In November the American Craft Council published the second issue of American Craft Inquiry (ACI), a publication committed to presenting broad research to cultivate discussion and advocate for craft as an important economic, educational, and cultural resource. Dodd Assistant Professor of Graphic Design Moon Jung Jang is the creative director and designer for this new journal, including the newest issue published this November.
The second issue features in-depth essays on contemporary and historical craft issues, an exhibition review, and a detailed look at items from the American Craft Council Archives including the graphic design evolution of Craft Horizons, the history of glass, a brief biography about the textile artist Alice Kagawa Parrott and more. For the journal design, Jang focuses on the clarity in typography which enhances the legibility, visual sequences, and reading experiences. She also explores image translation and color schemes for the cover design; the six circles colored in yellow are used to represent the various perspectives through which to view art with each circle highlighting and revealing a part of a whole work. In the cover design, the artwork is translated into a halftone abstracted image in order to visualize the recursive process of art and craft making.
This biannual publication is available at national art and design museums, shops, university libraries (including UGA's main library) as well as the Art Library in the Lamar Dodd School of Art.
Click here to learn more information about American Craft Inquiry Volume 1, Issue 2. This preview video includes an interview of Jang filmed by American Craft Council on November 7, 2017.