Design education is primarily learning by doing. And the layer of language that runs alongside this process is often neglected. Words fly out of a teacher’s or student’s mouth and quickly disappear into thin air. Instructions and specifications, corrections and questions, fuse with practical work. And assignments, if written down at all, are rarely considered something worth saving. So how can we access and bring back assignments lost to the past? What are the means of historic reconstruction? And what are the consequences of such methods? How does reconstruction differ from reenactment? How can historical assignments be made relevant for the present time?
Sarah Klein, designer and researcher, HGK Basel and Ecal Lausanne, CH
Leslie Kennedy, designer and researcher, Basel School of Design, CH
Michael Renner, director Institute Visual Communication, Basel School of Design, CH
Nina Paim and Corinne Gisel
This conversation is part of a series of events investigating current issues in design education in relation to giving, writing, and preserving assignments, initiated by the authors of the book Taking a Line for a Walk, published by Spector Books Leipzig in 2016.
Assignments can give instructions, describe an exercise, present a problem, set out rules, propose a game, stimulate a process, or simply throw out questions.Taking a Line for a Walk brings attention to something that is often neglected: the assignment as a pedagogical element and verbal artefact of design education. This book is a compendium of 224 assignments, edited by Nina Paim and coedited by Emilia Bergmark. A reference book for educators, researchers, and students alike, it includes both contemporary and historical examples and offers a space for different lines of design pedagogy to converge and converse. An accompanying essay by Corinne Gisel takes a closer look at the various forms assignments can take and the educational contexts they exist within. Taking a Line for a Walk derived from an exhibition of the same name at the International Biennial of Graphic Design Brno 2014.
Taking a Line for a Walk: Assignments in design education
Conceived by Nina Paim, Corinne Gisel, and Emilia Bergmark
15 black-white images
Wire-o with softcover in reverse binding
Spector Books Leipzig 2016
Edition Number: 1st
Size: 22 cm x 25.5 cm