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Marina Emmanouil

PhD Work

Title of Dissertation: Graphic Design and Modernisation in Greece, 1945-70

The primary aim of this research is to give voice to the silent history of graphic design in Greece, long uncharted and undocumented in both the international forum and the local design community. This study focuses on the professional modernisation of graphic design and its role in providing the means for change in Greek society. The research is supported by interdisciplinary analysis of commercial advertisements, posters, leaflets and magazines, as well as other supporting documentation, in the historical and cultural context of Athens, Greece from 1945 to 1970.

The time examined was a transitional and vociferous period in the history of Greece, one of intense and rapid economic modernisation during the post-Second World War decades from the mid-1940s to 1970. This was a time when, along with broader changes in the social, economic and political life of Greece, important developments in design education, print technology and professional organisation marked a new age for graphic design, as a profession emerging from the broader ‘graphic arts’ field (inclusive of both technological and creative processes) and claiming autonomy over the more established fine arts sector.

It deals with modernisation in relation to the assumed divisions of traditional/modern, continuity/change, centre/periphery. Main areas of investigation are: trade organisation, graphic design education, advertising and urbanisation, electricity and tourism promotion.

Info

  • Marina E.
  • PhD

    School

    School of Humanities

    Programme

    History of Design–2013

  • Title of Dissertation: Graphic Design and Modernisation in Greece, 1945-70

    The primary aim of this research is to give voice to the silent history of graphic design in Greece, long uncharted and undocumented in both the international forum and the local design community. This study focuses on the professional modernisation of graphic design and its role in providing the means for change in Greek society. The research is supported by interdisciplinary analysis of commercial advertisements, posters, leaflets and magazines, as well as other supporting documentation, in the historical and cultural context of Athens, Greece from 1945 to 1970.

    The time examined was a transitional and vociferous period in the history of Greece, one of intense and rapid economic modernisation during the post-Second World War decades from the mid-1940s to 1970. This was a time when, along with broader changes in the social, economic and political life of Greece, important developments in design education, print technology and professional organisation marked a new age for graphic design, as a profession emerging from the broader ‘graphic arts’ field (inclusive of both technological and creative processes) and claiming autonomy over the more established fine arts sector.

    It deals with modernisation in relation to the assumed divisions of traditional/modern, continuity/change, centre/periphery. Main areas of investigation are: trade organisation, graphic design education, advertising and urbanisation, electricity and tourism promotion.

  • Degrees

  • BA (Hons), Graphic Design, University of Hertfordshire, 2001; MA, History of Design, Royal College of Art, 2004
  • Experience

  • Lecturer, Izmir University of Economics, Izmir, Turkey, 2010–present; Accessibility programme coordinator and designer, Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece, 2009; Educational programme assistant and tactile graphics designer, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, USA, 2005–6
  • Conferences

  • ‘Experimental publishing in Greece in the 1960s and 1970s', Design Activism and Social Change, Design History Society, Barcelona, 2011; '>Graphic Designer + User + Specialist(s)...', Third Agrafa Conference, Poland, 2012; 'Defining/Designing "centres" and "peripheries"', The Geographical Imagination, Annual Royal Geographical Society, London, 2011
  • Publications

  • Gauging "modern" graphic design in Greece', Marina Emmanouil, Design Issues, MIT Press, 2014