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"In Dialogue" is the second, limited edition publication of its kind produced by Pratt Institute's Graduate Communications and Package Design Department. The book was designed and developed by current graduate students under the mentorship of Level Design Group. The book provides an alternative to the typical design school catalog: more student-oriented, more personal, and therefore more indicative of the GradComD environment and experience.
Dialogue is central to a GradComD student's education and thus it is the central concept around which this publication was constructed. The book reflects how — as designers — we are constantly engaged in multiple dialogues with ourselves, our community, and our work. We do not work alone, but are influenced by our experiences, collaborators, classmates, and audiences. The concept of dialogue is not restricted to words; we investigated the relationship between visual elements, a dialogue between forms, and the more conceptual dialogue between design theory and practice.
The book structure itself reflects the idea of a dialogue or conversation through "visual dialogue pages" of image juxtapositions, overhead process images of people collaborating, and a change in book orientation for the roundtable's. The dialogue is initiated by a single "open" quotation mark on the front cover; the book ends with a "closed" quotation mark on the back cover.
A book that promotes the Pratt department through a portrayal based primarily on actual transcribed conversations, imagery, and other raw materials culled from student interchanges and roundtable discussions between students, faculty, and alumni. The book succeeds in breaking down the barriers between prospective students and current students, faculty, and alumni – immersing applicants in the culture of the department.