TYPO London 2011 Places


Gary Hustwit


Gary Hustwit is an independent filmmaker based in New York and London. He has produced eight feature documentaries, including the award-winning “I Am Trying To Break Your Heart” about the band Wilco; “Moog”, the documentary about electronic music pioneer Robert Moog; and an experimental feature film with the band Animal Collective. Hustwit worked with punk label SST Records in the late-1980s, ran the independent book publishing house Incommunicado Press during the 1990s, was Vice President of the media website Salon.com in 2000, and started the indie DVD label Plexifilm in 2001.

In 2007 he made his directorial debut with “Helvetica”, a documentary about graphic design and typography. “Helvetica” marked the beginning of a trilogy of design-related films, with “Objectified”, about industrial design and product design following in 2009. “Urbanized”, about the design of cities, will be released in late 2011. The films have been broadcast on PBS, BBC1, and other television outlets, and have been screened in over 300 cities worldwide. Gary was nominated for a 2008 Independent Spirit Award for “Helvetica”.
Filmmaker: Helvetica, Objectified, Urbanized
Talk: Friday 12:00 Logan Hall
We Built This City...
DIY urban design projects are transforming cities worldwide. From Detroit to Dharavi, citizen designers aren't waiting for their governments to address local issues, they're engaging in their own neighborhood interventions at a micro scale. Gary's talk will showcase inventive projects he's discovered during the past three years making his latest documentary, "Urbanized". He'll be showing clips from the film and discussing what we can learn from these self-organized design initiatives.