ABOUT

Rabbit Hole is a printed periodical and web resource for students to find and engage with critical readings on the subject of graphic design, in an attempt to re-ignite activity within graphic design discourse.

After desktop publishing software was made widely available in the mid-eighties, the changing tools, responsibilities, and sensibilities of the graphic designer led many practitioners to question their role within the profession and to begin writing critically on the subject. Through graphic design magazines such as Emigre, Eye, and Idea, and later Blogs such as Design Observer, graphic design saw an active community, engaged with critical discourse until the early 2000’s. Today, the graphic design profession is more vague and complicated than ever before, with the responsibility and toolset of the designer changing drastically at an ever-rapid pace, yet practitioners are generally unengaged with existing discourse and disinterested in participating.

Rabbit Hole seeks to present relevant writings to the weary graphic designer, to offer entry points into areas of study, and to re-invest in the conversations that once galvanized our profession.


ISSUES

ISSUE ONE DESIGN AUTHORSHIP MICHAEL ROCK & ELLEN LUPTON
ISSUE TWO THE UNPROFESSION ELLEN LUPTON & KENNETH FITZGERALD
ISSUE THREE
ISSUE FOUR

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READINGS

AR_001 ON STYLE SUSAN SONTAG
AR_002 THE CRYSTAL GOBLET BEATRICE WARDE
AR_003 COUNTERING THE TRADITION
OF THE APOLITICAL DESIGNER
KATHERINE MCCOY
AR_004 I HOPE I DONT REGRET THIS TOMORROW ERIC HU
AR_005 AUTOREPLY: MODERNISM EXPERIMENTAL JETSET INTERVIEWED BY METAHAVEN
AR_006 UNDERDESIGN, OVERDESIGN, REDESIGN PETER BIL'AK
AR_007 RESEARCH & DESTROY DANIEL VAN DER VELDEN
AR_008 THE MESSY TRUTH: AUTHORSHIP IN THE DIGITAL AGE GEM FLETCHER
AR_009 IS A DESIGNER AN ARTIST? NORMAN POTTER
AR_010 ACTION TO SURFACE TEREZA RULLEROVA
AR_011 TOOL(OR, POST-PRODUCTION FOR THE GRAPHIC DESIGNER) ANDREW BLAUVELT
AR_012 DEBATE WITH JAN VAN TOORN WIM CROUWEL