Volume 17 - No.5 —

Direction as directional: IdN devotes the lion’s share of the issue to showcasing the work of thirteen design studios that have been asked to help us find our way. Considering the designs that assist us navigate our way through both private and public spaces, its focus is that specialist area of design that many of us barely notice on a daily basis, despite its necessity. It covers everything from witty signage to an information scheme for a public site at which a tragic historic event occurred. Taking on the form of an international roundup, it provides a robust overview ranging from Marque’s complete signage system for a functional Glasgow college to Autobahn’s system for helping the public identify outdoor public art works across a sprawling geographic location, visible at even a distance.

Elsewhere, articles cover the work of a range of interesting contemporary designers. Of these, perhaps the most eye-catching are those on Mike Lemanski’s neo-modernist illustrations with a retro bent and the work of Fulvio Bonavia who was recently announced as Mobius Photographer of the Year. Primarily known for hisphotos of products constructed out of food, Fulvio seems to be set on carving out a niche as the Arcimboldo of the consumer society.

    Volume 17 - No.5 –
    January 2010 34 Pages 0 Minutes of audio 0 Minutes of video
    In This Issue –
    The moving finger writes and, having writ, moves on Chic & Artistic Dan Flynn HOAX Technical necessity is the mother of artistic invention Emma Fitzgerald George Wu Showing us the way forward Sons (and daughters) of the rising sun Amanda Wayne Freddy Morales Marcela Perdomo
    Creative Director –
    Jonathan Ng
    Editor In Chief –
    Bill Cranfield
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Our Take —

IdN - or the International Designers Network- is based in Hong Kong. In the time it’s taken IdN to reach its current 15th Anniversary, it has built up an avid following. Naturally, that includes a huge cohort of professionals from all fields of design, particularly graphic design and art direction. But, its powerful iconography and cutting-edge design has made it desirable to a far wider audience.

Most issues are constructed according to a theme. And most of the themes are understandably connected to with business of being a designer. Sometimes more conceptually abstract or thematic – craft, geometric, war & peace- and sometimes directly career path related – the illustration issue, the art directors issue, the typography issue etc.- IdN keeps its editorial responsibility to practitioners close by and never simply wanders off into the hedonism of joyous creation.

Fortunately for us outside of the target professional ranks, there is a lot of joyous creation going on. Even if we might have less interest in some of the articles on how to get ahead in the design world, there are more than enough articles and endless beautiful visuals to make it an interesting read for anyone interested in design culture in its broadest sense.

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