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.
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.