Signs of the Times

Without any hard data to back this up, I suspect that one of the few economic beneficaries of the pandemic may be the graphic design and printing sectors. In the last year, we have been confronted with a profusion of signs, placards, stickers, floor decoration and other material intended to remind us of the measuresContinue reading “Signs of the Times”

Feature: Masks (II)

“Ritual is intimately connected with the mask, either in the wearing that hides the true face, or in the adoption of a public face.” – Subhash Kak, ‘Ritual, Masks and Sacrifice’ (2004) “Masks are boundary objects, mediating between ideas of contamination and con-tainment, purity and pollutions, and life and death. Since the outbreak of COVIDÔÇÉ19,Continue reading “Feature: Masks (II)”

Feature: Masked

Of all the features of everyday life affected by COVID-19, none has been more contentious than the wearing of face-masks. Although a recent study by King’s College London (‘Becoming “Covid-Secure”‘) suggests that mask-wearing is becoming more normal and more accepted, there is still a significant proportion of people who are either unconvinced or simply unwillingContinue reading “Feature: Masked”