I recently ordered a couple of DVD’s for my home collection, and I was delighted to find them in my mailbox today! Objectified and Helvetica are two documentaries that are definitely worth checking out. Both are works by Gary Hustwit, an independent filmmaker based in New York and London, and also the creator of the DVD label and film production company Plexifilm.
Premiering at the 2009 SXSW festival, this documentary was an instant hit. It is a feature-length documentary about our complex relationship with manufactured objects and, by extension, the people who design them. It’s a look at the creativity at work behind everything from toothbrushes to tech gadgets. It’s about the designers who re-examine, re-evaluate and re-invent our manufactured environment on a daily basis. It’s about personal expression, identity, consumerism, and sustainability.
A feature-length independent film about typography, graphic design and global visual culture. It looks at the proliferation of one typeface (which celebrated its 50th birthday in 2007) as part of a larger conversation about the way type affects our lives. The film is an exploration of urban spaces in major cities and the type that inhabits them, and a fluid discussion with renowned designers about their work, the creative process, and the choices and aesthetics behind their use of type.
Both DVD’s can be purchased here