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* Lecture by Tom Ockerse in auditorium
* Review pattern assignment in small groups
* In-class activity


Review Pattern assignment

Break into groups of four and present your patterns. What did you make? How did you make it? How did the single part produce an unexpected whole? What did the addition of color and the combination of patterns do? As the viewer, respond to which of the patterns departed most from the single unit.


I have brought 12 examples of recently published books for you to study. I am asking you to spend an hour scrutinizing a single book in order to dissect its whole into its core visual parts. How do those parts relate to form systems? How do those systems connect to form a cohesive book design.

The systems used to organize content within a contemporary book may rely more on paper type, image use, and type families than on the repetitive placement of elements.

Note page size(s), text block size(s), running heads, folios, colors, and other organizational matter. What paper is used? How do the systems connect or fragment the work? What reasons might the designer have had for arriving at these choices? What system(s) does the book rely on to define its grammar? Is there an overall concept that produced the systems?
Present your findings to the whole class.

For next week

Collected Book

The activity today was meant to show how a book can hold together without relying on an overly repetitive structure. The books from today’s activity each interweave seemingly disparate elements (parts) to create a varied but cohesive whole (system).

Create a bound book of any size and page count using printouts of your own previous work, found magazines or newspapers, discarded paper and/or other material. Make an effort to collect a variety of material to sort through.

Although your sources will vary, the overall book should hold together as a single work. Consider the paper type, the trim size, the use of type and images. Although there are factors you can control, the trimming of the book will produce unexpected internal proportions. Be open to retrimming and reordering sheets to create an engaging and unified system. Do not be concerned with the subject matter of the pages unless they are a part of your system.

Do not collage or add marks to the printouts. You are gathering, arranging, folding, rotating, trimming and binding only. Take risks within this small gamut. Be prepared to present what systems are at play in your book next week.

Updated pattern compositions

Adjust your patterns and upload one from each of the three assignments to the class site. Upload 1200px wide jpgs and insert the three in a new post. Place within category “Assignment 1”.


Pages 32–37 from the week one packet. Optional reading from Vignelli on grids.

Next week’s class

Meet in the auditorium at 11:20a for the lecture

* To create rhythm and variety from a limited set of parts
* To make disparate parts serve a whole

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