Monday, March 30, 2009

New!! for Tuesday

Notebookers be prepared to look at each other"s research on the Statistical Information assignment. Some may be ready to present their works in progress. We will be shifting attention to our traditional sketchbooks with an off-site assignment on Thursday.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

This periodic chart looking layout is full of popup diagrams and graphic representations of statistical information. I include this as a further prompt to your thinking and making for this next assignment. Thanks to John McVey.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

A link from John McVey

A biographical site for H. Ross Ashby the British scientist, cyberneticist and notebook keeper who died in 1972. He was a copius note keeper and an avid generator of aphorisms.

Thursday, March 12, 2009


For your conceptual sketchbook we have been exploring some of the functions of drawing, Drawing as DEFINITION, drawing as EXPLORATION, drawing as EXPOSITION and drawing as RITUAL.
Your next asssignment is to explore the visual representation of quantitative information. Taking charts, maps, lists and other statistical information about you and your life, find a way to make a visual representation of this information.
Look for ways to organize the information into a visual metaphor for the "content" you want to convey.
Possible options;
• copy and multilply
• overlay
• plotting on existing charts or maps
• measure and represent change
• locate yourself in relation to something
• map an aspect of your life
The challenge in this assignment is to find a visual form which carries the information and while you address the subjective aspect of that information.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Functions of Drawing

Artists approach drawing in a variety of ways. On Tuesday we will examine some of the functions of drawing. 

We will examine Definition, Discovery, Ritual, Expression, Delineation and some of the others functions of drawing. Bring drawing materials and your current sketchbooks. Be prepared to show your two pages a day drawings as well as the results of your work with photographs.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Commonplace Books

John McVey Talks about Commonplace Books
Today in class John McVey discusses the commonplace book as a way of organizing and understanding things. John will bring his unique relationship with books to bear on this topic. This talk may make you reconsider your own relationship with books.
See this link