Letters of note: the Dublin designer whose props help bring films to life

You’re probably familiar with Annie Atkins’s work, even if you’re not familiar with her: she’s a designer of graphic props for the film industry and, as she puts it, ‘Most of what we do is supposed to be invisible’

16th February, 2020
Annie Atkins; much of her work goes unnoticed but she created the book that opened and closed the film The Grand Budapest Hotel. Picture: Fergal Phillips

In a design studio just off Merrion Square, many of the props for Steven Spielberg’s upcoming West Side Story are being made. The same studio produced boxes of documents for the Oscar-winning Joker and Ed Norton’s Motherless Brooklyn.

Letters, signs, books, all manner of products, you name it: if they're in a film, particularly one not set in the present, they’re all specially created by a graphic designer, and behind all...

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