Westport Cinema Initiative names design director

Westport Cinema Initiate logoI am delighted to have been named design director of the Westport Cinema Initiative here in Westport, CT. Under the leadership of Sandra Lefkowitz, our mission is to build two small movie theaters in downtown Westport, in which first-run foreign films and film festivals and accomplished amateur efforts can be seen and discussed. The WCI theaters will be places where the love of cinema is celebrated. Westport has lacked any movie facilities since 1999, when the Fine Arts theaters gave up under perpetually-increasing rental costs. With the exception of a couple of notable restaurants, downtown has suffered from the loss of purpose after sunset. Our intention is to bring a focal point back to town – and to further the already outstanding arts community served by the Westport Arts Center and the Westport Country Playhouse. I am particularly proud to be working with four fine Westport-based designers: Gene Seidman, Jerry Kuyper (who designed the logo), Moshe Aelyon, and Sooo-z Mastropietro.

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Graphic-Design.com interview

Fred ShowkerMy pal Fred Showker at graphic-design.com sent me ten questions about design and space in readying his book review of my Elements of Graphic Design, 2nd Edition. Please visit his site for the book review. Fred and I met as co-hosts of a design seminar series for the Department of Defense in D.C. Crew cuts and uniforms on many… but definitely not on us. Fred’s questions are below, my responses are here.

  1. What is white space and why is it important?
  2. What are the three raw materials of graphic design and visual communication?
  3. What is the difference between “nothing wrong” and “something right” with a design?
  4. Let’s talk about history: when was white space invented?
  5. Let’s talk about art: what is white space equivalent to in other arts?
  6. Let’s talk about law: is it really a crime to misuse white space?
  7. Let’s talk about food: it is said white space makes a design “tasty.” True?
  8. What is “hidden” white space?
  9. What is wrong with filling in all the space?
  10. If white space is so important, why aren’t there any empty pages in your book?

My responses are here.

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