“Organising a charity group is surprisingly easy. Running a charity is surprisingly hard. Once the initial euphoria and energy evaporates the project“Organising a charity group is surprisingly easy. Running a charity is surprisingly hard. Once the initial euphoria and energy evaporates the project turned into a regular and repetitive endeavour. I tried to circumvent this by looking for and finding successors to organise subsequent months, which worked reasonably well for a number of years until the job of finding a successor itself became repetitive and, with me teaching a semester abroad the program came to a halt” - Sagmeister.
Like the Pied Piper, this book will lead those enamored with surfaces away from Heidegger's world and back into Plato's cave never to be ‘seen’ again.
A series that attempts to position theory as pivotal to the future of graphic design. This particular collection focuses on the First Things First manA series that attempts to position theory as pivotal to the future of graphic design. This particular collection focuses on the First Things First manifest 2000 and the wider social concerns. There are arguments that defend it, and ones that seek to dismiss it, revealing a discourse in a dilemma....more
I really enjoyed the well researched and informative history given by Heller, but was deeply disappointed with such an overly subjective, simple, glibI really enjoyed the well researched and informative history given by Heller, but was deeply disappointed with such an overly subjective, simple, glib conclusion. Moreover, this conclusions poses itself as the final word on the matter, rather than a departure point for further enquiry. Certainly it is difficult to find anything redeeming in a symbol largely associated with the ideas and promotion of Fascism, but outside of that doctrine this glyph has been highly revered for centuries. Indeed, much of Heller's book demonstrates this very fact, with suggestions of its association with fertility, to a seasonal structure, as well as a common good luck symbol across across Europe and America. But, I get the distinct impression that the research is merely a foil, a device on which Heller can proclaim his position. For the very fact the symbol has a multi-faceted history, throughout different and disparate cultures, denounces the very idea that there is one symbol of which we can speak.
If we are to accept Heller's presumption, that the swastika is beyond redemption, then why does he use it on the cover of his book? Indeed, why use the fascist colours, if not for dictating the associations we are to make? Why the more emotive use of the word 'swastika' over other names (fylfot, sun wheel, tetraskelion, Thor's hammer, to name but a few)?
Thus, the truly frightening aspect of the book is the authority that Heller places *in the symbol itself*, it becomes the embodiment of Fascism. He literally suggests the symbol is beyond redemption. This is not only absurd, it is, more wrongly, extremely dangerous. Fascism is insidious, reliant on division and fear. It creeps, in pursuit of convincing others of its abhorrent truth. Heller, despite his well placed horror of Fascist ideologies, has made a fatal error, and confused the appearance and the content, conflating the two into one. But then he is a Graphic Designer.
It is much more important that we seek to open up this minimal gap, to locate the context, and hear the nuanced voice of others. If that does not happen, then the Fascists have fertile ground on which to build camps anew-and that is something that should truly frighten us all. ...more