Trending
Greater Good: Parson's Pro Bono Swimming Facilities for NYC
A rendering by graduate architecture students at the New School’s ...
At One With The Stars: Melissa McGill Installs Constellation Above New York’s Bannerman Castle
“I’ve always been inspired by pauses, fragments, and negative spaces,” ...
A New Twist: Paul Cocksedge Designs A Living Staircase in London
A protégé of Interior Design Hall of Fame member Ingo ...
10 Questions With... Joanna Frank
  Keep reading for a wake-up call, courtesy of New ...
Lucky 13: Healthcare & Wellness Products at NeoCon 2015
June’s NeoCon, at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago, drew more ...

JOB ZONE

jobseekers:

employers:

 
Weekly Poll
What device do you use most often when searching for product online?

    Calendar Upcoming Events
    Aug 02
    Las Vegas, NV, United States

    Las Vegas Market Summer 2015

    Aug 02
    Las Vegas, NV, United States

    “Is Original Design Good Business?” (Be Original Americas™)

    Aug 05
    New York, NY, United States

    DIFFA's 4th Annual Picnic by Design

    Aug 30
    New York, NY, United States

    BITAC Global 2015

    Sep 16
    San Francisco, CA

    IIDA Leaders Breakfast San Francisco 2015


    Close Search by date

    or See All Upcoming Events

    industry_article_detail_left_zone

    From Cave Drawings to Billboards: Richard Poulin’s Graphic Design + Architecture

    Richard Poulin’s Graphic Design + Architecture is published this month by Rockport Publishers.

    Richard Poulin’s Graphic Design + Architecture is published this month by Rockport Publishers.

    In the beginning was the word, and it was good. In the 21st Century, there’s environmental graphic design, and it’s often pretty good, too. The development of this discipline—roughly speaking, the intersection of architecture, landscape, and graphic design—is the subject of Graphic Design + Architecture: A 20th Century History, a volume out this month from Rockport Publishers by noted design consultant Richard Poulin.

    Charting a path from 13000 B.C. French petrograms to 2010’s photographic mural roofs by artist JR for Rio de Janeiro favelas, Poulin offers thumbnail sketches of relevant aesthetic and technological innovations over the years. The guide is firmly oriented toward the West (Egypt is mentioned for its ancient Hieroglyphics; from then on, Africa is more or less ignored, as is most of Asia including, oddly, Japan.) and relatively apolitical.

    The chapter “Art and Technology: A New Unity 1901-1928” includes the Bauhaus movement.

    The chapter “Art and Technology: A New Unity 1901-1928” includes the Bauhaus movement.

    But Poulin does a fine job of tracing lineage—showing the development of text and symbol use on building facades, for example, from inscriptions on the Roman Arch of Titus through the crop-art décor of South Dakota’s 1892 Corn Palace to the live dancing girls on New York’s 1929 Hollywood Revue Marquee.

    One wishes Poulin went a bit further afield geographically, or ventured into the worlds of product design and fine art (Barbara Krueger, for example, is well-worth a mention.) But Graphic Design + Architecture is a worthy beginning. And if it’s more coffee-table fodder than religious text, Graphic Design + Architecture still offers much to build on.



    You might also like:

    Designers & Books Fair Launches in New York

    Phaidon's Latest Release is Rock Solid

    Louise Fili: Long Live the Queen

    Black Dog Publishing’s Material Matters: New Materials in Design

    industry_article_detail_central_zone