alone conjures a bevy of a logos and film titles and ads. His work remains essential in its influence over the work of all designers. Look in nearly any design students body of work and I bet you'll find some stab at Saul's work, I know I have. However, this will not be an article on Saul Bass, as I promised last article. Instead we are going to focus on Saul's regular partner Harold Adler, who did a lot of the typography and hand-lettering for the sequences Saul worked on. Harold studied at the Frank Wiggins...

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Welcome back to another chapter in our ongoing study combining a love of cinema and typography. This time I am focussing on one of my favourite stylistic genre's of film: Film Noir. By far the thing I love about this genre is that it is so hard to define. There are many things that often happen in Film Noir; a brooding detective, a sultry, strong leading female character, violence, intrigue. However, there is no one combination that defines a film as being Film Noir, many successful examples lack a majority of the common themes. Instead the most consistent identifiers of...

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