Publication Design (Des 466)
Autumn 2021 | Mon + Wed, 8:30 – 11:20 am PDT
Instructor: Jayme Yen | email@example.com
Office hours: Tue, 5-7 pm (online; sign up here)
What if we think of the publication as a form of exchange and dialogue — a container for conversation?
The term ‘publication’ refers to many kinds of media, artifacts, and ideas. A publication can be a bookstore paperback or a limited edition artist’s book; it can be a daily newspaper, a photocopied zine, or an annual journal. Publications also include PDFs, websites, and apps that start with the idiom of ‘book’ and then challenge what we know about it. In every format, publications provide an opportunity for designers to move beyond just typesetting information and into shaping reading experiences. This course is an introduction to the multiple and dynamic nature of publications today, and aims to help design students explore and develop a publishing practice of their own.
In addition to thinking about publications as form, we will consider how publications are a kind of exchange and enable relationships and dialogue. Publications typically involve a lot of people and things. On the practical level, there’s the relationship between the designer and the client, or the designer and the printer (or software), or the designer and, well, time and budget constraints. There’s also the dialogue that designers engage in when they consider how to design around and for a particular subject matter. And finally there’s the potential exchange between the designer and the reader — an invisible participant that your publication may reach across time and space.