by Serena Brovelli, Luigi Farrauto, Silvia Sfligiotti
PG22, the second issue of the new series of Progetto grafico, focuses on common space. Considerable interest has arisen across different domains in such themes as public space and sharing; based on this, an attempt is made in this issue to examine the different ways in which visual communication has been approaching such issues. We have chosen to discuss the idea of common space using the term in a broad sense, and analyze not just the physical locations where communication happens but also the methods and tools through which it is done.
The first area of research is more explicitly political in nature, spanning from the more or less overt conflicts that take place in the urban space to examples of how the idea of social design is being interpreted in new tangible ways. Attention is also devoted to territorial communication, not just as pure branding but as the expression of a territory’s richness and a tool of social interaction. Common space, however, also reveals itself elsewhere: in online communities, in projects open to participation, in typefaces, in images that can change the way our planet is perceived.