All posts by Alison Harmsworth

Alison Harmsworth is a set designer based in Toronto. Her credits include 'Schitt's Creek', 'Good Witch', 'A Christmas Horror Story', 'Remedy', and 'Spun Out'.

INSPIRATION: Extraordinary Abstract Artist, Victor Pasmore

Victor Pasmore was one of the greatest British abstract artists of the 20th century. Born in 1908, he was educated at Harrow and the Summer Fields School, influenced by Impressionist painters, painting mostly landscapes. In

PRODUCTION DESIGN PORN: Terry Gilliam

Actor, writer, director, animator, producer… former Monty Python member Terry Gilliam has done it all, even production design for the Python film Life of Brian! He started out as a cartoonist and animator in the

TV SETS: Mad Men, Season 4

Taking place from 1964-1965, the most recent season of Mad Men, now on dvd and bluray, was a turning point for the look of the show: new Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce offices and a new

INSPIRATION: Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso (1881 – 1973) is one of the most well-known and prolific artists of all time, painting over 20, 000 pieces. Starting from a young age he always had immense artistic talent, so much

TV SETS: Mad Men, Seasons 1-3

With the news that Mad Men was just picked up for two, possibly three more seasons, I thought it would be an excellent time to take a look back at the fantastic work that production

INSPIRATION: Dentsu’s Sound Sculptures

Dentsu‘s ad campaign for Canon’s Pixma line of printers is truly phenomenal. They placed paint on top of a speaker, played a single note, and captured the results at thousands of frames a second. The

PRODUCTION DESIGN PORN: Sir Ken Adam

BAFTA’s tribute to Ken Adam took place this past Monday night on the occasion of Ken Adam’s 90th birthday. As one of the most creative and imaginative production designers to ever live, not many people

PRODUCTION DESIGN PORN: Quentin Tarantino

What makes a Quentin Tarantino movie so great? The soundtracks full of 70s tunes, the stylized gore, and of course the David Wasco production design. Sets like the warehouse in Reservoir Dogs and the the

RESOURCE: Museum of American Packaging

I recently came across my new favourite Flickr pool, The Museum of American Packaging. At school this month, I designed a 60’s grocery store set and perusing this gallery really helped with nailing the feel

PRODUCTION DESIGN PORN: Stanley Kubrick

Stanley Kubrick (1928-1999) is one of the most beloved filmmakers of all time, with a whopping 6 titles on IMDb’s Top 250  Movies list despite only winning one Oscar for Best Visual Effects for 2001: A