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04 March, 2008

Tasmeem 2008 Day One

The day began with a presentation by Stephen Banham, his presentation reflected upon past and current typographic research projects in order to discuss the exciting expansion of graphic design possibilities and the fundamental shift in how the public and graphic design engage with each other.

Irma Boom an Amsterdam based graphic designer talked about her ambition to develop the significance and the limits of the book. She explained how the role of the designer has changed over the years. "The designer had become more of an author. They just don't serve a commissioner's needs, they are part of the total creative process and raise new questions and look for unusual answers" said Boom.

Chunghie Lee the fiber artist and writer from Korea gave a presentation about Pojagi, a Korean traditional wrapping cloth which has been used for many generations in weddings and religious ceremonies and for a variety of household coverings. She introduced works by American artists who entered the 'Pojagi and Beyond, Special Show' in conjunction with the 2007 Cheongju International Craft Biennale.

Fabio Novembre the Italian architect presentation was entitled "On interior Design: Fabio Novembre poised between contemporary input and primordial output"

"All my work is now developing through interplay of contemporary input and primordial output. As absolute relativity triumphs, I can no longer come up with solutions, but I can at least ask new questions. The lack of certainty forces me to be clever."

Tomorrow's presentations will be given by DeeDee Gordon, Karrie Jacobs, Sadik Karamusta and Bernard Khoury.