What does each essay “open up” (per Adorno) and to what purpose?
What issues are raised that relate to design?
What design tactics are used to explore those issues?
Humor as a tactic of design
The importance of the comic is its instability--its tendency to oscillate between the uncanny and the ridiculous. We take pleasure in the comic largely as triumph over anxiety, the achievement of dominance over psychological forces, which threaten our precarious control.
Paraphrased from Ernst Gombrich, The Sense of Order: A Study in the Psychology of Decorative Art, p. 19.
“His Inner Kat,” Sarah Boxer Krazy Kat (published between 1913 and 1944)
What does Sarah Boxer’s review ‘open up’?
Krazy & Ignatz Chris Ware’s design: the opposite of “flux”