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DESIGN EVERY DAY, a one month design institute at Emily Carr University is an open call for typographers, designers, architects, urbanists and artists to reimagine everyday encounters with letterforms, imagery, objects and spaces, and to reconsider the processes and products of design.

Next month, a selection of free workshops and fee-based one day courses will be offered through the University’s Continuing Studies Program.

The institute is curated by Laura Kozak, who will also be teaching one of the two workshops entitled Spatial Typography. I recently sat down to speak with Laura about the courses and what attendees can expect from this exciting, offbeat design program.

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Design Every Day is offered several times per year as a suite of courses and events. This approach aims to push the boundaries of Emily Carr’s regular slate of courses by bringing in audiences and design practitioners not typically part of the university culture.

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Design professionals are able to break out of their offices and teach practical skills not often found in the workplace. Workshops are more playful and make use of Emily Carr’s resources as well as bring people together to discover new creative outlets. The Concourse Gallery space will serve as a focal point for Design Every Day’s collection of events.

I will be attending one of the upcoming day-long workshops and blogging about my experience in a future post. As a graphic designer, typography is something that’s always been close to my heart. It forms part of our daily communication and without it, life would be terribly boring.

Here’s a list of both courses and free workshops available during DESIGN EVERY DAY:

Installation: Scaffold

Founded in 2009, Fieldwork (FW) is a Vancouver based collective of eight emerging industrial designers (as well as former Emily Carr students). FW offers an array of experiments, interpretations and narratives through a range of outcomes — exhibitions, group shows, and product design. FW aims to shift the perception and understanding of design. Scaffold will showcase the inventive and exciting results of idea generation throughout Design Every Day.
June 11 to June 25, 9 am to 5 pm daily

Emily Carr Concourse Gallery

Micro Exhibit: DISPLAY Magazine

DISPLAY Magazine is a curated publication of contemporary design in Canada. With emphasis on emerging design communities, DISPLAY showcases Canadian design culture. A micro-exhibition of DISPLAY Magazine’s archives will be presented daily to the public as part of Design Every Day.
June 12 to June 25, 9 am to 5 pm daily

Emily Carr Concourse Gallery; FREE

Workshop: Screen Calibration for Designers and Photographers

Aimed at both designers and photographers, this workshop teaches correct screen calibration to dramatically improve the colour accuracy of your output results. Screen calibration is one of the first steps in creating a “what you see is what you get” workflow. This short workshop provides a better understanding of calibration and colour management.
Carlos Mendes

Course code: CEDA 220 SU01

Wednesday, June 13, 6 pm to 9 pm (3 hours total); 

Talk: Ten for Ten

Ten for Ten is a one night event where typographers, architects, product designers, entrepreneurs, information designers and thinkers converge and discuss how their practice has evolved over the past ten years, and how they came to be doing what they are doing today. Each speaker will be given 10 minutes.
Various Contributors

Thursday, June 14, 7 pm 
Emily Carr Lecture Theatre; FREE

Spatial Typography Workshop

Experiment with letterforms in a collaborative, hands-on day of dimensional typography. Create imaginative letterforms and typographic installations using an unconventional palette of modular materials. This workshop is suited to both brand new typography fans as well as to seasoned type nerds.
Prerequisite: None
Laura Kozak
Course code: 
CECD 215 SU01
Friday, June 15, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm (8 hours total); 

Grace Partridge

Course code: CECD 215 SU02
Saturday, June 23, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm (8 hours total); FREE

Charette: The Bicycle and the City

Cyclists, designers, drivers and city-dwellers are invited to rethink Vancouver’s cycling infrastructure during this hands-on intensive charette. The workshop will be taught by two Emily Carr students: a Landscape Architecture student and a Design Community and Cultural Practice student. Topics for discussion include interventions in cycling infrastructure, Vancouver’s underutilized spaces, and bike culture in Vancouver.
Note: This event is free but requires advanced registration.
Samantha Lefort and Joshua Welsh
Course code: 
CEID 272 SU01
Saturday, June 16, 2 to 4 pm; FREE

Visual Note-Taking Workshop

Learn to quickly and visually record what you see and hear using diagrams, sketches, and mapping. This is a great skill for designers, business professionals, illustrators and students looking to rapidly synthesize and communicate complex information in meetings, lectures, and presentations. This fun hands-on workshop will provide practical and effective skills for visual note-taking.
Roman Izdebski

Course code: CECD 180 SU01
Sunday, June 17, 1 to 4 pm (3 hours total); 

Register for the courses online, in person or via phoning 604.844.3810.

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