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✸ assignments ✸


You will be responsible for establishing a daily practice focused on exploring and developing a healthy ritual of making. You will document this daily, generative process on your blog, created specifically for this course. You will be required to upload a minimum of 5 posts a week. This will also be used to display your process work on various projects, and final works, as well as whatever you would like to post on this platform—so long as it is relevant to your process, practice, and research.

This blog can be hosted on a variety of platforms—I recommend using tumblr,, Instagram, or Twitter. Keep in mind that you’ll be posting a variety of content and mediums (image, text, sound) so make sure that whatever platform you’re using is capable of posting more than just images/text. If you plan on using something different from what I have listed here, just send me an email to let me know.

As you craft your daily practice, consider play, consider long-term sustainability (make it sizable and doable), make it enjoyable, and make it something you can hold yourself accountable to. This is a tool you can continue using in your path as a designer so you can create self-accountability around making and so you can begin building a process archive. You’ll be surprised by how many tendrils you grow!

Consider: Collaborating With the Universe, Artist Rituals

CA Conrad


Make 20 responses to: Paul Thek Teaching Notes

  1. Choose a format, digital or analog, and stick to it for the 20 responses—if you choose analog, you will need to digitize it in some way
  2. Pick a size format and stick to it (for example: if you use a sticky note, keep using sticky notes)

  • have fun! play.
  • don’t be precious! let it flow.
  • try setting your own constraints.
  • walk around, breathe deep, expand your body
  • move between formats: draw, digitize, print, draw again.
  • what would you make if you weren’t afraid of the outcome?


For this assignment, I will be leading a worlding workshop using The Black School’s Process Deck. This deck contains possibilities for iterating on a societal problem or issue you are invested in solving and, using chance elements of game, gives you combinations of ideas for you to design solutions!

For the project, come prepared with an issue that is important to you. You will then pull 3 cards: a question card, a theme card, and a form card. These will be your guides towards completing this assignment. 

Using your topic and the results from this exercise, you will be creating a presentation deck (printed or digital) of at least 10 slides or pages presenting the issue you are concerned with along with a solution for it. If you go for a digital format, pick dimensions and a presentation style that are suited for screen viewing. Similarly with a printed version: if you’d like something to be physical, go for the dimensions and format that would be most conducive for the viewing experience.

For example, if you pick the problem of inaccessible healthcare of lack of community spaces, you would be ideating a dream community space or the principles of your dreams of healthcare and sharing them with class. You can create architectural sketches, artefacts, moodboards, etc. to give us an idea of your proposed solution/world. The results of the solutions and worlds you create in this assignment can be used towards the next one, where you will be immersing us in a world of your own making in the form of a BIG BOOK!

Examples: Game of Kin (⇧), Investing in Futures, The Black School Process Deck, Pamela García Valero Oracle, Never Alone, Seeda Syllabus, Concept Bank

 Dunne & Raby Design Models


Using what you have learned and created so far, transform your research, writing, artefacts, and questions into a 500 page book. This book can include textures, fragments, systems, images, structures, abstractions, and languages of your world, functioning as a playful narrative object.

Consider the principles, aesthetics, philosophy, environment, characters, artifacts, and rules of your world. If you’re feeling lost, focus on one actionable aspect that you can realistically elaborate on. For example: an organization, a recipe book, a transportation system, a governance system, a fashion universe, climate solutions, new social rules, etc.

  • you are not writing a novel or making a coffee table book. you can have entire pages that have one word, image, texture, or vibe. you can make a book that reads in different directions, one with interludes of open spaces to journal, etc, etc, etc. 
  • be creative and use the expansiveness of your 500 pages to play. lean into the process!
  • let your daily practice feed into your work. use what you have made in the semester already. write from your future if you feel inspired!

 Ricardo Basbaum

Examples: Cyfoka, Cooking Sections, Institute of Queer Ecology, Interspecies Library, On Worldbuilding, Jiri Valok see page 13, Milan Adamciak, Future History

Resources: Bookbinding ResourcesBook spine calculator, InDesign Booklets and Imposition, Velvetyne Free Fonts, Collletttivo Free Fonts, Google Fonts, InDesign Booklets and Imposition