Progetto Grafico 29 International Graphic Design Magazine (IT) – Topic: Clients and Patrons

Deadline for submissions: 30 May 2015
Contact: redazione_progettografico@aiap.it

Progetto grafico 29: Clients and Patrons

edited by Riccardo Falcinelli, Davide Fornari, Carlo Vinti

At a time of general economic difficulties, marked by constant disciplinary and professional readjustments in the field of visual communication, we have chose to devote this issue of Progetto grafico to the theme of clients and patrons.

Historically, in the field of graphic design, large industrial, commercial, or institutional clients have provided not only financial support to designers (in the form of commissions), but have also had an impact on design choices, and contributed to shaping the image that graphic designers have of themselves as professionals. Despite this, clients are often forgotten protagonists in the history of graphic design. Recent critical debate has more often focused on the changing role of graphic designers and their direct relationship with end users. The issue of clients and patrons has remained largely in the shadows, although clients continue to play key roles in the process of design and production of communicative artifacts.

A series of important changes since the 1980s has perhaps made it even more urgent to resume the discussion about clients’ roles. On the one hand, the need for independence felt by the youngest generation of
graphic designers has increasingly led them to question the traditional designer-client relationship, structured as consulting or professional services provided to a customer. On the other hand, entire business and institutional sectors have begun to turn to professionals outside the traditional world of graphic design, whose skills lie more in marketing and strategic communication. Meanwhile, the position of the graphic designer has been significantly rethought: designers have attempted to appropriate many other roles in recent years (author, editor, curator, producer), including that of entrepreneur. Various forms of DIY-production and the diffusion of self-initiated projects have led many to believe they could do without the clients, or at least to prefer other forms of collaboration with partners who share their same culture. Public support from universities and foundations (in the form of scholarships and residences) is a more recent phenomenon whose sustainability model offers food for debate.

Given this complex framework, we believe it is particularly useful to reconsider several basic questions: What does being a client or patron mean, and what is the relationship between contemporary graphic designers and clients, taking into account the different shapes this relationship can take.

We are also interested in reconsidering some of the original meanings associated with the Italian term comittenza: the noun derives from the Latin verb committere, which, in addition to the sense of “entrusting,” “ordering,” and “requesting,” initially also referred to the acts of “putting together,” “joining two or more things.” English distinguishes more clearly between the activities of patronage (the support given to somebody’s work) and the role of customer (who buys or pays for goods and services), but from an etymological viewpoint the two terms both imply the idea of giving support: hence supporting a human work or activity, and not just economically.

And so, for this issue of Progetto grafico, we look forward to receiving contributions (essays, research, other forms of reportage) that critically discuss the theme of clients and patrons, in light of the aforementioned questions and issues. We are interested in perspectives from different disciplines, as long as they have at least a tangential pertinence to the field of visual communication and its cultural implications.

The issues we would like to explore include:

– How industrial, commercial, and publishing entrepreneurs, as well as political and cultural institutions, have contributed (and continue to contribute) to the establishment of the graphic design profession.

– Who are professional designers’ clients nowadays, and how has the relationship between designers and their commercial, institutional, or cultural counterparts changed?

– Who acts as mediator between designers and clients, both today and in the past?

– How has the traditional designer-client relationship, first established in the 20th century, changed in the contemporary landscape?

– How is the client perceived in the professional community? Does it still make sense to talk about “educating clients”?

– What kind of professional relationships do graphic design schools now prepare their students for?

– Is there such as thing as graphic design without clients?

– What opportunities do companies and institutions now offer graphic designers to encourage them to take risks, innovate, experiment, or even do research?

 

scheduled release: spring 2016
submission deadline: 30 May 2015

Send proposals to: redazione_progettografico@aiap.it

Progetto grafico è la rivista internazionale di grafica edita dall’Aiap http://www.aiap.it/progettografico/

editors
Davide Fornari, Silvia Sfligiotti

editorial board
Emanuela Bonini Lessing, Serena Brovelli, Maria Rosaria Digregorio, Riccardo Falcinelli, Claude Marzotto, Jonathan Pierini, Carlo Vinti, Stefano Vittori

 

2015 Student Web Awards

Building on our inaugural year’s success, the 2015 Student Web Awards contest promises to be another exciting event, showcasing the best in student Web design. The competition is open to both undergraduate and graduate students.

This contest is an online exhibition, juried by leading design practitioners and educators. The jurors selected for this event share a passion for design education and a commitment to supporting emerging design talent.

We invite you to submit the best of your student Web design work! All submitted work will be evaluated for both its visual and interactive merit. Each accepted work will be eligible to win awards in the following categories:

  • TYPOGRAPHY
  • VISUAL DESIGN
  • INTERACTIVITY
  • USER EXPERIENCE
  • PEOPLE’S CHOICE
  • BEST IN SHOW

Contest entry is free. Only one submission per entrant. Multiple submissions will result in exclusion from the contest. Any Web design-related project completed while all team members were students is eligible. Only accepted entrants will be notified of the status of their submissions.

