One thing I can't help noticing is that much of the graphic design writing I come across is rarely done intelligently or from an art historical perspective.
There are exceptions of course.
But the vapid descriptions are often left at "amazing", "brilliant" and my favorite, "I really love the colors". This tends to displace the relevancy of commercial visual communication. Just because something is done for money or to sell a product doesn't mean there isn't any conceptual thought behind hit. Granted, it may not be the same as the ambiguous or monumental installation at the latest neighborhood Biennial. Certainly it will be more accessible. God knows "high" art could use a lesson in accessibility from time to time.
This article, while short, is a breathe of fresh air in that it addresses the theoretical concerns of the pastiche in post-modernism. Dennis McNett is a printmaker and a teacher at the Pratt Institute.
Fecal Face writer Andreas Trolf does a good job of making the heavy points about McNett's work without drowning you in theory.
It's got skateboard graphics! C'mon! You'll love the colors!