Collective voice 2: Publishing for the 21st Century

Alison Johnson, Michael Hall

Research output: Book/ReportBook


Hall and Johnson worked in partnership to explore significant questions relating to transitions and transformations in the working processes of the graphic communicator. They examined the form and content of publications and set out to give graphic designers a more significant voice. Works produced invited designers to perform new roles: as author, as producer, as publisher.

Research involved the study of historical contexts, philosophical reasoning and the production of a series of experimental graphic works.

Hall and Johnson had noticed at the turn of the 20th century that a 4th revolution in human communications was having profound effects on the ability of individuals to express views and share words, images and narratives of their own choosing. In combining print, multimedia, 3D visualisation for Virtual Reality, typography, web design and net art, examples were made to demonstrate potential approaches to mixing and matching media and formats.
Original languageUndefined
PublisherHall and Johnson
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2005

Bibliographical note

Case bound limited edition book, designed and published by Hall and Johnson.
The content was largely provided by professionals, but students were also invited to participate. Textual and visual content was processed and editorial dialogue directed the production of a series of finished designs for inclusion in a case bound, limited edition book and in a paperback folding pamphlet. The works were disseminated via art galleries, museums, book shops and at a special launch event. The publication was supported by the presence of the Collective Voice website:
Collective Voice is a creative publishing venture engaging creative and constructive participation in content generation; allowing for exploration of editorial, design and production processes.

The production process was conducted in Teesside, North Yorkshire, London and Estonia. The outcomes were published in print, to disk and on the web. The project evolved through publication of newspapers and the website: (open 2003-2005)

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