Ulla Ryynänen

Graphic Design
1979, Finland

The Designers Words: The graphic designer as Artist, Political designer and Visual problem solver   

The work that graphic designers undertake varies considerably. Working environments range from individual home offices to shared offices of all sizes. Likewise, the concentration of designers work varies. Some designers focus on one subject, a certain field or a specific medium. How, then, do designers themselves explain why they have ended up in certain working environments, and what is their relationship to the content that they work with? I set out to answer these questions by interviewing seven graphic designers.

The material gained through the interviews are analysed through the use of three graphic designer types. There three types are Artist, Political Designer and Visual Problem Solver. The artist is considered to be independent, recognizable and free. The political designer is understood as responsible, agonist, and selective. The visual problem solver is seen as transparent, determined and varied in terms of style.

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