The Body as Factory: Anatomy of an Image
What interested me about this visual interpretation of DNA from the cover of New Scientist
, which I have kept for years, is its treatment of the body as both machine and factory. This kind of imagery has surfaced again recently with the publication of two monographs about Fritz Kahn, a doctor who used visual metaphors to elucidate the body’s hidden processes. Who created the illustration and what were their inspirations and aims?
Rediscovering the Lost Art of the Typewriter
Typewriters are making a comeback and so is typewriter art. This month sees the publication of Typewriter Art: A Modern Anthology
by Barrie Tullett, the first ambitious survey of the subject in decades. A typewriter artist in his own right, Tullett shows how artists experimented with the machine to generate a new kind of type-image specific to its capabilities. “Graphic designers should all own at least one typewriter,” he advises.
The Conceptual Advertising of J.G. Ballard
From 1967 to 1970, the British author J.G. Ballard published a series of disturbing conceptual advertisements in several publications at his own expense. While the ads are well known to his admirers and scholars, there has been little attempt to place them in a broader context in relation to design and advertising. Ballard’s project anticipated the emergence of culture jamming, subvertising, design fiction and speculative design.