THEY ARE MACHINES: Research, Unpacked is book one of a researched-based project that catalogues and maps the influences in a personal graphic design genealogy; a considered but loosely curated collection of artifacts representative of critical social and cultural imprints.
This autobiographical process unpacks a lifetime of collected forms and ideas, ‘mechanisms’ of cultural influence which have become the ‘parts’ of my master persona. An analysis of the collection concludes ‘they are machines’, a soft-shaped ideology of which two parallel fascinations begin to emerge. The well-established theory that, (A) humans are becoming post human, having a greater synthesized relationship with technology and vice versa, lending to a metaphorical equivalent that (B) graphic design is forging its own synthesis with architecture, that is to say it is becoming the body of the building rather than its mere prosthetic.
The latter of these two ideas is more concretely explored in book two of the study, IT IS A BUILDING: Process & The Pain of Progress