The Routledge Companion to Remix Studies

xtine holding routledge companion to remix studies

Nearly three years ago Eduardo Navas and Owen Gallagher reached out to me to collaborate on a book project they had been developing on remix studies. Just weeks ago, our years of working together arrived on my doorstep in hard-cover form: The Routledge Companion to Remix Studies.

The Routledge Companion to Remix Studies comprises contemporary texts by key authors and artists who are active in the emerging field of remix studies. As an organic international movement, remix culture originated in the popular music culture of the 1970s, and has since grown into a rich cultural activity encompassing numerous forms of media.

The act of recombining pre-existing material brings up pressing questions of authenticity, reception, authorship, copyright, and the techno-politics of media activism. This book approaches remix studies from various angles, including sections on history, aesthetics, ethics, politics, and practice, and presents theoretical chapters alongside case studies of remix projects. The companion website is a valuable resource for readers, educators, and students.

This project was truly fun to work on and I’m honored to have collaborated with so many creative and thoughtful artists and scholars.

Coming Soon: The Routledge Companion to Remix Studies

Today Eduardo Navas, Owen Gallagher and I are submitting our completed, 41-chapter anthology to our editor at Routledge. The expected publication date of the Routledge Companion to Remix Studies is in December this year. Whew!

This is the 5th time I’ve prepared a manuscript for publication, my third with Routledge, and my third collaboration. Eduardo and Owen are amazing. They are dedicated scholars with passion for their field and care for their peers. I had a blast working with both of them, and look forward to the next phase: copy editing proofs, finalizing a cover design, and assembling a conference or festival to celebrate the book release.

New Book! Foundations of Digital Art and Design

Foundations of Digital Art and Design cover

If you used Digital Foundations in the classroom, I hope you’ll enjoy my updated text, Foundations of Digital Art and Design. The book is written for CS6 and the Creative Cloud, and it is organized by the topics: vector design, digital photography, digital manipulation, typography, the web, and effective work habits. Exercises focus on demonstrating design concepts using Adobe software, including Photoshop, Illustrator, Bridge, Dreamweaver, and InDesign. The accompanying website is full of student and instructor resources.

Want a free desk copy?

View screencasts for each chapter on the Foundations of Digital Art and Design YouTube playlist. Download free bonus chapters, chapter presentations, and more on the website.

Net Works Review in Visual Communication Quarterly

I visited my office mailbox for the first time since last December and was delighted to find a super review of Net Works by Karie Hollerbach in the Visual Communication Quarterly April-June volume. It would be a copyright infringement for me to post the review in its entirety here, but my favorite snippet is this:

“The result is a lively and successful interplay that clearly relates theoretical constructs to the actual practice-based act of creating new media projects.”

Visual Communication on the Web

Paul and I are happy to see Visual Communication on the Web, our new book collaboration, in print. Here’s the short and sweet blurb, followed by the text on the Routledge website:


Visual Communication on the Web Cover
Visual Communication on the Web is available as a soft cover and e-book.


We made this book for students in xtine’s web art and design classes. Lester’s introductions weave quirky introductions to theory, principles, and histories that relate to exercises in Dreamweaver/code developed by Burrough. Throughout the book, the reader develops one web page. It takes a semester (or quarter/class) to learn the ins and outs of web development and Burrough sets up the students for possible errors and mistakes throughout the text. This book allows the “web design” teacher to teach the art and craft of code to a wide range of students with little prior knowledge.

If you teach web art/design or review books such as this, please order a free exam copy.


  • Each printed book comes with a one-year free subscription to the e-book 
  • YouTube videos for every chapter introduction and featured exercises
  • A “classroom in a book” for artists and designers who want to learn how to create a visually organized composition for the web  and how to develop code


Most web design books developed for the trade market are a series of exercises without a theoretical, aesthetic, or historic framework. In this book, Visual Communication on the Web,web design exercises are accompanied by concise introductions that relate history, design principles, and visual communication theories to the practice of designing for the web.

Specifically, Visual Communication on the Web teaches the reader to develop one dynamic web page over the course of 14 chapters. Exercises build upon each other so the reader creates and revises the work while learning new code or tools. Predictable mistakes are purposely included so that readers learn how to ‘fix’ the project while working on it—a much-needed skill for anyone interested in coding. By the end of this course-in-a-book, readers will have created a web page with a centered container div, a Lightbox image gallery, and an external style sheet using HTML, CSS, and copy-pasted and modified code.

The Interactive eTextbook provides concise videos of burrough detailing some of the more complex step-by-step instructions and original chapter introductions by Lester. Users of the eTextbook may also engage in a traditional assessment exercise to test their knowledge of new material. For those who aren’t reading electronically, many of these resources are freely available on the blog,

With its easy to follow instruction and witty introductions, Visual Communication on the Webmakes an excellent companion to xtine burrough’s Digital Foundations and Net Works as well as Paul Martin Lester’s Visual Communication: Images with Messages.

Includes a free one-year subscription to the Interactive e-Text version.

Digital Foundations Wiki Down

I’m teaching Digital Foundations online right now, so when the wiki went down recently I began to share work files with my students directly. There are two ways around this temporary problem: you can visit an archive of the site or you are also welcome to download the work files directly, as follows:

So sorry for the inconvenience. Hopefully we’ll be up and running again soon.

Book Launch and Panel: Net Works at Eyebeam

Net Works book cover

On Thursday October 13 at 6pm Eyebeam Center for Art+Technology presents the launch of Net Works: Case Studies in Web Art and Design edited by xtine burrough. xtine will be speaking alongside contributing artists Ethan Ham, Michael Mandiberg, and Robert Nideffer. Eyebeam is located at 540 W 21st St. New York, NY 10011 (map). This is an open/free event with refreshments provided by Routledge. View this event on Facebook.

Net Works book launch at Machine

Net Works book cover

On Tuesday July 26 at 7pm Dorkbot presents the launch of Net Works: Case Studies in Web Art and Design edited by xtine burrough. xtine will be speaking alongside researcher, artist and writer Jonah Brucker-Cohen as well as the Canadian digital artist Jeremy Rotsztain. Machine Project is located in Echo Park. This is an open/free event.