Eye on Design - Issue #06 (Utopias)


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The sixth issue of AIGA's Eye on Design focuses on utopias, exploring the elusive concept of idealism in its many forms.

The issue looks back at the origins of Modernism and the concept of a universal solution, while also looking to the future to envision how education, labor, the environment, and art might benefit from big, optimistic, and critical ideas. Hear stories about the present moment, and learn about designers who are actively working towards creating a better world.

Visit reclusive cartoonist Seth and what might be his most remarkable project to date: his home; discover the rise and fall of Vaporwave, the internet's native aesthetic; and glean tips on how to be a "responsible" designers during the climate change era.

Also included: an in-depth conversation with publishing collective One of My Kind; a detailed account of Cooper Union's tuition fight and how it bred a generation of student activists; double die-cuts; Mindy Seu's Cyberfeminist Index; and an illustrated guide to women-run utopias.

Contributors include Na Kim, Anoushka Khandwala, Neo Maditla, Louisa Prado de O. Martins and Pedro Oliveira, Zachary Petit, Gary Zhexi Zhang, Ritupriya Basu, Mindy Seu, Louise Benson, Grace Gelder, Max Guther, Yuanchen Jiang, and Stefanie Leinhos.

Guest-designed by Na Kim, a graphic designer currently based in Berlin

Softcover, 160 pages, full color, 6.5 × 9 inches

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