For this Friday class you are required to finalise your detailed argumentation (developed in the last 5 weeks), which presents the relation of the specific research material with your: a)design method, b)architectural/programmatic decisions, or c)both a and b.
You should produce both:
- a draft version of your 1500-words text and
- the first complete version of your artist’s book.
These two levels of drafting will help you gauge how thick/big/foldable/buildable is your actual design output of this unit. The work should also include your thoughts on the links between the text and the image, and the status of the two put together. Thus, you are encouraged to combine the two at this stage, simulating the final artist’s book (even at the places where you might need to add some visual/textual material during the next two weeks).
As previously discussed: those 1500 words do not have to be in a linear essay format, and can accompany specific elements of your design approach and tests. If they can be imaginatively embedded in the ‘design language’ of your publication, then we are on the right track! Each publication’s own format should be conceptually driven by your individual research topic and therefore visually communicate this carefully framed, original idea.
The use of specialised graphic software like InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop is expected. Although, the treatment of the materials other than plain white paper and format other than the conventional book for the final publication can be equally important to test at this phase, if this is central to communicating your unique concept, and as long as the manual fabrication is done with the same design dexterity. Remember that one publication can also consist from several volumes and a variety of materials.
TO KEEP IN MIND: relevance of your research material for the project output
Any design proposal does not exist in a socio-political vacuum, forms are derived to communicate meanings. Your graduation project has to have critical and social importance (e.g. show ability to question an identified impasse and propose an alternative solution) and this in turn has to be readable through/translated in your design, e.g. it cannot stay on the level of description like ‘the light will go on and off to give the effect of fear’. This has to be translated into specific spatial and material relations, which create such sensation through use. This needs to be readable in your experiments, sketches, drawings and models before they are then expressed verbally.
You should be reflecting on the treatment of spatial elements in your proposed design resolution that are supported by your argument, which in turn is built with the help of the research done (developed in the last 5 weeks). This research is based on the conceptual precedents, whose character we discussed in each class and I clarified several times.
I am looking forward to seeing your work online by 9am Thu 9th March, and discussing it accordingly in class on Fri 10th March!