What better way to begin thinking about what “The Archival” means than exploring the idea and act of preservation? To learn what it takes to repair books and to get inspired for the design of the third edition of GRAPHITE, designers Anna Reutinger, Jon Gacnik, and I visited the UCLA Conservation Lab.
Lab supervisor Kristen St. John showed us all of the material that the lab has to repair. There is no single formula to when it comes to treating problems a book might have; rather it is a fine balance between a delicate science and intuition.
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UCLA student Priscilla Brinshot “decided to explore facial expressions in accordance with reactions” in her video, “Portrait ID.” She portrays “a series of experiments that provoke my subjects to react in a way that would cause muscles and nerves to flinch. Mainly, though, I allowed the subjects full freedom to move anyway they were inclined to direct their bodies and explore their skin. An unexpected relationship develops between the two. Similar movements are unknowingly mimicked, as the two are analyzed aside one another”
- Carmel Ni
The emblem of culture, modernity, and innovation, design encapsulates society, and prides itself through a number of categories including but not limited to fashion, interior decorating, architecture, food, graphic, and engineering. It has also redefined marketing and advertising in ways we cannot ignore. In short, design reflects our relationship to the space in which we live. It is the byproduct of material culture, constantly in flux with social changes.