Bringing a world in black and white into glorious colour
Graphic Design/Web Design/Illustration
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Since their childhood days, Austin and Howard Mutti-Mewse have been contacting Hollywood movie stars from the silver screen era; many of these written conversations turned into lifelong friendships and a vast collection of letters, photographs and memories. The result of their efforts is a set of stories and pictures told in the book written by the twins,“I Used to Be in Pictures”.
They approached Glazier Design to create a website for them to help showcase the book, increase their profiles as writers and showcase the photographs and stories featured throughout the book.
Our creative thought for this site was to bring classic Hollywood into glorious technicolor. Using some of the treasured black and white photographs from their collection, we began the process of colourising and enhancing these black and white images to illustrate; the colour, excitement and glamour of the greatest era in movie production.
Colourising the images has created something unique, presenting old Hollywood in a new light; exactly what Howard and Austin had intended to do with “I Used to Be in Pictures”. To complement this we designed a logo for the twins to use as their very own watermark; based on a sketch by Austin, the icon gives them an identity of their own amongst the stars.
For fonts, we wanted to use typography that presented both a classic and contemporary look, but that was easy to read in small sizes. For colour, the blue theme that the site is anchored in allows the black and white images to jump off the screen at you without being lost in heavily contrasted colour. Finally, our backgrounds are inspired by art deco cinema seats, wallpapers and objects.
We are delighted with the result of the website and the response that it has had from both our clients and even journalists and the Hollywood stars themselves.
“It’s such an incredible website that works with a unique book” – Rob Harris, Hollywood Publicist
“What a beautiful website” – Author and Writer, Jessica Fellowes
“Happy New Year to you, Austin, and please forgive me for not responding to your message sooner, only I have been snowed under, literally (well, it is winter) and then, I must admit, I became so captivated by your website that I forgot to come up for air.” – Writer & Publisher, Stephen M. Silverman