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Poetic Research with Silas Munro and Brian Johnson

OCT 28 | 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM EDT
Meridian Hall — Main Stage
  • Activism
  • Education
  • Research

Polymode leads the edge of contemporary graphic design with a mission of equity.

Our vision addresses aesthetic and social progress equally. Through our process—poetic research—we draw upon current and historical references that cross thresholds of exclusion. We unearth and amplify. We actively engage with the realities of our time, purposefully shining a light on marginalized lineages. Built on this deeply connected research, we design typographic, graphic and communication systems. This presentation demonstrates how to find a balance generating thought-provoking experiences and joy while making cool shit for the cultural sphere, innovative businesses and community-based organizations. We show value in both honouring design history and a willingness to throw the Bauhaus under the bus to facilitate BIPOC-centred design education. We offer ways to embrace a biting sense of humour and unruly optimism as we face of discrimination, oppression and racism. Through all of our design work, we explore ways to engage in poetic research.

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