We’re thrilled to announce that we will be hosting this year’s Booksfromthefuture Summer School at LCBA. Application deadline is Tuesday 20 May.
Booksfromthefuture Summer School 2014
A ten-day summer workshop in London on book design that focuses on self-initiated, practice-based inquiry. Participants of the programme will each design a section of the 1884 science fiction novel Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions, to be published by Booksfromthefuture in collaboration with designer Dante Carlos. In this setting, thinking and making will be experienced simultaneously rather than as separate phases of the design process. As a re-imagining of story and format, participants will discover both individual and collaborative methods that blend research and practice into a single act.
15 places available
7–18 July 2014
Application deadline 20 May 2014
10 days, 5 days each week (Monday–Friday), 5 hours per day (10.30–16.30).
Days will be structured around the integration of thought and action, supported through readings, discussions, tutorials and hands-on activities, all conducted in English.
The course involves fast-paced turnaround requiring participants to be resourceful and progress daily based on feedback from peers and tutors.
Booksfromthefuture practices a think-and-do ethos encompassing:
¹ inquiry: how to pose research questions and convert them into reflexive strategies for form-making and form-finding
² concept: how to articulate and negotiate one’s intentions, personal approach and results in relation to content and context
³ design: how to shape and sequence information into a unique reading experience, with particular emphasis on typographic systems and data visualisation
Raised in southern California, Dante Carlos is a graphic designer based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In addition to his own practice, which includes book design and printed matter for the cultural field, he has been senior designer at the Walker Art Center since 2009. As with his work there and his projects with collaborators, Carlos uses typography, graphics, and an economy of means to create visual entry points into different types of knowledge: from math to dance, language to science and music. A graduate of the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, his past clients include Museum of Arts and Design (NYC), The Glass House, The Aspen Institute, Levi’s, Cherry and Martin, Midway Contemporary, NBC/Universal, MTV, Chronicle Books, and High Times Magazine. He recently had his first solo exhibition “Art & Leisure and Art & Leisure” in 2013 at the London Centre for Book Arts.
Booksfromthefuture founders Yvan Martinez and Joshua Trees have over 10 years experience as designers and educators. Since 2002 they have been working across the education/industry divide, leading workshops and live projects at schools internationally including Art Center College of Design, ArtEZ Institute of the Arts, Bath School of Art & Design, Fabrica, Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Stockport College, San Francisco Art Institute, UCLA DMA Summer Institute and Valand School of Fine Arts, whilst designing information and installations for clients including Arkitip, Edwin, Emigre, Harmony Korine, MTV, Nike, Urban Outfitters and Wieden + Kennedy. From 2005-07 Martinez and Trees edited and creative directed v. Journal of Experimental Typography. Both are co-founders of Hayama Projects, a project space for art, design and theory based in Yokohama and LA. Additionally, both teach at Central Saint Martins and the London College of Communication.
Ken Hollings is a writer based in London. His work draws freely upon trash culture, weird science, political intrigue and strange connections to reconfigure reality and demolish common assumptions. From digital imagery to occult symbolism, from flying saucers to the theatre of cruelty, his work embraces text, spoken word, music and multi-media performances to create ideas and images for the 21st century.
Open to both students and graduates.
Participants must demonstrate prior experience with designing at least one multi-page document. A laptop with Adobe Indesign, Illustrator and Photoshop installed is required for participation.
Participants travelling from abroad are responsible for securing any visas required.