BYDESIGN opening weekend

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bdcomp12ByDesign 09 opened Friday evening and this weekend’s screenings and events have been a big success. Thanks to all of our guests and attendees for making it a fun and inspiring weekend!

Ben Radatz of MK12 talked about the collective and their process of making the title sequence and graphic interfaces for the Bond film Quantum of Solace- nearly a year of working out different graphic ideas, playing with sand, and dealing with a last minute theme song change. He also presented their epic pet project History of America, arguably the best cowboy/astronaut showdown ever.

The opening night party featured a new animated short film by Andy Rohrman, a dual projection audio visual performance from Iller Aint (Scott K. James and Andy Seaver), and live visual music from electronic artist Kamran Sadeghi (aka Son Of Rose). And of course it also featured beer and wine- perhaps one too many for yours truly.

In Saturday’s ‘Seattle Moves’ panel discussion, Nate Barr, Dan Brown and Thai Tran of Oh Hello!, Eric Edwards of Superfad, and Matt Mulder and Mark Bashore of Digital Kitchen all talked about their processes and showed some great recent work. Thanks to our pal, photographer/filmmaker Matt Daniels, for moderating.

On Saturday we also presented the Northwest premiere of the latest installment of the collaborative project PSST! Pass It On, with three of the contributing artists in attendance- Sean Pecknold and Ryan Rothermel from Seattle and Robbie Johnstone from Portland. A pretty amazing kaleidoscope of different visions and approaches from around the world. (By the way, the first part of the final sequence was directed by Gideon Baws of UK group Shynola– a great artist and ByDesign favorite who passed away rather unexpectedly this fall at the age of 33.)

And audiences have been great for the Rem Koolhaas documentary, which continues through Thursday.

If you don’t already know, Monday through Wednesday we’re presenting screenings of the new documentary on graphic designer Milton Glaser, and with it a short film on legendary designer Paul Rand made by Imaginary Forces. And immediately following the Tuesday 7pm screening, AIGA Seattle is hosting a reception around the corner at Grey gallery. Hope to see you for more this week!

-Peter

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