ByDesign 09

He built our acclaimed downtown library, and he’s the subject of a new documentary. Rem Koolhaas: A Kind of Architect anchors NWFF’s ByDesign 09 festival, which celebrates graphic design. (Richard Meier and other starchitects are interviewed in the film; why do we guess that no humble opinions from Seattle will be solicited?) Appearing in person tonight will be members of the Kansas City-based design studio MK12. If you don’t know their work from the very cool credit sequences for Quantum of Solace and Stranger Than Fiction, they’ll be showing and discussing clips from their eight-year history. Other highlights include the doc Milton Glaser: To Inform & Delight (Mon.-Wed.), about the guy who branded New York magazine and created the famous “I Heart NY” ad campaign. You could say he invented the emoticon before there was an Internet. BRIAN MILLER

March 6-12, 2009

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