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Women of design

Can the world of graphic design be divided by sex? The only valid selection criteria should be quality and indeed the volume Women of design curated by Bryony Gomez-Palacio and Armin Vit — the two founders of the SpeakUp blog — speaks of quality graphic designers. Thus eliminating the main danger within the choice of presenting a selection of women graphic designers: the risk of defining some sort of politically correct and self-referential criteria.

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Inserted by gianni sinni on 03/23/09 | (1) | A stampa

Socialdesignzine 2003-2009

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There is a time for everything. SocialDesignZine’s time lasted quite a few years. Indeed the past year was Sdz’s seventh year of activity, and the last one. Indeed, as of today, Sdz is ceasing all publications. In the lines that follow we will try to explain the reasons behind this decision.

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Inserted by gianni sinni on 12/28/09 | (37) | Sdz

Più Design Può. Enzo Biffi Gentili

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While awaiting the Più Design Può event, which will take place in Florence on the 22nd and 23rd of may, we are republishing some of the articles from Sdz which present the works and research by some of the conference's speakers. After Marcia Lausen, John Emerson and Steven Heller, it's the turn of the "Biella è Bella" curated by Enzo Biffi Gentili who will be presenting its' results in Florence. Urban writingsby Enzo Biffi Gentili At the start of 2007, beginning work as the Biella City consultant for so-called urban decoration, I questioned the limits of such a tired expression, no longer capable of including new problems of urban identity, image and communication. It was therefore very important to start planning an opening towards other disciplines that do not strictly belong amongst those of product design: urbanism, architecture, applied arts and last but not least graphic design, or rather environmental graphics, archigraphics.

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Inserted by gianni sinni on 05/18/09 | (0) | Pubblica Utilità

The basis of graphic design

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Ellen Lupton is one of the most important designers to have contributed to graphic design's contemporary didactics. Her books, such as Design Writing Research and Thinking with type - not to mention the recent Design It Yourself Kids, dedicated to artistic education for children - represent some of the best available texts on teaching typography and graphic design.

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Inserted by gianni sinni on 05/19/08 | (1) | A stampa

Freedom of expression and 'news factories'

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Warning: this post does not explicitly regard graphic design. Its’ main focus are communication and information.  Wednesday 30th of April, 07,15 a.m.: as I was having breakfast I listened to the foreign press reviews on “Radiotre Mondo”, transmitted by the third RAI radio channel. Amongst the various pieces of news, one in particular struck me: BBC news was speaking about the Turkish Parliament’s approval of “some modifications of the controversial article 301 of the Turkish penal code. Requests to modify this article had been made starting with Hrant Dink’s assassination in 2007. The Turkish Parliament has approved the softening of a law that had been criticized by the EU as restrictive of freedom of expression.   

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Inserted by gianni sinni on 05/03/08 | (4) | Società

How to create a printery

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What is missing in digital creations that makes them appear so often as cold and distant? Perhaps the element they are lacking is the human factor, the mistakes and imperfections. Surely it’s not by chance that many graphic design researches and experimentations of the past few years have centred their attention on the recovery of the imprecise image. Thus dirty typography, hand drawn images and vernacular graphics have tried to dignify, on an aesthetic level, those aspects that a purist approach prefers to avoid at all costs as poor, ugly, dirty and bad.

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Inserted by gianni sinni on 05/29/08 | (0) | A stampa

Feminine singular: Frédérique Mathieu

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In the opening video we are glad to present a brief anticipation of Frédérique Mathieu's six short films on Adrian Frutiger, on exhibit at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni Scaffale d’arte from the 25th of May onwards.

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Inserted by chialab on 05/20/08 | (0) | Appuntamenti


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"Help! a Norwegicus Rattus!", Rome, Isola tiberina. >>

01.06.08 | (0) | in Notizie

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Which one? Both? Udine, May 2008 >>

18.05.08 | (0) | in Notizie

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Don't abandon them, Lecce, photo by Roberto Paolini >>

11.05.08 | (0) | in Notizie

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Cryptic signals, Alessano (Le), photo by Fabrizio M. Rossi >>

04.05.08 | (0) | in Notizie

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Archaic equipment, Castiglion della Pescaia, (Gr) >>

27.04.08 | (2) | in Notizie

Rock with Fakir

Design a vinyl sleeve for Fakir. Rock Band, one of the biggest games that has ever been imagined (Wired), will be released this summer in Europe. The game is about performing legendary rocksongs in front of a screen. Underware's typeface Fakir was chosen for the game as official rock-type. >>

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23.04.08 | (0) | in Notizie

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Disarming signals, Honduras >>

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