Oh No Bear! Rotoscoped animation (October 2009).
Almost Architecture: A film about high-rise signs in Montréal. Database documentary (2007). Featured in the exhibition 'New Media - Visible Evidence', School of Cinematic Arts Gallery, University of Southern California, August 2009.
Farine Five Roses Art Project. Collaborative online art project (launched 2008).
The Korsakow System. Oversight and planning for the complete redevelopment of a database documentary authoring tool (free and open source). Version 5 launched July '09.
Girl Talk - Rotoscoped! Digital animation for collaborative class project (COMS274 Intermedia I, Fall '07). Concept, art direction, project management. Featured in the documentary RIP: Remix Manifesto (Brett Gaylor, NFB, 2008). Reviewed on www.pitchforkmedia.com and www.gawker.com. 900,000 hits on YouTube.
Colloque: Densité, intensité, tensions: L'urbanité Montréalaise en question (2007). Poster design.
The Water Front. (2007, dir. Elizabeth Miller). Documentary on an increasingly valuable - and scarce - resource. Design and art direction of titles and credits.
Almost Architecture: A film about high-rise signs in Montréal (2007). Database (ie interactive) documentary featuring interviews with a signmaker, architect, urban planner, urban geographer and designer.
Design Inquiry '07 PASS:PORT (weeklong graphic design retreat, Vinalhaven Island, Maine). Board member; participant.
Logo Cities: An International Symposium on Signage, Branding, and Lettering in Public Space (May 2007). Organized a two-day conference with over thirty speakers, a keynote and a roundtable; a gallery show of old signs and new artworks; and, the Québec premiere of the documentary film Helvetica.
Montréal to Portland. Collaborative, one-minute experimental sound/video piece based on a drive from Québec to Maine. (March 2007)
Brand Hype. A critical educational website all about product placement in the movies. (2006 onwards)
Logo Cities. Extensive online documentation of the Logo Cities project. (2006 onwards)
Sleeve and booklet for special issue of the scholarly journal Public on Digital Poetics and Politics (Issue #31, launched March 2006). Insert Booklet available for download as pdf here.
Book cover for Roth, L. (2005) Something in the Air: The story of First People?s television broadcasting in Canada. (Montréal/Kingston: McGill-Queen?s University Press.)
Design Inquiry '05: Motive, Method, Medium (weeklong graphic design retreat, Maine College of Art). Lecturer and workshop leader.
Design Inquiry '04: Truth & Message (weeklong graphic design retreat, Maine College of Art). Participant; cocreator of bookwork based on the Susan Sontag essay Literature & Freedom.
Digital Poetics and Politics: The Work of the Local in the Age of Globalization. (A weeklong symposium at Queen?s University, Kingston, Ontario, 2004). Participant; cocreator of image sequence and satirical magazine covers on the theme of radical knitting.
Video producer/director: Behind the Screens: Hollywood goes Hypercommercial (2000). An award-winning 37-minute documentary on product placement, tie-ins, merchandising and cross-promotions in the movies. Includes interviews with renowned scholars Susan Douglas, Robert W. McChesney, Mark Crispin Miller and Janet Wasko. Screend internationally (U.S. International Film & Video Festival 2001; Union for Democratic Communications conference (Ottawa, 2001); National Media Literacy Association conference (Austin, 2000); Northampton Film Festival (Northampton MA, 2001). Complete film viewable here.
Signs and the City. Special issue of Design and Culture. Guest Editor. Forthcoming.
Graphic design. In Donsbach, W. (Ed.) The International Encyclopedia of Communication (2008). (Malden MA: Wiley-Blackwell / Washington DC: ICA.)
Product placement. In Andersen, R. & Gray, J. (2007) (Eds.) Battleground: The Media. (Westport CT: Praeger.)
Encoding advertisements: Ideology and meaning in advertising production [reprint from 2000]. In Bennett, A. (2006) (Ed.) Design Studies. Princeton Architectural Press.
