30.05.2014 carla duschka
Over 700 signs with bilingual explanations + essays by Silviu Dancu and Șerban Alexandrescu in our last volume of the GRAPHICS WITHOUT COMPUTERS series, alongside other beautiful Romanian books can be found at the Idioma stand at Bookfest.

My brother’s badges were the most impor­tant badges in my life, mainly because I never had any of my own! They were the badges and medals of the communist youth organisation called the Pioneers! I was proud of them, though I never, not even for a moment, longed to have them for myself. His decorated chest was enough. A large chest (my brother was eight years my senior), a chest I could borrow. Sometimes I think the reason I was never an outstanding Pioneer (in fact, I was quite the opposite) and the reason I never received any badges was because I already had them all, thanks to my brother! He had it all: top marks, merit badges, commander’s braided cords of every variety and school certificates for excellence. The fact that all my white shirts remained intact, untouched by the golden pins of a badge, was, I believe, because of him. //  My mother told me the story of how one day she was walking with my brother past the central Post Office in Constanța….(Silviu Dancu)

Every torch illuminates something, and stops you from breaking your neck in the dark or panicking when you think you’re lost. And this book does the same. It is not merely a Proustian madeleine for forty-something designers (though that would be no mean feat!) – it is also an extremely valuable act of explanatory historical recovery. We now know it wasn’t all a complete wasteland. It’s just that the “life forms” that inhabited communist graphic design were more subtle and less evident – the way life is in any “desert”.
Fir trees, ears of wheat, lots of ball bearings, more fir trees, hammers, alembics and yet more fir trees (the forest was the Romanian’s brother, as the saying goes, during communism, too), bovine heads – literally; everything frozen forever just as it was in 1962. That’s what the bulk of this collection looks like at first sight. (Șerban Alexandrescu)

Besides all cool and nice bookshops from Bucharest and the whole country, the Graphics without computers series can be found till May 31st at Ştirbei Palace, in addition to the exhibition Hotel Discret. The last volume of the series was also part of the Main Exhibition at the Romanian Design Week 2014.
carla duschkaattended the graphic arts department at the University of Arts Bucharest and studied book design at the Weissensee Kunsthochschule Berlin. She works as a graphic designer at Atelierul de grafica Bucharest and is assistant lecturer at theUniversity of Arts. CD is co-founder of the GF project.
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