MUART 351 Print Design Systems

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This course synthesizes concepts learned in typography and graphic form through the development of visual programs for sequential viewing. Students address ideas of sequence and series, organization, and typographic hierarchy through poster, brochure, and book design.

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Mass Customized Poetry Journals
In this project, Miami design students collaborated with graduate poetry students to create a new poetry journal. The core concept of all the journals was that the poetry for each issue would be written in a particular type of public location. In this first issue, all the poems were written by poets standing in parking lots. In addition to publication design, students also explored mass customization. Each student had to develop a journal that could be mass produced but also individualized. In other words, each copy of each issue must be unique in some way.

From the project brief:

“Publications are traditionally mass produced. Each copy is exactly like the next. Added value comes into play only when an author signs a copy, thereby making it unique. Recently, designers have begun to produce publications which are both mass produced and custom one off pieces. For example, Daniel Eatock’s monograph includes an area on the spine for his fingerprint. Eatock went to the warehouse storing his book and applied the fingerprint to each copy himself. Each copy is therefore unique. Copies that were not fingerprinted could be brought to book signings so that Eatock could literally add his individual touch. Designer Luna Maurer designed a publication in which the page numbers were written in by hand in charcoal. Although the rest of the publication appeared to be a traditional mass produced book, the handwritten page numbers added an individual quality to each copy. In addition to the fact that they were written by hand, the charcoal smeared as the book was handled leading to more customization. In both cases, the human touch fought the anonymity of computer generated design.

The challenge of this journal is that, although the bulk of it is mass produced through lulu.com, each copy must be unique. How to achieve that is up to you.”


Cooper: Poetry Journal Parameters

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Eversole: Poetry Journal Locusoris

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Killinger: Poetry Journal Habitual

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Carter: Poetry Journal Out of the Gutter

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Huang: Poetry Journal Not There

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Drumm: Poetry Journal Sector

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Whaley: Poetry Journal Vicinity

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Walters: Poetry Journal Slant

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Student Work for Project Two: Thackara Poster
In this project I asked students to design a series of posters to promote an on campus lecture series by John Thackara. Students read Thackara’s book, Designing in a Complex World, and then used their knowledge of the book to develop a poster theme. This project explored posters as a series, as well as infographics.

  
Atkins Thackara Posters

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Samuels: Thackara Posters

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Scott: Thackara Posters

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Hake: Thackara Posters

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Hustedt: Thackara Posters

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Mock: Thackara Posters

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Cassidy: Thackara Posters

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Krekeler: Thackara Posters

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Groth: Thackara Posters

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Student Work: Manifesto Project
For this assignment, I asked students to select a manifesto that interested them. Using the contents of that manifesto, each student created a promotional campaign. The campaign included a poster, a brochure, a button and a bumper sticker.

 

 
Adkins: The Loafer Campaign; Cassidy: We are Watching Campaign
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Walters: Urinal Etiquette Campaign: Scott: Reclaiming Ugly Campaign
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Samuels: Reconnect Campaign; Pearce: Beard Manifesto Campaign
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Hudstedt: Plastic is Not Fantastic Campaign: Krekeler: Embrace the Weed Campaign

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Drumm: Green Living Campaign; Manifesto Buttons

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