Michèle Champagne in Winnipeg | November 2016

The Canadian designer behind That New Design Smell is presenting a workshop and lecture in Winnipeg Nov. 20 & 21

How do conversations dance across media? That is one of the questions about redesigning publications that Michèle Champagne will tackle when she visits Winnipeg in November 2016. 

Champagne is one of the foremost thinkers about editorial design and design collaboration. She has built a reputation in rethinking how design and publishing can work across modern media.

GDC Manitoba is excited to present this extraordinary Canadian designer, who will be giving a workshop on Sunday, Nov. 20, then a public lecture the next day.

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Sunday, Nov. 20 
— Professional hands-on workshop, 10–4 p.m. (incl. 1-hour lecture, 1-hour lunch)

Monday, Nov. 21 
— Student hands-on workshop, 4 hours (incl. 1-hour lecture)
— Evening lecture open to the public (1 hour)


Professional workshop

10 a.m. to 4  p.m. at Red River College, 160 Princess St.
The Roblin Centre

Post-Digital Publishing:
A Conversation Dances Across Media

How would you like your books, magazines and newspapers? Offline? Online? In a debate? In a building? In a park? How about all of them?

Join renowned designer Michèle Champagne in redesigning a publication that works across boundaries and platforms. Open to professional designers only, this one-day, hands-on workshop will explore today’s “post-digital” publishing terrain in which print and publishing are still fundamentally important to public conversations.

Champagne will provide numerous exercises that explore publication identity and reinvention across media. She will also insist on thinking about what it means to have strong, intimate conversations with readers both online and offline.

If you are interested in the future of editorial design, print publication or online publishing, this workshop is for you. Please join us for a one-day romp through the “post-digital” landscape.


Public Lecture

7 to 8  p.m. at Red River College, 160 Princess St.
Lecture Theatre (A104)

In her Nov. 21 lecture, Champagne will explore new modes of writing, reading and public exchange following “post-digital” media developments—media that now juggle with issues of identity, authorship, public participation and medium-less messages. Champagne will share projects realized with Penguin Random House Canada and VPRO, a Dutch public broadcaster, as well as with Sandberg Institute at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy. 

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As a former member of The Toronto Branding Party, Michèle Champagne was lampooned for her un-branding ways. They said she would rather “do conceptual things” than follow marketing trends. Realizing this criticism contained the very qualities that would fuel an international design career, Michèle leapt over the Atlantic and landed in Amsterdam to work with Droog, Metahaven, Mediamatic Foundation, Sandberg Institute, and VPRO, a Dutch public broadcaster.

Today, her brew of design is rife with publishing pomp and circumstance, post-digital conversations and anti-disciplinary attitudes. Now back in Toronto, she works with Penguin Random House Canada, National Magazine Awards, That New Design Smell magazine, OCAD University and A-B-Z-TXT.