Bureau of Labor Statistics Overview


* Lecture by Frank Chester in auditorium
* Review ‘Collected Book’ assignment
* Discuss BLS assignment
* Review website authoring/Irma Boom


‘Collected Book’ presentation

Pass your book to the person on your right. Take thirty minutes to scrutinize your classmate’s book. As you did last week with the printed books, point out the discreet systems that appear within the work. How did the maker of the work connect the disparate parts? Find moments of intention and surprise.

Present your findings to the whole class. Be sure to point out specifics within the book. Allow the maker to chime in at the end of your presentation. Discuss as a group.

For next week

Begin Occupational Outlook Assignment

As you know, we are in dire economic times. The unemployment rate in Rhode Island is 11.3 percent. Particularly helpful to the unemployed is the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook. The directory provides descriptions and other essential information of every common profession. The format for the printed version (online as pdfs) appears much as it did in 1976 – at least ideologically. Take inspiration from the collected book assignment and find a more dynamic way of designing the printed Occupational Outlook. Note the Web page version is at bls.gov/oco/ooh_index.htm and the 2010 pdf is archived here.

This five-week project asks you to invent organizational systems that can be used for the more than 200 occupational entries. An overview of the project:

* Week 1: Model for how the overall work can be structured
* Week 2: Design for a minimum of one occupation in that model
* Week 3: Updated design with a minimum of two occupations
* Week 4: Printed prototype that includes a minimum of 5 occupations. Group critique.
* Week 5: Revised copy due

In this first week you are tasked with understanding the content and building a “model” that communicates the structure of the complete work. What systems might be helpful in organizing the material in a clear but engaging way? How can the shape, binding, paper and other object-like qualities be used to create order and variety? How many volumes do there need to be?

Your book model can use blank paper or pre-printed material to help focus our attention’s on your systems. Be prepared next week to speak to the systems you’ve created and why.

The model should derive from close scrutiny of the material itself. Form opinions about what is valuable. Are photographs or illustrations helpful? If so, what kind? And treated how?

Go as far as you can within this research phase. Bring in books or examples on your laptop that show similar projects.

The trim size is up to you. Your model may be a miniature, if you like.
The book is double sided, full color capable.

Document and describe ‘Collected Book’

Photograph your collected book and post it as a “post” in the category Assignment 2. Type up a summary of the systems at play in our project and the feedback you received. Upload at minimum one BW and one color pattern to Assignment 1.

Next week’s class

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

{ Mar 7, 2012    4 Week 3    J 

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