“Why does an artist need a graphic designer when making art books? The artist him/herself can handle that.” The statement sounds fair. There are in fact many art books designed and edited by artists themselves. Yet, designers can bring in unexpected effect on the production.
Graphic designer is the shadowy artist who take essential part in the production of an artist's book. What do an artist think of the designer? A chaste wife who truly understands the artist's needs and create the best representation? Or a femme fatale who adds unnecessary twist just to cause misunderstandings? Is there a clear difference between the two? Hopefully, whatever happens to the artist and graphic designer during the production, they both tell each other at the end,“ I do need you, after all.” That is how I idealize the relationship, as a green graphic designer.
Image from “Drop Sculpture(Atlas)” by Simon Starling.
Translated by Futoshi Miyagi.
Special Thanks to COUP & Simon Starling for their inspiring work, Roxy van Beek for her generous help on language (although our translation cannot be online unfortunately).