Teaching to See

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Teaching to See
Teaching to See (2012) poster.jpg
film poster
Directed by Andrei Severny
Produced by Edward Tufte
Narrated by Inge Druckrey
Music by Mozart
Michael Levy
Cinematography Andrei Severny
Peter Lorsch
Edited by Andrei Severny
Giacomo Ciminello
Graphics Press
Release date
  • July 15, 2012 (2012-07-15)
Running time
37 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Teaching to See is a 2012 educational documentary film about graphic design and teaching of Inge Druckrey and some of her students and colleagues. Directed by Andrei Severny and produced by Edward Tufte, it was released in July 2012 and was screened in New York,[1]Boston,[2] Phoenix,[3] Toronto,[4] Reykjavík,[5]Philadelphia,[6]Stanford,[7][8] and New Haven.[9]

The film covers various topics and principles of seeing, analyzing and executing.[10] It provides insights into graphic design, typography, composition, form and visual arts education.

In 2012 Matthew Carter wrote about the film: "This film is about patient and dedicated teaching, about learning to look and visualize in order to design, about the importance of drawing. It is one designer’s personal experience of issues that face all designers, expressed with sympathy and encouragement, and illustrated with examples of Inge Druckrey’s own work and that of grateful generations of her students. There are simple phrases that give insights into complex matters, for example that letterforms are 'memories of motion.' Above all, it is characteristic of Inge that in this examination of basic principles the word beautiful is used several times."[11]


Critical reception[edit]

FastCompany writer Kyle Vanhemert claimed "the film opens the eyes to the design details around you."[12] In her article "Learn to See Like an Artist" at Lifehacker Melanie Pinola called it a "beautifully made film."[13] She wrote "Whether you're an aspiring artist or not, the video can teach you how to really look, notice and appreciate design details, and become more critical and curious in the process."[14] Sean Blanda at Behance 99U wrote "watch the first five minutes and you’ll be hooked." [15]


  1. ^ "Teaching to See screening at the Northeastern University Information Design and Data Visualization Symposium, Boston 2013". Retrieved 2013-07-28. 
  2. ^ "Teaching to See Official Website". Retrieved 2013-01-10. 
  3. ^ "Teaching to See screening at FilmBar, Phoenix in January 2013". Retrieved 2013-01-10. 
  4. ^ "Teaching to See screening at 2012 DesignThinkers conference, Toronto, Canada". Retrieved 2013-01-10. 
  5. ^ "Teaching to See screening at the Bíó Paradís cinema as part of the 2013 DesignMarch festival, Reykjavík, Iceland". Retrieved 2013-03-09. 
  6. ^ "Teaching to See screening at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia". Retrieved 2014-07-25. 
  7. ^ "Teaching to See screening at the Stanford University". Retrieved 2017-04-19. 
  8. ^ "Cantor Arts Center Teaching to See screening". Retrieved 2017-04-19. 
  9. ^ "Teaching to See screening at the Yale School of Art, New Haven". Retrieved 2014-07-25. 
  10. ^ Cookson, Clive. "Edward Tufte". The Financial Times. Retrieved 2013-07-28. 
  11. ^ "Teaching to See Official Website". Retrieved 2013-01-10. 
  12. ^ Kyle, Vanhemert (2012-08-28). "A 40-Minute Crash Course In Design Thinking". FastCompany. Mansueto Ventures. Retrieved 2013-01-10. 
  13. ^ Pinola, Melanie (2013-03-20). "Learn to See Like an Artist". Lifehacker. Gawker Media. Retrieved 2013-03-20. 
  14. ^ Pinola, Melanie (2013-03-20). "Learn to See Like an Artist". Lifehacker. Gawker Media. Retrieved 2013-03-20. 
  15. ^ Blanda, Sean (2013-03-20). "Video: How to See Like an Artist". 99U by Behance. Adobe Systems Incorporated. Retrieved 2013-03-20. 

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