The editorial categories are research topics that have guided researchers during the recovery phase and continue to be the impetus behind the Documents Project’s digital archive and the Critical Documents book series. Developed by the project’s Editorial Board, each of the teams analyzed this framework and adapted it to their local contexts in developing their research objectives and work plans during the Recovery Phase. Learn more on the Editorial Framework page.
This unsigned interview with Venezuelan designer John Lange, focuses on his production of books, from limited-edition artists’ books to large-run industrial editions. Lange mentions what he considers his most important books and explains the graphic designer’s role in their production. In closing, the article reflects on the state of art education in Venezuela and how Lange has contributed to the education of graphic designers as the head of the Instituto de Diseño Newmann.
This interview with Venezuelan designer John Lange (b. 1931) provides important information about his contributions to two major areas: book design and the training of graphic designers. Lange expresses his vision of what a book should be and of the creative process in book design. Lange worked on the production of artists’ books along with Luisa Zuloaga de Palacios (1923–1990), a true pioneer in that field in Venezuela. Together, they produced the books Me llamo barro (Caracas: Fundación Newmann, 1964), featuring the work of Spanish poet Miguel Hernández, and Elegía coral a Andrés Eloy Blanco (1965), based on a 1961 edition of poems by Miguel Otero Silva of which there were only two copies, both handwritten by María Fernanda Palacios. Like Me llamo barro, Elegía coral a Andrés Eloy Blanco was designed by Lange and featured prints by Palacios. Lange’s early contact with artists’ books while he was also designing magazines, such as Revista M (Grupo Montana, Caracas, designed by Lange from 1963 to 1984) and the Revista Nacional de Cultura (Inciba, Caracas, published from 1967 to 1971) was probably responsible for his later work in editorial design. In any case, Lange had the sensibility necessary to make books with large print runs into authentic works of art in which design played an important role.