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.
Jun 9, 2020
Frederik Lesage
pedagogy skills

Skills and skills training remain, without a doubt, some of the big key words for any policy discussion concerning the future of work. While compiling some literature for our Mitacs-funded investigation into digital skills I started to come across a lot of interesting pieces on how digital platforms are developing their own taxonomies for modeling skills.The two big corporate players I can currently find are LinkedIn and Coursera.

May 21, 2020
Frederik Lesage

Thanks to a Teaching and Learning Development Grant (TLDG) awarded in the Spring term of 2018 (click here for project summary), our team set out to improve a third-year undergraduate course titled CMNS 354 Social and Communication Issues in Design that was regularly taught by Dr. Frederik Lesage in the School of Communication.

Apr 28, 2020
Frederik Lesage
Photoshop Technical Communication

We are very happy to announce that the PHOTOSHOP INSCRIPTIONS PROJECT has a new and improved look!

the latest:

The Photoshop Inscriptions Project ( has just been featured by SFU's Digital Humanities Lab as part of Day of Digital Humanities 2020 #dayofdh2020.