Michèle Champagne,
MDes,


Design, Recherche, 
Etcetera,


Montréal,
M
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Michhham,
+001 647 834 1507




Français, French,



Michèle Champagne est une designer qui circule entre la recherche, la direction artistique et le design d’édition à travers les médias. Après une maîtrise à l’Institut Sandberg à Amsterdam en 2011, elle travaille avec Artexte, Droog, Fondation Mediamatic, Metahaven, Penguin Random House Canada, Institut Strelka et VPRO, un difusseur public néerlandais.

Michèle est connue pour son design conceptuel, fortement collaboratif et motivé par l’éditorial. Elle travaille la publication comme une conversation publique, et elle dérive les arcanes de la création open source et la participation des lecteurs. Sa recherche intérroge la culure anti-critique, la psychologie positive et la mesure du bonheur. 

Elle écrit aussi, notamment pour la revue Back Office, C Magazine, la revue Volume et la revue The Gradient par Walker Art Centre.



Anglais, English,



Michèle Champagne is a designer who moves between research, creative direction, and publication design across media. After a Master of Design at Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam, in 2011, she works with Artexte, Droog, Mediamatic Foundation, Metahaven, Penguin Random House Canada, Strelka Institute, and VPRO, a Dutch public broadcaster.  

Michèle is known for her conceptual, collaborative and highly editorial approach to design. She addresses publication as a public conversation, and meanders open source dynamics and reader participation. Her research questions anti-criticism culture, positive psychology and happiness measurement.

She also writes, notably for Back Office journal, C Magazine, Print magazine, Volume magazine, and The Gradient journal by Walker Art Centre.



Témoins, Observers,



Jeremy Leslie,
    Magculture.com, UK

Canadian Michèle Champagne at Quo Vadis Editorial Design in Munich with some astute analysis of contemporary communications.”


Rick Poynor,
    Designobserver.com, UK

Michèle Champagne is an ambitious Canadian MFA graduate from the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam, with a crisp, ‘flight attendant’ persona—her tutors’ words, not mine—and a nicely cultivated sense of irony.”


Thierry Chancogne,
    Salutpublic.be, BE

That New Design Smell un espace numérique accueillant et exigeant de ping pong théorique aboutissant automatiquement à de possibles éditions en ligne. Un genre de rêve.”


Max Bruinsma,
    Items magazine, NL

Een vorm van crowd-sourcing, die bij That New Design Smell een fascinerende mix van blogachtige visual interest en echte designkritiek oplevert van redactie en lezers.”



Études, Studies,



Master of Design, 
    Sandberg Institute,
    2011, Amsterdam, NL

Bachelor of Design, 
    OCAD University,
    2005, Toronto, CA

Certificate of Information Design, 
    University of Toronto,
    2001, Toronto, CA



Projets, Projects,



Life, Smile, Publication,
    Artexte,
    2018 to 2019, Montréal, CA 

Research residency on the vocabulary of ‘the happiness industry,’ where happiness and well-being get tangled in measurement and digital surveillance. Self-initiated design and writing for an absurdist happiness glossary and search engine (upcoming),


A-B-Z,
    Artexte, Art Metropole,
    Gallery 44, InterAccess, UQAM,
    2016 to 2019,
    Montréal, Toronto, CA

Self-initiated school for art, design and computation. Public programme curation for public talks, workshops and university courses. Even an international summer typography school. Design and writing for publishing activities across media. TXT is organized with Garry Ing and Greg J. Smith, 


Hazlitt, Hazlitt Originals, Hz,
    Penguin Random House Canada,
    2014, Toronto, CA

Magazine redesign for Hazlitt, a digital literary magazine with an independent editorial mission. E-book cover redesign for Hazlitt Originals, a digital imprint of fiction and non-fiction singles. Design for Hz, a custom image editing tool built with Processing. Hazlitt won Website of the Year from National Magazine Awards,


37th National Magazine Awards,
    National Media Award Foundation,
    2014, Toronto, CA

Creative direction and design for a typographic identity, print catalogue, event lighting and a plethora of e-flyers for the 37th annual National Magazine Awards in Toronto, 


