9/1
Please note: beginning next week, each class will begin at 10am. Today’s class ends at 12:50 for an Art & Design faculty meeting.

9:20–9:30 — Please fill out this questionnaire
9:30–10:00 — Introductions: please share two of your former works
10:00–11:00 — Guest: Mike Tully
10:00–11:00 — Intro: Community Memory Kiosk →
  1. 1. Ryan + Leona
  2. 2. Kellyn + Kerri
  3. 3. Kerri + Ryan
  4. 4. Sanaz + Kellyn
  5. 5. Leona + Sanaz
11:00–11:15 — break
11:15–11:40 — Group Agreement
11:40–12:00 — Review Syllabus →
12:00–12:50 — P1 begins →

For next week...
  1. Select 2–3 research topics and create sketches for each, focusing on the conceptual idea for a printed publication.
  2. Read: Ursula K. Le Guin’s Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction
  3. Read: Mike Tully’s Community Memory: A Communal Feed (emailed)
9/9
Class will be replaced by remote check-ins this week due to Rutgers’s "Change of Designation in Class Days".

10:00–10:30 — Kerri
10:30–11:00 — Ryan
11:00–11:30 — Sanaz
11:30–12:00 — Leona
12:00–12:30 — Kellyn

For next week...
  1. to come
9/15
Today’s class ends at 12:50 for an MGSA faculty meeting.

10:00–1:00 — P1 Critique: full class

For next week...
  1. first Community Memory Kiosk presentation
  2. continue working on P1
9/22
Class is cancelled due to illness. If you would like a one-on-one, please DM Mindy on Slack.

10:15–12:30 — in-class work time + one-on-ones
10:15–12:30 — Demo: Illustrator and InDesign (if needed)
12:30–12:45 — break
12:45–1:00 — walk to Zimmerli Museum from CSB
1:00–2:00 — Fieldtrip: Zimmerli Museum

For next week...
  1. continue working on P1; we should start to see printed prototypes
9/29
10:00–10:30 — Presentation: Community Memory Kiosk 1
10:30–1:00 — P1 reviews
1:00–1:15 — break
1:15–1:45 — P2 begins →
1:45–2:30 — Demo: HTML

For next week...
  1. create 3 sketches for an online publication that complements your printed publication
  2. read Laurel Schwulst’s “My website is a shifting house next to a river of knowledge. What could yours be?
  3. second Community Memory Kiosk
10/6
Today’s class ends at 12:50 for an Art & Design faculty meeting.

10:00–10:30 — Presentation: Community Memory Kiosk 2
10:30–11:30 — Demo: CSS
11:30–12:00 — break
12:00–1:00 — Guest: Louise Sandhaus

For next week...
  1. sign-up for one-on-ones this week
  2. begin coding your online publication
  3. make an account on Github
10/13
10:00–10:15 — What’s new on the net
10:15–10:45 — Demo: Create a microsite with custom domain on Github Pages
10:45–1:15 — P2 Critique: full class
1:30–2:30 — mid-semester survey

For next week...
  1. third Community Memory Kiosk
10/20
10:00–10:30 — Presentation: Community Memory Kiosk 3
10:30–1:30 — in-class work time + one-on-ones

For next week...
  1. to come
10/27
Today’s class ends at 12:50 for an MGSA faculty meeting.

10:00–12:30 — Guest: Shiraz Gallab
10:00–12:30 — P2 Ends
12:30–1:00 — break
1:00–1:30 — P3 begins →

For next week...
  1. fourth Community Memory Kiosk presentation
11/3
Today’s class ends at 12:50 for an Art & Design faculty meeting.

10:00–10:30 — Presentation: Community Memory Kiosk 4
10:30–11:30 — watch a performative lecture and discuss
11:30–12:00 — break
12:00–1:00 — Guest: Steffani Jemison

For next week...
  1. to come
11/10
10:00–12:30 — Guest: Kit Son Lee
10:00–12:30 — Demo: Premiere
12:30–1:00 — break
1:00–2:00 — watch a performative lecture and discuss

For next week...
  1. fifth Community Memory Kiosk
11/17
asynchronous feedback (Mindy will be overseas)
11/24
Thanksgiving Holiday
12/1
10:00–10:30 — Presentation: Community Memory Kiosk 5
10:30–1:00 — P3 Critique: full class

For next week...
  1. final presentations with Design faculty
12/8
10:00–2:00 — Guests: Atif Akin, Gerry Beegan, Jacqueline Thaw
10:00–2:00 — P3 end

For first-year MFA-D students. This is the first of four studio courses you will take during this 2-year design program. As we begin, consider everything you read, write, make and present from this point forward as additions to a new body of work that will manifest as your thesis. All of your courses will help you develop an iterative process to help jumpstart and connect your new works in unpredictable ways.

You are highly encouraged to incorporate research from your other courses as you develop their project forms in this studio course.

Design Studio is the primary locus for researching, sketching, and developing visual work. Readings, precedents and class discussion will inform a greater understanding of established design structures; independent studio work and critiques will develop your creative response to those structures. Class meetings will consist of primarily four activities: (1) presentation and discussion of relevant works, or precedents, of design, art and media, (2) presentation and discussion of class members’ work at various stages of development, (3) independent sessions, (4) demos for new tools.

Design Studio 1: Initiation is part studio, part conversation seminar about gatherings in three forms: (1) collections in printed publications, (2) online publications, and (3) performative lectures. Multidisciplinary practitioners will visit for lectures, discussions, or workshops with students; including: augmented publications, learning trails, and multi-screen activations. Through hands-on design projects, readings, and discussions, students will delve into different material and social forms of gathering. Demos include an introduction to InDesign, Github, and video editing.

With each prompt, aim to transform your project, altering its meaning and/or its function through choices concerning content, material, visual form, language and sequence. Your decisions are not neutral. Be prepared to articulate why you have compiled this particular collection and its relationship to a larger social context.

See full syllabus


Rutgers New Brunswick campus is on unceded land from the Munsee Lenape tribe. Even for our video calls, Zoom relies on servers at Equinix data centers in Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Melbourne, New York, Tokyo, Toronto, Silicon Valley & Sydney, according to Rory Solomon, Assistant Professor at the New School. Let’s discuss: Why do we recognize the land? “To recognize the land is an expression of gratitude and appreciation to those whose territory you reside on, and a way of honoring the indigenous people who have been living and working on the land from time immemorial. It is important to understand the long-standing history that has brought you to reside on the land, and to seek to understand your place within that history. Land acknowledgements do not exist in a past tense, or historical context: colonialism is a current ongoing process, and we need to build our mindfulness of our present participation. It is also worth noting that acknowledging the land is indigenous protocol.” (sourced from www.lspirg.org/knowtheland) More information can be found here: native-land.ca

→ Project 1: Research Index
Create a printed research index. With a topic of your choosing, begin to develop the research index, a repository for all your research both within and outside of design. This evolving document catalogs your research throughout the MFA in Design program to actively support the development of your thesis and to feed your design practice beyond graduation. In this class, you’ll begin to develop the taxonomy for the Index and to populate it with: research on your realm of interest; research on the social, cultural, economic and technological issues related to your realm of interest; design and art precedents; annotations for the above items. It is highly encouraged that you add resources from your previous work and current courses into this index.


  1. References
    • Whole Earth Epilog by Stewart Brand
    • New Woman’s Survival Catalog by Susan Rennie and Kirsten Grimstad
    • A *New* Program for Graphic Design by David Reinfurt
    • Reference Guide by Michiel de Cleene
    • Hard Copy by Mindy Seu, Charles Broskoski, David Reinfurt
    • Local Area Network by Mindy Seu, Jon Gacnik, Jürg Lehni, and A-B-Z-TXT 2018 participants
    • Catalog of Typefaces by ABZ ETC INC
    • Another Earth Catalog by Fabian Reimann
    • The Address Book by Sophie Calle
    • An Organized System of Instructions by Martin Beck
    • Bookcatalogtest by Triin Tamm
    • Taking a Line for a Walk by Nina Paim, Corinne Gisel, Emilia Bergmark
    • Unknown Artist by Sophie Auger
    • Blueprint for Counter Education by Maurice Stein & Larry Miller
    • Better be watching the Clouds by Walid Raad
    • McMaster-Carr

→ Project 2: Online Publication
Building upon your research index, create an online publication that offers a narrative complement to your printed catalog. This might be… an interview series, essay anthology, visual research, digital mapping, et al.


  1. References:

→ Project 3: Performative Lecture
You’ve compiled 10 weeks of research in printed, digital, and social forms. Create a concise and conceptual summary in the form of a 10-minute video essay that will be viewed as a performative lecture.


  1. References:
    • to come

→ Community Memory Kiosk
For this one-week group project, please create a community memory kiosk. The Community Memory Project was based in Berkeley, CA in 1976. From their description, they write:


We are placing public computer terminals through which people can freely share information unmediated by censors. Community Memory allows people with no previous computer experience to enter messages, find messages entered by others, and enter responses to what they see. Messages are cross-indexed to related subjects to help people make connections.

  1. References

Students

Leona Cheung
Kerri Fallat
Sanaz Feizi
Ryan Lilienthal
Kellyn Nettles