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2000s: Design By Decade (Episode 6)

This title is a part of the series Design By Decade Series

Catalogue Number:  BAM082
Producer:  Blue Ant Media
Producing Agencies:  High Fidelity HDTV Media Inc.
Subject:  Arts, Canadian History, Canadian Social Studies, Family Studies/Home Economics, History, Social Studies, Tech/Voc
Language:  English
Grade Level:  9 - 12, Post Secondary, Adult
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2011
Running Time:  30:00
Closed Captions:  Yes

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It's impossible to think of the first decade of the 2000s without also thinking of the significance of a new millennium. This mystifying era was defined by a sense of optimism and angst brought on by the anticipation of a new century.

The turn of the Century was ushered in with a fear of the Y2K bug and the potential for a full scale meltdown. In an age so deeply affected by digital technology it is perhaps appropriate that this period started out this way.

Sustainability was seen by some as a trend and by others as a necessity - but either way... it seems that everyone was going green.

In the world of design, this was also the case.  Large, medium and small sized producers were taking on the challenge of environmentalism. But beyond that - the various visual languages designers were using expanded, ranging from the persistent global aesthetic to more specific regional approaches.

Ultimately, the significance of the 2000s is yet to be fully understood. But what can stated with certainty is that this was an era of diversity, contemplation and complexity.

Design by Decade takes a look at the Canadian design landscape from the turn of the new Century until today, examining the wide array of design practices that make Canada unique.

Program includes three segments:

  • Teknion - Large Scale Production (00:55-9:35)
  • Contemporary Canadian Design (9:45-18:44)
  • Sustainable Design (18:54-23:54)

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