In this collection of essays about visual culture, Rick Poynor directs a critical eye at brands, billboards, magazines, architecture, tattoos and trends in cosmetic surgery. A key target is the pervasiveness of sexual imagery in the market place and the media's symbiotic relationship with porn. Poynor shows how commerce exploits the blurring of art and advertising, and paints a vivid, not always comfortable picture of where 21st century design culture is heading. Poynor interviews architect Rem Koolhaas, satirical illustrator Paul Davis, and maverick graphic designer and performance artist Elliott Earls. He revisits the early, 'new wave' work of Peter Saville and Malcolm Garrett and tracks the unstoppable rise of Stefan Sagmeister. Reports from emerging design territories in central Europe and Australia examine how rapidly growing economies deal with design's potential. "Designing Pornotopia" challenges the climate of mediocrity that dominates much of our commercial environment, highlights alternatives and considers the way forward.
Table of Contents
Introduction; Hyphenation Nation; Meet Me at the Checkout; Luxurious Frugality; This Month's Cover; What do Men Want?; Liberating the Billboard?; Loyalty beyond Reason; A World without Ads; Look at My Speechtool; The Citizen Designer; Ramshackle Utopias; Mr Hancock's New Wave Art Class; New Europe, New Spirit?; Writing with Pictures; Technology in Everyday Life; Look Inward, Australia; Struggling to be Heard; Taste-free Zone; Designing Pornotopia; Collapsing Bulkheads; The Sex Detectives; Baring it All; The Skin Cult; Flesh Speaks; Cyber Bjork; Follow your Bliss; Apply for an Upgrade Today; What's the Matter with Us?; Notes; Index; Credits & Thanks.
Rick Poynor was founding editor of Eye magazine. He writes columns for Eye and Print, and has covered design, media and visual culture for Blueprint, Frieze, Icon, I.D., Metropolis, Adbusters, the Guardian and the Financial Times. His books include Typographica, and Communicate: Independent British Graphic Design since the Sixties, published by Laurence King, and two previous essay collections, Design Without Boundaries and Obey the Giant: Life in the Image World.