Visual Culture

5 August 2008

A raid on sacred cows

A raid on sacred cows

mary ann bolger

The Táin demonstrates how design can contribute to a nation’s sense of itself
Graphic design heroes might be, as Martha Scotford noted, Western white men, but they’re a particular kind of Western, white, man: there are few Finns, Greeks or Irish in the canon. As a 1992 article in Graphis asked: ‘Where are the Paul O’Rands, the Milton McGlasers?’

2 August 2008

Good at needlework?

Good at needlework?

the research department

Stock seeks your views on the meaning of success for women designers
Jennifer Campbell-Colquhoun and Selina Swayne want to know what you think about graphic design and designers. Their project Stock aims ‘to take a snapshot

31 July 2008

Feel like a beer?

Feel like a beer?

cherriss firbank

Royal College graduates take to the bottles – 27m of them
Artists are often reluctant to be labelled, except perhaps when it comes to seeing their work on a beer label.

30 July 2008

Blinded by the light

Blinded by the light

david thompson

When I asked a member of Sheffield’s Millennium Gallery staff where I’d find the Advanced Beauty exhibition of digital video art, he politely confessed to having no idea what I was talking about, writes David Thompson.

28 July 2008

Don’t blame the Zippos

Don’t blame the Zippos

david barringer

During the 1965-73 Vietnam war, writes David Barringer, American soldiers etched slogans and images on to the metal of the Zippo lighters they carried with them, and which, notoriously, were on occasion used to set huts on fire.
 
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