Co Lab

Collaborative Design Survey



ISBN: 9789063693732 Category:

Elizabeth Herrmann, Ryan Shelley, Jennifer Cole Phillips


The object of Co LAB is to promote the ideals and methods of contemporary design collaboration by informing on cultural context, surveying some unexpected practitioners, and highlighting techniques and practices that apply to studio work and forward-thinking education initiatives. There will be three main sections with 10-20 short-burst chapters in each, befitting the collection/handbook format. 1. Collaboration+Culture: Why Collaborate? This section addresses specific topics on the strides, setbacks, and influence of collaboration on our culture. By asking what’s happening? and distilling theory and research down into a palatable set of very brief essays with a heavy use of photographic examples, we better understand how the cultural puzzle pieces fit and how to move forward. 2. Collaboration+Design: Theory at Work Case Studies and guest profiles of collaborative. Some designers and artists generate their own spread or written narrative, while others are profiled by the authors. Brief and diverse, the quantity and curation of profiles illuminate behind-the-scenes processes, while providing perspectives that do not exist in any other design resources. 3. Collaboration+Education: Duo It Yourself Neil Postman argued that we must reclaim education from mere job training and that interaction is ground zero for shifting a culture. Projects, programs, and themes are highlighted, many from collegiate education, including the growing block of open-ended hacker/make spaces and areas of study that blend technology, design, art, and engineering. The authors build an argument for presentness, collaboration, and physical proximity in modern design education and professional practice.

Additional information

Weight 670 g
Dimensions 17.6 x 24.1 cm
Publisher name BIS Publishers
Publication date 1 July 2015
Number of pages 240
Format Paperback / softback
Contributors Foreword by Ellen Lupton
Dimensions 17.6 x 24.1 cm
Weight 670 g


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