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Monday, April 28, 2008

Standard Operating Procedure?

In the course of gathering material for his upcoming documentary on Abu Ghraib, Academy Award-winning director Errol Morris conducted over 200 hours of interviews with key figures. Col. Janis Karpinski, at the time of Abu Ghraib a Brigadeier General, was the commander of the prison and later in charge of Saddam Hussein once he was captured. After the Abu Ghraib photographs were made public, Karpinski was demoted. I saw the film yesterday and it was disturbing and tragic. Kyle Cooper's lush titles and graphics were out of place, as was Danny Elfman's score, but it is a movie that should be seen.

Interesting juxtaposition when considering Susan Sontag's On Photography, and a good, really well written review of the film from Teddy Blanks on Design Observer here.

A full-length interview with Errol Morris and Philip Gourevitch, which this clip is excerpted from can be found here.

And, finally, the official trailer for the film:


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Debbie Millman has worked in the design business for over 25 years. She is President of the design division at Sterling Brands. She has been there for nearly 15 years and in that time she has worked on the redesign of global brands for Pepsi, Procter & Gamble, Campbell’s, Colgate, Nestle and Hasbro. Prior to Sterling, she was a Senior Vice President at Interbrand and a Marketing Director at Frankfurt Balkind. Debbie is President of the AIGA, the largest professional association for design. She is a contributing editor at Print Magazine, a design writer at and Brand New and Chair of the Masters in Branding Program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. In 2005, she began hosting the first weekly radio talk show about design on the Internet. The show is titled “Design Matters with Debbie Millman” and it is now featured on In addition to “Look Both Ways: Illustrated Essays on the Intersection of Life and Design,” (HOW Books, 2009, she is the author of "How To Think Like A Great Graphic Designer" (Allworth Press, 2007) and “The Essential Principles of Graphic Design” (Rotovision, 2008).

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