Michèle Champagne,
MDes,


Recherche, Design,
Etcetera,


Montréal,
Mail
Michhham,
+1 647 834 1507



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Michèle Champagne
est une designer

qui dessine des méandres entre la recherche, la direction artistique et le design d’édition à travers les médias. Diplômée de l’Institut Sandberg à Amsterdam, elle encadre le design comme une forme d’enquête publique.
        Michèle recherche les effets de la psychology positive et de l’industrie du bonheur sur la culture et la vie occidentale—sur la surveillance numérique jusqu’à la pratique et l’édition de design. Aux Pays-Bas et au Canada, ses partenaires ont compris Artexte, le Centre pour les droits numériques, l’artiste Philip Cheung, Droog, la revue Estuaire, la Fondation Mediamatic, Metahaven, la maison d’édition Penguin Random House, l’Institut Strelka et VPRO, un diffuseur public néerlandais. Sa refonte de Hazlitt, la revue littéraire numérique de Penguin, a été primée Site web de l’année par les Prix du magazine canadien.
       Elle enseigne des fois, récemment à titre de professeure invitée à l’École de design à l’Université du Québec à Montréal. Elle écrit sur la culture positiviste et visuelle du design et de l’architecture pour Back Office, C Magazine, Failed Architecture, The Gradient par le Walker Art Center et la revue Volume par la Foundation Archis.



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Michèle Champagne
is a designer

who meanders between research, art direction and publication design on- and off-line. A Sandberg Institute graduate, she frames design as a form of public inquiry.
        Michèle’s research examines the effects of positive psychology and the happiness industry on Western culture and life—from digital surveillance to design practice and publishing. In Canada and the Netherlands, she’s partnered with Artexte, Centre for Digital Rights, artist Philip Cheung, Droog, Estuaire journal, Mediamatic Foundation, Metahaven, publishing house Penguin Random House, Strelka Institute and VPRO, a Dutch public broadcaster. Her redesign of Hazlitt, a digital literary magazine by Penguin, won Website of the Year from National Magazine Awards.
        She teaches sometimes, recently as guest professor at the School of Design at University of Quebec in Montreal. She writes about the positivist and visual culture of design and architecture for Back OfficeC Magazine, Failed Architecture, The Gradient by Walker Art Centre and Volume magazine by Archis Foundation.



Études, Studies,
Situations,


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Master of Design, 

Gerrit Rietveld Academy, 
Sandberg Institute,
2011, Amsterdam, NL

Bachelor of Design, 

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

Certificate of
Information Design, 

University of Toronto, 
Faculty of Information,
2001, Toronto, CA



Digital rights with an emphasis on rights,


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Centrefordigitalrights dot org,

Centre for Digital Rights,
September 2019 to January 2020, 
Toronto, CA 

Redesign of the visual identity and Internet presence for the Centre for Digital Rights, a non-profit that advances public awareness of digital rights and technology. Founded by Jim Balsillie, the centre promotes digital literacy among internet users and marginalized communities, as well as best practices, laws and regulations among policy makers. The redesign takes visual and editorial cues from news and internet aesthetics to reflect the centre’s urgent mandate. Site written with Neve Peric and developed by Nicolas Roy at Folklore Inc. in Montréal. Built with Panneau and hosted in Canada, 



La clé du bonheur est dans le mot clé,


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Life, Smile, Publication,

Artexte,
Spring 2018 to 2019,
Montreal, CA

Research residency on the happiness industry, its vocabulary and legibility. Research invited study and dialogue around the question, What happens when happiness and well-being get tangled in powerful measurement and digital surveillance infrastructures? One thing that happens is total conceptual chaos. The very words used to describe things become nonsensical and create a situation where political and economic interests can be conflated with the advancement of subjective well-being. Design and writing for an absurdist happiness glossary (ongoing),



New (typo) graphic terrains,


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

Initiation and direction for an international platform for art, design and computation. Critical talks, lively workshops and collaborative publishing were its core activities, the kinds of cross-domain and cross-media activities that went missing from Canadian universities at the very moment they were most needed. Contributors included Daniel Canty, Stephanie Davidson (Bloomberg.com), Cedric Flazinski (N O R M A L S), Jon Gacnic, Jürg Lehni, Zach Lieberman, Ken Lum, Tracy Ma (Bloomberg Businessweek), Dimitri Nieuwenhuizen (LUSTlab) and Mindy Seu. TXT, A-B-Z’s international typography summer school, was co-organized with Garry Ing and Greg J. Smith,



