Taking into account the renewed interest in craft-based media by graphic design teachers and practitioners, this paper explores the way manual and digital tools complement each other in contemporary practice. This technical crossbreeding is worth investigating since it concerns not the mere preservation of old-tech equipment, but the possibility of its updating, personalization and integration into contemporary design practice. Craft-based techniques enter the computer-aided design process redefining their role as playful heuristic tools for visual investigation.
Anthropological concepts of ‘bricolage’ (Levi-Strauss 1962) and ‘imprint’ (Didi-Huberman 2008) are the theoretical tools employed to analyse the underlying heuristic pattern that make craft-based techniques so valuable for contemporary graphic design.
A case study of an experimental workshop held in the Polytechnic of Milan with first year graphic design students is presented and discussed.
|Keywords:||Handmade, Graphic Design, Craft-Based Techniques, Visual Investigation, Design Process, Heuristic Tools|
PhD Student, INDACO , Industrial Design & Multimedia Communication, D.com Research Unit, Faculty of Design, Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy
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