February 5, 2015

Book launch for Princeton Places at Princeton Public Library

The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Visual Arts will present a book launch for Princeton Places, a publication interpreting several local Princeton sites, created by students in a Princeton University graphic design course. The event, which will also highlight individual book projects by the students, will be held on Wednesday, February 11 at 6:00 p.m. at the Princeton Public Library. The event is free and open to the public.

book set

Photo by Danielle Aubert

Undergraduate students in the fall 2014 course, “Advanced Graphic Design,“ taught by Princeton Arts Fellow Danielle Aubert, were assigned to select a site in the Princeton region to research. The idea of basing projects on local New Jersey sites was inspired by the 350th anniversary of the naming of the state. Using graphic design tools and principles to organize and present the research — photographs, interviews and quotes, maps, diagrams, and archival material — the students each created a printed and bound book on their chosen site. Material excerpted from each of the students’ projects was then curated in a collectively designed book, entitled Princeton Places.


The titles and locations the students chose for their individual books include:

  • Towpath Thoughts on the Delaware and Raritan Canal towpath by Hannah Miller
  • Palmer Square: Commerce & Community on the historical development of the site by Felicia Ng
  • On the [Princeton] Run about the Princeton Running Company store by Neeta Patel
  • y(m/w)ca princeton on the local Y by Matt Rogers
  • The Princeton Airport by Noah Shartle
  • Palmer, another work with a different historical look at Palmer Square, by Andrew Sondern
  • Soonja’s on the local Asian restaurant Soonja’s Cuisine by Simon Wu
  • Shanghai Bun: On the Local and Global about the Chinese restaurant in Princeton Junction by Angela Zhou


Aubert is one of two 2013-15 Princeton Arts Fellows, emerging artists selected through a highly competitive process to be in residence at Princeton to teach, create their own work, and engage with the local community. Aubert is a graphic artist who has worked with her design group, Placement, on projects similar to Princeton Places, including sites in the Rockaways (NYC) and on Thanks for the View, Mr. Mies (2012), a publication on Detroit’s Mies van der Rohe residential district. She is the author of 16 Months’ Worth of Drawings in Microsoft Excel (2006). In 2008, Aubert began designing the quarterly journal Criticism, which in 2012 was selected to be a part of the 25th Brno Biennial of Graphic Design in the Czech Republic. In 2009, she and Lana Cavar co-founded the International Typographical Union. Together they have made a series of projects that explore paper distribution and after-market paper and presented work in various venues including the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Palais de Tokyo in Paris and Motto in Berlin.

The launch event will offer presentations on each of the students’ projects and the collective book. Copies from a limited edition printing of Princeton Places will be available for perusal and purchase.

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