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Disobedient Design

Disobedient Design

Faculty: Martha Rettig & Sofie Hodara 

Start a revolution. Make your own protest poster. Break the internet with digital resistance.

Inspired by the protests that started in November 2016, this new studio-hybrid elective examines the power of public activism as it has evolved from letterpress broadsides to today’s acts of technological interventions. Students examine criteria for successful acts of resistance through a variety of project deliverables, ranging from letterpress posters, websites, digital installations, augmented reality experiences, and more.

Open to Illustration and Communication Design undergraduate students as well as graduate students at the college, this unique course has been taught in two classrooms: the letterpress studio and a Mac lab. With a variety of analog and digital tools at their disposal, students considered the criteria for successful acts of resistance across different media through project deliverables ranging from letterpress posters, to digital installations, augmented reality experiences, and more.