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Rob van Hoesel
NPN Printers (NL)
Huis voor beeldcultuur
Graphic Matters (formerly Graphic Design Festival Breda)
By using visual storytelling as a tool, designers communicate events and opinions in a way that stands out from the continuous stream of images we encounter everyday. As there is always more than one side to a story, there are different perspectives from which the visual storyteller can work. By exploring various perspectives designers show the influence they have on a society dominated by images.
The projects in this book display how a socially relevant attitude combined with these various perspectives on storytelling extend the designers role to: Journalist – who creates compact and comprehensible reflections on the news. / Scientist – who dissects complex systems so as to find a transparent view. / Agitator – who questions and our personal opinions by provoking public debate. / Poet – who shares their personal reflections on reality to trigger the imagination.
Through exploring these various roles, designers prove how visual storytelling will raise an audiences visual literacy, it’s all about, Search, Find, Like, and Share.
With essays by Dennis Elbers, Sven Ehmann, Ellen Lupton, Robert Urquhart, Max Bruinsma and Evert Ypma. Featured projects by Catalogtree, Francesco Franchi, Peter Ørntoft, Trapped in Suburbia, Ji Lee, Metahaven, Nicholas Felton, René Put en Rianne Petter, Gorilla, Aram Bartholl, Andre Thijssen, Noortje van Eekelen, Vahram Muratyan, Floris Kaayk, Christoph Niemann, Xavier Barrade.
Graphic Matters, formerly known as Graphic Design Festival Breda, shows the work of visually wayward, societally involved and/or socially critical designers. With a perceptible programme we incite professionals and youth to take a critical look at visual culture. With presentations in a public context we create room for dialogue. Additionally, we offer them a chance to discover and develop their knowledge and skills. By making designers and young people aware of the power and impact of design, we contribute to the quality of contemporary visual communication. Properly (learning how to) view and visualise is just as important als reading and writing. By stimulating visual literacy, we promote connection, independence and equality in society.