I for one am weary of the East and West being presented within the frame of what we can learn from one another, sitting at a table and blubbering over missed opportunities. One does what one does, we design for utility and for pleasure, and we communicate across boundaries because we communicate for a living. Images and texts are our modus operandi, and we are unashamed and unapologetic about it. I feel no pity for those ignorant of the societies that have come before and continue to press forward and even ahead of the Anglocentric ideal.
This may sound antithetical to you, or a biting of the hand that feeds. But really we must step back from ourselves to witness how we look at others looking at ourselves looking at others. How are we coloured by how we are perceived? Are we adopting orientalist notions by trying to prove that we are in the game? Are we self-depricating in order to trump the imperialists, and then self-congratulating when we match them?
I speak in the collective because I am privileged to both identities, holding the passport of one country and my heart in another. With that, an introduction to another exposure. It is a book, and it will not be delivered on the back of a camel (as far as I know ;).
'Arabesque – Graphic Design from the Arab World and Persia', to be released in April by Die Gestalten Verlag.