Chronicling the vernacular and the middlebrow in post-digital culture.

Middlebroware is a research project initiated by Dr. Frederik Lesage, an associate professor in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University. Digital media and creative practice have become inextricably entwined in the contemporary collective imaginary. The goal of this project is to better understand this imaginary and how constitutes a new material and symbolic order for culture. Specifically, we investigate how the design, marketisation, and use of digital tools — from Photoshop to PowerPoint, from Unity to the Google search engine — reify creativity.
Mar 27, 2020
Frederik Lesage
Event

As part of our ongoing collaboration with the Digital Humanities Innovation Lab, we had the opportunity to update the wonderful work we had initially accomplished on creating an exhaustive bibliography of informational and instructional publications about Adobe Photoshop published in English between 1991 and the end of 2015.

Mar 18, 2020
Frederik Lesage
Photoshop, Technical Communication

As part of our ongoing collaboration with the Digital Humanities Innovation Lab, we had the opportunity to update the wonderful work we had initially accomplished on creating an exhaustive bibliography of informational and instructional publications about Adobe Photoshop published in English between 1991 and the end of 2015.

Feb 18, 2020
Frederik Lesage
Biography, Event, Lesage

Very excited to be collaborating with Simon Natale of Loughborough University on this great Special Issue for Convergence! Here’s the full CFP:“Rethinking the distinction between old and new media”Special Issue of Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media TechnologiesGuest editors: Frederik Lesage (Simon Fraser University, Canada) and Simone Natale (Loughborough University, UK)Expected date of publication: August 2019

the latest:

We have a new website!: It took a while to get the redesign process going but we are thankful for the wonderful design work by Jordyn and Celia.  We are looking forward to using this brand new site to share all of the new work produced as part of this project.