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 designers 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 - where we treated writing as making, and making as writing.
In this studio, we will explore what it means to shape our language - we will create our own words, and even redefine what 'writing' means as we develop our design practices - our visual, verbal, and formal explorations and experiments. Through a series of projects and prompts, self-directed and given, 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 future audiences.
We will consider at the work of artists, writers, and designers such as Kenneth Goldsmith, Anne Carson, Anne Hamilton, Ed Ruscha, Hito Steyerl, Xu Bing, Dieter Roth, Agnes Martin, Mira Schendel, to name a few. Throughout this course, language will be considered the working medium, but can be explored broadly and openly, digitally or not.
The course will culminate in a publication that can be readily disseminated, either in print, online, or in a form yet to be determined.
Open to Graphic Design majors, Junior and above