All submissions must be received no later than May 31st, 2015.

http://studentwebawards.net

Architecture of Alterity Conference | University of Edinburgh

Architecture of Alterity_Call for Papers

In a world where we face others that we do not understand, the question of alterity becomes essential to our critical thinking. Alterity is a philosophical term meaning “otherness” describing the ability to distinguish between self/not-self, while opening up the recognition of the existence of an alternative viewpoint. This 2-day international symposium will focus on interdisciplinary contributions that discuss alterity from a diverse perspective including spatial, architectural, political, cultural and philosophical. The overall objective is to create an educational forum providing an active dialogue between both postgraduate and early career researchers with seasoned scholars, while establishing collaborative links between regional and international universities.

We invite paper abstract submissions under the following 4-thematic session topics, plus an additional open category. Authors may submit only one paper per session topic. The same paper abstract may not be submitted to multiple topics. Please submit to one-of-five paper sessions:

  1. Space of Communicativity
  2. Global Architect of Alterity
  3. Unveiling the Political: Process, Identity and Alterity
  4. Conceptualizing Counter-Hegemonic Sites, Practices and Narratives
  5. Open Category

Our intention is that these themes will be organized as separate tracks within the main symposium. We are delighted to also include keynote lectures from Simon Critchely, PhD, Hans Jonas Professor of Philosophy (New School of Social Research) and Michael Jenson, PhD, Associate Dean and Assistant Chancellor for Research (University of Colorado); and also invited presentations from Xavier Guillaume, PhD, Lecturer in Politics and International Relations (University of Edinburgh); and Dorian Wiszniewski, PhD, Senior Lecturer in Architecture and Critical Theory (University of Edinburgh).

Please submit both a 400-word abstract (in PDF format) and short-bio or resume in English by e-mail to: ArchitectureofAlterity@gmail.com by 15th February 2015. Notifications of acceptance with peer-review comments will be returned after March 15th 2015.

The exact programme will be announced after acceptance of abstracts by 15th of February 2015.

Contacts

For any inquires, please contact: ArchitectureofAlterity@gmail.com or Liz Martin-Malikian: e.martin-malikian@sms.ed.ac.uk

 

 

Call for submissions to upcoming graphic design book “Design to Renourish: Sustainable Design in Practice”

Have you or your design team produced graphic design projects with people, planet, profit in mind, particularly while employing a sustainable systems approach? If so, we want to hear from you!

We’re looking for international case studies of sustainably produced print, digital, signage, and comprehensive branding campaigns for the upcoming book Design to Renourish: Sustainable Graphic Design in Practice by Eric Benson & Yvette Perullo (Focal Press).

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: MARCH 2, 2015

About the Book

Design to Renourish is a book for graphic design professionals who want to integrate a sustainable ethos into their workflow. The book is about being ethical, empathetic, and effective as a design professional for clients and society. It addresses the real life challenges of working with the client to create sustainable work by detailing various approaches to successfully completed client project case studies that embrace a sustainable systems methodology. The designers interviewed for each case study will explain how they collaborated with clients to achieve the most sustainable—and successful—outcome.
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Conference on Product Lifetimes And The Environment (PLATE) June 2015, Nottingham (UK)

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 We’d like to inform you that the deadline for abstracts for the PLATE conference has been extended to Friday 19 September 2014 at 12 noon.

Please check the website for further information.

TOURETTE_Journal#0: WideOpen Call for Calls (22 June 2014)

Call for Calls

Call for Calls

 

Website: tourette-journal.tumblr.com

Deadline: 22 June 2014

Eligibility: Anybody is eligible. Authors may have a non-architectural background, but the call must fuel innovative debate within contemporary architectural discourse. Group submissions are allowed.

TOURETTE_journal looks at architecture as a loose and ever-changing discipline, dealing with everything spatial directly and by way of digital culture, shifting institutional ground, political and sociological issues, representational modes, drones and gorillas. Tourette recognizes the power of architectural discourse in the shaping of the discipline and the profession, and wishes to provide an open platform for the proliferating of ideas, debate and disagreement on issues related to the project of architecture in contemporary culture.

CALL: WIDEOPEN: Call for Calls offers winning applicants the opportunity to curate one issue of the journal and contribute to the all-too-contemporary quest for relevancy within architectural discourse. At a time of collective and disciplinary crisis, in which architecture is looking outside of itself in order to redefine its boundaries, WIDEOPEN looks for intriguing questions rather than easy answers, challenging doubts rather than soothing certainties. WIDEOPEN challenges issues of authoriality within the discipline by soliciting a collective effort and foregrounding participation. The first issue of the journal, gathering the collection of accepted calls, will read as a crowd sourced manifesto of contemporary architecture. The whole structure of the journal will revolve around this first issue, expanding it and implementing its scope.

