Name, first nameBeatriz GranadoYear of birth1993UniversityHEADField of Interest / research fieldCommunication Design / Visual CommunicationTitle of projectHacking the SurfaceAbstractFollowing Rick Poynor’s question, where lays the graphic designer that believes that design should be more about than endorsing the current state of reality?(1)

Generally accepted as graphic designers, Jan van Toorn and Metahaven have worked in the field but always challenging it’s conventionally accepted role, especially as a mere information channel.

Hacking the Surface goes through selected strategies used by the designers to explore the possibilities and outcomes of graphic design as a subversive apparatus. It looks into these strategies to understand how design can subvert the status-quo
by also complying with systems and working from within established surfaces.

(1) Poynor, R. and Van Toorn, J. (2008) Jan van Toorn: Critical Practice. Rotterdam: 010 Publishers. p.79
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