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Creation of Training Course "Small Print Run: How to Create Zine from Scratch and Get Out of it Alive"

Student: Irina Fursina

Supervisor: Uliana Aristova

Faculty: Faculty of Communications, Media, and Design

Educational Programme: Contemporary Design in the Teaching of Fine Arts and Technology at School (Master)

Year of Graduation: 2021

Since the 2000s, interest in samizdat has been revived in Russia. A lot of independent authors, as well as associations, printing houses, and rhizomasters specializing in the production of zines have appeared. Zine — (fanzine standing for "fan magazine") — an amateur small edition of any topic. The start of zine production dates back to the 1930s and has had a significant impact on the modern design of multi-page editions – both books and magazines. The visual graphic heritage of punk zines still provides a rich ground for research and is studied for various designer techniques and tasks. The graduation work consists of two interrelated parts. The first part is a visual study of punk zines of the last quarter of the XX century. This is an important visual evidence of underground culture, where the main parts of zines, cover typology, typography, visual content and design were studied and analyzed. The second part is a training course that aims to teach students without basic knowledge in graphic design to create their own zines. The course is presented in a form of a book, which contains the main theoretical concepts of the layout for multi-page editions, practical tasks, tips and examples, both historical and modern. The course consists of 4 parts and 27 lessons: Images, Typography, Materials and Technologies, and Something else about zines. Each part is dedicated to a specific topic, which is explained on the principle "from simple to complex". At the end of the training, the student will know the basic concepts of graphic design and will obtain some practical skills as well. The book is supplemented with templates for the Adobe InDesign, which can be used when working with tasks. The course is suitable for both group and independent studying.

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