Welcome to my glossary, I will be updating this every week or so (or whenever I come across a term that I feel needs for explanation.

Deconstruction – ORIGIN late 19th cent. (originally in the general sense taking to pieces).

Since the surfacing of the term “deconstruction” in design journalism in the mid-1980s, the word has served to label architecture, graphic design, products, and fashion featuring chopped up, layered, and fragmented forms imbued with ambiguous futuristic overtones. This essay looks at the reception and use of deconstruction in the recent history of graphic design, where it has become the tag for yet another period style.

Isotype – A pictorial system employed to display facts and quantitative information, born from research and theories of Otto Neurath (1882–1945).


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