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Posted By Jaime Gassmann
06.15.2009

Design at its most basic is a study in contrast, chiaroscuro, light and shadow, positive and negative space. And technology, stretching back to the first photo flipbook, has been mobilized in the pursuit of diachronic design — images portraying motion over time.

In other words, something like the most excellent black and white DVDs from Wee See.

Wee See just happens to be targeted at babies, who can see color but who see high contrast best until their eyes fully develop. It’s generally accepted that screen time is less than ideal for small ones and may stunt their language acquisition, but companies such as Baby Einstein have made a great deal of money selling DVDs to parents who use videos ostensibly to stimulate babies, but in practice to occupy them in order to get some things done around the house.

I am mesmerized by the Wee See videos. The shapes and movements intrigue me. The pacing imbues a strong sense of suspense, which is constantly resolved when the glorious music, scored and performed by Tim DeLaughter (frontman of the rock bands Tripping Daisy and The Polyphonic Spree), punctuates each black and white bloop and bleep.

Wee See is a two-DVD set masterminded by Rolyn Barthelman, a student of designer Charles Goslin. The intended audience for these shuffling animations is babies, but AC knows you will be entranced by the beauty and simplicity, too.

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