Blueprint for Counter Education
7 7/8 × 10 5/8 inch slipcase containing
two 7 5/8 × 10 1/8 inch softcover books
and three 45 × 37 1/4 inch posters
Design by Marshall Henrichs (original materials)
and Project Projects (new materials)
"Perhaps one of the most extraordinary books ever issued by an American commercial publisher.” —Richard Kostelanetz
Blueprint for Counter Education is one of the defining (but neglected) works of radical pedagogy of the Vietnam War era. Originally published in 1970 and integrated into the design of the Critical Studies curriculum at CalArts, the book was accompanied by large graphic posters that could serve as a portable learning environment for a new process-based model of education, and a bibliography and checklist that map patterns and relationships between radical thought and artistic practices—from the avant-gardes to postmodernism—with Marcuse and McLuhan serving as points of anchorage. Accompanying this new facsimile edition of the book, posters, and slipcase is a 80-page book featuring a conversation with the original Blueprint authors Maurice Stein, Larry Miller, and designer Marshall Henrichs, as well as essays from Jeffrey Schnapp, Paul Cronin, and notes on the design by Adam Michaels of Project Projects.