Poiesis, the Industrial and Interior Student Designer’s Association of the Université de Montréal

Collaborative / self-initiated / para-academic 2005–2008.

Poiesis, the Industrial and Interior Student Designer’s Association of the Université de Montréal. Here shown are volume 2 number 1–4. (On the right page of the open spread is my <em>IP</em> electrical scooter project.)

Poiesis, the Industrial and Interior Student Designer’s Association of the Université de Montréal. Here shown are volume 2 number 1–4. (On the right page of the open spread is my IP electrical scooter project.)

Poiesis is the magazine of the University of Montreal’s industrial and interiors design students association. I have been it’s director between 2006 and 2008 and have been involved in its organization since it’s inception in the autumn of 2005.

Funnily enough, I showed up at the very first ‘open’ Poiesis meeting wanting to get involved in the magazine so that I could start a music review article—which I did. I however also ended up taking the role of being the editor of the magazine, as well as a graphic design post.

I was involved from Poiesis volume 1 number 1 to volume 2 number 5 (basically I was the director for the five ‘volume 2’ publications)

The magazine

In September of 2007, I revamped the printed magazine’s graphic layout. Major improvements were achieved by changing the typefaces used, therefore making the text significantly more legible (we were using Bodoni Light for text). Further, I made a more straightforward typographic grid which resulted in speeding up considerably the layout production time and augmenting the it’s flexibility. I also created a set of seven original (yet legible) typography-driven section-marker icons. (The discussed grid was used throughout Poiesis volume 2 number 3 to volume 2 number 5.)

Each publication of the magazine had a run of 500 copies with black and white printing on recycled paper.

The website

website

In early 2008 I revamped Poiesis’ entire website, giving it a more sober, yet dynamic graphic layout. This assures the website’s consultancy to be efficient and pleasurable for its visitors. The traffic of the website had increased since the launch of this version in January 2008 and, by the comments that we have received, the visitors seem very pleased with the website’s functioning and appearance.

However—and quite sadly—, the new generations either haven’t quite had the time or embraced the web as much as we did. To their defense, though, it was the second website I have ever built, and there is no content management user interface to update/modify the website.

(Also lots of content is missing. Sadly, last year someone deleted most of the site’s content by mistake, and most data was lost, including all video interviews.)

Writing

With Poiesis, I have much learned about writing on design—and how hard it is to write both something interesting and refreshing. Looking back, my first articles—and especially the ones that I’ve written as director—were pretty awful and were generally way overwritten from a stylistic standpoint. Nevertheless, I still do not regret a word I wrote. Strangely enough, writing articles for Poiesis was probably where I experimented most. And also one of the activities of Poiesis which I enjoyed most to do. Not that i’m great at it, but it is far different to write an article when you know your audience won’t be limited to your professor

More importantly, Poiesis being—even if being generally serious in the message it conveys—an entirely student-run magazine, it gave great freedom to all of us that were involved in the project to experiment. To this day, it probably still is the design project in which I have learned the most in my design education. Apart from learning new skills (video editing, graphic design), it was my first experience at being in charge of a team of people.

Luckily (or not), two articles I wrote are still up on the website. They are in French only and you can read them here and here.