Fellow ‘mature’ designer, davidthedesigner, has made an interesting critique on my ‘Do graphic designers…” post. He says he is ‘... not entirely certain that I understand his argument’.
So, for David, and anyone else who needs clarification, here goes… The point of showing the work of Studio Dunbar, 8vo and Wolfgang Weingart (and I could add to that April Greiman, David Carson, Tomato...
David Carson's Ray Gun magazine
and umpteen other followers of the stylistic genre), is its disregard for the copywriter and ultimate reader.
The interesting thing about Studio Dunbar’s work, when I first encountered it, was that it was all in Dutch. I along with many others was utterly seduced by the ‘look’. Throughout the 80s and 90s, replicas popped up everywhere. The words used could (or should) have been in ipsum lorem, it would have saved the writer slog and money too. Just as many architects often don’t consider the people who have to use their buildings, being far too hung up on their ‘visual expression’, so too are some graphic designers in their neglect the basic rules of communication.
If you are going to work with a writer then please respect their work. They are creative, feeling beings too. And sometimes words are far more powerful that a lot of visual alphabbetti spaghetti for no apparent reason.
Interestingly David mentions Why Not Associates and their clear connection...
with Studio Dunbar’s early work. He goes on to mention their most recent and excellent piece (in collaboration with artist Gordon Young), The Comedy Carpet in Blackpool…
Ironically this work takes its inspiration from the wood blocked musical hall playbills of the late 19th century. If ever there was a clear, direct form of communication, with an economy of words, it is in this era.
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So the clue to which I was rabbiting on about in my blog post is in the title. My therory is that few do. Most like to look.