I am writing a chapter on the impact of graphic design on design for the Web. It will appear in a book, edited by Rick Poynor and published by Laurence King, that will accompany an exhibition opening at the Barbican (London) in September 2004. The exhibition will explore recent developments in British graphic design, focusing on the smaller independent studios and teams that are credited with producing the most creative, innovative and highly regarded design work over the past four decades.
I will look at a number of themes including: the influence of graphic design aesthetics and typography, the transition (and failure to transition) of designers and design companies, and the impact of graphic design process and client disposition. It will also look at where in future Web design (and interaction design more broadly) will need to draw from graphic design.
I will also focus on key studios working in this area:
- From the early days: Webmedia, Obsolete, Hard Media, Wicked Web, CHBi, Syzygy
- Latterly: Brann Interactive, Abel & Baker, Decoda, the Interactive Bureau, Arehaus, IDU, Razorfish, Oven Digital
- Current: Lateral, Poke, Less Rain, Re-collective, AKQA, Rufus Leonard, Fortune Cookie, Edwards Churcher, Good Technology, I-D Media, Kleber, Moonfish, Object1, the OTHER media, 64k, Oyster Partners, Artificial Environments, Boag Associates, Grundy & Northedge, Rom and Son, Tomato Interactive
I would value suggestions of ideas, trends and influences, key studios, and important events in the timeline.