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.
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!

Apr 6, 2020
Frederik Lesage

Every once in a while I get an email from a sales rep from companies like Top Hat. These are invitations to sit through a sales pitch about their latest offer for their software to help improve my classroom teaching. Top Hat's features are supposed to allow me to make our students’ classroom experience more interactive by incorporating real-time digital quizzes into my lectures. These features sometimes pique my curiosity but they most often disappoint for a number of worrying reasons.

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.