Department of Design & Computation Arts
Tue 8:30 – 12:30
Room: EV 7.745
Computer Lab: EV 5.815
In this course students develop concepts and visual communication strategies for exploratory and applied print editions, such as catalogues and book works. Lectures introduce print histories in complement to highlighting contemporary designers, the local zine scene, Montreal graphic firms, sustainable printing and production methods. Projects that students undertake include typographic composition and image development, non-linear narratives, binding and print production, for one-off or limited edition art works and communication projects.
By completing this course, students will:
This course focuses on an iterative studio design practice complemented by course lectures and guest presenters working in the field of book design and production. Though academic readings are not required, it is highly encouraged to consult the provided references to complement in-class learning.
Students will produce two book works alongside in-class assignments/exercises. The second major project consists of an open-content brief, and students should be thinking of a topic/subject during the first half of the course.
Please see the DCART syllabus for further details.
Participation and Blog
In-class assignments (4)
Jan. 9 — Course Introduction
Jan. 30 — The Form of the Book
Feb. 6 — Guest Presentation: The Bookbinder's Daughter
Feb. 13 — Major Project 01 Presentation and Critique
MP 01 due
Feb. 20 — Mid-term Break
Feb. 27 — Artists' Books in Context
MP 02 assigned
Mar. 6 — Guest Lecture: Possibles éditions
Mar. 13 — Experimental Layout
Mar. 20 — Studio Visit: Aura – Atelier Universel de Reproduction et d'Assemblage
Mar. 27 — Guest Lecture: Kata Soho
Apr. 3 — Process Critique
Apr. 10 — Major Project 02 Presentation and Critique
MP 02 due
Students are required to maintain a class blog to post their process and documentation work. Sharing inspirations, ideas and resources amongst each other is encouraged.
Shannon Marissa Bain
Markus Giuliano Specogna
– Thinking With Type, Ellen Lupton
– The Form of the Book, Jan Tschihold
– The Elements of Typographic Style, Robert Bringhurst
– The Century of Artists' Books, Johanna Drucker
– Text in the Book Format, Keith A. Smith
– Experimental Layout, Ian Noble & Russell Bestley
– Indie Publishing, Ellen Lupton
– How to Make Books, Esther K. Smith
– Notes from Underground : Zines and the Politics of Alternative Culture, Stephen Duncombe
– Fanzines, Teal Trigs
We aim to create a safer space within the class environment in order for all students to participate equally, with a commitment to mutual respect and anti-oppression. Discrimination (and discriminatory language) based on gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, ability, and any other forms of intolerance will not be accepted. Marginalised voices will be prioritized if/when deemed necessary.
Students with specific needs or concerns are encouraged to speak with me privately at any point, as course material and structure can be accomodated as necessary.