Yr1 ComDes London Study Trip 08-11 December 2014

Tuesday 09 December

VISIT 10.30am

HAT-TRICK DESIGN

93 Great Suffolk Street, London SE1 0BX

http://www.hat-trickdesign.co.uk/

U Borough

Contact / Alex Swatridge  alex@hat-trickdesign.co.uk

t 020 7620 0272

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Within easy walking distance from Borough – a mixture of large and small scale projects – Royal Mail stamps for the Olympic Games versus hoardings for big property developers – print examples on the glass board room table to peruse – exaggerated book format for Centre Point – 60s inspired textures and patterns beautifully printed – architectural images from Paul Grundy – clean sleek studio – small team of one director (Gareth Howat, co-founder) and five designers – they like to keep themselves busy and currently have 45 projects in progress – a selection of lovely print samples and awards placed around the boardroom – they have been very successful in ‘tickling’ our minds

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VISIT 12.30pm

REPRESENT

1st Floor, 5 Back Hill, London EC1R 5EN

http://www.represent.uk.com/

U Chancery Lane

Contact / Mike Radcliffe  mike@represent.uk.com

t 020 7278 7272

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Much talked about agent with excellent portfolio advice for students – shop front leads into neat office with receptionist, gallery space and funky seating area (we all squashed in) – pared back PDF presentation with top tips — try and build up a number of internships for the experience (it will be hard as some companies do not pay students on work placements) – this will help build a rapport and a chemistry – “keep your portfolio simple” – “be proud of what you do” – be well presented, polite and on time if you have an interview – Mike noted that attitude is more important than skill level (things have moved on from five years ago) – try to develop your people skills (warmer skills) – avoid the wet kipper handshake – Mike is open and engaging – he is keen to make links with The School of Art – nice cup of tea

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VISIT 12.30pm

NEW FUTURE GRAPHIC

54-58 Tanner Street, London SE1 3PH

http://www.newfuturegraphic.co.uk/

U London Bridge

Contact / Gareth White  gareth@newfuturegraphic.co.uk

t 020 7403 0417

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VISIT 4.00pm

PENTAGRAM

11 Needham Road, London W11 2RP

http://www.pentagram.com/work/#/all/all/newest/

U Notting Hill

Contact / Rhian Edwards and Angus Hyland  edwards@pentagram.com

t 020 7229 3477

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We were welcomed into the big meeting space to the left of reception – I wonder who has sat around this table since 1972? – Angus presented his “show and tell” PDF that he had shared with the other Pentagram partners that week – hushed cathedral atmosphere – the presentation was chatty and engaging – content included branding work for Mulberry, ambitious new publishing project ‘Monarchs’ for Penguin (this included the options rejected by the client – all lovely) – crafted typography, carefully commissioned illustration (including Marion Deuchars etc.) and crisp gold foil blocking – he also showed some of his own geometric compositions used as backgrounds for Cass Art packaging (Glasgow shop is located on Queen Street) – when asked about the difference between American and UK design (“Le Style Anglais”), Angus suggested it was more about attitude (look at the work of New York partner Paula Scher for comparison) – when speaking at The School of Art recently, Paula said “fake your way through something three times, you become an expert”

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Wednesday 10 December

VISIT 10.00am

BRAND UNION

6 Brewhouse Yard, London EC1V 4DG

http://www.brandunion.com/

U Barbican

Contact / Clare Styles  Clare.Styles@brandunion.com

t 020 7559 7000

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Clare met us in reception and was super friendly (I detected a hint of a north of England accent) – amazing contemporary offices – selection of 2000 era songs floating across large open plan studio (was that “A Song For The Lovers” Richard Ashcroft?) – lively, young, vibrant – lots of ‘break out’ booths with meetings going on – floor space is divided into five teams with Clare heading up one of them – confident and relaxed presentation in mezzanine meeting area – she took us through their Euro 2020 pitch which had been unsuccessful – daunting to think that her team worked solidly for around two weeks in addition to the fee paying work to produce three slick solutions – the cutting room floor often gives you the best insight into the level of creativity – despite losing the pitch, Clare was satisfied with the quality of the thinking and the attitude behind the work – a great studio for a first work placement – big thanks to our friend Lynne Devine for setting up the visit – wow!

