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The Art of Critical Making


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Foreword J 5 John Maeda Preface 11 Frank R. Wilson The Art of Critical Making: An Introduction 19 Rosanne Somerson Groundwork 32 Leslie Hirst Text and Context: Outward in All Directions 52 Daniel Cavicchi Conversation: Drawing 74 Patricia C. Phillips Thingking 94 John Dunnigan Object Lessons 116 Sarah Ganz Blythe Conversation: Materials 138 Kelly Dobson Graphic Design, Storytelling, and the Making of Meaning 164 Lucinda Hitchcock The Nature Imperative 190 Neal Overstrom Conversation: Critique 210 Eva Sutton Acting into the Unknown 230 Pradeep Sharma Afterword 245 Mara L. Hermano ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 251 CONTRIBUTORS 253 ILLUSTRATIONS 261 INDEX 265

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ROSANNE SOMERSON is the Provost at Rhode Island School of Design. A professor for more than 25 years, she has lectured in museums, conferences, corporations, and schools across the world. She has maintained her own studio since 1978 and has exhibited work extensively in museums throughout the United States and internationally including the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Louvre in Paris. MARA L. HERMANO is Executive Director of Strategic Planning and Academic Initiatives at Rhode Island School of Design. Trained as an art historian, she has focused her career on the intersection of art and design, culture, and higher education.

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