By devoting an issue to “Publishing,” which has always been a central theme for people dealing with communication design, Progetto grafico has decided to start by redefining and expanding upon the term, going beyond its primarily editorial connotations to explore its significance as “making public; disclosing; popularizing.”
The latter seems to be a core issue for both those who design/produce editorial material (professionally or otherwise) as well as those who use it.
The current scene includes a hybrid between print and digital publishing, aided by the emergence and spread of many types of tools that facilitate the publishing process, making it more accessible and sometimes even automatic and involuntary: in this light, any online activity can be considered a form of publication.
If anyone can act as publisher, it becomes essential to take into account two other crucial aspects of the process: on the one hand, the distribution and use by an audience; and, on the other, the continually evolving tools that make it all possible.
Choosing what to make public and what to protect from unintentional publication become part of the publishing business. Even the very idea of copyright is put to the test, and is often overridden by other forms of sharing and reworking.
The people involved in the process (authors, editors, designers/producers, readers) no longer have clearly defined roles: in theory, anyone can be a publisher, and can find readers anywhere. But in practice, one has to wonder how much such public information is actually accessible, and reconsider publishing practices within the broader picture of such information’s accessibility.
A few of the issues we would like to explore
- Might there be forms of publication that can exist without an author, a client, or even a readership/audience?
- What is a publisher’s “responsibility”?
- Can not publishing be an (editorial) choice in and of itself?
- What is the relationship between publishing and technology?
- How can a publication reach its audience?
For this issue of Progetto grafico we welcome contributions (essays, research, design analyses . . .) in which the theme of publishing crops up in one of the ways touched upon above. We are interested in perspectives from all different disciplines, as long as they have some relevance to the realm of visual communication and its cultural implications.
• release: Autumn 2015
• submission deadline: 15 January 2015
send your submissions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Progetto grafico is the international graphic design magazine published by Aiap
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