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18 October 2011


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Gerry Simons

Well put and although I tend to agree with Mike you have got me thinking and isn't that what this (blogging) should be about.

Ian Dennis

Not sure I follow Mike's argument either, but it's not helped by the dozen or so spelling and punctuation errors.

Some graphic designers do read as well as look!


This is a very British discussion, but I’m amazed to see that hope is coming from France.

ko sliggers

hello david, i will paste my emailed response to mess the whole thing up (i'm not serious, in the following remarks i'm very serious)

1 it is a pity also youwrite the name of dumbar
with a 'n' that gives me right away a sloppy feeling of the approach, i know designers are a bit dyslectic but that's not an excuse
but maybe i am exeggerating...

2 in his 'chronical' dempsey only concentrates on the outside form and neglects the embedding of our profession in the social-cultural sphere, in that way you never can understand why things look as they are

3 the major question 'do graphic designers read or just look' is too general and the examples to illustrate his 'essay' are too diverse (do you read blanco stationery)

4 to speak about the design i made for studio dumbars stationery the scope was to make a distinguished vocabulary which was ment to
be read on a more abstract level and (as it should be i thought*) was formally just a frame, a paper-borne ambient to embrace its content (which is unfortunately absent in the presentation, i mean a
real letter, a real send envelope..etc) which is the expressioin of a mentality (versatile, flexible, open)
* and still think

5 it is an open door to establish creative minds and so called followers
(not interesting as well)

6 to be more personal, i found it always very demotivating that the main designers scope is form and the contemporary style recycling shows that nothing has changed, it even got worse (unfortunately there are very little critical people working in design education and little students are receptive...they are already spoiled by consumentism)

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some old enamel signs

  • Sign41
    Lovely, aren't they?

instead of helvetica...

my pantone past

top tips for typesetters

  • six golden rules
    The post that first spelt it out: the important things to get right when you start dealing with type.