'Metro Letters: A Typeface for the Twin Cities'. [book review]. Forthcoming in Design Issues.
The bite at the beginning: Encoding evil through film title design. Forthcoming in Norden, M. (Ed.) The Representation of Evil in Film and Television. (Amsterdam: Editions Rodopi.)
'The Image Factory: Consumer Culture, Photography and the Visual Content Industry'. [book review]. Popular Communication 3(3), pp. 213-215.
Image ethics and the advertising photography of Richard Avedon and Sebastião Salgado. In Gross, L., Katz, J., & Ruby, J. (Eds.) (2003). Image Ethics in the Digital Age (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press).
The insider: Rick Poynor on 'Life in the Image World'. [book review]. Visual Communication 2(2) (June 2003).
The First Things First manifesto and the question of culture jamming: Towards a cultural economy of graphic design and advertising. Cultural Studies 16(4) (July 2002).
An insular profession: Graphic design and consumer culture. [review essay]. Journal of Consumer Culture 2(2) (July 2002).
Engines & acolytes of consumption: Black male bodies, advertising & the laws of thermodynamics. Body & Society 7(4) (December 2001).
Encoding advertisements: Ideology and meaning in advertising production. Mass Communication & Society 3(4) (Fall 2000).
Andrew Cunanan, in the houseboat, with the bloody Versace scarf: The media and the 'gay serial killer'. Jump Cut: A Review of Contemporary Media 43 (July 2000).
Fail again, fail better. Design Observer: Writings on Design and Culture (weblog). (March 19, 2008).
Going the Distance: Roundel?s identity for Railfreight. Eye: The International Review of Graphic Design 68 (Summer 2008).
Toe-breaking thoughts on social responsibility [book review of Design Anarchy by Kalle Lasn]. Eye: The International Review of Graphic Design 64 (Summer 2007). Unedited version here.
Graphic Design is Immaterial. Voice: AIGA Journal of Design (September 2006).
Images over time: The rich pre-history of motion graphics is filled with inspiration for screen-based image-makers. Eye: The International Review of Graphic Design 60. Summer 2006.
Excoffon's autograph: Why is Mistral the typeface of choice for so many of Montréal's small businesses? Eye: The International Review of Graphic Design 54. Winter 2004.
Cinematic shorthand: Commitment and brevity inform the film titles of Marlene McCarty. Eye: The International Review of Graphic Design 50. Winter 2003.
[Software review of Apple's LiveType]. Eye: The International Review of Graphic Design 50. Winter 2003.
Some problems are headaches... [book review of Problem Solved by Michael Johnson]. Eye: The International Review of Graphic Design 47 (Spring 2003).
Culture jamming, or something like it. In Heller, S. & Vienne, V. (Eds.) (2003) Citizen Designer. (New York: Allworth Press).
Paula's got a big bad book. [book review of Make It Bigger by Paula Scher]. Eye: The International Review of Graphic Design 46 (Winter 2002).
First Things First: Now more than ever. In Bierut, M. et al. (Eds.) (2002) Looking Closer 4: Critical Essays on Graphic Design. (New York: Allworth Press).
Theory is a good idea. In Bierut, M. et al. (Eds.) (2002) Looking Closer 4: Critical Essays on Graphic Design. (New York: Allworth Press).
Us and them and aren't we all the same? Democratic Communique Newsletter (Dec. 2001).
Celluloid epiphanies: How lightning strikes more than twice for the silverscreen adman. Trace: AIGA Journal of Design 19(1) (Spring 2001)
It begins with 'ill' and ends with 'digital': The riddle of illustration's declining fortunes. In Heller, S. & Arisman, M. (Eds.) (2000) The Education of an Illustrator. (New York: Allworth Presås).
The politics of culture jamming: Adbusters on the web and in print. M/C Reviews 12 Apr. 2000.
The impotence of being earnest [On AIGA members' reactions to the First Things First manifesto].AIGA Journal of Graphic Design 17(3) (1999).
