October 26, 2012

RISD Design Center

I can't believe it's been nearly four months since my summer studies at RISD! I'm so behind with keeping my posts up to date. Shame on me! Oh well... Without further ado, let me continue my series of posts from my stay in Providence, Rhode Island.

As I already mentioned in my previous posts, this July my sister and I were taking book design and magazine design courses at Rhode Island School of Design. Both courses were two weeks long. Classes used to start at 9AM and finish at 4:30PM. We used to work after classes as well to keep up with everyone. During book design course we had to produce three prototypes of books: an all-type book (a standard text-only book), a cook book, and an illustrated book with drawings or photographs. For the magazine design course we were producing a prototype of a culture magazine consisting of three articles. We were given both text and images to work with for all the articles.

Both instructors covered book and magazine design history and openly shared their professional experience and working process. They even gave away some top secrets :)! We also had workshops and lectures by guest speakers. It was interesting to see how people with different design backgrounds (some had no previous experience in design and some were already working in the design industry) approached the same assignments and came up with great ideas and solutions.

Having our books all printed and binded at the end of two weeks felt very rewarding. I probably wouldn't lie if I said that it was my most productive month in several years. A really enriching experience, indeed!

Below are some images of RISD Design Center where both courses took place.


A pile of books for reference

All-type books

Cook books

Illustrated books



Our book design course instructor
cut out and made hundreds of little
artist books out of magazines

We could take as many as we wanted!

Magazine layouts hanging 
on the wall for critique


An exhibition of dust jackets by 
Paul Rand in the corridor


These are my books that I created during the courses

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