Out Now: About Learning and Design

Together with Giulia Ciliberto, I contributed to About Learning and Design, a recently published book edited by Giorgio Camuffo, Maddalena Dalla Mura and Alvise Mattozzi. We answered the following question: “What does learning, and learning design, mean to you?”. I’m also glad to read interesting contributions by some friends spread all over the world. More information below the pictures.

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About Learning and Design
Edited by Camuffo, Giorgio; Dalla Mura, Maddalena; Mattozzi, Alvise – 2014, 266 p. 17 x 24 cm – ISBN: 978-88-6046-067-7

What does it mean to learn in the field of design? How can one learn to design? And how can one learn from design? How can one build the conditions for other people to have a significant learning experience? What is it important to teach future designers? Can one learn to teach? As a follow-up to the first edition of the Unibz Design Festival, organized in 2012 at the Faculty of Design and Art of the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano to celebrate its tenth anniversary, and devoted to the topic of “Design and Learning”, About Learning and Design attempts to answer those questions by bringing together the voices and personal stories of designers, educators, thinkers and scholars all of whom are actively engaged in design education with a critical approach that probes its very boundaries. About Learning and Design features contributions by Giovanni Anceschi, Marco Balesteros, Jurgen Bey, Bettina Böhm, Brave New Alps, Giulia Ciliberto, Emanuela De Cecco, Melissa Destino, Elliott Earls, Daniel Eatock, El Ultimo Grito, Riccardo Falcinelli, Stefano Faoro, Formafantasma, Jorge Frascara, Rob Giampietro, Roberto Gigliotti, Caterina Giuliani, Cynthia Hathaway, Hans Leo Höger, Silvio Lorusso, Victor Margolin, mischer’traxler, Eugenia Morpurgo, Flávia Müller Medeiros, Silvia Neretti, Jonathan Pierini, Michela Povoleri, Kuno Prey, Catharine Rossi, Simone Simonelli, Philip Tabor, Oliviero Toscani, Unità di Crisi, Roberto Verganti, Alex Wilkie and Giorgia Zanellato.

XYLab — An Incomplete Diary

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Between the 17th and the 31st of July 2014, I had the pleasure to attend XYLab, a peculiar summer school including two different labs: X and Y, respectively about new publishing and videomhacking. They both took place in the baronial castle of Castrignano de’ Greci. What follows is a collection of notes about this beautiful experience.

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X Lab was composed of three tables:

  • a table where to investigate the possibility of improving the output interface of EEG neuro-headsets, run by Alessio Erioli, Eugenio Battaglia, Danilo Di Cuia, Leonardo Romei;
  • a table where to study and develop models to understand, represent and visualise human ecosystems, run by Salvatore Iaconesi and Oriana Persico;
  • an experimental table open to the ideas and attitudes of the participants, in which the only guideline was the notion of “new publishing”.

I was honoured to be part of an amazing team of facilitators in this last table: Alessio D’Ellena, designer, illustrator and expert of parametric typography; Emilio Macchia, graphic designer and artistic director of Fahrenheit39 and the Offset residency for graphic designers; Piero Molino, computer scientist and expert of natural language processing; Jacopo Pompilii, designer and author of a thesis about digital publishing and new reading experiences; Salvatore Zingale, researcher and professor of Design Semiotics at the Department of Design of the Politecnico di Milano. The table had around 20 participants, mostly designers but also journalists, writers and entrepreneurs.

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‘L’arte nell’età dell’informazione: un’introduzione’ – Roma – 10 luglio

Print on Demand — Roma, Pastificio Cerere — 10 luglio 2014

Il 10 luglio si terrà, presso il Pastificio Cerere di Roma, un incontro intitolato L’arte nell’età dell’informazione: un’introduzione a cura di Domenico Quaranta, con la partecipazione di Carlo Zanni e del sottoscritto.

Il mio intervento verterà su una personale ossessione: il Print on demand, un modello produttivo (e distributivo) a mio parere ancora non del tutto assimilato ed esplorato, specialmente in Italia. Mostrerò le sue caratteristiche principali, i pro e contro, gli effetti collaterali, le relazioni con altre tecnologie che favoriscono l’autoproduzione, la ricezione nell’universo dei libri d’artista e infine alcuni esperimenti contemporanei degni di nota. Ecco dunque alcuni libri in questione.

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Ne approfitto per ringraziare Federico Antonini, Jacopo Colò, Francesca Depalma, Michele Galluzzo, Simona Materazzini, i quali hanno fornito un prezioso supporto nella ricerca dei materiali e nell’inquadramento del tema.

Programma

09-13 | Domenico Quaranta
14-16 | Carlo Zanni
16-18 | Silvio Lorusso

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