Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Designer People: Television Series

I happily stumbled across a great television program last night. For the remainder of January, Ovation TV is showing a series called "Designer People". It highlights leading designers in architecture, communication, industrial, interior, and fashion, from all over the world. Last night I watched the episode on Ed Fella, who was an emerging commercial designer (as they called it back then) in the 1960's and 70's. Of course, I thought it was extremely interesting, especially due to the fact that Ed did not use the computer to develop any of his designs, even into the 80's and 90's! He broke the conventions of graphic design — at the time dominated by the Swiss design approach, consisting a clean lines, minimal features and a grid system — by making text have a sense of movement on the page, often swirling and curving.

The Designer People series is part of Ovation TV's overall "Everything is Art" campaign. I highly recommend trying to catch a few of these episodes. For a list of upcoming shows, go to the schedule page on Ovation TV's website and click on "design".

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