User:Karina/thesis publication

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Back it up dummy publication feedback

  • Shift inner / outer margin
  • Make inner margin bigger, outer smaller
  • Like the transparency of contents page - align the front / back
  • Like transparency of text behind part 1-3 spread
  • Ask Stedelijk / Boijmans for images
  • Write back to MoMA have no budget. Anything free?
  • Make penguin logo smaller / nearer the spine
  • Indent for one of the speakers in interview. Indent for question. Check how others do it
  • ‘Hop’ in written in capital letter in Ilja’s interview
  • ‘Back It Up’ title in back in italic - both blurb and imprint

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blurb trials

Examining what makes social dance difficult to record

Examining the themes of graphical notation systems, how the brain processes dance and how a dance compares to language.

Examining social dancing through graphical notation systems, how the brain processes dance and the non-verbal dialogue between dancers.

Social dances are intangible experiences which in their fleeting state create a disruptive beauty of pure fulfilment in the moment, as well as a yearning for the fleeting memory.

The intangibility of social dances create a disruptive beauty of pure fulfilment in the moment, as well as a yearning for the fleeting memory. In Back It Up, Karina Dukalska set out to investigate whether, and to what extent could this experience be recorded. After years of dancing, it seemed feasible for a designer to translate structured ballroom steps in a graphical form. This was until swing dance was introduced to the mix, and her focus broadened beyond footwork.

The intangibility of social dances create a disruptive beauty of pure fulfilment in the moment, a true sense of flow, as well as a yearning for the fleeting memory that may be lost forever. In Back It Up, Karina Dukalska set out to investigate whether, and to what extent could this experience be recorded. After years of dancing, it seemed feasible for a designer to translate structured ballroom steps in a graphical form. This was until swing dance was introduced to the mix, and her focus broadened beyond footwork.

imprint tests

grid = 3 columns (text 2/3 of page)
File:Cover 2.3.pdf

grid = 2 columns (text 1/2 of page)
File:Cover 1.2.pdf

3 column grid

  • (text 2/3 of page) is too wide
  • would need larger font (12pt) which starts looking like a children's book
  • there would be fewer lines (bigger width of text box)

2 column grid

  • (text 1/2 of page) looks fine, neat
  • font can stay consistent as rest of book (10-11pt?) easier on the eye
  • narrower text box = more lines = more white space next to, instead of under text box

31 MAY

Colour treatment options for images:

  • blue monotone (0, 87, 184)
  • orange monotone (253, 80, 0)

Monotone picks up all that is meant to be black and changes to the desired colour - unlike Colour Library
It also gives an scanner effect when you can choose to either scan in colour, B&W or a specific colour from printer's palette.

In images such as scripts or scans of handwritten notes, both colours look good.
9orange feuillet.jpg 9blue feuillet.jpg

In images which are photographs, the blue option is easier on the eye.
30orange Frimframjam.jpg 30blue Frimframjam.jpg

Although orange is more vibrant and may represent the goofy and light-spirited energy of present Lindy hop, blue relates back to Louis Armstrong's famous Black And Blue from 1929. Black text with blue images.

30 MAY

Meeting with Delphine

Artists backing up the notion of recording becoming the artwork itself:

Figures that need copyright clearance

  • 01: try another creative commons
  • 02: email Herrang
  • 03: make screenshot of youtube video of kizomba dancers like this one
  • 04-09: might be public domain - terence library
  • 10: contact Benesh Institute
  • 11: creative commons! CC BY-SA 3.0
  • 12: contact MoMA
  • 13-14: email Merce Cunningham Trust
  • 15: Ann Hutchinson Guest Collection
  • 18: ask Andre, make own version

PZI and WdKA logos in the imprint
Delphine will write out imprint
include type designers

penguin logo (git clone)

ABC Wed. 6th @ 13:00
ideally everything printed by 21st June

Delphine back on 14th June to help with grad show / set up
1st half: individual tutorials
2nd half: group rehearsal

once have copyright clearance, can remove html links in references

send compressed file to Delphine (wetransfer) (self publishing) (follow guidelines)
send before Friday 12:00

29 MAY

File:ABC thesis 6 colour.pdf
File:ABC thesis 6 blue monotone.pdf
File:ABC thesis 6 orange monotone.pdf

Colour Library doesn't work with images that cannot have a colour to enhance (B&W, scripts, etc). Example below looks almost the same as original

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28 MAY

Meeting with Delphine

spotify link is too dominant - try inverting colours
place all references in alphabetical order in the back with rest of references - no need for separate 'music' section

get rid of flip book idea - too much
can go back to diagonal meta data in margins

text blue / photos orange? test

chapter page always left - no need for spread, takes away from value of part 1-3 spreads

MD in acknowledgements (not dedication)

27 MAY

File:ABC thesis 4.pdf

tried to recreate colour library orange & blue - failed

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26 MAY

Colour Library: orange & blue

original image vs colour library (orange & blue)

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Colour treatment options if not Colour Library

25 MAY

Spotify screenshot smooth sailing.jpeg

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24 MAY

File:ABC thesis 3.pdf

Meeting with Delphine

reference to spotify link in the back of publication

colour treatment

  • white page before title page
  • title page always on right


  • try making flip book dots bigger
  • sharpen pixelated images
  • figure # always next to image (not inside)

  • bring page # down
  • get rid of 'part 1-3' in margins and contents page
  • get rid of lines in contents page
  • try 'conclusion' in scanned type (in contents page)
  • annexes represented by '+'
  • keep to original image size (don't crop)

