London Bridge in Wired magazine
Our work on the London Bridge station project has been featured in Wired magazine
"People vs Graphic Design" - our take on the Clerkenwell Design Week conversation
Angus Montgomery, Editor of Design Week, held a talk on âPeople Vs. Graphic Designâ, at the Clerkenwell Design Festival with its panel of graphic designers: Patrick Myles (RIBA Journal art editor), Sarah Hyndman (Type Tasting), Jim Sutherland (Founder of Studio Sutherland), Jonathan Barnbrook, and Tony Brook (Spin).
There are varying factors causing a clash between people and design from social to taste. However, the general consensus at the centre of this crisis was due to peopleâs lack of understanding of what is graphic design and its processes, and how it should be celebrated and championed rather than be âthe poor cousin of architecture and fashionâ.
What is graphic design?
Jonathan Barnbrook described it as âan intellectual exerciseâ¦part of solving the problem and producing a responseâ by using text, symbols and imagery. A solid understanding of composition is essential to visually communicate the message effectively.
Graphic design is too often misunderstood and considered an after thought. Maybe it is because its main output are on throwaway materials such as leaflets, business cards, brochures, reports etc. It would be wrong to think this. At its very best, it can unite and inspire a nation with a singular belief â Shepard Faireyâs poster of âHopeâ for Obamaâs 2008 Presidential Campaign â or emblematic like Milton Glaserâs, Iâ¥NY.
Natasha Chetiyawardana, Creative Partner of Bow & Arrow, believes designers are integral to how a business, brand or product can work â it can lead to a real and beneficial impact on peopleâs lives than merely the execution at the end of the projectâs lifecycle.
So how can we get people to understand?
It needs to start within design education. Designers need to understand the value of their skillset and the impact it can have in business. We often forget it is another language, and to engage non-designers we need to use other means to help them understand whether be it through familiarity or social context.
Without reach, design runs the risk of getting smaller and smaller, talking only to a select group and becoming increasingly insulated and isolated. The social landscape is constantly changing, and if history has taught us anything, to create a movement, we need endorsement.