Zach hopes to produce a work that combines traditional print design and writing with new approaches in interactive fiction and visual narrative.
Zach Dodson is an active member of many arts communities, forging connections between the worlds of design and literature. As the co-founder of featherproof books he designed and published many award-winning books. He is the author of the hybrid typo/graphic novel, boring boring boring boring boring boring boring, and the illuminated novel Bats of the Republic (Doubleday). His writing has also appeared in Proximity, Monsters & Dust, ACM, and 30 Under 30: An Anthology of Innovative Fiction. He was named in Newcity's Top 50 Literary Figures in Chicago many times. His book designs were featured in Fully Booked: Ink on Paper, Design and Concepts for New Publications (Gestalten).
He is an Associate Professor in the School of Design Innovation. Previously, he started a MA degree in Visual Narrative at Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland, where visual communication and new media students were taught the principles of narrative design.
Zach writes: 'I am currently investigating utopian architecture, arctic culture, and pyramids on the moon. I hope to produce a work that combines traditional print design and writing with new approaches in interactive fiction and visual narrative. The goal is to create a work which is hybrid of: a novel, a graphic novel, and an academic text. It will take advantage of the scope and immersion offered by traditional narrative while gamifying and expanding the role of the reader through interactive strategies, such as branching paths. As if that wasn’t enough, it will also attempt to fold academic research into both its ways and aims.'