Post-Pandemic Studio

Projects developed within this hybrid research and studio initiative will explore the expansive possibilities for studio practice within pandemic conditions, with a focus on design practice and education.

Design in the Age of Social Distance

Working reflexively within the very conditions to be explored, participants in the summer intensive will develop projects responding to the social, cultural, political, and health challenges of remote design practice. They will reference concepts of design as translation and as a form of meta-reflection. Final projects will question and explore new approaches to studio work, straddling home and virtual environments while also remaining embedded in educational, community and other contexts.

This initiative takes an expanded approach to studio practice in information design supported by exchanges with practitioners, potential audiences or collaborators, and undertaken within contexts of community and environment. Projects may employ a broad range of graphic, material and other means to develop responses to complex issues, systemic experiences or processes. Formal outcomes are not limited to but may include visual and diagrammatic formats, concepts for indoor or outdoor environmental representations, interactive or per- formance pieces, and speculative/critical works. These will be compiled in an online exhibition with a possible catalogue.

Theory and Practice

This initiative will examine the nature and potential for studio practice in the age of remote practice. Within this constraint, or perhaps through it, how may we ‘build a theory of practical design’? Here, theory and critique merge with practice. The aim is to develop a practical epistemology of design, one that is reflexive, responsive and adaptable to complex challenges.

Read more about the Information Design Summer Intensive, and about the themes framing this initiative through a public conversation presented for OCAD U’s Contingencies of Care residency, viewable online.

The project team includes Danni Li (teaching assistant), April Nguyen (teaching assistant), Jihyun Park (research assistant), Kelly Small, and Katherine Gillieson.

Keywords: information design, intensive/extensive, multiple publics, remote practice, meta-reflection, design education, systems theory