• Musings Updates

April 23, 2012

Come on, get happy

Last Wednesday, Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian debated USC professor Jonathan Taplin, director of the USC Annenberg Innovation Lab and former tour manager of The Band (watch the video). The topic: antipiracy, SOPA, and the current state of the entertainment industry. Taplin asserted that music piracy has impacted the … Read More

April 20, 2012

Remembering Hillman Curtis

In 2005, when I began the process of making Helvetica, I was searching for other design-related documentaries. I discovered there was only one filmmaker out there who was documenting designers and their work in an innovative way. Hillman Curtis’s Artist Series shorts were beautifully conceived, shot, and edited, … Read More

July 20, 2011

10 Westerns I Like

In response to a challenge from Jim Coudal: 1. Once Upon a Time in the West 2. Blazing Saddles 3. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly 4. High Plains Drifter 5. Seven Samurai (because, c’mon, it’s a western…) 6. The Wild Bunch … Read More

May 10, 2011

Decorative water fountain, Brooklyn style

Observed near our studio in Greenpoint, Brooklyn… … Read More

February 7, 2011

Sarah F. Cox: Imported to Detroit

This is the first in a series of guest posts on the Urbanized blog, where we invite people we like to share their views on the state of cites. During the Super bowl, Chrysler launched a new television ad with the motto “Imported from Detroit.” The two-minute pitch features scenes … Read More

February 1, 2011

Spiral Jetty

Cities are great… but sometimes we need a break from them! Last weekend I visited Robert Smithson‘s 1970 earthwork Spiral Jetty, on the foggy banks of Great Salt Lake, Utah. It’s about two and a half hours from Salt Lake City. Highly recommended if you find yourself anywhere … Read More

January 13, 2011

A walk in the Mumbai sky

I just returned yesterday from a week-long trip to Mumbai, India. I’d never been there before, and whatever I’d imagined this city would be like wasn’t even close to the reality. I never thought I’d describe New York City as quiet, but hell, NYC is like a mountain retreat compared … Read More

October 9, 2010

And you thought fonts were geeky…

Helvetica/Objectified/Urbanized cinematographer Luke Geissbühler is really a science geek at heart. He and his 5-year-old son Max, along with a few friends, made a homemade spacecraft out of a Thai food takeout container, outfitted it with an HD video camera and an iPhone, and a few weeks ago used a … Read More

April 10, 2010

A Visit to Hatch Show Print

Earlier this week I drove from Arkansas to North Carolina to attend the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, and made a stopover in Nashville. I had the pleasure of visiting the legendary letterpress shop of Hatch Show Print, talking with director Jim Sherraden, and getting a tour of the … Read More

March 13, 2010

SXSW panel with Scott Kirsner

If you’re attending South by Southwest, come by and see “Fans, Friends & Followers: Creating Your Own Cult (of the Non-Apocalyptic Variety)” in which Scott Kirsner and I will be discussing ways for filmmakers to use the web and other routes to reach an audience for their work. Sunday, … Read More