Design Projections

September 30, 2009

Design Projections is organizing a series of film nights, each focusing on a specific design discipline, and consisting of both feature-length and short films. Each edition will be an opportunity to view works that often do not receive wide distribution.


The inaugural edition of Design Projections will have typography as its theme. Truly a cornerstone of any graphic designer’s work, typography plays a fundamental role in our daily lives, providing both framework and form for the messages that are aimed our way. Each of the films screened will present a unique perspective on the discipline.

Design Projections: Typography
Tuesday, October 6, 2009, 8 pm
eXcentris — Salle Fellini
3536, boul. Saint-Laurent, Montréal


The documentary Typeface, here presented in its Canadian première screening, profiles North America’s last wood typeface shop, today the Hamilton Wood Type Museum in Two Rivers, Wisconsin. The film delves into the heritage left by this lost art’s craftspeople and workers, and explores how designers and artists today are incorporating traditional wood and lead type in their work.

Typeface had its world première in April 2009 at the International Film Festival in Breda, Netherlands, and also screened at the Graphic Design Museum in that same city. Its North American première was this past July, as the opening film of TypeCon2009 (organized in partnership with AIGA Atlanta).

Before the main feature, a selection of various short films about typography will also be screened.

Design Projections is an initiative of designers Martin L'Allier and Jean-François Proulx.