That New Design Smell no. 1,
    Sandberg Institute,
    2011, Amsterdam, NL

Self-initiated research on the adverse effects of positive thinking and positive psychology on design. Creative direction, design and writing for a web-to-print magazine blending design criticism with Internet comments. Winner of Best Student Prize from Dutch Graphic Culture Foundation. Recognized in Items magazine’s Best Dutch Design Graduates issue, 


Russia Consumes, 
Fantastical Investments,
    Droog, Metahaven, Strelka,
    2010 to 2011, 
    Amsterdam, NL, Moscow, RU

Field research in Moscow on the nature of contemporary Russian consumption habits across socio-economic strata. Design for a literary furniture collection with survival instincts. The collection was unveiled in an exhibition at Droog Amsterdam, 


De Verenigde Sandbergen no. 64,
    Sandberg Institute,
    2010, Amsterdam, NL

Design and writing for a print magazine that doubled as a catalogue for a graduation exhibition at De Brakke Grond. Designed with Lauren Grusenmeyer. First Prize winner of Coupe magazine’s International Image and Design Awards,


Daar Zijn Wij Van,
    VPRO Broadcasting,
    2010, Hilversum, NL

Design and editorial direction for a 300-page print report laced with public letters, postcards, emails, press clips, and Internet comments. Design for a corporate social responsibility report and custom carboard box. Designed with Brigiet van den Berg. First Prize winner in the Best Annual Report category from of Dutch Graphic Culture Foundation,


Mediamatic Travel,
    Mediamatic Foundation,
    2009, Amsterdam, NL

Design for an international, do-it-yourself social network for traveling creatives. Built with AnyMeta. Design for a custom display font and plugin. Design and support for network launch events and exhibitions during Amsterdam Art Biennale,



Conférences, Talks,



SBC Gallery, 
    C Magazine launch,
    2019, Montréal, CA

École de design à l’UQAM,
    DESS design d’événements,
    2019, Montréal, CA

Harvard Graduate School of Design,
    Department of Landscape Architecture,
    2018, Cambridge, US

Graphic Designers of Canada,
Manitoba Chapter,
    2016, Manitoba, CA

Typographische Gesselschaft München,
    Quo Vadis, Editorial Design,
    2015, Munich, DE

Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit,
    Creative Many Summit,
    2015, Detroit, US

OCAD University,
    Function 6
    2014, Toronto, CA

École de design, UQAM,
    La chose imprimée,
    2014, Montréal, CA

American Institute of Graphic Arts,
    Blunt: Explicit and Graphic Design Criticism Now,
    2013, Norfolk, US

Sandberg at Mediafonds,
    New Tools for Investigative Journalism,
    2012, Amsterdam, NL

University of the Arts London,
    Into The Fold,
    2012, London, UK

Print Room,
    Something In The Air,
    2011, Rotterdam, NL



Pédagogie, Pedagogy,



École de design, UQAM,
    2017, Montréal, CA

OCAD University,
    2014 – 2016, Toronto, CA

York University,
    2014 – 2015, Toronto, CA

Maryland Institute College of Art,
    2013, Baltimore, US



Écrits, Writings,



C Magazine no. 141,
    C the Visual Arts Foundation,
    2019, Toronto, CA

The Graphic Design Reader,
    Bloomsbury,
    2018, London, UK

Articles,
    Artexte,
    2018, Montréal, CA

Back Office no. 2,
    Éditions B42,
    2017, Paris, FR

The Gradient
    Walker Art Centre,
    2017, Minneapolis, US

Volume no. 36,
    Archis Foundation,
    2013, Amsterdam, NL

Volume no. 34,
    Archis Foundation,
    2012, Amsterdam, NL

De Verenigde Sandbergen no. 64,
    Sandberg Instituut,
    2010, Amsterdam, NL




Crédits, Credits,



Old News, Philip Cheung, 2019, CA; Portraits for Make Ready’s The Surveyor, Jordy van den Nieuwendijk, 2015; The Road to Jazz Fest, Norman Wong, 2014, CA; Adaptation of Screaming Girls, Jo-anne Balcaen, 2005, CA; Colored People, Adrian Piper, 1991, US; Inspection House, Willey Reveley, 1791, UK