#9 WERKPLAATS TYPOGRAFIE SPECIAL ISSUE
This collaboration issue with Netherlands design school, WERKPLAATS TYPOGRAFIE celebrates the 10th anniversary of the school. The essays of tutors in Netherland design school 'WERKPLAATS TYPOGRAFIE' are included. The working images of the school and the interviews with the school members are also integrated. February, 2009.
Last summer, the exhibition ‘Starting from Zero’, which looked back upon the ten years celebration of foundation of Werkplaats Typografie, a design school located in Arnhem, Netherlands, was held at Zero One Design Center.
The question that the exhibition threw into the audience is clear. What meaning does the existence of WT as an alternative school of design and design group that creates graphic design through the close exchange with real world and its work have?
Now the Exhibition is closed and its works have been withdrawn. Further, even when the afterimage of WT has faded, we now publish this issue. In that regard, this issue GRAPHIC is for a memory of the exhibition on one hand and a printed exhibition for the people who didn’t see it on the other hand.
That is the simple purpose of t his issue which would not have been published if the picture record of the exhibition had been existed. In addition to this, we carry the opinions on graphic design and WT as the form of conversation from the members of WT including tutors, graduates and students in this issue.
We also wanted to create an issue containing the tension between the real and the ideal, the various feelings about the work s and the opinion on each own design process through unfettered conversation free from all formalities. As a result, this issue has become something hotter than before that exploded various topics of graphic design and WT.
In this issue, we carry informal images about WT and its Typography as the visual counterpart of conversation. The informal images that are totally different from the elaborate graphic image gave us a fundamental question about design and design process and made us think about the possibility of ‘informal’ as the way of approaching the truth. Further, it has a close relationship with the identity of WT that tries to be free from the formal rules.
This issue was completed in cooperation with WT. WT’s ideas and suggestions are fully reflected in the most main parts of the magazine such as editorial, designs, contents and etc, and the most works have been done in Amsterdam and Arnhem where WT is located. I express my gratitude to all the members of WT who kept open mind and attitude from start to an end in spite of all difficulties in communication and due to tight schedule. Especially I am in deep appreciation for 16 members of WT who participated in the conversation, Anniek Brattina the coordinator of WT, Julie Peeters and Hyo Kwon the coordinators of this project, and Astrid Seme and Japp Kroneman for doing a major role in both text and image. Editor