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A Line Which Forms a Volume

A Line Which Forms a Volume* is a critical reader and symposium of graphic design-led research that is edited, written, designed and published by participants of the MA Graphic Media Design (MAGMD) course at the London College of Communication (LCC).

The first edition of A Line Which Forms a Volume will launch at a symposium on December 6, 2017, held at the LCC. A select number of current participants who have contributed to the first edition will present abstracts from their research at the symposium. They will speak alongside MAGMD graduates and guest speakers who have informed the lines of participant inquiry.

A Line Which Forms a Volume takes its name from a subheading in the 1996 essay ‘The Book as Object’, written by Michel Butor. In this text, Butor writes that threads of thought and speech must be set into lines, lines divided into columns, and columns stacked along a third axis of depth to form a volume. The notion of ‘volume’ as a publication, as well as the space that something occupies and as a quality of something audible, lends itself to the endeavour of A Line Which Forms a Volume to make graphic design research public. 

A Line Which Forms a Volume is just one strand in a larger graphic design research narrative that has been drawn from the MAGMD course. A Line Which Forms a Volume is curious, evolving and current, and aims to thread the research of participants into the wider contexts of design criticism and publishing.

*Title borrowed from Michel Butor (1996), ‘The Book as Object’, Inventory: Essays by Michel Butor, New York: George Braziller.

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