Mary Lim

Monday, August 31, 2015

va: reading response

"Graphic Agitation: Social and Political Graphics Since the Sixties" by Lix Mcquisition
What stood out to me the most was Hitler's control over graphics which he used as a weapon. Organizing his campaign in Mein Kampf, Hitler employed the swastika immediately, creating a recognizable mark/symbol that put an identity to the Nazi regime. All the details were thought out, from uniforms to slogans to staged demonstrations. This reminded me of the power of propaganda during the Cultural Revolution in China (which I learned about in my Topics in Asian Arts study class). Mao utilized calligraphy and large posters to shift overall public opinion.

"Design of Dissent: Introduction & Interview with Milton Glaser" by Tony Kushner
Milton Glaser seems to view dissent as necessary public action. Dissent is not limited to just designers, but to every person. However, many choose to passively dissolve into the current social climate. Glaser also talked about the rise of amateur art. With the onset of technology, images are made quicker and news is spread faster. An example of this was an image of dead women and children with the caption: Q: And babies? A: ...and babies. Design is a critical part of change - especially seen throughout history in times of conflict and dramatic shifts. At times, it was used for harmful reasons, at others, it promoted social good.

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