Typographics 2019: Mutually Assured Construction: Design Is Edit Is Design with Alan Rapp and Neil Donnelly

This talk took place in The Great Hall at The Cooper Union on June 15, 2019. The livestreaming and video recording were​ made possible by a generous sponsorship from Google. The traditional sequence of publishing—edit first, design second—is a thing…

Typographics 2019: Mutually Assured Construction: Design Is Edit Is Design with Alan Rapp and Neil Donnelly

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This talk took place in The Great Hall at The Cooper Union on June 15, 2019. The livestreaming and video recording were​ made possible by a generous sponsorship from Google.

The traditional sequence of publishing—edit first, design second—is a thing of the past, especially when it comes to publishing in architecture, design, and other highly visual creative fields. Far from being discrete disciplines walled off from each other in separate phases of the publication process, designing and editing can evolve in parallel, with moments of close coordination and intersection. Our collaborations approach editing and design as distinct but overlapping structures that contain, cultivate, and manipulate content through interdependent systems. This entwined process is embedded in the final product.

Alan Rapp is Editorial Director at The Monacelli Press, where he oversees publication in all categories and develops and edits architecture, design, and photography books. As a critic, he has written for Modern Painters, Designers & Books, The Photobook Review, Wired Design, Dwell, Urban Omnibus and other publications, and contributed essays to monographs by photographers David Maisel, Joël Tettamanti, and James Silverman. Rapp holds an MFA in Design Criticism from School of Visual Arts, and leads a graduate thesis seminar at Rhode Island School of Design.

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