Korsakow System workshop. Visible Evidence (University of Southern California, Los Angeles, August 16, 2009.)
When hybrid media meets scholarly text: New directions in publishing (roundtable participant). Canadian Communication Association (York University, Toronto, June 2006)
Public lettering in Montreal. Metropolis Bleu: Festival Littéraire International de Montréal (March 2005).
We do as we're interpellated (sometimes): On the paradox of agency in graphic design practice. Declarations of [inter]dependence and the im[media]cy of design (Concordia University, October 2001).
Theory is a good idea: Some thoughts on the gap between 'academic-speak' & 'real language' in design criticism.Looking Closer: AIGA Conference on Design History & Criticism. (New York City, Feb. 2001).
First Things First and the question of culture jamming: Towards a cultural economy of advertising and design. Cultural Economy Workshop. (Open University, Milton Keynes, UK, January 2000).
The worst of art directors and the best of bees: Ideas, advertising creatives and 'cultural economy'. International Sociological Association. (Montreal 1998).
For a cultural economy of typography and lettering in cinema. Society for Cinema and Media Studies (Chicago, USA, March 2007)
For an alternative history of motion graphics. American Studies Association annual meeting. (Oakland, CA October 2006).
The Brand Hype Project: Using the Web to stimulate informed debate about product placement. [Workshop] Action Coalition for Media Education annual conference. (Vermont, October 2006).
Logo Cities. Visible Evidence XIII. [Panel on database documentaries] (São Paulo, Brazil, August 2006).
The Brand Hype web project: Exploring product placement as a symptom of hypercommercialism. Union for Democratic Communications. (Boca Raton, Florida, May 2006).
Not quite Architecture: Rooftop signs, high-rise branding and the Logo Cities project. Society of Architectural Historians. (Savannah, Georgia, April 2006).
Theorizing the graphic city: Signs, logotypes, and urban space. International Communication Association. (New York, May 2005).
Graphic design is immaterial. FutureHistory: AIGA Design Education Conference 2004. (Chicago, October)
Whither culture jamming? Digital Poetics and Politics: The Work of the Local in the Age of Globalization (Queen’s University, August 2004)
Typography and the city. Print Culture and the City (McGill University, Montreal, March 2004).
Seeing the city through designers' eyes: The urban imaginary in film and TV title sequences. Culturepoles: City Spaces, Urban Politics and Metropolitan Theory. 2nd annual Canadian Association of Cultural Studies conference. (McMaster University, Hamilton, February 2004).
Are film titles political? [Is this the worst conference paper title ever? - Ed.] Marxism and the World Stage. (Amherst, 2003).
Activism, agency and the arts: Towards a cultural economy of political graphics and professional design. International Communication Association. (San Diego, 2003).
No collar: The habitus of professional graphic design practice. ICA (San Diego, 2003)
From props to costars: Product placement in Hollywood and HBO. ICA (San Diego, 2003)
And the Oscar goes to... FedEx!: Advertising in the movies. Democratic Communications in a Branded World. Union for Democratic Communications Annual Conference. (Ottawa, May 2001)
Hollywood and ‘hypercommercialism.’ [Contribution to a panel on the importance of studying the media.] Rethinking Marxism (University of Massachusetts Amherst, September 2000)
Aha!!: Ad men, bourgeois epiphanies, and pop culture fictions. Brainwatching: Intellect & Ideology in Media Culture (Ryerson Polytechnic University, May 2000)
The discreet harm of the new petite bourgeoisie: Image ethics and the cultures of advertising and design production. Image Ethics in the Digital Age. (Annenberg School, University of Pennsylvania, March 2000)
Engines and acolytes of consumption: Black male bodies, advertising, and the laws of thermodynamics. International Communication Association (San Francisco, 1999).
Andrew Cunanan, in the houseboat, with the bloody Versace scarf: The media and the 'gay serial killer'. Sex on the Edge (Concordia University, 1998).