TIFF Bell Lightbox Presents Gary Hustwit’s Design Trilogy

- Advertisement -

Ove the past few years, documentarian Gary Hustwit has been putting out entries in his so-called Design Trilogy. Beginning Friday, January 13th, to highlight the release of the third entry in the trilogy, the TIFF Bell Lightbox will be presenting all three films with Gary Hurstwit in person.


The first entry in the Design Trilogy was 2007’s Helvetica. You wouldn’t think a documentary about a ubiquitous font would be interesting, but Helvetica proved to be one of the best documentaries of recent years. While the topic was typography—and one font in particular—the documentary was really an exploration of the prevalence of design and how it shapes our perception of the world around us. I don’t say this about documentaries very often, but Helvetica actually changed the way I see the world around me. I look at things differently and I’m much more aware of how graphic design affects everything that makes up the modern world.

Helvetica plays at the TIFF Bell Lightbox with Gary Hustwit in person on Saturday, January 14th at 12:30pm.


In the 2009 follow-up to Helvetica, Hustwit expanded beyond the realm of graphic design and into industrial design. The effect was less profound, but it’s not an insult at all to say Objectified offers more of the same. Getting a glimpse into the world of how every single object in our lives is designed with careful thought by someone somewhere is fascinating. An interview with Jonathan Ive, the VP of Product Design at Apple, is especially great.

Objectified plays at the TIFF Bell Lightbox with Gary Hustwit in person on Saturday, January 14th at 3:00pm.


The final film in the Design Trilogy is Urbanized, a film that takes a look at the extremely vast area of urban planning and design. It is a great documentary whose only serious fault is that the topic is too broad to really be done justice in a single documentary. So many cities are featured, and so many ideas and philosophies of urban design are shared that it’s almost too much. One thing is clear: anyone interested in cities or the communities they live in should give Urbanized a look.

Urbanized will play at the TIFF Bell Lightbox with Gary Hustwit in person on Friday, January 13th at 6:30pm. It will have encore screenings on January 15th and 17th.

-Corey Atad

Leave A Reply

Your email address will not be published.