Friday, September 21 - 1:00PM to 1:30PM
For the 2017-18 academic year, I designed a class that collaborated with the Natural History Collections and an English writing course at Oregon State University. The goal was to centralize the very decentralized Natural History collections at OSU. The chosen method of centralizing was a book. The project became a series of courses. First, an English course directed at writing for the sciences designed an assignment around the book. Students each wrote essays about aspects of the collections. Those writings were sent to the curators and edited. Then sent on to my photography course. My photography course was composed of photo majors and graphic design majors with photo minors. We spent the first 1/3rd of the course photographing objects in the collection the curators deemed essential, the second 1/3rd of the course doing book design in 4 different groups (4 different designs) using all the shared text and images from the classes, then the final 1/3rd of the course printing and hand-binding 5 copies of each of the 4 designs. The students presented their work to the curators and the curators chose a design to publish. We are currently searching for funding to publish the chosen design.