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Light Blue Desire by Magali Duzant


Light Blue Desire investigates the power, failure, and fluidity of language. The project, in its current incarnation as an artist book, lyrically maps the amorphous definition and meaning of the word blue across languages. The collection of idioms reveals a compendium of contradictions; concepts around a color that is both high and low, peaceful and pornographic, melancholic and manipulative, and consistently voted the world’s favorite color. How and why does blue seep into our speech, color our thoughts, lap into our languages?

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Design Notes: The book’s form and typography draw influence from technical manuals, while the chapter design nods to the cyanometer, an eighteenth century hand-painted instrument used to measure the blueness of the sky. These elements are balanced by the whimsical design of the blue idioms, which mimic the inherent nature of the idiom itself — an expression whose meaning is not predictable from the usual meanings of its constituent elements.