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Blur Studio Serves Up ?The Menu for FoxDesign firm creates show package for youth-oriented magazine series (July 27, 2004)
Applying its insight into youth culture, Blur Studio recently designed and produced the graphics package for The Menu, the new magazine-style entertainment show for teens on Fox. The studios design team combined elements from a restaurant menu, a web menu, a school notebook and other pop culture icons into a fun, fresh and enormously energetic package that perfectly complements the shows promise to deliver the buzz on everything thats ?new and now.
?Over the years we have worked on numerous shows spanning several networks that are geared toward teens. This new series competes with Saturday morning television, so it needed to be visually exciting and fast-paced, said Blur Studio creative director Jennifer Miller. ?Todays youth audience is smart, discriminating and can absorb an enormous amount of information at once. The designs are heavily layered with trend-setting, eye-grabbing graphics that have an originality all their own.
Deliverables included the show logo and main title sequence, as well as segment graphics used to introduce features on movies, sports, music, TV and other subjects in a modular toolkit.
?For inspiration, we embraced the 1980s bubble-gum punk rock aesthetic which is popular in music and fashion right now, observed Blur Studio creative director/designer Norn Kittiaksorn. ?The vibe is light, poppy and easily accessible. Black and white stripes, checkerboard patterns that recall Vans sneakers, cherry icons, and a vibrant color palette complete the visual style of the show.
Kittiaksorn added that the graphics high energy pacing is calculated to grab the restless attention of todays media savvy youth. ?The graphics definitely move at an accelerated speed, she said. ?It was important to create a sense of structure amidst the visual complexity. We developed a color coding and iconographic system to organize the information so that viewers can quickly assimilate everything they are seeing.
Blur Studio has had plenty of experience in designing graphics for shows targeting young audiences. Its recent credits include the Billboard Music Awards and Teen Choice Awards for Fox, Nickelodeons Kids Choice Awards and the several network campaigns for Kids WB!
Creative Director: Jennifer Miller & Norn Kittiaksorn
Senior Designer: Norn Kittiaksorn
Lead Animator: Adam Swaab
Animators: Wonhee Lee & Jeremy Alcock
Producer: Beth Elder
Bob Bain Productions and Edge Marketing
About The Menu
Airing Saturday mornings on Fox, The Menu features breaking news on what's hot in Music, Movies, TV, Sports, Fashion & Beauty, and more. Hosted by Lisa Schulner, the show features just-announced tour dates, recent CDs, the latest movie releases, upcoming celebrity events, sports happenings, fashion trends and information on TV shows with the biggest buzz.
About Blur Studio
Blur Studio provides award-winning broadcast design, brand positioning and end-to-end production services for numerous show packages, main titles, promotional and identity campaigns, and branding campaigns. Recent credits include Intels Centrino Mobile Processor Branding Animations, Comedy Central presents The Commies, E! Entertainments E! News Live, ABCs Extreme Makeover, NBCs The Apprentice, TLCs For Better or For Worse, Fox Televisions Billboard Music Awards and Teen Choice Awards, and the current network campaign for Kids WB! Blur Studio is located at 589 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291. For more information, call (310) 581-8848.
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