Visual Strategies for the Apocalypse
By Ian Lynam and Friends
A zine about overcoming what author (and graphic designer) Ian Lynam terms “Creative Constipation.”
Lynam writes “The act of making can feel largely irrelevant, especially for those of us who make visual form professionally. Maybe you've felt this way, but quite possibly not. I wrote this booklet for those of us who have ever felt stuck, because somehow, it can feel like The Apocalypse... Doomsday. Ragnarok. Armageddon. (Or at least for me it has on occasion.)”
Visual Strategies for the Apocalypse gets past that by examining why and how the visual form is defined and dealt with, as well as how we might re-engage ourselves with it.
Topics include: the relationship between Big Tech and child labor; the even more complicated relationship between fast fashion and Thor, god of Thunder; space, time, and selfishness; contrast, cropping, and partying; chance processes; imitation, flattery, history, and desktop publishing; collage as strategy; the function of drawing; ornament, and making things up.
With contributions from leading designers and design educators: Matthew Scott Barnes, Natalia Ilyin, Nikki Juen, Yoon Soo Lee, Matthew Monk, David Peacock, Michael Scaringe, and Lorena Howard-Sheridan, along with Laura Bernstein, James Chae, Taylor Giali, James Hultquist-Todd of JTD Type, James Edmondson of Oh No Type Co, visual artist Griffin McPartland, Adolf Loos and the late Koichi Sato.
Edited by Catherine Dale
Published by Wordshape, 2019
Softcover, 112 pages, 3-color offset, 6.8 × 8.25 inches