Northwest Film Forum – ByDesign 2017

ByDesign brings together a diversity of people, ideas and creative visions to explore intersections of design and the moving image.

ByDesign 17 features an array of guest artists, documentaries, short films, and presentations that illuminate the roots, currents and future of design in motion. From a documentary about the formidable writer and activist Jane Jacobs, to an interactive event that explores the designs of 3D worlds in 90s video games, to a film that takes us through the transformative era of pre-digital graphic design, and a discussion of the ways in which animation allows designers to test their thinking and expand their vision, ByDesign 2017 highlights the creative spirit that drives architecture and design.

Here are the featured works for this year:

Citizen Jane: Battle for the City

ByDesign Opening film “Citizen Jane: Battle for the City,” captures the battle between activist Jane Jacobs and the Trumpian “master builder” of New York, Robert Moses. 4/14 at 7:30. Introduction by Sam Assefa, Director of Seattle’s Executive Office of Planning & Community Development.

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How Green Was My Uncanny Valley

Early 90s game night! We shine a light on some of the most terrifyingly surreal worlds ever committed to 700mb discs: Tail of the Sun, Aquanaut's Holiday and the one and only LSD: Dream Emulator. Join us for this participatory gaming event, where we'll squint our eyes at blocky lo-def polygons, yell in frustration at clunky camera controls and admire beautiful  architecture and design. 4/14 at 9:30 pm.

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Having a Cigarette with Álvaro Siza

What is architecture? What is your design method? Architect, socialist, and passionate smoker Álvaro Siza's meditates on these questions and more. 4/15 at 4:30 pm. Introduction by Jerry Garcia, Principal at Olson-Kundig.

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Graphic Means

Graphic Means - world premiere! A journey through the transformative Mad Men-era of pre-digital design production to the advent of the desktop computer. Sponsored by Civilization & Adobe! Pre-screening reception with director Briar Levit! 4/15 at 7:30 pm

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Making Design Move: Storytelling, Data Viz, UX and more

Moderated by Steve Jablonsky, Creative Director for Intentional Futures

A discussion about how animation expands the ability of designers to test their thinking, prove their concepts and go beyond the more static illustrative application of their work. 4/16 at 3 pm.

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When & Where
Fri, Apr 14, 2017 - Sun, Apr 16, 2017 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Northwest Film Festival
1515 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122