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You may not apperceive Tom Kan, but you’ll apparently be accustomed with his work. The Paris-based Japanese clear designer, director, and columnist cut his teeth designing record artwork for Daft Punk and alive on cartoon for the Matrix sequels, as able-bodied as bartering assignment for Rolex, Citroën, and Smirnoff.
A typography expert, Kan animated the acquaintance of watching a film’s aperture credits back he created the pulverizing appellation arrangement for Gaspar Noé’s Enter the Void in 2009.
The consciousness-expanding sequence, which evokes Tokyo’s cityscape against techno music and strobing lights drew acclaim from admiral Quentin Tarantino and David Fincher, the closing of whom declared the two-minute blitz as “a auger to the average of your forehead.”
Following the release in called markets of Noé’s latest film Climax, which Kan additionally formed on, Highsnobiety sat with the artisan to allocution about his aboriginal influences, Hype Williams’ apery of his assignment on the video for Kanye West’s “All of the Lights,” and the state of clear logos in appearance branding today.
Tell us about your background. What were you absorbed in back you were younger?
My aboriginal access back I was a jailbait was graffiti, abnormally the book Subway Art (1986) by Henry Chalfant and Martha Cooper. I started to accomplish graffiti in school, but at this time it was not accessible to acquire money with that, so I absitively to go to art academy and it was there I began to do LP covers.
At the time, for cyberbanking music, it was the alpha of the French Touch impact: Cassius, Daft Punk, Laurent Garnier, Superfunk, Pro-Zak Trax, Air, and Dimitri From Paris. I was in allegation of the clear character for the music characterization Pro-Zak Trax. It was the alpha of techno in France and I did a lot of flyers, a lot of posters, a lot of record covers, a few acclaimed ones. I did one for the Daft Punk’s “Burnin’,” Superfunk, and a video action for Cassius.
Tom KanTom KanTom KanHow was your aboriginal acquaintance alive with Gaspar Noé?
The aboriginal time he showed me the alteration room, I had a shock because he has his awning and his editor, but on the bank he has aggregate he brand printed — dozens of blur posters from the ’80s, ’70s, and the ’60s. We started to allocution about these: “Oh yes, I like this typeface. Oh, this appellation is amazing.” He already had this abstraction of bond typefaces for the appellation sequence.
Tom Kan13 moreTom KanTom KanTom KanTom KanTom KanTom KanTom KanTom KanTom KanTom KanTom KanTom KanTom KanHow did you get the abstraction for the visuals?
Well, afterwards watching a cut of Enter the Void and seeing the colors and the calmness of Tokyo, we started to allege about neon. And, of course, about your eyes back you booty drugs. It was like, “Okay, let’s do article about that.” But for me, as a aesthetic director, it’s like, “Well, neon is not enough. What can we do that simulates the activity of demography drugs?”
So I had this abstraction of the chain of vision, which is when, for example, you see white book on a atramentous background, and again you attending at a white accomplishments and you can still see the typeface. So I approved to use this aftereffect — and it was working.
I started to do that in Photoshop and I fabricated a baby adapt with — I anticipate it was Final Cut or iMovie — but you know, actual simple. And a few weeks later, I showed that to Gaspar and bethink it was the aftermost 32 abnormal of the aperture title, back it’s strobing in the coiled writing, and he was like, “Wow, this is good.”
Tom KanTom KanTom KanHow continued did it booty to put the arrangement together?
Well, we had eight designs per second, and I anticipate the aperture appellation is 72 abnormal with all the typefaces. And aloof afore that, you accept all the ambassador and assembly names. Eight designs per additional is a lot, so I formed about six months to accomplishment everything.
There are no appropriate effects. I do aggregate [by] cut. So what you see back you see the aperture titles anatomy by anatomy is after any fades. It gives this strobing effect.
The blazon was advised by Thorsten Fleisch, a German artist. Back you see the appellation “Enter the Void” with all the arresting furnishings about the letters, it’s all done for real. He cut the belletrist in metal and put it on accurate cardboard and again put electricity about it.
The appellation arrangement got as abundant acclaim and absorption as the blur itself. What affectionate of comments did you get?
I anticipate this aperture appellation afflicted a lot of things in abreast design. Back I see a lot of music videos, motion graphics, or alike architecture on Instagram, there is a lot of this strobing aftereffect now, and I anticipate these are the adolescent of this aperture title.
I anticipate Quentin Tarantino — it was in 2010 back he gave a account of his admired movies — there was alone one animadversion from the administrator on No. 10, Enter the Void: “Hands bottomward best acclaim arena of the year… Maybe best acclaim arena of the decade. One of the greatest in cinema history.”
Did you see Kanye West’s video for “All of the Lights,” directed by Hype Williams?
And what was your acknowledgment to that?
I anticipate he, you know, he has abundant money to alarm us. To alarm Gaspar or to alarm me, to accomplish a 18-carat music video. I think, for me, he’s baseborn something. I anticipate it’s added about Hype Williams. He’s in allegation of the aesthetic eyes of the music video added than Kanye West, who conceivably didn’t apperceive area the designs were advancing from.
It’s like because he’s super-famous, he thinks he can booty things. I anticipate it is a generational botheration because aggregate is on the internet now, so everybody thinks that there is no such affair as property.
Of course, for me, as a designer, I anticipate it’s authentic plagiarism. This guy can acquisition me or acquisition Gaspar and say, “Okay guys, I like your work. Do article for me.” And we would accept been so blessed to do that
When I see the clear architecture of the music video, it’s ailing made. Art administration is poor. Typography is absolutely poor. I don’t accept that, back they can just appear beeline to the aboriginal antecedent or they can do bigger and accompany their own touch!
The affair is, I went far with this archetype and title. Can Kanye West booty it? My work on Enter the Void brings me added assignment today and additionally it goes in a museum. So, for me, the building is abundant because for added ancestors it agency it will be advised as a 18-carat aesthetic work. It is a allotment of the history of cinema. And I’m blessed with that. This is for me the best affectionate of assignment you can do. To be at the building is abundant bigger than to be affected by an artist.
Tom KanMany big appearance brands accept been alteration their logos and typefaces, and they’re all starting to attending actual similar. As a clear artisan and designer, accept you noticed this?
With some able typefaces — Yves Saint Laurent and Louis Vuitton, for example — it’s absolutely difficult to change their design. Sometimes they will do, or they alpha to absolutely simplify, and it’s the description that I anticipate this trend is about. It’s like data. Abstracts is added mechanical. Aggregate abroad starts to fade.
But I anticipate all these logos are so able that back you alpha to redesign, you can alone change a few things. If you attending at the Chanel logo, they don’t charge to redesign it. It’s so beautiful, there is annihilation to do. Conceivably a baby detail, the weight of the blazon or the array a little bit, but that’s it. Christian Dior, for me it’s not a logo. It’s added of a typeface. So conceivably Christian Dior, if you change something, you won’t absolutely apprehension it. That’s apparently why they bargain the name to Dior — only four letters, which is afterpiece to a logotype.
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