In the summer of 1968 Brandeis sociology professor Dr. Maurice Stein hired then student (and future sociology professor) Larry Stein to help him with a book project on the subject of Modernism. The book proved to be too limited a format due to its linear nature, and Stein and Miller sought to find a new way to present the information. In that summer a series of materials were created which eventually led to the design of three charts which mapped out Modernism and Postmodernism in the West, including all fields of study. Stein and Miller aimed to find a radical new way to teach and learn by examining the inter-relatedness of persons, schools of thought, and works. The final blueprints were first used to teach at the California Institute of the Arts, where Stein and Miller came to make the final blueprints and teach, and were later utilized in the Brandeis curriculum on Stein’s return to Brandeis. The final chart designs for the 1970 publication “Blueprint for Counter Education” were enhanced by the visual design work of Marhall Henrichs. Blueprint was republished in 2016.
The method of mapping out inter-related concepts visually is attributed to Dr. Stein’s mode class preparation and presentation, which he had done for many years as a teacher prior to the summer of 1968.