Superstudio, The Continuous Monument, 1969. Cut-and-pasted printed paper, colored pencil, and oil stick on board
Graphic Architecture Project II: Designing Images
Instructor: Terri Chiao
Wednesdays, 9 – 11 am
505 Avery Hall
In this class, “Designing Images”, we consider the architectural image as a critical and personal tool of visual persuasion. With an emphasis on individual stylistic and conceptual development, we aim to foster each student’s visual voice through a series of diverse image-making exercises over the course of the full semester.
In the first part of the semester, students will complete weekly exercises focused on diagramming, photography, and collage. We will also work in series, producing image sets and zines or booklets. Assignments are structured to encourage exploration through play, experimentation, rigor, and critical thinking. Discussions and readings will center around abstraction, narrative, and image construction. In the second part of the semester, students will work on one multi-part, 5-week project culminating in the creation of an 8- to 16-page booklet that builds a visual story through images. Combining graphic narrative and physical book prototyping, we will create distinct visual experiences based on each students subject of choice.
In addition to weekly assignments and in-class pin-ups or individual crits, we discuss issues facing contemporary image-making through on-going class dialogue, short lectures, and relevant readings. Students will be evaluated based on quality of work, class participation (including active engagement with the work of fellow students), and attendance.
This is a full-semester class. Students do not need to take GAP I in order to enroll in this course.
Basic knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite.
Access to a printer. Most pin-ups will require students to print out their assignments.
Access to a camera. This can be any type of camera; digital SLR, phone camera, film camera, disposable camera, will all work fine.
Follow format guidelines for each assignment. Follow instructions for posting to tumblr (certain assignments may require posting to tumblr to “submit”.)
Attendance. Final grades will be largely determined by class participation and engagement with other students’ work. You WILL receive a failing grade if you have more than 3 unexcused absences. 3 unexcused tardies = 1 absence; 1 hour late or more is considered an absence.
Absolutely NO phone use in class.
Shooting Space: Architecture in Contemporary Photography
Elias Redstone, Phaidon, 2014
Edward Tufte, 1990
Understanding a Photograph
John Berger, Aperture, 2013
Ways of Seeing
John Berger, 1972
Structure of the Visual Book
Keith A. Smith, 1984
Grid Systems in Graphic Design
Josef Müller-Brockmann, 1981
The Changing of the Avant-Garde:
Visionary Architectural Drawings from the Howard Gilman Collection
The Museum of Modern Art, 2002
Interaction of Color
Josef Albers, 1963
9/7 Introduction + Syllabus
Discussion: Designing Images
Reading: “Ways of Seeing”, John Berger
9/14 In-Class Presentations: Influences
Discussion: Form / Counterform
Assignment: Form / Counterform (collage using colored paper)
Reading: “Two-Way Street: The Photography of Architecture,” Kate Bush
(from Shooting Space)
9/21 Pin-Up: Form / Counterform
Assignment: Constructed Landscapes (set design and photography)
Reading: “Understanding a Photograph”, John Berger
9/28 Pin-Up: Constructed Landscapes
Assignment: Photographic Series (photography)
Reading: “Picture Relationships,” Keith A. Smith
10/5 Pin-Up: Photographic Series
Assignment: Typophoto (photography and typography)
Reading: “The Medium is the Massage”, Marshall McLuhan; “Typophoto”, Moholy-Nagy
10/12 Pin-Up: Typophoto
Assignment: Oppositions (digital or paper collage)
Reading: “Envisioning Flatland”, Edward Tufte
10/19 Pin-Up: Oppositions
Assignment: Oppositions + Invention (digital or paper collage)
Reading: “Layering and Separation,” Edward Tufte
10/26 Pin-Up: Oppositions + Invention
Assignment: Archizines (printed booklet)
“Clip, Stamp, Fold: The Radical Architecture of Little Magazines 196X to 197X,”
Beatriz Colomina (Introduction only; although do peruse the rest of the book :)
11/2 Individual Crits
Reading: “Grid and Design Philosophy,” Josef Müller-Brockmann (optional)
11/9 Small Group Crits
11/16 Small Group Crits
11/23 Small Group Crits
11/30 Final Review with Guest Critics
Submitting to the Class Tumblr
For certain assignments, you will be required to post your images to the class tumblr. Please follow instructions each time you submit. This is an experiment to test the viability of this system, so please feel free to give any feedback or suggestions to improve the experience.
Go to tumblr.com
Login with Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Username is designingimages
Web Address: http://designingimages.tumblr.com/ or http://designingimages.tumblr.com/archive
Making a Post
Once logged in, click on the large blue pencil icon in the upper-right corner of the home screen.
Select the type of media you want to post (in most cases it will be “Photo”).
Follow instructions for posting photos.
Before submitting, be sure to add captions and hashtags to identify / archive the image:
Artist’s Name/s, Title of Image, Year [with hyperlink to the source where you found it]
Medium (if applicable)
Add Required Hashtags (each individual tag should have no spaces; add’l tags are optional):
#ArtistName #medium #postedbyyourname
Logout when you are done.
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