  • email Earanee and Ilya for permission (have it in writing)
  • email Steve and Aymeric for copyright (images)

printing 6th and 12th June
6th: have one copy for assessment - HAVE IT READY BY 30TH MAY
12th: final copies

19 MAY

After contents page have instructions / manual on how to use the publication

you will need:

  • phone
  • Spotify
  • coins

Spotify = instead of QR code to link to music
check whether it works from print to phone

coin = not many people have dice anymore
think of Cunningham-esque task for inside publication

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17 MAY

Meeting with Delphine

  • imprint + acknowledgements - at the end
  • info about school in imprint
  • make it feel less like thesis

'book launch' won't work. not allowed to sell. could have 'donation to student'

leave experiences as we lived them
Ian Wilson - against preservation
Tino Segal - contracts

what is the materiality of the event?
according to me, this is how my work should be preserved. recorded does not mean more valid.

Ian Kapprow - script to repeat performance

  1. before: planning
  2. during: recording in different forms (software / props)
  3. after: trace of performance

Joan Jonnas
preservation becomes the work

That's my statement. How it should be recorded, this is what I want it to become

Each section has different role

  1. Group 1: instructions using buttons
  2. G2: record / trace
  3. G3: interpretation?
  4. G4: record crowd / room / atmosphere
  5. G5: record connection / non-verbal dialogue between dancers

pieces of paper with instruction / give choice?
how do you communicate this in your practise?

  • book to performance
  • manual / companion

  • discount at ABC for printing
  • check whether can use budget
  • check copyright for images

first page

  • Back It Up
  • Q
  • Name
  • (no word count)

in margins
instructions "read at 90 BPM"

  • figure # not necessary
  • just put # next to image
  • colour treatment for images, some B&W

folding indications? spread images

  • propose different ways to fold page
  • each person has own perception

16 MAY

Back It Up title scan with League Spartan font

scan 1 - not enough fluidity / movement
scan 5 - like the kink in the second line
League scan 1.jpg League scan 5.jpg

scan 14 - first line too illegible
scan 19 - almost good, not great yet
League scan 14.jpg League scan 19.jpg

scan 20 - just right
League scan 20.jpg

26 APR

Trials with printer / fluidity in text

Back It Up Title Avenir scan.jpg

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23 APR

Session with Delphine

ways to publish your work

  • blog
  • Medium
  • academic journals
  • journals can get conferences

who is your public?

  • historians
  • psychologists / anthropologists
  • dancers
  • dance teachers
  • designers

abstract / blurb

  • on cover
  • back cover
  • 3rd page
  • 3rd last page

open source fonts made by women
Argentum Sans by Julieta Ulanovsky
Montreal by Julieta Ulanovsky
Andada by Carolina Giovagnoli
League Spartan by Caroline Hadilaksono, Micah Rich (man) and Tyler Finck (man)
Junction by Caroline Hadilaksono and Tyler Finck (man)
Chunk by Meredith Mandel

Milkshake by Laura Worthington
Fjord by Viktoria Grabowska
Kotta One by Ania Kruk

cover ideas
Innovation in Dance for Young Audiences
Sound Posters
electric paint

ways to unify collection

  • sticker
  • emboss
  • X anywhere on the cover
  • logo on spine


18 APR

Newspaper Club
Magnum Chronicles: A Brief Visual History in the Time of ISIS

group pad

printing date: 4th June
could show all thesis publications during grad show

how to make it feel like a collection

  • have one one parameter fixed (height, different widths)
  • large X on the cover for XPUB

fixed terms from ABC / budget

  • 12 copies each
  • 150-200 pages
  • no higher than A4

Mon Petit Alphabet by Martina Sofie Wildberger


Brand for 'Back It Up'
Mikser Festival 2012 take on Helvetica

16 APR

Meeting with Delphine

My main approach in this publication is to communicate the tension between structure and fluidity, highlighting rhythm and movement using only layout and design.


  • flipbook for motion
  • rhythm and repetition in layout
  • organ scores / cut outs (difficult for espresso)
  • motion in physicality of the book
  • some pages could be folded (by hand)
  • invitation to interact
  • different direction for text
  • Cage Silence rhythm in text (white space)

14 FEB

I'd like to find different ways to communicate sound and video inside the printed publication, instead of placing QR codes
those take attention away from the content itself
also could cause technical difficulties for the viewers / readers

augmented reality could be a solution

YouTube: Soundwave Tattoos: Audible Body Art

website of Skin Motion


22 JAN

Meeting with Michael

More excited to make thesis publication than graduation project

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Go back to making quirky books


go back to layers
one dance in different ways
experience same dance in different ways
there's no single documentation
multiple ways / perspectives, showing slightly different stories
(highlights something another element doesn't. "this one can show rhythm, that one cannot, but focuses more on shape")

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gather material!

  • collect images (people's scores)
  • film foot (limited gestures, not whole dancers)
  • record sound

retrace people's scores

  • better quality
  • make them uniform
  • my perception / interpretation of their work

Laughter at [01:46]

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deconstruct a 2 minute dance
nodes to know where you are
a clap / something falling / a laughter

Discursive Selves
Excerpt from In the Vein of the Father by Elliott Jerome Brown Jr.

highlight dialogue
2 silhouettes changing colour - highlight when she initiated / made variations

decode with numbers
ball passes back and forth
similar to previous project: Decode

QR code -> turn into own code
connect print / book to video
augmented reality too much tech with possibly less effect / dry / industrial

put collected material to thesis too