Graphic design & communications lab

We care about design and communication stuff. This is a place where we test things, and make notes.

Gardening and watching things grow.

Curious about design

We do this because we’re curious about various online publishing tools and techniques and we care about user experience, readability, information architecture and accessibility.

Design and communications

Looking for a new feed to post aggregator

Oct 26, 20211 min read

For the last couple of years, we’ve been aggregating the dispatches from the people in our network. We do this so we can keep up to date with what our…

Power and class remain hidden in Canada Reads discourse

Oct 1, 20215 min read

There’s not enough discussion of class in the popular Canadian political sphere. Something that does happen to have strong class discussion is contemporary Canadian fiction — though this element, too,…

Can I change your mind?

Sep 24, 20213 min read

Please note that the time codes referenced here are for the web version of the story and will differ slightly if you are listening to the podcast version. Most of…

The use of narratives in research and design

Aug 6, 20211 min read

These videos by Dr. Stan Ruecker and Dr. Milena Radzikowska are an excellent resource. https://milenaradzikowska.com/mini-lectures-on-design-methods-and-critical-reading/

The unexpected life of design decisions

Jul 2, 20212 min read

As designers, we create things– from websites to t-shirts to road signs — in hopes of creating a clear user experience. We bring together aesthetics and function, and we don’t…

In it for the long haul: On food, democracy, and courageous action

Jun 16, 20214 min read

Frances Moore Lappé’s ‘Diet For a Small Planet’ was first published in 1971, but to anyone steeped in the world of food – be it farming, policy, equity, or other…