Absurdly eclectic and writer-centric,


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Hazlitt,

Penguin Random House,
Summer 2014,
Toronto, CA

Redesign of Hazlitt, a digital literary magazine with an independent editorial mission. Hazlitt centered the views, opinions and reports of emerging and established writers and journalists. E-book cover design for Hazlitt Originals, a digital imprint of fiction and non-fiction singles. Prototype delivery of Hz, a custom image editing tool meant to replace Adobe Photoshop and built with Processing. Hazlitt won Website of the Year from National Magazine Awards,



Design dialogue makes haste,


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That New Design Smell
no. 0,
Sandberg Institute,
2010 to 2011,
Amsterdam, NL

Research on the negative effects of positive thinking and positive psychology on design practice and publishing. Writing, editing, art direction and publication design for a web-to-print magazine blending design criticism with Internet comments. Contributions included interviews with Daniel van der Velden from Metahaven and essays by Femke Herregraven and Anja Groten. On-line discussion forum developed by Lennart Bruger and built with WordPress. Winner of Best Student Prize from Dutch Graphic Culture Foundation. Recognized by Items magazine’s ‘Best Dutch Design Graduates’ issue,



Literary furniture and other survival tools,


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

Cultural research expedition in Moscow on the nature of contemporary Russian consumption habits across socio-economic strata, from inner-city soup kitchens to luxury malls on the outskirts of private towns (Russia Consumes). Design for a literary furniture collection with survival instincts, including a bed wrapped in cinematic silk and a parachute made with a lifetime of t-shirt texts (Fantastical Investments). The collection was exhibited at Droog in Amsterdam,



All the design that’s fit to publish,


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

Design and writing for a print magazine that doubled as a catalogue for Sandberg Institute’s graduation exhibition at De Brakke Grond, a Flemish cultural center in Amsterdam. A large variety of graduate projects engaged in media criticism and the design reflects this by borrowing from and messing with the style sheets of the The New York Times, one of the world’s most powerful media institutions. Co-designed with Lauren Grusenmeyer and printed by SSP Drukerij. First Prize winner of Coupe magazine’s International Image and Design Awards,



Là d’où nous venons,


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

Design and editorial direction for a three hundred page annual report conceived of as ‘an archive of public voices’ where the pages are laced with public letters, postcards, emails, press clippings and Internet comments. The voices are positive, negative, indifferent and obsessed with VPRO, underscoring the public broadcaster’s active role in Dutch public discourse. The report was partnered with a letter from the director, a social responsibility report, postcard series and custom cardboard box. Co-designed with Brigiet van den Berg and printed by SSP Drukerij. First Prize winner in the Best Annual Report category from the Dutch Graphic Culture Foundation,



Social networks before silicon valleys,


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Mediamatic Travel,
Mediamatic Foundation,
2009,
Amsterdam, NL

Art direction and design for a do-it-yourself social network for traveling creatives. Mediamatic Travel created an open-source social network as an alternative to the Silicon Valley network, one built on the cross-border and cross-domain interests of artists, designers and architects, rather than the interests of American advertisers. The network was built with AnyMeta. Design for a custom display typeface and plugin built with Javascript. Design and public program support for the network launch events and exhibitions during Amsterdam Art Biennale,



Tic, Talks,


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AIGA, US
École de design à l’UQAM, CA
GDC, Manitoba, CA
Harvard GSD, US
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, US
OCAD University, CA
Print Room, NL
Sandberg at Mediafonds, NL
SBC Gallery, CA
Typographische Gesselschaft München, DE
University of the Arts London, UK


Tutor, Teachings,


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École de design à l’UQAM, CA
MICA, US
OCAD University, CA
York University, CA


Writing, Wits,


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Articles, CA
Back Office, FR
C Magazine, CA
De Verenigde Sandbergen, NL
Failed Architecture, NL
Print, US
The Gradient, US
The Graphic Design Reader, UK
Volume, NL


Exhibition, Sites,

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De Brakke Gronde, NL
De Verdieping, Trouw, NL
Design Academy Eindhoven, NL
Droog, NL
Schellens Fabriek, NL
Vondelbunker, NL




Crédits, Credits, Balcaen, Jo-anne. Still from Screaming Girls, 2005, CA; Cheung, Philip. Old News, 2019, CA; Nieuwendijk, Jordy van den. Portraits for Make Ready’s The Surveyor, 2015; Piper, Adrien. Colored People (Scarlett with Embarrassment), 1991, US; Reveley, Willey. A Inspection House, 1791, UK; Wong, Norman. Reportage for Apex magazine, The Road to Jazz Fest, 2014, CA.