Graphesis: Visual Forms of Knowledge Production


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Harvard University Press
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5.59 X 8.19 X 0.45 inches | 0.91 pounds

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About the Author

Johanna Drucker is the Breslauer Professor of Bibliographical Studies and a distinguished professor in the Department of Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. She has been the recipient of Fulbright, Mellon, and Getty Fellowships and in 2019 was the inaugural Distinguished Senior Humanities Fellow at the Beinecke Library, Yale University. Her artist books are included in museums and libraries in North America and Europe, and her creative work was the subject of a traveling retrospective, Druckworks 1972-2012: 40 Years of Books and Projects. Her publications include Visualizing Interpretation, Iliazd: Meta-biography of a Modernist, and The Digital Humanities Coursebook.


The pages of Graphesis teem with color reproductions of 5,000 years' worth of various modes of visually rendered knowledge--showing how they have emerged and developed over time, growing familiar but also defining or reinforcing ways to apprehend information... I suspect Graphesis may prove to be an important book.--Scott McLemee"Inside Higher Ed" (09/03/2014)
Graphesis is a significant contribution to the field, every bit as important as Drucker's The Visible Word. Indeed, the world has changed, and information design has shifted significantly with it. In this text, Drucker should be applauded for taking a broad view of her subject, tackling little-studied imagery as well as visual systems of thinking.--Elizabeth Guffey, Professor of Art and Design History, Purchase College, State University of New York
Graphesis is a sophisticated critique of some of the foundational assumptions of HCI (human-computer interaction), interaction design, and information visualization. Drucker makes a compelling case for the value of humanistic inquiry into subjects that have traditionally belonged solely to computer experts and social scientists.--Maria Engberg, Assistant Professor of Media Technology, MalmΓΆ University, and Jay David Bolter, Professor of Digital Media, Georgia Institute of Technology