GRAPHIC is a graphic magazine published in Seoul, Korea. GRAPHIC, which was first published in January 2007, focuses its attention on the other trends of graphic design which is different from the mainstream of it and on the phenomena thereof. It has a characteristic of in-depth approach for one theme with the editorial policy of one issue-one theme.
We are expecting at least two things from this “Workshop” issue. First, we hope to provide the reader with indirect experiences of the small workshops covered in this issue, which have taken place in different specific locations. This kind of workshop typically involves only a small number of participants –about thirty at most– and gives them an intensive experience. However, such heightened moments tend to suddenly dissipate or quickly fade away when it is over.
We attempt to revive some relatively recent workshops by means of publication. In this way, we reproduce these workshops that the reader might otherwise never know about, and invite them to participate; the reader can follow the workshop processes at their own pace. The idea is to give them an opportunity to get away from their daily routine for a while and share some powerful and inspiring experience with the actual participants beyond the constraints of time and space.
Secondly, if you look at the concepts of these workshops from a broader perspective, it might be possible to deduce what direction today's graphic design is heading in. It is because the ideal images of graphic design and designers, collectively envisioned by both the workshop leaders and participants, are reflected in the workshops. As you may know, there is some common ground, and it is always very important to be aware of it.
This issue covers 16 different workshops. These are the ones we could get access to, among apparently interesting ones that have been held around the world for the past two years.
It must have been impossible to pull it off without the generous and unconditional support from the workshop organizers, leaders and participants. We would like to thank all the people who willingly contributed to the process of making this issue, which was never easy.