Architectural Association


Communication+ Media Studies

High Pass Exhibition / 2021

High Pass Exhibition / 2020

︎ 2020 Prizes 
︎ 2020 Gallery
︎ 2020 High Pass List

︎ 1st Year
︎ 2nd Year

‘The media are not toys… they can be entrusted only to new artists, because they are art forms.’
(McLuhan, 1954)

Deri Russell

Printed Matter

with Caroline Rabourdin

CMS2 Second Year


A review of the space in-between the current political situation and the ideology of democracy, with a nod to the theatrics of the media within our post truth present.

Transcripts from the ill attended publicly petitioned debates, that are held in the houses of parliament on Monday afternoons, are obscured through diminishing type size representative of the votes that each petition garnered. Re-presenting this re-weighted information in digestible format as the Metro or Evening Standard. Sealed, disseminated, ignored or neglected.

Font size variation
4 pt - 1000,000 - 200,000 votes
5 pt - 200,0000 - 500,000 votes
6 pt - 500,000 - 1,000,000 votes
7 pt - 1,000,000 - 5,000,000 votes
8 pt - 5,000,000 - 10,000,000 votes

Helvetica Neue Bold
Helvetica Neue Medium
Acuta Thin Italic
Effra Regular

Printed on recycled 80gsm paper
Inkjet printer B/W
Staple bound and stacked

Course description
Printed Matter
with Caroline Rabourdin

This course considers the form of the book as a site for architectural exploration. You will learn about the role of the book in the recording and dissemination of architectural ideas with the treasures of the AA Archive, and also see how artists’ book production from the 60s might inform architectural production. You will learn bookbinding techniques and learn about book production. Ultimately, the aim of the course is to produce your own book or series of books, experimenting with paperspace and its interaction with the reader.