Participate Coasters

Modular Coasters for Book Launch

A collaboration with Zvezdana Stojmirovic. We developed these modular coasters for  a Design Double Feature Book Launch graciously hosted by MICA celebrating the release of our new book Participate: Designing with User-Generated Content (Princeton Architectural Press) along with Ellen Lupton’s new book Graphic Design Thinking: Beyond Brainstorming. Book launch highlights included a lively participatory exercise involving these modular coasters, a mini-exhibition, and presentations by Ellen LuptonZvezdana StojmirovicHelen ArmstrongKeetra Dean Dixon and JK Keller, Bruce Willen and Nolen Strals of Post Typography, Lauren Adams, Christina Beard, Chris McCampbell, Ryan Shelley, Chris Hurley, and Aggie Toppins.

Participants were ask to drawn their conceptions of four main themes of the book—Community, Modularity, Flexibility and Technology—on the backs of coasters and then add them to a large collaborative sculpture. At the end of the launch participants dismantled the sculpture, taking home their contributions to be put to use.

These letterpress coasters were printed by Mary Mashburn at Typecast Press in Baltimore.

Photography by Peg Faimon.