In this 8th episode of It's All Graphic we'll talk to graphic designers, who have developed new sets of skills and new toolkits in addition to their graphic design skills.
These multidisciplinary designers all use coding to visualise their designs, but their media are all very different. From the dynamic letters of Mitch Paone, the airbrushed ceramic tiles of Gilles de Brock and the self-developed typography of Our Polite Society; to all kind of creative coding projects by Vera van de Seyp and the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning for the purpose of exploring the use of our memory according to Chris Kore.
Why did they feel the urge to do so? And why do so many designers do it nowadays, if you compare it to before?
Chris Kore is interested in the intersectional relation between technology, art, and science; in the exploration of an ever-changing mediated reality and its influence on human perception. Her works touch the philosophical and psychological sides of our technological nature, question the expanding development of AI, mixed realities and our digital traces.
Gilles de Brock is a designer turned tile maker, his designs are informed by ‘the limitations of the medium’ he uses in each project. Psychedelic in colour choice and composition, Gilles creates work for long-term clients, who give him the trust and freedom he needs to experiment.
Mitch Paone is a partner of New York & Geneva based design agency DIA, which specialises in kinetic identities and typographic systems. DIA’s signature use of motion and generative tools has led to major collaborations with Apple, Balenciaga, A-Trak, Nike, Saint Laurent, Squarespace, and many more.
Vera van de Seyp is a designer / creative coder with great interest in typography, languages, and artificial intelligence. In her work, she explores new technologies, digital tools, and fields in media where boundaries are still blurry and yet to be defined.
Our Polite Society is a studio for graphic design, type design, and typographic research founded by Jens Schildt and Matthias Kreutzer, designing books, magazines, posters, record sleeves, exhibitions, signage systems, graphic identities, websites, and typefaces. Their self-initiated work investigates how typographic form reflects social phenomena, and how it relates to ideology and the distribution of knowledge.