(Communication and Image Technology, Department of Communication, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Design: Interface da Contemporaneidade (Design: Interface of contemporary times)[Thesis PDF 3.6 MB]
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This thesis analyzes graphic design as an interface of contemporary times, that is, as a (printed / on screen) representation of today’s society. The shift from functional to contemporary (deconstructed) design is seen as a consequence of a technological shift in the process of information transmission and reception. I define ‘interface’ from two distinct stand points. First, interfaces are regarded as the material information supports on which people produce design, i.e., organize information in space. This idea is developed by a historical analysis of graphic design, including the history of typograpy, which is the basis of our visual communication processes. Second, I analyze the computational development of the concept of interface. Through this analyzes, I emphasize how the shift of interfaces (information supports) over time exemplifies new ways of organizing information and, consequently, the way we think about and represent our world. Finally, the last part of this thesis focuses on deconstructionism as a characteristic of the contemporary graphic interface. The presence of deconstruction is analyzed both in graphic design and on the world wide web.