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VISIT 12.45pm

STUDIO FERNANDO GUTIÉRREZ

107 Great Western Studios, 65 Alfred Road, London W2 5EU

http://www.fernandogutierrez.co.uk/

U Royal Oak

Contacts / Fernando Gutiérrez  fg@fernandogutierrez.co.uk  and Michael Gibb

t 020 3214 3277

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An exciting ‘hub’ juxtaposed under a motorway flyover (in a good way) – GSA graduate Michael Gibb met us at the front door and led us through a collection of busy studios – lots of activity and a happy buzz about the atrium – this looks like a good place to work – Fernando greeted us and guided us through a selection of images – some were philosophical, some were metaphors and then backed them up with highlights from his portfolio – it was a masterful presentation giving us insight into his passion for research and simple ideas that communicate – his work for the Museo Nacional Del Prado in Madrid combines clever picture research with touches of classical and contemporary typography – Michael is a natural at Studio Gutiérrez, overseeing budgets and coordinating work with a range of international clients – great stuff!

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VISIT 4.00pm

HELLICAR & LEWIS

Studio 1.8, 1–5 Vyner Street, London E2 9DG

http://www.hellicarandlewis.com/

U Bethnal Green

Contact / Peter Hellicar  pete@hellicarandlewis.com

t 020 8983 3829

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Compact studio in the increasingly fashionable Bethnal Green (not far from A Practice for Everyday Life) – Joel and Pete greeted us and then took us on a journey of the things they have done, the things they would like to do and the things that inspire – what a double act – they dance around each other offering insight with attitude – two unconventional paths synthesised – Joel has a Mathematics and Computer Science degree from Imperial and then went to the RCA – Pete was riding skateboards for 25 years – GSA alumni Kieran Startup was doing his thing in the background – was that an elegant piece of interactive type on his Mac? – Pete showed us ‘stuff’ that he had made in the past and highlighted the value of drawing as a tangible way to express ideas – he showed us a book on rock music photography from the 60s and 70s emphasising the quality and creativity of pre digital images – hey, these guys love the play between analogue and digital – best thing to ask a client, “what did I do wrong?” – there is no lack of enthusiasm here, big thanks.

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The Many Lives of William Klein

William Klein Documentary worth watching. Early footage of his film on Cassius Clay (Mohammed Ali) and The Beatles.

Medieval Modernity

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medievalmodernity.today — an Embassy project by viscomdes person Aaron McLaughlin.

Risotto

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Risotto have launched their brand new website, designed with other vis-com-des person Brendan Bennet.

Rusty Rockets, or, What Alexa(ndra) did next

On Memory

Lunch Bytes Dublin, of possible interest re: current projects.

Christmas End-of-Term Quiz

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Fri 12th Dec. Upstairs in the Vic. Bring your own bottle/booze/beer/brain. No cheating. Teams of former students encouraged.

If You Couldn’t See Me

This article from Walker Art Center provides a detailed overview of a range of artists using ‘performative’ drawing as a way of exploring abstraction, physicality and the world around them. Some great images too.

Picture: Matthew Barney performing Drawing Restraint 6, 1989. Courtesy the artist and Gladstone Gallery, New York. Photo: Chris Winget.

Further Education

This thursday, at the CCA, (not at lunch time) this event looks at education through the prism of digital technology. Coincidentally by chance a nice compliment to our own Feral Studio event on tuesday late afternoon/evening. Come along to both, all welcome.

Singapore, la

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Just back from a fascinating trip to GSA Singapore. Might do a dad-style holiday slideshow about it, (watch this space), in the meantime you can follow fragments of the journey on @gsaviscom

Eyes Wide Open

I’m interested in the links between projects like Médor (link via Eric of OSP), and recent discussions in Scotland about independent investigative journalism. This was the subject of a really interesting discussion that Bella Caledonia hosted just prior to the referendum, and something that the Scottish Inquirer are, amongst others, looking to develop further. Peter Geohagan is also interesting to follow on these topics.

