Are there issues of Ligature Journal missing from your collection? With this second three pack if issues you will get—Issue Three (By Hand), Issue Four (Disruption), and Issue Five (Simplicity)—sent to you in one tidy bundle for you to enjoy.

It has been several decades now since computers crashed the design party and provided designers with goody bags stuffed with exciting new digital tools. In issue three, By Hand, we, and our talented contributors, endeavour to make some kind of objective evaluation of those tools, of their worth, of their weaknesses, and of their impact on how we use our hands—and to explore ways we can (and do) re-incorporate into our creative practices the best of the more traditional tools and methods that working with our hands can supply. Read more about this issue.

Issue four is all about disruption and we hope that this issue will provoke thought (and provide some amusement). In these pages, you will find a range of definitions and examples of disruption; tools to help you disrupt your own patterns of design behaviour; and many personal (even vehemently idiosyncratic) responses to what disruption means to designers beyond its current status—as contributor Jacqueline Hill puts it—as ‘lingo du jour’. Read more about this issue.

And issue five—Simplicity. Designers love it. Designers hate it. Many designers don’t understand it, confusing it with simple and simplistic. The simple truth is that simplicity in design is about managing complexity. Though the end result may look simple, even obvious, at its best simplicity in design is anything but. Read more about this issue.

Please feel free to visit the Ligature Journal website. There you will find, available for you to read for free, a selection of articles published in full or in part from each of these and other issues.


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