How paper figures in the history of design ideation

Grigg, J 2018, 'How paper figures in the history of design ideation', in Back to the Future. The Future in the Past, Barcelona, Spain, 29-31 October 2018, pp. 319-322.

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Title How paper figures in the history of design ideation
Author(s) Grigg, J
Year 2018
Conference name International Conference Design History Society 10+1
Conference location Barcelona, Spain
Conference dates 29-31 October 2018
Proceedings title Back to the Future. The Future in the Past
Publisher Edicions de la Universitat de Barcelona
Place of publication Barcelona
Start page 319
End page 322
Total pages 4
Abstract Graphic languages have been created throughout history. We continually process our observations and look for ways to share our thoughts with others. We understand literacy as the ability to read and write words and visual literacy as an ability to read, decode and interpret visual statements, as well as to write, encode and create visual statements. Of interest here, is how materials contribute a literacy of their own. This article constructs a lineage of designers from the past century who have sought paper as a means of communication. A concept explored at the Bauhaus, this approach is also identifiable in past and present Australian design. A history is traced from Germany to Australia to share practice-based insights of the significance of paper in the ideation of four designers, Josef Albers, Gerard Herbst, David Lancashire and Jenny Grigg. The focus is not only on how paper guides design perceptions, but also on how paper-focused processes materialise principles of design.
Subjects Design History and Theory
Keyword(s) Material literacy
graphic design
graphic design ideation
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