Friday, February 8, 2008

An Acid Trip Through Wikipedia

Okay okay okay... I'll write a blog! jeez!

I think that we failed to notice in the last class that the lines that stream down the side of the page in Vas seem to be literally connected to the different streams of thought. If you notice, each unique typeface seems to be lining up to a common line that is different from the others. The lines terminate as the thought (sub-thought?) terminates. I could be making a "duh" observation, but it certainly changed the way I read the book once I noticed.
The title of the blog sort of sums up one way that I have felt about this book so far. I find it interesting that this book was a collaborative effort seeing as how the art and design seem to be so integral to the written words. It's one thing to illustrate a story, but to have a design be a part of the story practically makes the designer one of the authors... and vise versa. The quotes add in a new layer which poses an interesting question. Who is more important here, the author, the designer, or the editor/researcher? (I know that the two guys who wrote this shared the last task, but what is the most important "role"?).

P.S. There is a vasectomy doctor in town whose name is Dick Chopp... seriously


Crista said...

Cool catch Ian on the lines thing! Thanks a bunch for mentioning it. Oh and that is so funny about Dick Chopp. It's like he was destined for the job.

Ian B said...

My dad got a vasectomy from him

jmartinez said...

I noticed the lines thing too, after about 20 pages. I was like, "Oh, they make sentences!"

Scotto said...

It seems like the relationship between author, editor, and graphic designer is like some sort of sports team (star player, support player, coach). You can't really have one without all three, and so it seams that the title of 'most important' role is not appropriate in this situation.