Resurfacing Graphics

By Kulruedee (Patty) Wongpakdee.

Published by The International Journal of New Media, Technology and the Arts

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Article: Print $US10.00
Published online: December 2, 2014 $US5.00

“Resurfacing Graphics” deals with the subject of unconventional design, with the purpose of engaging the viewer to experience the graphics beyond paper’s passive surface. Unconventional designs serve to reinvigorate people, whose senses are dulled by the typical printed graphics which bombard them each day. Today’s cutting-edge designers, illustrators, and artists utilize graphics in a unique manner that allows for tactile interaction. Such works serve as valuable teaching models and encourage students to do the following: 1) investigate the trans-disciplines of art and technology, 2) appreciate that this approach can have a positive effect on the environment, 3) examine and research other approaches of design communications, and 4) utilize new mediums to stretch the boundaries of artistic endeavor. This paper examines how visuals communicators are “Resurfacing Graphics” by using atypical surfaces and materials such as textiles, wood, ceramics, and even water. Such non-traditional transmissions of visual language serve to demonstrate students’ overreliance on paper as an outdated medium. With this exposure, students can become forward-thinking, eco-friendly, creative leaders by expanding their creative breadth and continuing the perpetual exploration for new ways to make their mark.

Keywords: Resurfacing Graphics, Graphic Design, Unconventional Design, Visual Communication, Atypical Surfaces

The International Journal of New Media, Technology and the Arts, Volume 8, Issue 3-4, December 2014, pp.9-18. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: December 2, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 904.341KB)).

Kulruedee (Patty) Wongpakdee

Assistant Professor, Fine Arts Department, New York Institute of Technology, New York, New York, USA