Katherine Gillieson  Design & Writing

Machine Sensation

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The newest book in the New Metaphysics series is Machine Sensation by Tessa Leach. The series is edited by Graham Harman and Bruno Latour and published by Open Humanities Press. All OHP books are freely available as open access electronic books as well as in paperback form. I am the designer for the series which features the work of Tammy Lu on the cover.

Design and Nature

I was approached by Louise St. Pierre, one of the 3 co-editors of this book, over 2 years ago to talk about design. Edited by Kate Fletcher, Louise St. Pierre, and Mathilda Tham, this extensive volume includes 25 diverse chapters on design, nature, ethics of care, and related topics. It was a pleasure to work on and I am generally pleased with the result. The background image for the cover is supplied by Oscar Gillieson-Ashdown and is one of his outdoor splatter paintings.

The book can be found on the Routledge site.

The Stationery Project

This is a practice-based design research initiative to repurpose the used, one-sided printer papers at the Emily Carr campus to create beautiful, useful, practical stationery items for the use of the entire community.

Many one-sided prints are produced on the new campus; the new Riso printer in the COMD lab was the inspiration as it produces an exceptionally high number of test prints (to achieve a good coverage of ink on any new master), and there are photocopiers and laser printers all around the new campus that people routinely use that inevitably produce unwanted or draft printouts. Proposed solution: use a systems design/material audit, bookbinding, printmaking and other knowledge and skills to develop stationery items that can be used by the entire community. This means that we are recouping and re-using this paper rather than sending it to get recycled.

The long-term the plan is to create an internal system that could routinely recoup the raw materials needed for our stationery. The sustainability of this concept requires some initial research and investigation into the paper use and waste, experimentation into possible formats and binding methods, and the development of a feasible production and distribution and/or sales process.

MEI interview: Entretiens avec Ruedi Baur et Katherine Gillieson

I was approached by Bernard Darras and Stéphane Vial, co-editors of a special issue of the journal MEI on Design & Communication, to respond to a number of questions around design, participatory democracy, communication and marketing alongside the legendary designer Ruedi Baur. The interview, published in June 2017 is fully accessible here.

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Cet entretien avec Katherine Gillieson, Maître de conférences à l’Université d’art et design Emily Carr de Vancouver et Ruedi Baur, Professeur à la Haute école d’art et design de Genève, aborde successivement quatre grandes questions mettant en relation le design et la communication.
L’entretiens en entier est ici.

Hilan Bensusan: Being Up For Grabs

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Hilan Bensusans’s book is now online, and available in PDF and in paperback form. The New Metaphysics series is edited by Graham Harman and Bruno Latour and published by Open Humanities Press. All the books in the series are freely available as open access electronic books as well as in paperback form. I am the designer for the series which features the work of Tammy Lu on the cover.

Being of Analogy by Noah Roderick

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Noah Roderick’s book is now available online, and available in PDF and paperback form. I am the designer for the series which features the work of Tammy Lu on the cover. The New Metaphysics series is edited by Graham Harman and Bruno Latour and published by Open Humanities Press. All the books in the series are freely available as open access electronic books as well as in paperback form.

Information+: interdisciplinary practices in information design and information visualization.

Information+ was an interdisciplinary conference, workshop, and exhibition aimed at bringing together researchers, educators and practitioners to discuss opportunities and challenges in information design and information visualization. The inaugural Information+ conference was held in June 16–17, 2016, at Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver, BC, Canada, with the workshop taking place on the 18th and the accompanying exhibition Information Everything, co-curated by Katherine Gillieson and Gillian Russell, running through the month of July in the Concourse Gallery at Emily Carr.

Co-organized by Katherine Gillieson, Emily Carr University of Art + Design and Isabel Meirelles, OCAD University, Information+ 2016 would not have been possible without financial support from our home institutions as well as the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Information Everything, the exhibition of Information+

As part of Information+, I am co-curating the exhibition Information Everything (June 17 – July 30) with Gillian Russell (independent curator, PhD candidate in Design, RCA, London).

This exhibition will reflect on dynamic developments in the areas of information design and visualization, highlighting the work of practitioners who bring innovative and experimental approaches to negotiating information. To submit a work for consideration please refer to the submission requirements in the CFP below, or visit the website.

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Information+ : June 16-18 2016

I am a co-organizer of Information+ : interdisciplinary practices in information design and visualization, a conference, exhibition and workshop event which will take place in at Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver, Canada, in June 2016.

The inaugural Information+ conference will bring together researchers and practitioners in information design and information visualization to discuss common questions and challenges in these rapidly changing fields. Information+ will be held at Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver, Canada. It will include three events: a two-day conference (June 16 and 17), one-day hands-on workshop (June 18), and an exhibition of information design and visualization projects (June 17 to July 30).

Here is the call for submissions for conference presentations. Please stay tuned for the call for submissions to the exhibition.

Plastic Bodies

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Plastic Bodies: Rebuilding Sensation After Phenomenology by Tom Sparrow is the latest volume in the New Metaphysics book series. This is the fifth title in the series, and is designed once again in collaboration with artist Tammy Lu, and published by Open Humanities Press.