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Muriel Cooper, ed. "Computers and design". Design Quarterly, nº 142, 1989

“The contributions to design theory and practice of Muriel Cooper -who in mid-career as a highly regarded designer of books and other graphic materials threw it all over to take on the issue of new graphic languages that bridge art and technology- are both rare and remarkable. Her example is a challenge to the self-satisfied streak in us all.”

Mildred Friedman. “Editor's note”. In: Muriel Cooper, ed. "Computers and design". Design Quarterly, nº 142, 1989 (p. 3)

Designers will simply be unable to produce the number of individual solutions required for the vast number of variables umplicit in real-time interaction. Design will of necessity become the art of designing processes.

Muriel Cooper, ed. "Computers and design". Design Quarterly, nº 142, 1989 (p. 26)

 

The cover of the Design Quarterly special issue neatly illustrates these themes. It presents a three-by-three grid of thumnail renditions of the cover as it dynamically shifts through a temporal sequence. Software to produce these images was written by Suguru Ishizaki, but the image was choreographed by Cooper. It is more a provocation than a working prototype, but as with much of her strongest work, this imagined interface suggests a path forward. It is rhetorically succint and telegraphs many of these themes that she developed at lenght in the issue.

David Reinfurt, Robert Wiesenberger. Muriel Cooper. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2017 (p. 27)