GraphicDesign& Everything

Publishers GraphicDesign& have ambitious plans this weekend: they aim to start an online archive of objects that illustrate graphic design’s connection to, well, everything else. And they need your help to contribute examples

Publishers GraphicDesign& have ambitious plans this weekend: they aim to start an online archive of objects that illustrate graphic design’s connection to, well, everything else. And they need your help to contribute examples…

According to GD& this Saturday (July 21) will see “the launch of our quest to prove that graphic design is connected with all other subjects”.

Over a one-day event at London’s Design Museum and via the web, GD&’s Lucienne Roberts and Rebecca Wright are seeking contributions to a graphic design archive where examples will be catalogued using the various top-level subject categories from the Bliss Bibliographic Classification system (categories are below.)

“We’re interested in everyday occurrences of graphic design in context,” write GD& on their website, “professional and vernacular, familiar and unfamiliar, old and new, weird and wonderful – and the subject/s to which they connect.” Pack shots and examples of designer self-promotion are a no-no.

Collectors can submit their finds between 10am and 5pm BST on July 21, either via Twitter (see details below) or in person at GD&’s pop-up lab at the Design Museum.

To kick things off GD& have posted a few examples of their own on their site including Milton Glaser’s ‘I Love NY’ design for New York State (categorised as ‘geography’, ‘psychology’ and ‘sociology’, among others) and a hinged hazard warning sign from the back of an American truck (which is classified as ‘chemistry’, ‘law’ and ‘technology’).

Here’s a more detailed explanation of what you need to do in order to take part.

1. Check the calendar. Is it Saturday July 21, between 10am and 5pm BST?
2. Choose any example of graphic design
3. Photograph it (preferably portrait format)
4. Categorise it, using the list of subject categories below
5. Tweet your photograph to @gdand_ using the hashtag #Everything. (If your example fits into more than one category then Tweet it more than once)
6. If there’s room add any additional information you wish
7. Check out the dedicated ‘& Everything‘ webpage as examples are uploaded to the GraphicDesign& Everything archive on the day

If you wish to attend the one-day event, simply bring your object along on Saturday to the Design Museum, 28 Shad Thames, London SE1 2YD. The GD& team will help categorise, photograph and upload your example to the archive. There will also be large scale projections of the archive as it grows in size over the course of the day.

The subject category list in full is:

Generalia, Phenomena, Knowledge
Astronomy, Earth Science
Biological Sciences
Human Sciences, Medicine, Physical Anthropology
Social Welfare
Arts, Music, Literature
Documentation, Bibliography, Information Science

Full details of the project at



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