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A *New* Program for Graphic DesignBy David Reinfurt, 2019. Preface by Adam Michaels. Foreword by Ellen Lupton. Design by IN-FO.CO (Adam Michaels, Shannon Harvey, Siiri Tännler). Published by Inventory Press and D.A.P/Distributed Art Publishers $25, £22
Art and design pedagogy is generally agreed today on the imperative for educators to facilitate independent learning instead of instructing students, but there remains wide debate about the most effective ways to achieve this goal. How best to impart knowledge without imposing a point of view? A *New* Program for Graphic Design by David Reinfurt offers some valuable insights. Rather than attempting to define the subject, or explain how to ‘be’ a graphic designer, this original book presents ideas, histories and practices related to graphic design, as models to suggest what working within the discipline might encompass. There is a refreshing humility evident in Reinfurt’s approach, as well as a marked respect for the reader’s intellect. In place of explicit direction is the clearly implied message that curiosity and cultivated interests – ‘what get a design practice moving, and keep it moving’ – will be essential …
A *New* Program for Graphic Design (2019). Cover and spread (top) designed by IN-FO.CO.
John-Patrick Hartnett, designer, writer, lecturer, London
Read the full version in Eye no. 101 vol. 26, 2021
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