Translated into English for the first time, Graphisme en France 2014, published annually by the Centre national des arts plastiques (CNAP), a public body under the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, addresses several of the major concerns within graphic design.
Original contributions from young researchers, who are also curators, publishers, lecturers or designers, consider the various graphic design practices in the light of today:
Anthony Masure, lecturer in digital design and doctoral student, analyses the links between graphic creation and digital tools, and spotlights the many interesting productions resulting from them.
Vivien Philizot, graphic designer, lecturer and doctoral student, draws on Ken Garland's First Things First manifesto, published in 1964, and the various commentaries on it, to reassert the fundamentally social nature of graphic design.
Alice Savoie, type designer, lecturer and PhD, puts her work, teaching and researching typography, into perspective.
The Tombolo collective's contribution revolves around critical analysis in graphic design, with text and iconography woven together by the different authors.
Michel Wlassikoff, historian of graphic design, looks back at the nineteen previous issues to consider the history and evolution of Graphisme en France.
True to its principle that each issue should be designed by recent graduates, this anniversary issue is the work of Charlotte Gauvin and Matthieu Meyer, both from École Supérieure d’Art et Design Grenoble-Valence (France). Their design premise is a rigorous and inventive layout which they have adapted to the structure and content of each article so as to highlight the specificities of each one.
Throughout 2014, the Centre national des arts plastiques is staging a major event, also called “Graphisme en France 2014”. It brings together the many players in contemporary French graphic design, and showcases their creativity, diversity and energy.
This twentieth issue of Graphisme en France, and the various events that go with it, confirm the importance and implications of graphic design in our society, as well as the many and exciting ideas unfolding within the field. These next few years should enable a wider audience to identify and appreciate the quality of production, enable graphic designers to apply their expertise to increasingly varied domains, and allow the ever more numerous researchers to contribute to further reflection in an area of contemporary creation which has the full attention of the Centre national des arts plastiques.
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