Size matters

Garcia-Media and Mario Garcia, one of the best-known and best newspaper designers on the planet, recently released an interesting white paper about the international move from the broadsheet to the tabloid size and smaller (http://garcia-media.com/files/GM_whitepaper.pdf). Garcia points out that in 1999 he predicted an 8.5×11 (or a European A4 size) by 2020. Now he says it will happen much sooner. I agree, but I also predict that as the marriage of the home computer and the television gets closer (and,… I want to read more

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Graphic designers are not the Devil

A quick clarification in my thinking/writing. There is, obviously, good work done by graphic designers. I have seen some wonderful glyphs, logos, logotypes, illustrations and so on. But, and again I am generalizing here, graphic designers’ successes seem to come when solving the communication problem involves the purely visual. Add words to the mix and many if not most graphic designers flail about. That’s why I like the term information design, and I have used it for years. We information… I want to read more

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Info vs. Graphic Design, Part II

I suppose the main point here is that I believe good media design is functional. Actually, though I use the term, I believe that “functional design” is an oxymoron. Design must have some kind of function whether it is newspaper design, package design, product design or architecture or it is not design. It is art. Ignoring the function of what you are designing is simply bad design, regardless of how good it may look. This is where graphic designers seem… I want to read more

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Design: Information vs. Graphic

I have a bit of a problem with graphic designers in media fields. Seems to me they are more interested in how things look than in how they work, i.e., in whether their design supports the transfer of information — the purpose of media communication. If the mediaworker’s meaning isn’t quickly and easily moved to the reader/viewer, then no matter how pretty something is, it is unacceptable. And don’t even bring up such things as accuracy and proper spelling, grammar… I want to read more

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