work blog about search

Stranger Than Fiction


Sunday evening.

Nothing on the box.

Not even that much on offer at Blockbuster.

But, we picked up Stranger Than Fiction, having vaguely remembered it getting some okay reviews, and while it's not an outstanding film, it has got some great motion graphics going on.

The central character, Harold Crick, is an obsessive compulsive Internal Revenue auditor, and director Marc Foster wanted to represent his thought processes with a visual GUI (Graphic User Interface for the non-geeks out there). He turned to the guys at MK12 to put something together, having been shown their reel as a reference.

Check out their site for the original pitch they created, the second pitch, the elegant and witty opening sequence, and the closing titles. The extras package on the DVD has also got a good description of how they arrived at their solution, but be warned, it's a bit of a lovefest.

posted: 30 April 2007
categories: Film | Graphics
recommended reading

Ace Jet 170
One of the finest individual design blogs (it’s been going as long as I have!) from Irish designer Richard Weston. Covering found type, print and stuff.

Casual Optimist
If you want to know what’s happening in the world of book cover design, keep an eye on this excellent blog by Dan Wagstaff.

Design Declares
A growing group of designers, design studios, agencies and institutions who have declared a climate and ecological emergency. As part of the global declaration movement, we commit to harnessing the tools of our industry to reimagine, rebuild and heal our world.

Eye Magazine
The best graphic design magazine out there, from editor John L. Walters and art director Simon Esterson.

Flat File
A fantastic collection of online publications based on pieces from the Herb Lubalin Study Centre.

Justin’s Amazing World
Justin Hobson, of Fenner Paper, is a bona fide expert on paper & print, and a charming chap to boot. His blog features in-depth analysis of the projects he’s worked on, including a few of our own.
One of the oldest blogs on the web. And one of the best.

Spitalfields Life
The anonymous Gentle Author of this wonderful blog has promised to write 10,000 stories about the life & culture of Spitalfields in east London, writing one story each and every day.

St Bride Library
The St Bride Library houses one of the world’s finest collection of books (& related objects) about printing and design. It also hosts unmissable design talks and events.