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B Readings


w “Systems Generating Systems”

Christopher Alexander

B Collaborative Methods

Below is a list of collaborative methods that I’ve been compiling. It may be of use as the nature of our collaboration broadens in this next week.

Back and forth: Limited number of participants (2 ideally), with everyone shaping it in an ongoing and iterative way. One person working, then passing to next.

Crowd-sourced: One person asks, people in other places satisfy that ask. Best result(s) used.

Active hand-off: One person designs, then hands to the next person

Passive hand-off: One person designs, leaves the design, another person chooses to pick it up

Parallel play: All doing same task alongside each other. Pick from results or combine results

Perpendicular play: All doing a different projects alongside each other. Ideas rub off.

Group share: One larger task is done by multiple people at the same time in the same space.

Group split: One larger task is broken up into smaller tasks then recombined or synthesized. Larger task may be known (have been planned out) or unknown (needs to be discovered)

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B Unit 3: Readings

Tool (Or, Postproduction for the Graphic Designer), Andrew Blauvelt, from Graphic Design: Now in Production

Program or Be Programmed (introduction), Douglas Rushkoff

Design As Art (excerpts: Micro-Art, Moiré, and Direct Projections), Bruno Munari

Original Xerographies (excerpts), Bruno Munari

Jürg Lehni talks with Philippe Cao & Daniel Giuditta, HTML Output, Spring 2014

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  1. John says:

    I just ordered Nicholas Carr’s latest book, The Glass Cage… described on the back cover as “at once a celebration of technology and a warning of its misuse, [it] will change the way you think about the tools you use every day.

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B Unit 1: Readings

Attention,” Lorraine Daston. Curiosity and Method: Ten Years of Cabinet Magazine
An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Paris,” Georges Perec
Approaches to What?” Georges Perec
The Rules of the Game,” Paul Auster and Sophie Calle

Video clip from “Smoke” adapted from Paul Auster short story
Interview with Katerina Seda
The Everyday, WhiteChapel Documents of Contemporary Art

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