April, 27th was World Graphic Design Day. I celebrated it with the release of a little bookmarklet I’ve named “Mit Ohne.”. The english transcription would be something like “with without”.
You can find the bookmarklet here:
Just drag the “Mit Ohne.” link to your favorites bar, visit a website, press the bookmarklet and see what happens. This is how the internet looks like without CSS stylesheets. Scary, isn’t it. This is how our web would look like without the constant work of designers.
So, why did I made this? To be honest: it wasn’t only my idea.
Some graphic designer friends and I met a couple of months ago to talk about the current situation of graphic design, the design business and politics. We were disappointed how the things developed and how bad the branch was organized. There were a lot of opinions about our problems ranging from social welfare to strikes.
To shorten this: we found out that we were to busy to do something and decided to leave the things like they are. The pressure wasn’t high enough. I know that we were not the only group who’s discussing these problems but there is a fundamental lack of engagement. Not because we don’t want to do anything but because there is no point were we could apply our leaver.
What my friend Aniko and I talked about was a strike. How a strike in the creative branch could be organized and how it would impact the public. Graphic Design is everywhere but it becomes visible not before something goes wrong. Our idea was to remove graphic design from the public and see how the people react. Obviously this was just a nice idea and it will never happen. Graphic Design is powerless because it is a meta discipline. We are not producing anything. We are neither the printers who produce print products nor are we the programmers who produce the software we use. If we would like to remove some of our work we simply couldn’t because we are not responsible for the media itself. Not to mention that the market structure wouldn’t allow a broad range strike without ruining a lot of smaller businesses.
The concept has some major flaws but it is important to start somewhere. Of course there won’t be any resonance outside of the designer crowd because the user needs to drag and drop this bookmarklet, trigger it and remove it afterwards. Unlikely that someone without interest in design would do so.
Nonetheless I’m happy to say that the bookmarklet got some resonance in the major german design blogs.
http://page-online.de mentioned the bookmarklet in the newsticker
http://designerinaction.de wrote a blog post about it.
Thanks to everyone!