Designer in Residence Opportunity

We’re pleased to announce an upcoming Designer in Residence opportunity with the fantastic Glasgow Womens Library. This opportunity is open to recent female  viscomdes graduates from GSA, and includes the chance to be based at the Library and be involved in a mixture of paid and ‘in-kind’ projects with GWL. To find out more download this document. Expressions of interest and application forms will be available from GWL website from 15 December 2014.

Deadline for applications will be 5th January 2015

Image: Glasgow Womens Library Campaign – by Sophie Dyer and Maeve Redmond / Photography: Tian Khee Siong.

Escapism

Concrete Flux Issue 3 – Escapism by viscomdes person Solveig Suess and designed with other viscomdes person Sophie Dyer, gets a write up from Kendra Schaefer. Sophie is joining us next week for this interesting project, via Feral Studio, which students of GSA are welcome to sign up to.

The Pedagogy of Negating the Institution

“As market logic moulds institutions of learning, treatment and therapy ever more brazenly, co-founder of the Cophenhagen Free University, Jakob Jakobsen, resuscitates some radical histories of deinstitutionalisation, in psychiatry and education, to learn valuable anti-lessons in negation and resistance.”

via Mute.

Rebecca Davies talk and workshop

Workshop: Rebecca will be leading a one day workshop on Wednesday 26th November. The workshop is open to all year groups across Comm Des. Numbers are limited to 20 places, Booking is essential, reserve a place here.

Talk: Rebecca will be talking about her practice and recent projects, *Update* Now to be held Thursday 27th, 4.30pm, Reid Lecture Theatre, Peter Reid Building, GSA. All welcome!

Rebecca Davies is an illustrator, performer and event organizer who has a deeply participatory practice. Her work centres around themes of ‘people and place’, exploring changes in heritage and how people’s surroundings, in constant flux, affect our communities.

Since graduating from the Royal College of Art in 2010, she has developed and directed a number of large scale participatory projects including Studio at the Elephant, transforming a unit in the Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre into a programmed arts studio and event space. This project has since developed into The Peoples Bureau funded by Tate Modern. From 2012-2014 Rebecca travelled the UK in The Beau Belles Ice Cream Van, a project funded by Arts Council England and produced by Artsadmin. This project explored ‘how we come together’ and celebrated the social rituals and traditions across the UK . Her most recent project has been selected to open the Mons Capital of Culture 2015.

Non Sans

As we were talking about different types of serif today, thought I’d post a few recent serifs that I’ve come across that I think are notable for one reason or another: First up, this ‘flareserif’ by Will Holder  – probably handdrawn I think, though similar in many ways to Albertus.

Secondly, Van Lanen, (with its wide angular serifs), by Matthew Carter.

Lastly, Stanley, (with its idiosyncratic serifs), from Optimo Type Foundry.

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(Disclaimer: Other serifs are available, a mention does not necessarily mean an endorsement, descenders can go up as well as down*)

* actually they can’t.

Potted History

Edwin Pickstone: ‘A potted history of the alphabet and its designs’

Edwin Pickstone: ‘A potted history of the alphabet and its designs’
Principal Seminar Room 1, Reid Building, 14 Jan 2015, 1pm

Looking at the histories of type design, Pickstone will speak about particular fonts linked to works in the exhibition, including Eric Gill Gill Sans and Alasdair Gray.

All welcome, no need to book

via ‘A potted history of the alphabet and its designs’.

Part of Spheres of Influence II.

Share alike

“In a sense, an “immoral” and a “moral” approach to data attribution are equally difficult to justify. When we make anything in human culture, we’re using the whole damned apparatus. We should either thank everyone, or thank no-one and just get on with making the stuff and putting it out there. Bending the semantic rays as they pass endlessly though our machines.”

via This is something I’ve planned to do for a while:… – Mrs Tsk *.

Process and Craft

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We did a Conditional Design workshop recently, as part of the Feral Studio *If,Then* events. And I just happened across this video, coincidentally, prompted by a couple of questions from Sam. I thought it was worth posting as it’s relevant in terms of the discussion that might, or could, be generated from the previous post about ‘craft’.

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Craft Manifesto

The Crafts Council today launches its Education Manifesto. There’s a good debate to be had around ideas of craft. Does it encompass all aspects of making? And while it might seem a superficial question, does the deference to a sort of ‘keep calm and carry on’ visual language help widen out that debate?