Choose a project, research relevant aspects of it, and begin the work. For instance, if you are designing a series of stamps, research shapes and existing stamp designs from the U.S. and worldwide. For all of your projects, find precedents that inspire and give us an idea of what you’re making. Short of designing stamps, bring in images, type samples and the other material that will fuel your design.
We will meet in small groups and have individual meetings. The projects are to be completed by the week after our final class.
Create a systems project of your choice. Define system as you wish: as a finite set of parts that form a whole, or as rules or instructions that generate a result. Or define it as both.
Suitable projects range from the familiar to the obscure. Some examples:
1. A set of postage stamps
2. A set of book cover jackets
3. Wayfinding systems or waylosing systems
4. Process Book
6. Short film using system as method
7. Installation/Live Act/Walking Tour
8. Typographic system
9. A system for organizing live information
Your end-of-semester deliverable depends on the project. We can discuss deliverables based on the project next week. For unprinted works, a process book may be your deliverable.
Be sure to take on a project that interests you and for which you can justifiably say is a system. Avoid client projects because outside constraints often affect the direction your project takes. Take risks, stretch your work in these final weeks of your junior year.