Research topics

Networked Graphics

The web has changed our perspective on creative production; work has become networked and distributed, challenging conventional ideas about specialism and professialism. It has changed the relation between users and producers: end-users become pro-users, or at least in theory. What does it mean when we make on-line and off-desktop, and how do we respond to the inextricable linkage between technology, content and form? What assets would we need, what tools can be re-applied, changed, connected together?

Organised and hosted by: WORM, Rotterdam (NL)


layout, DTP, prototype, typesetting, history of tools, workflow, material, canvas, generative, command line, dynamic, e-publishing, print on demand

To re-imagine lay-out from scratch, we start with an analysis of the history of lay-out (from moveable type to compositing engines) in order to better understand relations between workflow, material and media. Looking at emerging tools for doing lay-out differently, we sketch ideas for tools that combine elements of canvas editing, dynamic lay-out, networked lay-out, web-to-print and Print on Demand.

Research meetings

Research meetings are regular meetings between co-organisers, associated organisations plus 5 guests that bring fresh input to the topic of the meeting. In addition, anyone interested can contribute to the discussions via online chat. These seasonal sessions favour exchange between participants with very different disciplinary backgrounds. The meetings welcome experimental, explorative and speculative work and last 4-5 days. They are an intense mix of brainstorms, presentations, informal exchanges and code sprints and include time for responding to the intermediate results of the commissioned projects. Each meeting is organised around a predefined topic but can be adjusted if the team decides it necessary to do so.

Research meeting Networked graphics

Research meeting Co-position


The reader is an evolving publication that functions as a critical tool for defining, developing and supporting the work at the Research Unit. Over the course of two years it will develop into a teaching tool that makes LGRU-research accessible to design students and young professionals. This reader will provide them with accessible theory so that they can put the radical changes that are taking place in their profession, into perspective.