BOOK DESIGN II
COURSE OUTLINE & WORKLOAD
On this course you will produce your own conceptual book project. Working on your project is supported by lectures and presentations, and tutored by both your teacher and your peers. The lectures touch at the history of the book and look at the traditions and conventions of books as tools for design in today’s media environment. The book is examined as a material entity, as well as a concept for distributing knowledge and meaning. Addressing these issues helps you to reflect the role of the book medium in contemporary conditions, where the material culture as we know it is migrating and merging into the digital materiality.
The course is calculated to consist of 48 classroom hours and 114 hours of independent work.
- You will be working on your own project, but constantly exposing your work in various stages to others in the group. This will help you learn how to present your work in different stages as well as articulate your thoughts and ideas. Giving feedback and critique to others helps you to analyse and discuss, and to reflect on your own respective work.
- You will compose a written statement of your project and submit it alongside the finished work. This enables you to become aware and reflect on your own process and articulate your concept: all valuable skills for a professional designer.
- Remember we are dealing with material culture. In each presentation you make, remember to have something to show and illustrate your ideas. It might be sketches, objects, samples, mock-ups, references, inspirational materials, models, demos, videos, texts, anything really, that you can share along with verbal expression.
- We will document the finished book projects by photography and publish them along with your statements as an online site/blog.
- Respect other people by not arriving late. In order for you to share with your peers you have to be present. Three late arrivals (more than 10 minutes) will be counted as one day’s absence.
- Attendance is required on all classes. You are allowed 20 % = two and a half days’ absence from the course. More can cause you to fail the course.
- There will be no work submitted late at any stage of the course. Failure to present your work as scheduled, at any stage of the course, can cause you to fail the course.
- If you fall ill or have questions regarding these policies, please contact Arja.
Your final submitted work (book + statement) will be the main subject (80%) of your evaluation. Other issues under evaluation are presence on course, active participation in discussions and critiques, willingness to help and instruct fellow students when capable, ability to meet deadlines.