THEMES: Submitted call for papers will deal with one of the following macrothemes/tagwords, expanding it, stretching it and counterubbing it in any way possible. The tagwords are intended to cover some significant moments in the process of design, but are intentionally ambiguous so as to encourage the most diverse interpretations of them:

.Prophecy

.Actors

.Representation

.Matter

.Machine

.Fate

CALENDAR:

May 2014: Call for Calls

22nd June: Submission deadline

29th June: notification of acceptance

August 2014: Tourette#0: WideOpen issue release

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: For submission details refer to website: http://tourette-journal.tumblr.com/

‘Good Things/ Bad Things’ workshop – DRS2014, Umea – 2pm-5pm 15th June: programme

The workshop programme is now ready and is (briefly) as follows:

1400 – 1430 Introduction to Workshop – Gamman and Fisher
1430 – 1450 Tiphaine Kazi-Tani, Rogue Designs – Atelier Van Lieshout
1450 – 1510 Mahmoud Keshavarz, Regularising Things – Passports
1510 – 1530 Discussion 1
1530 – 1550 Annamaria Andrea Vitali, Good Games of Chance – Gambling
1550 – 1610 Adam Thorpe, Fighting for Peace – Fashioning Things for Good
1610 – 1700 Discussion 2 – resume of 2 ‘good things’ events (2013 and 2014) – next steps
1700 Close and adjourn to opening ceremony

Hoping you can join us. Information about the DRS2014 workshops can be found here:  http://www.drs2014.org/en/programme/workshops/ The full programme including abstracts is here: 6.5.14 workshop programme

‘Good Things and Bad Things’ DRS Umea – workshop June 15th 2014

NOTE – the workshop date is June 15th (not 16th)

 

If you are interested in questions about the ethics of design, join the good things and bad things workshop at the Design Research Society’s conference at Umea, Sweden, in June 2014.

The workshop is convened by Professor Tom Fisher, Nottingham Trent University UK; Professor Lorraine Gamman, Central Saint Martins, London

At the workshop we will hear presentations which focus on the good/bad nature of specific things.

For information on how to apply to join the workshop, see the CfP at this dropbox link:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/bt3zgwr8pjag80q/lHYZX6Wxpt

Deadline for applications: 1st April 2014.

And you can join the ‘Good Things and Bad Things’ facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/474678392584933/

SWA The First Annual Student Web Awards – May 31, 2014

The first annual Student Web Awards intends to become a highly anticipated yearly competition and showcase of the best in student Web design. The competition is open to both undergraduate and graduate student work. 

This contest is an online exhibition, juried by leading design practitioners and educators. The jurors selected for this event share a passion for design education and a commitment to supporting emerging design talent.

We invite you to submit the best of your student Web design work! All submitted work will be evaluated for both its visual and interactive merit. Each accepted work will be eligible to win awards in the following categories:

  • TYPOGRAPHY
  • VISUAL DESIGN
  • INTERACTIVITY
  • USER EXPERIENCE
  • PEOPLE’S CHOICE
  • BEST IN SHOW

Contest entry is free. Only one submission per entrant. Multiple submissions will result in exclusion from the contest. Any Web design-related project completed while all team members were students is eligible. Only accepted entrants will be notified of the status of their submissions. Accepted work will be added to the gallery within approximately one month of submission. 

All submissions must be received no later than May 31st, 2014. 
Voting for the People’s Choice Award will remain open for one month after the contest deadline.

 http://studentwebawards.net

Bridging the Divide: Developing & Applying Design Methodologies for Cross-Cultural Collaboration (March 2014, London, UK)

Symposium & Workshop Call for Participants

Date: Saturday 15th March 2014
Time: 9.30 – 18.00
Location: Lecture Theatre, Central Saint Martins, Kings Cross, London
Website: http://ual.force.com/apex/EventFormPage?id=a0RD0000009biQhMAI&book=true

We would like to invite participants for a one-day research symposium and workshop on cross-cultural collaboration. Facilitated by an AHRC Collaborative Skills Development Award, it is centred around the exhibition The Craft of Ubuntu: An Exploration of Collaboration through Making, which is being shown in Cape Town and London as part of the World Design Capital 2014 official programme. 

The speakers include guests from WDC2014 Cape Town: Professor Mugendi M’Rithaa (Cape Peninsula University of Technology), Andile Dyalvane (South African ceramicist), Dr Katherine Ladd (University of Brighton), Simon Maidment (Kingston University), Dr Kirsten Scott (RCA), Sarah Rhodes (CSM) and John Ballyn (Independent Design Consultant). 

Whilst the morning presentations will be on cross-disciplinary practice in an African context, the focus on the day is on wider cross-cultural collaboration in design and craft research. The discourse will centre on:

  • The success, and importantly, failure of such partnerships;
  • The politics of working together;
  • Negotiating collaboration across disciplinary and cultural borders:
  • What might future collaborations look like?

Attendance is by RSVP only – If you would like to attend, please send an email to Sarah Rhodes: s.rhodes1@arts.ac.uk 

 

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