Open Book:

An Experimental Book Workshop

July 29 to August 6

Eastern Michigan University
Parsons Center

Coordinators and Faculty


Leslie Atzmon is Professor of Graphic Design and Design History at Eastern Michigan University. She has both an M.F.A. in graphic design and a Ph.D. in design history. Atzmon does graphic design, animation, and artist’s books, as well as scholarly work in design history. Her principal areas of research interest are turn-of-the-century fantasy imagery, book history, and the history of typography. She has published articles in the journals Design Issues and Visual Communication. Atzmon has two recent articles on the Eye magazine online version, and she is currently finishing a collection of visual culture essays entitled Visual Rhetoric and the Eloquence of Design forthcoming from Parlor Press in early 2011. Atzmon has presented her work at conferences of the College Art Association, the Design History Society, the Modern Language Association, the American Institute of Graphic Arts, and the International Organization of Design Studies and Design History. Atzmon’s animations and artist’s books have been featured in a number of exhibitions.

Ryan Molloy is a freelance designer, artist, educator, and inter-disciplinary designer. Prior to teaching at Eastern, he was a visiting lecturer at the University of Texas at Austin’s Design Division where he also received his M.F.A. in Design. Molloy has a B.Arch. degree as well, and he has worked as both an architect and a graphic designer. His design work received an Art Directors Club Young Guns 5 award. In 2006 he edited and published a small-run magazine entitled Redaction. Redaction won Best in Show in the juried exhibition Design Re:View 2007, a show sponsored by the Detroit chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts. In Fall 2008 his video work was featured in the prestigious OneDotZero film festival. In early 2009 he had a solo exhibition at the Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts in Grand Rapids, MI, and he co-organized the exhibition Dimension and Typography: A Survey of Letterforms in Space and Time in Chicago, IL. In addition to exhibiting locally in Ann Arbor and Detroit, his work has also been exhibited at the Austin Museum of Digital Art, in the show I Love Bytes at Sheffield’s Millennium Galleries in the U.K., and at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image.

Workshop Faculty

Denise Gonzales Crisp is Professor of Graphic Design in the College of Design at North Carolina State University where she served as Department Chair from 2002 to 2006. Prior to arriving at the College in Fall 2002, Gonzales Crisp was senior designer for Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, and principal of the studio SuperStove!, designing such projects as Artextmagazine, Southern California Institute of Architecture lecture series, and books for independent presses. Her design and writing have been published internationally, and she has lectured widely at institutions such as the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), GraficEurope (Berlin), RMIT (Melbourne), and ArtCity (Calgary). Juried and commissioned essays are included in Design and Culture, Items Magazine, and Design Observer, and several anthology volumes. Her research areas include defining the “DecoRational,” writing alternative-design discourse, and most recently, speculative “tools that make type.” She is the author of the forthcoming book Relational Typography: Systems, Context, Form, Message (Thames & Hudson 2011). Gonzales Crisp serves as contributing editorial board member for the journal Design and Culture, and is a member of the Contemporary Art Museum advisory board in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Christopher Baker is an artist whose work engages the rich collection of social, technological and ideological networks present in the urban landscape. He creates artifacts and situations that reveal and generate relationships within and between these networks. Baker recently completed his Master of Fine Arts in Experimental and Media Arts at the University of Minnesota. He is now the senior artist‐in‐residence at the Kitchen Budapest, an experimental media arts lab in Hungary. In his previous life as a scientist, Baker worked to develop brain‐computer interfaces at the University of Minnesota and UCLA.

Edwin Jager is an Associate Professor of Art at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh where he teaches courses in graphic design. He is also currently serving as the Department Chair. He received an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa where he also earned a Graduate Certificate from the University of Iowa Center for the Book. Recent exhibitions include: Open Book, Ypsilanti, Michigan; Book As Vessel, Jacksonville, Florida; The Beautiful Book, Denver, Colorado. His work is also found in numerous institutional collections in the United States and Canada.

Contact EMU Extended Programs 1.800.777.3521
Leslie Atzmon Ryan Molloy