Does technological automation liberate us from drudgery or make us slaves to machines? In this course, we will explore this question through a series of existential experiments.Starts Aug 4, 2021 | 8 spots left!
Designing a writing framework not just chaos proof, but that grows and gains from stressors. Come if you prefer jungles to gardens, freewriting instead of slip boxes. If you aren't afraid of disorder.Starts Aug 12, 2021 | 10 spots left!
Learn about how language works by building your own! Create your own language from scratch for world-building, personal use, or simply as an artistic pursuit.Starts Aug 30, 2021 | 19 spots left!
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This course is an invitation to remember, invent, and discover ways we can engage with our creativity and get back in touch with the parts of our lives that are joyful and meaningful.
Restorative Drawing for Artists. Are you a visual artist who's been feeling blah about it lately? We'll rediscover the joy of it via playful drawing exercises and low-stakes sharing.
A series of exercises to overcome the perfectionism that holds us back from drawing more. We’ll use constraints that make perfection impossible, like blind contour, rapid gesture drawing, and more.
Designing a writing framework not just chaos proof, but that grows and gains from stressors. Come if you prefer jungles to gardens, freewriting instead of slip boxes. If you aren't afraid of disorder.
An introduction to “casual” archiving, focused on developing personal methodologies that allow us to engage on a more intimate level with found and historic materials.
We'll rediscover, explore, and practice several ancient memory techniques to dramatically improve and expand our ability to memorize a vast array of knowledge.
Learn what are the logic rules behind natural phenomenons and how we can simulate and modify them using a computer
Build a great personal library (what you read) — and antilibrary (infinite potential reading). Define your reading goals and implement effective, practical, personal strategies for relating to books.
Online communities are the foundation of how we communicate with each other online. There are several various types of online communities, and in this course, we'll learn how to build one together.
In this class we’ll explore minimalistic “rules light” rulesets for tabletop games. See how they can quickly shape players sense of a world and focus the kind of stories being told then build our own.
Create your own comics in great company in this virtual bootcamp. Using tools and concepts from comics and visual language theory, you'll develop a comics-making practice that suits your unique needs.
This course is intended to introduce you to the basics of crocheting through interactive sessions so that you can follow patterns and make everything you ever wanted!
Learn about early stage design by defining your idea for neighborhood scale software. Examining cybernetics and Ostromian economics, we'll explore theory while applying it to the design process.
An experimental course on understanding low level representation of information. By exploring how to transmute data; and by playing around with boundaries of creation & representation.
Explore programming languages that eschew practicality and challenge received ideas of what computation is and how languages are designed — from obfuscatory to minimalist to non-textual and beyond.
Cultivate animal familiars, plant companions, and fungal allies in this project-based course on intimacy, ecology, and what it means to be human in the post-anthropocene.
Explore new styles of graphical user interface design inspired by art history movements.
Explore cultural notions about gender as they apply to design and technology, in order to imagine more exciting and equitable futures!
In this course we will examine our personal creative practices and use a systems-based approach to explore, generate, and document new transformative procedures using Photoshop and web apps.
Learn about tools for thought, the I Ching, and how to bring the two together in an I Ching consultation practice to explore interpretation, uncertainty, problem-solving and more.
Explore systems for creating an infinite number of works of art, both imaginary and real. Embrace playful systems for inspiration and art-making, and create a personal generative art-making system.
Build yourself a home on the internet (a website) with a toolchain you understand from the ground up.
We’ll examine how everything is connected and teach you how to make your own internet-connected (possibly absurd) device! The course will cover iot networking tools and use circuitpython for coding .
Invent an alphabet of your own and learn about the history and structure of the world's writing systems, from cuneiform to kanji, along the way.
This class will guide you through creating a journaling practice that works for you by identifying your goals, introducing you to inspiration, and setting up a habit.
Learn about how language works by building your own! Create your own language from scratch for world-building, personal use, or simply as an artistic pursuit.
Does language determine, influence, or merely represent thought? We'll explore the Sapir-Whorf debate by reading and discussing key texts in linguistics, anthropology, psychology, & cognitive science.
Does technological automation liberate us from drudgery or make us slaves to machines? In this course, we will explore this question through a series of existential experiments.
An accessible introduction to the science and practice of language learning. You'll build a toolkit you can use for a lifetime of more confident language acquisition.
Through a speculative design process, we'll reflect on our relationships with computing technologies and reimagine them from a hyper-personal, retrospective, and healing lens.
We're going to explore Web Typography! This is a group project based learning experience. We will be working as as a team to type set a short ✧༺:༻∞ fairy tale, myth, poem or legend∞༺:༻✧ for the web!
"We do not tell stories as they are," Anaïs Nin wrote, "We tell stories as we are." Develop your creative voice by utilizing the Beginner's Mind technique to make short home movies.
Get started animating using affordable software and accessible materials. This course will cover the basics of imitating motion and expose students to a wide variety of animation techniques.
This course is an introduction to animation using After Effects by emulating our favourite motion design artists. We’ll cover how to break down existing animations and create our own using AE.
Break free of frustrating mental loops with this set of cognitive, emotional, and philosophical skills — whether to better understand your past, or handle your present and future with more confidence.
A practical exploration in dual-publishing websites and printed books, using Pollen, LaTeX, and the Racket programming language.
Roleplay as secret agents and supervillains as you learn to apply museum knowledge on preventive conservation and create tailored preservation measures for your own home collections.
A course for creating great courses! We learn how to create learning structures specifically for the ideas and skills most interesting to us.
A practical introduction to funding models for open creative work. Bring a project — blog, podcast, software, art — and we'll explore approaches, tools and strategies to make it sustainable.
Giving creatives/artists the tools and understanding to design and code their own site that’s centered around a creative endeavor. Handling website craft as an art, and a form of gardening.
An introduction to Indigenous teachings, histories and world views for non-Indigenous people living across Turtle Island. Begin to foster a balanced and respectful relationship with the land.
Write a complete first draft of a micro-textbook on a subject of your choice. Sharpen your own understanding and distill your expertise into something you can publish, teach, or sell.
The paperless future never arrived—analog and digital writing systems coexist. How can we have the best of both worlds? We'll review mediums, techniques, tools, and workflows for using both together.
Join us to be inspired, engage in dialog & write the future of text. Your work will be featured in the second edition of 'The Future of Text' and you will use newly developed software.