Week 5: February 3 and 5

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Tuesday, February 3

Due Today

  • Reading. Read Chapters 2, 3, and 4 in APE.
  • Blogging. Respond to the reading by describing the most important thing you learned about the future of the book from these three chapters ("Traditional Publishing," "The Self-Publishing Revolution," or "The Ascent of eBooks.") As always, include two more more images (photographs that you take and that might illustrate your ideas work really well!) and two external links to the work or writing of others. TAGS: blog3, publishing, and any others that may be relevant.

In-Class Activities

Activities to Complete by Thursday, February 5

  • Everyone should plan on responding and commenting to at least three blog posts by your peers. Responses should engage the subject/topic, suggest alternative resources or ideas, and help the writer make connections to broader networks of inquiry.
  • Check out the Parlor Press website to see its catalog, series, and general focus. You'll be given a list of titles to choose from for completing your individual book project soon.
  • Creating. First, read the two-page decription in Go by Chip Kidd on starting a scrapbook of designs you like (Design Project 1, p. 122). Then, if you don't have a Pinterest account, create one that will serve as your own scrapbook for collecting design ideas, particularly ones related to books, book design, and publishing. Collect at least five pins to get started. If you haven't used Pinterest before, watch this overview and then read about Pins, Boards, Following, Home Feed and more. Once you have your Pinterest account created, add it to your profile on Behance so that others can follow your pins if they choose. (See the "On the Web" block on the left side of your profile page.)

Please Note!

Dr. Blakesley has to attend Board of Trustees meetings at the Madren Center, so there will be no in-person class meeting. However, be sure to complete the work assigned and note the reading for next week (Feb. 12).

Thursday, February 5

Dr. Blakesley has to attend Board of Trustees meetings at the Madren Center, so there will be no in-person class meeting.

Due Today

  • Everyone should plan on responding and commenting to at least three blog posts by your peers. Responses should engage the subject/topic, suggest alternative resources or ideas, and help the writer make connections to broader networks of inquiry.
  • Creating. If you don't have a Pinterest account, create one that will serve as your own scrapbook for collecting design ideas, particularly ones related to books, book design, and publishing. Collect at least five pins to get started. If you haven't used Pinterest before, watch this overview and then read about Pins, Boards, Following, Home Feed and more. Once you have your Pinterest account created, add it to your profile on Behance so that others can follow your pins if they choose. (See the "On the Web" block on the left side of your profile page.)

Activities to Complete by Tuesday, February 10

  • Reading. Go by Chip Kidd. Introduction ("Okay, So Just What Is Graphic Design") and Chapter 1 ("Form").
  • Blogging. Respond to the reading by taking three photographs of something you see on campus representing good or interesting design and that have someting, even remotely, to do with books or the ideas or activities that swirl around books as material things and concepts. Include the three images in your blog, and then describe why you chose them, what you like about their design, and anything else that comes to mind. It's okay to think abstractly and metaphorically, so, for example, the object you photograph might convey the "idea" of a book, even if it's not material book. This week, you'll need three images in your blog post, but you only need to link elsewhere if doing so enhances your post. TAGS: blog4, design, and any others that may be relevant.