Our Projects

Assessing the Maker Lab: A Year and Bit…

An honest reflection of where the Maker Lab part of the Digital Cultures Lab is at after nearly two years of operation–well almost, more like a year and a half.


The Innovation Series: Talking About Emerging Technologies

A series of discussions on subjects such as multimodal thinking, 3D printing, and working with academics. Every second Tuesday (or so) at the Maker Lab in the New Westminster River Market.


The Fabrication of Truth: Reanimating the Erased

This project examines 3D objects that are no longer manufactured (ideally, things that were once mass produced, but now have almost entirely disappeared, so things that are rare), or that are symbolic to different cultures in a specific way — not religious symbols, but statues, or other monuments (Easter Island heads for instance).


3D Printing for Pedagogy

This project looks to create discrete 3D printing projects that can be used in the Humanities classroom. Visualizing plot outlines, making a game out of James Joyce’s Ulysses, and finding ways to make the study of literature both tactile and applied are the desired outcomes.


The Multimodality of Comics in Everyday Life

Edited and curated by Ernesto Priego and David N. Wright, The Multimodality of Comics in Everyday Life cluster collects short articles by an international team of comics scholars. This cluster explores how comics infiltrate everyday cultural representations in ways that go beyond extensions of the printed page.


Douglas Coupland’s Visual Oeuvre as Digital Archive

The purpose of this project is to collect, curate, and annotate Douglas Coupland’s visual oeuvre. While Coupland’s writing is readily accessible for scholarly research and student use, his visual art is much less so, found primarily within galleries and private exhibitions or as geographically fixed public monuments and large-scale sculptures. Exploring the possibility of an accessible digital archive would allow for scholars and students to make more direct use of Coupland’s visual oeuvre.


Small is the New Big: Reflections on Blogging and Comics

A Graphixia panel at Comics Forum 2013 in which the members of our team discuss the significance of blogging to the comics scene today as an alternative to academic publishing, presenting Graphixia and other grassroots blogs as critical analogues to small press comic publishers.


Comics and the Multimodal World: An International Conference

On June 13-16, 2013, Douglas College in New Westminster, B.C. hosted a multidisciplinary conference examining how comics intersect with digital culture, multimodal narrative, internationalism, information design, and alternative literacies. The conference featured student workshops, community forums, comics practitioners, booksellers, academic paper presentations, and two keynote lectures from Sarah Leavitt and Bart Beaty.