The space between people working together is filled with conflict, friction, strife, exhilaration, delight, and vast creative potential.
— Bruce Mau, An Incomplete Manifesto for Growth
I am so excited to tell you that this class is going to be responsible for the design and production of the 2018 edition of 340 High Street Student Art Magazine! This is a real world project with a real budget. It is a lot of work, and a whole lot of fun. We’ve got a little bit of money (not as much as I would like, but it will be enough—more on that later) to create something beautiful. But, what I find to be most special about this class is the bond that we will forge while working together over the course of the semester. I can’t wait to meet each of you (or to see you again)—I am sure that you will make an awesome team.
Every year, while planning this class, I worry how on earth you guys will be able to top the design of the previous year’s magazine—It’s an exercise in futility, because without fail each and every year the class makes something that is stunning and completely unexpected. I can’t wait to see your ideas for this project.
In the mean time, I leave you with the Incomplete Manifesto for Growth (if you have been in my classes before, you have likely already read this) written by Canadian designer and AIGA Medalist, Bruce Mau. The manifesto is a good place to start for this project, as our first task will be to think about and debate what a magazine even is anymore! Check out the pages in this blog. There are PDFs of previous editions and links to the social media accounts that we have used over the years.
Enjoy the rest of your summer!
PS. Don’t buy the textbook—it is on Safari Books online.