UnderConsideration.com promotes graphic design by offering resources for professionals
Established in 2001, UnderConsideration is dedicated to the progress of the graphic design profession and its practitioners; at times intangible, its purpose is to question, push, analyze and agitate graphic design and its practitioners. Through online initiatives like Speak Up and the design encyclopedia, publications, workshops, seminars, discussions over coffee and biscotti or simple arguments while waiting for the bus, UnderConsideration will try to strengthen the notion of graphic design as a political, social, economical and culturally relevant profession among graphic designers. Here, Everything is always under consideration. Everything as we know it is up for discussion, reinterpretation and examination. UnderConsideration is at the moment run by Bryony and Armin.
UnderConsideration’s (in)famous online forum that has challenged the design profession with honest, daring and passionate dialogue. Since September of 2002 Speak Up has steadily grown into a community devoted to the constant discussion of issues related to Graphic Design through interviews, book reviews, analysis of rebranding projects and boldly asking the tough questions. Speak Up is also responsible for events like seriouSeries and collaborative projects such as the ever-growing Word It. But more importantly, Speak Up has filled a void by providing a leveled field where what matters most is the dialogue not who has the last word.
The design encyclopedia is a user-built source of reference material with the sole intention of defining, describing, chronicling and documenting the world through design in all its implications and manifestations from the visual to the tactile, from the communicative to the evocative, from the cultural to the commercial. Most everything from cars to burgers to movies can be dissected by its design application, use and history. With each entry the design encyclopedia will place common topics, artifacts, events, cities and more within the scope and context of design in order to showcase the influence that design, designers and the designed have in shaping the environments that we inhabit, the tools that we employ and, even, the experiences that we live. The design encyclopedia is about design. About the world.