Workshops

Cette page est également disponible en français.

The Greyscale Press team is always ready to share it’s enthousiasm and knowledge with the world. We believe that education and knowledge sharing is a fundamental part of any artistic practice.

That’s why we love to give workshops, that we consider as speculative experiments within the playground of design, publishing, print and post-print, remixology and content strategy.

Below you will find our most up-to-date workshop concepts.
Interested? Just get in touch!

Open Source Font Specimens

Concept: Create a collection of font specimens, for usage in print, with free/libre/open source fonts. Tasks for workshop participants: font selection, classification, study of existing font specimen standards, design of individual font specimens, choice of “boilerplate” text samples from the public domain, layout, choice of licensing, distribution strategy…

Outcome: A digital book, published under a copyleft license, ready for global distribution accross print-on-demand services (Amazon CreateSpace, Google Books, etc). We may also produce manually a few dummy copies for the workshop participants.

Technologies: InDesign, Scribus, GitHub…

Links:
Detailed project page (French)
– Project workspace on GitHub: https://github.com/greyscalepress/font-specimens/

Obsessive Notebooks

Concept: Produce custom print editions, through print-on-demand services, using mostly found material that is collected by participants, following their most “obsessionnal” fields of interests.

Tools: InDesign, Scribus, LibreOffice

Examples:
– Selections of public domain writings (see the Bookkake editions, by James Bridle)
– Selections of contents under Creative Commons, or some other free license.
– Other types of material, where the status of authorship and copyright might be blurry. Exemples: WikiLeaks source files, blog entries, social network micro-messages, etc.

History:
1st iteration: (HEAD – Geneva University of Art and Design)

Book Visualization

Concept: Choose a reference book, a book that relates to your daily practice and work, in some significant way. Based on the book’s content, you will develop a custom visualization, a graphical interpretation, according to criteria that you will derive from that book: relational schematics, chronological timelines, topographic representations…

Technologies: Paper, Illustrator/PDF, html…

Software: Illustrator, InDesign, Inkscape…
Some examples of books that would offer worthwile material:
– Geert Lovink: Uncanny Networks (2004)
– Steward Home: The Assault on Culture (1988)
– Gene Youngblood: Expanded Cinema (1970)

Update:
A very similar workshop has been given by James Bridle at the School of Visual Arts in New York, 21st – 25th October 2012.

Radical Portfolio Manufacture

Concept: Collectively develop a new paradigm for presenting an (art) portfolio online.
Divide the tasks across the participants: brainstorming, feature selection, art direction, architecture, development, user experience, cross-browser, testing, cross-device testing, promotion…

Outcome: a WordPress theme, under an open source licence, ready for online distribution.

Our Timelines

Concept: explore the visualization of information / events across time, as a “timeline of events”.

Technologies: paper, note-taking software, wiki-software, wordpress…

Examples:
– Alfred Barr, “Cubism and Abstract Art” (1936)
– George Maciunas, “Diagram of Historical Development of Fluxus…” (1971)
– Facebook timeline (2012)

Recent Publications

Some of our authors

loading image
loading image
loading image
loading image
loading image
Fork us on GitHub