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Michael LeBlanc

Rank: Associate Professor

Qualifications: Hon. BA, Guelph. MFA, York University.

Initial NSCAD Appointment: 1990

Michael LeBlanc is an interdisciplinary designer with interests in web, user interface design, physical computing and product design. During the 1980’s he was a regularly exhibiting artist and his mixed media drawings can be found in private and public collections in Canada, the USA and Europe. Before coming to NSCAD in 1990, he taught drawing and interactive media at the University of Guelph, University of Waterloo and the University of Toronto Department of Art as Applied to Medicine. From 1998 to 2001, he worked full-time as Creative Director for ITC Learning Inc., Director of Media Design for Knowledge House Inc., and Senior Designer for PhotoPoint.com, a Media Metrix Top 200 website. He returned to NSCAD full-time in 2001. In 2013 he served as a research consultant for the Information and Communications Technology Council in Ottawa.

Recent publications/exhibitions include:

The Technology of Good Intentions,” Anna Leonowens Gallery 1, NSCAD. Sept. 17-28 2013.

Media Circus: The Book” by Michael LeBlanc. 176 pages, full colour, 2013. 

This Sucks: Visualizing an Un-Designed World” edited by Michael LeBlanc. Design fictions by NSCAD MDES class of 2012, 36 pages, 2011.

Design Through the Rear View Mirror” edited by Michael LeBlanc. Design projects by NSCAD MDES class of 2011, 102 pages, 2010.

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Preview it here:

Media-Circus-77Media Circus
by Michael LeBlanc

“Media Circus” is an electronic, internet-enabled scrolling marquee that displays amusing news headlines. It's an internet-connected, Arduino-powered device that displays generalxcentric’s daily tweets, which are cutups of contemporary news headlines from the CBC and the Toronto Globe and Mail. The 176-page book describes the theory, design and construction of the marquee, and illustrates 365 of the headlines from 2012.

 

Right: Poster of headline from April 28, 2012



view it at issuu.com:

Design Through the Rear View Mirror
edited by Michael LeBlanc

Book CoverIn early 2011, Master of Design students Omnia Attalah, Candace Ellicott, Patrick Foster, Brad Gao, Saijia Sun, Jessica Wang and Yujing Zhang were given six days to complete six speculative design projects that reflect in different ways on how visual language changes with time and culture. The questions that were posed are intended to mix meaning with temporal considerations, forcing students to literally “design through the rear view mirror.” The notions that they present in this book will help to augment the possibility that interesting scenarios—ripe for future contemplation—might emerge from these day-long meditations.

Buy a physical copy:

102 pages 7.5 x 7.5”
Full colour Softcover perfect-bound
Price $24.90
Buy it at lulu.com or view online at issuu.com

media-circusMedia Circus (2012)

average_clock_2Average Clock (2012)

clock_with_ticsClock with Tics (2011)

shy-dildoShy Dildo (2011)
 shy-light-floor-cleaned-up
Shy Light (2011)