Fall Semester 2020

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Final Outputs

Learning Journal

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DES // 540 —— Research Studio

DES // 500 —— Political Ecology

DES // 520 —— Agathokakological Tendencies

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Initial Sketches and Models



Initial sketches relating to the Anthropocene as well as the Humanities Without Walls project/publication. These spreads attempt to lean into the idea of site specificity, questioning how type can be site specific or how it could change when introduced to specific sites.


Initial thoughts/model research on how we could produce a group publication that exists outside of something more traditional or how the overall form could be infromed or influenced by the content.



Sketch relating to how we could produce this group publication while taking into consideration the different sites represented within each section of the publication. Allowing for visual relationships to be shown between sections based on site specifics. This sketch also shows the publication being ring-bound so that the order of the sites is not fixed.

Initial Thoughts for Group Section



Our group chose the section of the publication that relates to Bruno Latour. The content assigned to this section includes both an interview with Latour as well as content (or lack thereof) from a masterclass conducted in conjunction with Latour. At midterm our group was considering focusing our efforts on the interview content since the masterclass content was not well defined. We participated in a few meetings with individuals who conducted the interview (Andrew Osborne and Casey Corcoran) about form and content, discussing how critique were to exist as footnotes and visual design interventions allowing for internal dialectic (Oscar’s words). Shown above are models that we shared with Andrew and Casey in order to facilitate a discussion around how this portion of the larger publication could take form. All that said, after discussing the timeline further with the interview team we felt that it was not something that we would be able to tackle within the semester. Because of this our group chose to turn our focus back to the Bruno Latour Masterclass. 

Initial Thoughts for Group Section




Our group chose the section of the publication that relates to Bruno Latour. The content assigned to this section includes both an interview with Latour as well as content (or lack thereof) from a masterclass conducted in conjunction with Latour. At midterm our group was considering focusing our efforts on the interview content since the masterclass content was not well defined. We participated in a few meetings with individuals who conducted the interview (Andrew Osborne and Casey Corcoran) about form and content, discussing how critique were to exist as footnotes and visual design interventions allowing for internal dialectic (Oscar’s words). All that said, after discussing the timeline further with the interview team we felt that it was not something that we would be able to tackle within the semester. Because of this our group chose to turn our focus back to the Bruno Latour Masterclass.

The above sketches show different ways to treat the content of the masterclass as well as representing the human effect on or manipulation of the environment within the Anthropocene. Scanner explorations were conducted utilizing multiple panes of glass in order to obtain a layered effect. 

Final Execution of Group Section







Once our group opted to pivot back to the masterclass we figured that it made the most sense to organize the content by day. Our overall concepts for our section are representing the human impact on the enviroment within the anthropocene through the manipulation and degredation of content, documentation through recreation and recontextualization, as well as the idea of utilizing the margins of our pages as a palce to store notes (field notes?) and other content provided to us.

Even though our section turned out to be successful, it was hard fought. I learned a lesson in collaborating online, and the issues that stem from that. I found it difficult to collaborate asynchronously as it often felt like yelling into a void while also drastically slowing down the process. In addition the the issues of working online, I learned that it is necessary to be more aware of team dynamics. We initially went down the rabit hole that was the interview because two of us (myself included) felt that it could be a more successful or tangible piece in the end even though out third team member felt otherwise. Ultimately, we could have saved some effort and had more time to work on our section had we not taken this detour (although hindsight is, uh, 2020). Either way, this taught me the importance of not placing more value on one thing just because the majority of the group finds it to be the best way forward. It was also interesting to see how other groups worked tohether some traded files around while some divided and conquered (our strategy) leading to an awareness that there is more than one way to skin a cat as they say. I wonder if colaboration could be an overarching theme for a whole class? One where students are placed (forced?) into short term projects with different people wherein they are required to figure out different (not best, correct, or right) ways to collaborate. 

Final (?) Cover design



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