2017; The Role of Research in Design; Poster; for Alice Twemlow

Alice Twemlow is an author and design-critic. In her essay The Soft Shell she writes about how the imagery and packaging of hygiene products wrap us in a world out of cupids, puppies, and fluffy clouds in order to keep us away from the real shit.

“Anthropologist Mary Douglas writes, ‘Reflection on dirt involves reflection on the relation of order to disorder, being to non-being, form to formlessness, life to death.’ Toilet paper, just one of the many products we use to erase or disguise the smell, sight, and touch of excremental dirt, contrives – through the design of its packaging – to distract us from any such reflection.” For her lecture at the KABK, about the role of research in design, I made her a poster that kept it clean.