• Taking a Line for a Walk: Assignments in Design Education
    Emilia Bergmark, Corinne Gisel, and Nina Paim
    Spector Books, 2016
    Emilia Bergmark, Corinne Gisel & Nina Paim

A spread from the Pedagogical Sketchbook by Paul Klee, alongside a writing exercise, and Connect, the 1969 game by Ken Garland, 2014, Berlin, Germany. Photo: Joseph Kadow.

While the process of learning is essentially intangible, its modes of transmission manifest more distinctly. Inspired by Pestalozzi's idea of education as something gradual and progressive, this series of three books moves from the abstract to the concrete, and proposes a view on design education based on the triad of the referential word, the representative image, and the physical object. Each book expands on ideas and discoveries that surfaced in the exhibition Taking a Line for a Walk at the 26th International Biennial of Graphic Design Brno. Combining a collection of contemporary and historical assignments with two reflective essays, the first book investigates the layer of language that runs neglected through the fields of art, architecture, and design education. The second book compiles a contemporary exploration of the manifold approaches that the instruction of drawing has taken over time. Through a photographic essay, the third book portrays the use of past and present "object lessons."

Emilia Bergmark is a visual artist from Sweden. She takes as her source material the narrative of the everyday, and in her work rewraps phenomenological observations into poetic visual anecdotes in the form of writing, installation, film, and printed matter. Combining studies in art and graphic design at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, she graduated in 2012 with an honors degree in art and research. From 2013 to 2015, she worked in the studio of conceptual artist Ryan Gander in London, where she also coorganized the educational initiative, School of the Damned. Recent exhibitions have included PROBLEMS at the Horse Hospital, Prospects and Concepts at Art Rotterdam, and Everything seems to happen to me one catastrophe after another at Amstel 41. She codesigned the exhibition Taking a Line for a Walk at the 26th International Biennial of Graphic Design Brno.

Corinne Gisel is a Swiss graphic designer and writer. Her approach to design is characterized by research, editing, and language—an interest that also brought her to design writing and criticism. Since graduating from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie  in 2012, she has mostly worked in arts and culture as an independent graphic designer. In June 2013, her collaboration with Nina Paim was nominated for the Swiss Design Awards. Among the various books she has helped to conceive and design are the artist's book Edi Rama and the monograph Kader Attia: Transformations. For the exhibition Taking a Line for a Walk at the 26th International Biennial of Graphic Design Brno, she wrote all accompanying texts.

Nina Paim is a Brazilian designer living and working in Switzerland. After a detour into economics and philosophy, Nina studied graphic design at Esdi (Brazil) and the Gerrit Rietveld Academie (the Netherlands). Her graduation project was the temporary school, Escola Aberta. Her work usually involves many others and revolves around notions of directing and collaborating. Since 2012, she has been working independently as a designer, curator, and educator. Paim has taught at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, the Basel School of Design, FBAUL Lisbon, the Estonian Academy of Arts, Ésad Valence, and Krabbesholm Høsjkole, among others. She has lectured at Fernand Baudin, Chaumont Festival, and UdK Berlin. In 2014, Paim curated and designed the exhibition Taking a Line for a Walk at the 26th International Biennial of Graphic Design Brno. In 2015, she was nominated for the Swiss Design Awards for the second time.