The Department of Illustration

Literary Illustration

Posted in General by The Department of Illustration on October 4, 2009

I would love to see more students engaging with texts within the tradition of literary illustration. Less of the ‘trick pony’ visual stylistics, producing what is essentially decorative branding for books and brands and bands, coming up with a quick visual metaphor for an editorial etc etc and more thinking about visually interpreting complex texts…poems, novels instruction manuals, even recipe books would be more of a challenge. Illustration can be poetic and communicate in a complex way. Unlike Milton Glaser’s opinion that graphic design¬† should be about making the message transparent, illustration can challenge, subvert, negotiate, problematise and interrogate any given text, as well as illuminate its meaning.

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