Filmmaker Friday: Rhyming Illustration Inspiration & the Roots of the “Keep Calm and Carry On” Poster by Studio Canoe

Temujin Doran of Studio Canoe is an illustrator and filmmaker based in London who developed the clever short films below. The first features Doran’s poetry dedicated to “illustration, the finest occupation” and his stylistic pencil drawings. The second pinpoints the history of the ever popular “Keep Calm and Carry On” poster design that have become so widespread that several parodies have emerged.

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Illustration: The Finest Occupation

“This is a short film about illustration, which is based on a poem that I wrote in my last year of art school, needless to say; studying illustration. It concerns a fictitious congratulatory letter written by a proud tutor to a recent graduate,” says Doran.

The Roots of “Keep Calm and Carry On”

“Barter Books is one of the largest second hand and antiquarian bookshops in Britian. It is home to, among other things, a very special poster. This is a short film about the history of the ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ poster. Though we will probably never know who the graphic artist was who was responsible for for its design, its is to his or her credit that long after the second world war, people everywhere recognize its simple and timeless design and still find reassurance in the very special ‘attitude of mind’ it conveys,” says Doran.

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Author: Mani O'Brien

Mani O’Brien is the Online Editor for the FIDMDigitalArts Blog and the Social Media Marketing Manager for FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in print journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communications at Arizona State University in 2006, and Associate of Arts degree in Graphic Design (Professional Designation) at FIDM in 2010. When she’s not brainstorming social media marketing ideas or writing about the graphic design and digital media, she enjoys practicing yoga, reading magazines, and hanging out with friends and family in Los Angeles.

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