Back Office

#1 — Making Do, Making With

Considering that it was an invention poised between art and industry at the end of the 19th century, it is logical that design once again confront the new techniques of digital technology. It is these many methods of working against or “with” digital media, that we have chosen to examine in this, our first issue.

We will examine and question the notions of tool, implement and “apparatus” within the context of graphic design. In light of the mass of mass media already available, Back Office is focused upon critical interpretation, providing perspectives, showcasing major issues, and proposing ideas to shed light on the current situation and blaze ever new trails.