Spring 2003

Seeing democracy on the ground

Fences and Windows

By Naomi Klein
Flamingo, £8.99

Fences and Windows is Naomi Klein in the thick of it: in the crowds, chatrooms and counter-summits of a swelling popular opposition to a postmodern economic model that has savaged every frontier.

With No Logo, Klein addressed graphic design’s complicity in the commodification of cultural and human identity. The brands that designers build for fast food and sportswear companies are now the world’s most powerful iconographies (no, this is not a compliment). Religious, political and social territories have been colonised by carefully kerned (or wilfully coarse) corporate visual strategies . . .

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