Posts Tagged ‘research’

Craftsmanship in graphic design: what are your thoughts?

Saturday, April 18th, 2009

I received this note from Dutch graphic design student Yvonne van Wanrooij. I expect many you will have pointed thoughts on the subject.

My name is Yvonne van Wanrooij and I currently study graphic design at the arts academy in Maastricht (Holland). Right now I am graduating and my subject has to do with the craftmanship of graphic design.

Nowadays it seems almost nothing is produced by hand. In graphic design, at least, the Mac is the main instrument used to produce work.

I would like to know how people think of craftsmanship. Does the current society leave any place for craftsmanship? Does it have added value at this point in time? What does it entail? Is it purely a way in which to produce something, or does craftsmanship have to do with more: is it a way of life, a way to look at life?

If anyone could respond to these questions, it would be a great help to me and my research. Not only do I find it interesting to know how others feel about this subject, but others could bring me more clarity on the subject. Send your thoughts to this email:

Thank you!
Yvonne van Wanrooij

Betty Bright to explore the ‘phoenix-like revival’ of letterpress printing

Friday, April 17th, 2009

Betty Bright, writing in the latest issue of The Bonefolder, announces she has received a research grant to ‘explore the ‘phoenix-like revival of interest in letterpress printing’ in recent years.’ In particular, she will explore ‘the larger histories of art and book art from 1980 to the present, in order to determine how letterpress printing fits into that picture.’

Bright will be seeking stories and commentary from letterpress printers, moderating a blog pertaining to this research, and will publish her findings in The Bonefolder. We will post more information about Bright’s research as we hear of it. Read her full announcement here.

Bright is the author of No Longer Innocent: Book Art in America, 1960 to 1980, the first comprehensive history of the book art movement in America, which was reviewed in Parenthesis 13 by Kathleen Walkup.

— Paul Razzell