Author Archives: Joyce Rutter Kaye

Fabrica’s exhibition “Les Yeux Ouverts”

Approaching the staircase leading down to “Les Yeux Ouverts” (“Open Eyes”), an exhibition of Fabrica currently on display at Paris’s Centre Pompidou, I braced myself for the expected succession of blunt, cause-driven campaigns and personal experiments following the design rubric for which Benetton’s creative laboratory is best known: stark background/shocking image/statistic-blaring headline. Indeed, the...

RDA 2008: Introduction

— It’s 3:15 p.m., a much anticipated, joyous moment in the workday for those of us at PRINT, for it signals the arrival of silence. Since early June, when we began producing this year’s Regional Design Annual, we’ve suffered through seven hours of daily nonstop blasting and hammering—the preliminaries for a 19-story hotel to...

RDA 2007: Intro

— Each year, during the final weeks of closing PRINT’s Regional Design Annual—an issue we’ve affectionately dubbed “our September Vogue”—I gather all 200-plus pages of the competition and go through them one last time. After five months of collecting, judging, organizing, designing, reporting, editing, and fact-checking, it’s time to step back and assess what...

Editor’s Letter: The Consumption Issue

Not since the belt-tightening years of World War II—or the recessive ’70s—have we been so inundated with messages about the effects of personal and collective consumption. We’re deluged with media treatments of the subject, from documentaries like An Inconvenient Truth and Super Size Me to books and reports on the greenhouse effect, childhood obesity,...

Fear Not, Gentle Reader

My concern while working on “The Vivid Word”—Print’s state-of-the-union assessment of print with a lowercase p—was that we’d come off sputtering defenses like Michael Palin’s sheepish pet-store owner in Monty Python’s expired-parrot sketch. (“He’s not dead—he’s resting!”) We’re no Luddites: Despite a moniker indicating otherwise, Print holds in one embrace design’s wide-ranging contributions to...

RDA 2006

Welcome to the 26th edition of Print’s Regional Design Annual, the design profession’s most comprehensive competition annual and the only one organized by location. If you’re lucky enough to have work in the issue, congratulations: Of the 25,000-plus entries submitted to the Annual this year, less than five percent made the final cut. For...