Why Publish? proceeds from a space of uncertainty. It asks that we consider the urgencies, imperatives,
dependencies, and stakes of publishing within schools of design; that we pause before printing to reflect
on why another publication is even necessary. This workshop is rooted in the belief that why and how we
publish is just as important as what we publish. It aims not only to provide students with the tools and
resources to create their own publications but to think thoughtfully, generously, rigorously about the
limits and possibilities attendant to printed work. Why Publish? offers students the space to be in
conversation with the Office of Publications and its collaborators—modeling a supportive editorial
exchange that insists on publishing as a collective project with collective consequences.
Session 1 will introduce students to a diverse range of possible positions, projects, and methodologies for
realizing a publication from start to finish with the aim of collectively building and sharing resources.