What Is Graphic Design?

Posted by on Jan 1, 2004 in Blog, Creative Process, Graphic Design | 0 comments

Editor’s Note: This packed little essay by Jessica Helfand appeared in the premiere issue of The Graphics Grapevine in January 2004. Eight years later, it’s as relevant as ever.

Graphic design is the most ubiquitous of all the arts. It responds to needs at once personal and public, embraces concerns both economic and ergonomic, and is informed by many disciplines including art and architecture, philososhy and ethics, literature and language, science and politics and performance.

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