May 17, 2011

Yep – there’s a museum for that. Leadholder: The Drafting Pencil Museum (online). Beautiful packaging design!

May 13, 2011

Given that much of my research and design work is centered around working environments, I find that the documentary photographs by artist Jan Banning offers a bit of welcome humor and perspective. The artist explores the culture, rituals and symbols of state civil administrations and its servants (bureaucracies) in eight countries on five continents. He reveals workplace views that poignantly show the inhabitants navigating the state’s paper labyrinth. Bureaucratics – Images by Jan Banning From the photographer: In each country, I visited up to hundreds of offices of members of the executive in different services and at different levels. The visits were unannounced and the accompanying writer, Will Tinnemans, by interviewing kept the employees from tidying up or clearing the office. That way, the photos show what a local citizen would be confronted with when entering…. ….Each subject is posed behind his or her desk. The photos all have a square format (fitting the subject), are shot from the same height (that of the client), with the desk – its front or side photographed parallel to the horizontal edges of the frame – serving as a bulwark protecting the representative of rule and regulation against the individual citizen, the warm-blooded exception. They are full of telling details that sometimes reveal the way the state proclaims its power or the bureaucrat’s rank and function, sometimes of a more private character and are accompanied by information such as name, age, function and salary.
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