Two significant design documentaries were released this year, and Society of Typographic Arts is screening them on the same evening, as a double feature, making this event a must-see!
ONE NIGHT ONLY!
September 19, 2017, 6-11PM
Music Box Theatre
Tickets $20 https://sta-chicago.org/events/double-feature
Graphic Means: A History of Graphic Design Production
Official Trailer: https://vimeo.com/157620840
Director, Briar Levit and her team spent years traveling around the US and UK, interviewing designers, digging into archives, university libraries, and even thrift shops to uncover forgotten tools and materials, Graphic Means gives viewers a look at the history of the ever-evolving design industry, and what’s in store for the future. Though design is more popular than ever, with countless books and magazines dedicated to its new trends and thousands of students hoping to enter the field each year, its history has been largely ignored until now. Graphic Means is a must-see film for anyone who loves design, art, history, or the intersection of all three. Starring Ellen Lupton, Steven Heller, Art Chantry, Tobias Frere-Jones and more.
Pressing On: The Letterpress Film
Official Trailer: https://youtu.be/RD0lRVEw2zg
The modern world was born on a printing press. Once essential to communication, the 500-year-old process is in danger of being lost as its caretakers age. From self-proclaimed basement hoarders to the famed Hatch Show Print, Pressing On explores the question: why has letterpress survived? Captivating personalities blend with wood, metal and type as young printers strive to save this historic process in a film created for the designer, type nerd, historian and collector in us all. Steven Heller, former art director at the New York Times has said, “Pressing On is an essential document not just about a revolutionary means of human interaction, but to savor the passion of its practitioners.”