Katherine Gillieson  Design & Writing

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Design and Nature

Thursday, December 5th, 2019

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

Friday, August 31st, 2018

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.

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

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

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.