Writing is a flexible material and molds to multiple forms: as tweets, texts, code, and pixels; abstraction, sculpture, art and news; in 2D, 3D, books, and screen; for public, private, galleries, and commerce. While graphic designers have a deep kinship to the world of words, we are rarely tasked with making the words we shape. What could writing look like if we were concerned with the whole expression, from writing to form, and vise versa? What if the boundaries between the two were no longer rigid or distinct and we treated writing as making, and making as writing.
In this studio, we will explore what it means to shape language--we will write in multiple ways, and even re-define what 'writing' means as we frame and respond to project prompts. Through a series of short and long projects, students will investigate the power we have to expand the experience of words, both for ourselves as designers, form-makers and readers; as well as for our audiences. This studio establishes a space--a lab of sorts--for students who are writers, thinkers, wordsmiths, text or type enthusiasts. We will encourage and consider everything from the most intimate paper-based word/text explorations, to screen-based work, to language systems or code, to monumental and sculptural word experiments. As long as language is the medium, projects can be very open.
As we make our own work, we will also read and consider work by various wordsmiths, including but not limited to Kenneth Goldsmith, Anne Carson, Anne Hamilton, Ed Ruscha, Hito Steyerl, Xu Bing, Dieter Roth, Agnes Martin, Mira Schendel, to name just a few.
The course will culminate in a publication that documents our explorations and experiments. Course open to graduate and undergraduate
Graphic Design majors, Juniors and above; all others by permission of instructor.