Visual Communication Lab: Workshops

The Computation Lab assistant can be consulted during office hours about the realization of visual communication projects.
If the lab is not busy, students may drop in during the listed open hours. It is preferable for students, if they need help from the assistant, to please make appointments via email:


The Visual Communication Lab will offer the following workshops over the course of the semester.
All DART Students, if interested, may attend any of the workshops listed below.
A sign-up sheet is disponible at the VC Lab. You may sign up in person or alternatively via email at

VC Lab Orientation
Friday, 29 Sep, from 1:30pm to 2:00pm
Monday, 2 Oct, from 1:30pm to 2:00pm (also available by request)
3–6 participants
The VC Lab Orientation informs you about its equipment, resources and policies. If you would like to work in the lab and haven’t attended a class orientation or would like to refresh your memory, this orientation is for you.

VC Lab: Coptic stitch binding & 3-hole pamphlet sewing
Wednesday, 4 Oct, from 11:00am to 1:00pm,
Friday, 6 Oct, from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Tuesday, 10 Oct, from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
4 participants
In this workshop students will learn how to make a Coptic Stitch Binding and a 3-Hole Single Signature Pamphlet. Basic material will be provided and students should bring special material they wish to experiment with.
What should you bring?
– Text and cover paper you want to experiment with.

VC Lab Workshop: Die-cuts, shapes and patterns
Tuesday, 3 Oct, from 2:00pm to 3:30pm,
Wednesday, 11 Oct, 11:00pm to 12:30pm
Friday, 13 Oct, from 1:30pm to 3:00pm
4 participants
The Visual Communication Lab will be hosting an exciting workshop about the Graphtec Cutter (or electronic cutter). participants will have the opportunity to execute their own unique design.
The Graphtec Cutter can cut patterns and shapes of all sorts into vinyl (whether flock, translucent or glossy) and text and cover paper. Cuts can pierce through (die-cuts) or engrave the surface of the material.
The workshop will be divided in three parts: introduction to the machine, preparation of your Illustrator file and the cutting of your design.
What should you bring?
– A laptop computer
– A vector-based image saved as an Adobe Illustrator file (for text, create outlines)
– Materials for project: vinyl, paper, etc. The machine can cut materials up to 1mm of thickness

VC Lab Workshop: Perfect binding
Monday, 2 Oct , from 2:30pm to 4:30pm,
Tuesday, 17 Oct, from 2:30pm to 4:30pm
Wednesday, 18 Oct, from 11:00am to 13:00pm
4 participants
In this workshop students will learn how to make Perfect Binding. Basic material will be provided.
What should you bring?
– Text and cover paper you want to experiment with.

These workshop can accommodate 4 people per date, reserve your spot asap at For more information, visit the VC Lab website at: