Graphic Events: A Realist Account of Graphic Design

James Dyer (Editor), Nick Deakin (Editor)

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Once an object of graphic design leaves the designer’s computer, it enters an unpredictable and precarious existence in the world. Posters, packaging and flyers may be ripped from walls, littered on streets or left to fade in shop windows. This chasm between the conception and the material life of designed objects is familiar and apparent to all, but is curiously under-theorized within the discipline.
Graphic Events calls on graphic designers to embrace the uncertainty their designs face as they circulate in the world. It proposes that, rather than ignore the fact or to attempt to “solve” the problem, designers should play with this unpredictable process. This volume contains interviews with and essays by philosophers, graphic designers, photographers and artists, as well as a poem by Philip Larkin and an excerpt from a memoir by Patti Smith that engage with graphics in the real world.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEindhoven
Number of pages250
ISBN (Print)9789493148666
Publication statusPublished - 16 May 2023
EventGraphic Events: At The Asphalt Level - Dutch Design Week, Eindhoven, Netherlands
Duration: 22 Oct 20225 Nov 2022


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  • De-Signing Ambiguity

    Dyer, J. & Petersen, C., 1 Jul 2021, Design Culture(s): Cumulus Conference Proceedings Roma 2021. Di Lucchio, L., Imbesi, L., Giambattista, A. & Malakuczi, V. (eds.). Cumulus, Vol. 2. p. 4500-4513 14 p. (Cumulus Roma; vol. 2, no. 7).

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  • Collision. Everyday Graphic Design

    Deakin, N. & Dyer, J., 1 Jul 2020, In: Evental Aesthetics. 9, 1, p. 95-102 8 p.

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    Open Access
  • Speculative Graphic Design: The Idiot's-Eye-View

    Dyer, J., 10 Dec 2020, In: Message. 4, 1, p. 87-101 15 p.

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