Locate an original object with design characteristics. Think about what constitutes the object as an original. What is unique about it, materially, aesthetically, but also in terms of its content. Bring it to class. Make five different copies of the original, each of which utilizes a different means of reproduction, or utilizes a means of reproduction differently. Each copy should be printed on a letter sized sheet of paper.
Produce a new world format (841 x 1189mm) poster, under the “ecstatic” influence of Wolfgang Weingart. Review the scanned excerpt from Typographie: carefully observe these reproductions of his posters and read his account of their production. As you plot your own version, consider a range of possibilities of technical strategies and aesthetic positions in relation to the originals. Will you make a parody, an appropriation, an homage, or what? Consider the difference your digital means of production might make in your new version.
Make a cheap version of a rich original. Consider different senses of cheap and rich. Work in print: letter-sized sheets. The original can be any text, image, object, or product that can be copied. Make multiples. Consider how the process of copying can alter the original. Consider cheap, lo-fidelity means of copying. Bring your printed copies to class and we’ll exhibit and discuss.