Graphic design is re-creational – re-presentation, as opposed to representation. Graphic designers often also have to face creative limitations and disappointments. Like theatre, graphic design is uniquely communicative and innately performative practice. This performativity provides an opportunity for professional graphic designers to assert their unique, practice specific, skills and talents.
Recent advancements in 'lab-grown meat present interesting communication challenges. Especially wider ones, such as designing for new, potentially 'confronting', concepts and products.
Graphic designers often have a public and industry image of being argumentative prima donnas. But what is the truth and where is the research?
There is one narrative about graphic design's historical development that contextualises it in relation to the technological advancement of creative tools. This is often at odds with designers’ own focus on, for example, consumer aesthetics (Kuutti 2009). Nevertheless, it is inarguable that graphic designers have increasingly been forced to face the advance of disruptive technologies … Continue reading Graphic design and artificial intelligence
With the continuing dearth of academic articles that treat graphic/communication design as a specific research discipline, I'm always on the lookout for (and writing about) content that does address this. Indeed, a recent article that I read drew its conclusions about 'designers' from such a wide range of disciplines, that it may as well have … Continue reading Some articles engaging with current graphic design issues