Graphic Design and Religion: A Call for Renewal

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GIA Publications, 2007 - Art - 272 pages
Graphic Design and Religion by Daniel Kantor challenges the way we look at the role of graphic design within a religious context. The beautiful and abundant illustrations coupled with the passionately written text transcend the mere visual aspect of symbols and graphic design, elevating them to a spiritual way of seeing. It is an ideal resource for design students, teachers, photographers, illustrators, copywriters, clergy, worship and environment planners, and sacred art enthusiasts! This vital work can help designers discover their role in the creation of sacred art. One way in which Kantor accomplishes this is to draw a comparison between the illuminators of the Middle Ages with modern day graphic designers who serve religion today. Kantor stresses the need for a heightened awareness of graphic design within religion and demonstrates how good design must be seen as an essential component of authentic religious hospitality. --


Graphic Designers Inheritors of a Tradition
The Need for Renewal
The Sacred and the Secular
The Challenge of Technology
Graphic Design A Closer Look
Typography The Power of the Designed Word
The Gift of Beauty
A Return to Mystery
Renewing Symbols
Building Bridges
Index of Images by Agency or Artist

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Page xiii - To design," Rand writes in Design, Form and Chaos, "is much more than simply to assemble, to order, or even to edit: it is to add value and meaning, to illuminate, to simplify, to clarify, to modify, to dignify, to dramatize, to persuade, and perhaps even to amuse. To design is to transform prose into poetry.

About the author (2007)

Daniel Kantor is the founder, principal, and creative director of KantorGroup, an award-winning strategic brand communications consultancy serving a broad range of national corporate clients. KantorGroup was the principal design consultant for Evangelical Lutheran Worship -- Pew Edition, the core resource used by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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