Graphic Design Is (…) Not Innocent by Valiz & Ingo Offermanns 
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Published by Valiz
ISBN: 9789492095909
The Netherlands, 2022
23.5 x 14.5 cm
288 pages

1. Reveals new insights into the complicities of graphic design, and how the discipline can be transformed
2. Offers a broad variety of intersectional views on the role of visual communication in globalized societies
3. With reflections from an international group of scholars, designers and critics, illustrated with various black-and-white images and design interludes specially created for the book

Graphic Design Is (…) Not Innocent questions ingrained approaches, values and assumptions of graphic design in globalized societies. The publication aims to initiate a dialogue between designers, scholars, critics and commissioners, who investigate responsibilities, potentials, politics, limits and risks of designing visual communication. How innocent is graphic design? Whom is it addressing, whom is it in/excluding? What does it bring about? When defining the role and impact of visual communication, what future questions lie ahead?

Graphic Design Is (…) Not Innocent combines case studies and academic reflections, trying to sketch a common ground for basic research into the parameters and value systems of graphic design. It is a road trip between various possible conceptual challenges and praxis. It is a temporal inventory, without the claim of completeness. It is a question mark, as well as an exclamation mark. And it wants to stimulate critical thinking in graphic design.