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Socialdesignzine 2003-2009

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

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'

Fabrizio M. Rossi continua la lettura...

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

Fabrizio M. Rossi continua la lettura...

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

Is the Panda extinct? Regarding the new Alitalia logo

Fabrizio M. Rossi continua la lettura...

During the May of last year Sdz hosted a Stefano Asili post, "Alitalia come il panda” (lit. Alitalia like the Panda), in which he rightly invited the adoption of Alitalia's logotype, comparing it to the most famous of all animals on the verge of extinction. Unfortunately Asili's initiative only found a following in a handful of comments in these pages. And I fear now it may be too late.

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Inserted by gianni sinni on 05/14/08 | (5) | Incubi

The last poster

Mario Piazza continua la lettura...

Our world is truly bizarre. It affirms and negates in the very same moment. Let us observe as an example the magnificent destiny of posters (for theater, cultural events, advertisements...). After many years of success for poster designers, now celebrated mostly in antiquary auctions, we can now state, with sufficient certainty, that the poster is dead. Having disappeared from the streets, it has become a useless object. It no longer serves theaters or exhibitions. It is no longer used for promoting concerts or conferences. It is finished.

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Inserted by gianni sinni on 05/13/08 | (6) | Dibattito

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

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Which one? Both? Udine, May 2008 >>

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

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Signal - 200

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

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Andrea Rauch, Gianni Sinni, SocialDesignZine vol. UNO Andrea Rauch, Gianni Sinni, SocialDesignZine vol. DUE Il mondo come design e rappresentazione Ellen Lupton, Graphic Design The New Basics Steven Heller, Mirko Ilic, Design Anatomy Albe Steiner, Il mestiere di grafico Italic 2.0 Michael Bierut, Seventy nine short essays on design Progetto grafico Alba. Nuovi manifesti italiani Spaghetti grafica. Contemporary Italian Graphic Design Disegnare le città