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VIDEO PORTRAITS

Carl Brett

Video clips © CCCA & Erin Hayes 2006
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Arrival in Canada

Carl discusses his move from Ireland to Canada in 1954 during Hurricane Hazel, the wonderful fall weather that followed, and getting his first job in Toronto at Vickers and Benson.


running time: 02:5
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No Times Roman?

Carl expresses the amazement he felt when he started working in Toronto in the 1950's and learned that Canada didn't have Times Roman. A mainstay in Europe for years, Canada didn't get Times Roman until 1959.

running time: 01:44
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1950's Design

Carl shows an early piece of his work and explains why it was pleasing to the client. Unlike the vast majority of the work produced at the time, which Carl found essentially random and illogical, his work was more "restrained and classical".
running time: 01:57
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Ford Motor Company work

Carl explains how, in the 1950's, a pamphlet for Ford was produced. "It was the work of many people and much agonizing", he says. He also offers a critique of the work, suggesting how it could have been designed better.

running time: 02:26
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Fighting the writer

In Carl's experience appealing to the art director was never a problem, it was the writers who gave him the hardest time. The writers, he says, "offered that they knew better than anybody how to design stuff".   It drove him crazy!

running time: 02:13
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