First Issues, First Words:
Vision in the Making

Vision in the Making makes visible a collection of design writings that contain informational as well as expressive content, and may not otherwise receive close attention: editorial introductions to the first issues of design periodicals. The essay contains 128 pieces of appropriated text — composed using traditional cut and paste methods — retaining all original typesetting. This project connects design history with design practice, and focuses on editorial introductions found within the first issues of a broad cross section of design periodicals launched around the world between 1902–2015.

Read my article about this project in AIGA’s scholarly journal Dialectic.

Barness, J. (2017). First Issues, First Words: Vision in the Making. Dialectic, 1(1), 39–60.

© Jessica Barness