Recently, I was delighted to be invited to contribute to the Doctor Who Appreciation Society's publication Celestial Toyroom. The Doctor Who Appreciation Society, or DWAS, was founded in May 1976 and has since been organising local fan groups, conventions, social events, and publishing magazines on a regular basis. Celestial Toyroom is a publication distributed to their membership and is the longest running Doctor Who magazine in the world.
My contribution for the double issue 361/362 is the first in a series on the design of the television series, Designing Who and I'm pleased to republish the article here in a slightly expanded form. My thanks go to Tony Jordan, the editor, for his support and friendship in this endeavour.
Get yourself over to the DWAS website and sort yourself out a membership.
Where did it all come from?
Visions of the future
Working at Denham Studios, Moholy-Nagy created kinetic sculptures and abstract light effects for Things To Come, but these were rejected and only some 90 seconds of his designs made the final cut. His abstract work could be said to have as much influence on the design of the TARDIS, for example, as the Bauhaus school. The Bauhaus became known for the versatility of its artists, and Moholy-Nagy was no exception. Throughout his career, he became proficient and innovative in the fields of photography, typography, sculpture, painting, and industrial design. It’s again ironic that Moholy-Nagy and Gropius left Berlin to escape the war and settled in England. Moholy-Nagy was also very aware of “the Russian suprematists Malevich and Lissitsky, with their visions of aerodromes and radio stations, an architecture of mass communication for a brave new world”.5
1. http://www.vads.ahds.ac.uk/learning/designingbritain/index.html Designing Britain case study: Modernism (Andrew Jackson) - pages accessed 16/2/08 and 17/2/08
2. http://www.vads.ahds.ac.uk/learning/designingbritain/index.html Designing Britain case study: Festival Of Britain (Gillian Whiteley) - pages accessed 16/2/08 and 17/2/08
3. http://www.vads.ahds.ac.uk/learning/designingbritain/index.html Designing Britain case study: Festival Of Britain (Gillian Whiteley) - pages accessed 16/2/08 and 17/2/08
4. Modern Architecture’, ‘Moholy-Nagy’, ‘Walter Gropius’ – Wikipedia pages accessed 16/2/08 and 17/2/08
5. Guardian Unlimited ‘ Laszlo Moholy-Nagy ‘The fiery stimulator’ Special Report – Modernism (March 18, 2006 Fiona MacCarthy)
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