JUSTIN
CHILDRESS

Justin Childress is a designer and educator based in Dallas, TX. His practice includes teaching, writing, and visual design, with a focus on typography and publishing, experiential pedagogies, urban inquiry, and art culture in the South. He is a partner and Creative Director at Switch, an Instructor of Design in the MADI program at Southern Methodist University, and Design Director at the non-profit publishing house Deep Vellum.

Studio—4230 Avondale Ave. Dallas, TX 75219
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He is also an avid wanderer and photographer, and fishes pretty much any ditch he runs across.

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Every year I begin by mourning all of the thoughts that I have lost. I mean this to be temporary and conclusive, but it never is; the rest of the year is a continuation. No new idea can replace the one that is already gone.

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I choose to start from a point of optimism in art, that to make “art” is good. It better to make than not to make. The second question becomes, then, is it better to display (to disperse) art than it is to hold it close? Is personal art inherently archival?

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ARTICLE: GATHERING IN THE CITY: AN ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY AND REVIEW OF THE LITERATURE ABOUT HUMAN-PLANT INTERACTIONS IN URBAN ECOSYSTEMS

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Today I rather accidentally referred to design as a “performative art,” due to the stress that is incurred from creating things that exist solely in public. You do not design things for private use, or at least for your private use. I suppose that it is possible to design for yourself (only), but it is rare.

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I choose to start from a point of optimism in art, that to make “art” is good. It better to make than not to make. The second question becomes, then, is it better to display (to disperse) art than it is to hold it close? Is personal art inherently archival?

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FILM: CITIZEN ARCHITECT: SAMUEL MOCKBEE AND THE SPIRIT OF THE RURAL STUDIO

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ARTICLE: A CASE FOR THE SUBLIME USELESSNESS OF GRAPHIC DESIGN

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Today I rather accidentally referred to design as a “performative art,” due to the stress that is incurred from creating things that exist solely in public. You do not design things for private use, or at least for your private use. I suppose that it is possible to design for yourself (only), but it is rare.

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