Journal Article

Seeing Is Believing: Reflections on Video Oral Histories with Chinese Graphic Designers

Catherine Jo Ishino

in Journal of Design History

Published on behalf of Design History Society

Volume 19, issue 4, pages 319-331
Published in print January 2006 | ISSN: 0952-4649
Published online January 2006 | e-ISSN: 1741-7279 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jdh/epl026
Seeing Is Believing: Reflections on Video Oral Histories with Chinese Graphic Designers

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This paper presents an overview of the historical development of video oral history, and the place it has achieved in the USA, including a report on the outcomes and studies conducted by the Smithsonian Institution, in conjunction with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation from 1986–92. It demonstrates how effective video oral history can be in documenting how graphic designers situate their works within the larger, global visual culture. As a case study, I reflect on video interviews conducted in Beijing with three generations of Chinese designers in 2004, which draw on my experience in art directing television newscasts in order to highlight parallels between video oral history and news documentaries.

Keywords: Chinese designers; design history; graphic design; history of technology; oral history; video oral history

Journal Article.  7977 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Art ; Art Forms ; Industrial and Commercial Art ; Art Styles

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