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Nº 281
Design and Archives
Jan/Feb 2019

Since time immemorial people have tried to help themselves remember by using a variety of techniques and media. After all, memory is not only a prerequisite for the identity of each individual, but also for social progress. In form 281 we have attended to an institution of remembering in all its facets: the archive.

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Current Issue

Nº 281
Design and Archives
Jan/Feb 2019

Since time immemorial people have tried to help themselves remember by using a variety of techniques and media. After all, memory is not only a prerequisite for the identity of each individual, but also for social progress. In form 281 we have attended to an institution of remembering in all its facets: the archive.

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Editorial:

Archives

Text: Stephan Ott

Translation: Iain Reynolds

At the recent series of talks entitled It Takes Two to Boogie, which aimed to initiate a dialogue between the design world and the humanities, it became apparent just how hard it is for design experts to articulate a valid definition of design. They talk of styling, design thinking and of marketing logic.

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Fighting Aids

Text: Johanna Christner

Translation: Iain Reynolds

Few illnesses gained as much media coverage in the 1980s as the acquired immune deficiency syndrome or Aids for short. In 2017, around 37 million people worldwide were HIV-positive. The following projects give an example how design is tackling these issues.

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Experts on Archives

Since founding their design studio Astrom / Zimmer in Zurich in 2011, Anthon Astrom and Lukas Zimmer have been questioning established modes of interaction and helping to further the debate around today’s information landscape. In their work for a range of archives, for instance, the duo has developed alternative methods for curating and contextualising digital content.

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Ulm Revisited

Text: Jörg Stürzebecher

Translation: Iain Reynolds

When the preview of the book “Vom Bauhaus beflügelt” [Inspired by the Bauhaus] came out shortly before the Book Fair in Frankfurt/Main, this reviewer was moved to write a then unpublished commentary. By contrast, the book “Einfach komplex” [Simply Complex], about Max Bill’s Ulm School buildings, is a rather more heavyweight offering.

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2017 marked the 60th anniversary of form, a milestone that has prompted us to stop and take stock. In particular, we were revisiting a specific article, reader’s letter, image, cover, etc. from each of the magazine’s six decades to date.

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All the issues of form published between 1957 and 2011 can be accessed in the archive free of charge. 

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Founded in 1957 as an international journal, form soon became a well-known fixture of design journalism, and with its 280 editions so far has written a piece of design history.

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