Assembly

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Assembly comes to London this weekend. With an exhibition of all graduating students, talks that bear a passing resemblance to Pecha Kucha, and as yet unspecified amounts of beer, it promises to be reasonably good. Please spread to the word, and hope to see you there.

Clock Watch

Lizzie Malcolm, on Grafik, on Time.

Degree Show 2015

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Degree Show 2015 is currently on in Glasgow, until Sunday 21 June, and comes to London (Blackall Studios) on the 27—29 June. Great to see you (yes, you) at either.

Google Vol. 1

A volume containing the entire dictionary represented by the first image result returned by Google images for each word. Review by Daniel Bennewith Gray.

On Colour

 
Fascinating stuff, as usual, on bldgblog. 

Fusion

The MDes Communication Design Interim Show, presents a multicultural and multidisciplinary group hailing from Canada, China, France, Scotland, Italy, Taiwan, Norway and the Basque Country. Displaying work from across different mediums, print to digital, and a multitude of thematic directions, they are all brought together by finding themselves in Glasgow.

New Glasgow Society, 1307 Argyle Street
Facebook Event
May 29th – May 31st (Opening Party May 29th 6pm)
Opening Hours: Fri: 6pm-11pm, Sat&Sun: 12-5pm

When (live) Surface was Depth

Drag + Drop is an interesting article about making things appear ‘real’ (with some handy links to useful software). While undoubtedly this is an is an important part of articulating an idea, is there a tipping point where the impression of the surface of an idea is given greater importance than the idea itself? It also leads to a whole load of identikit portfolios conforming to some kind of weird non-offensive white studio loft apartment web browser archetypes.

Getting things Made

Make Works is an excellent directory of fabricators, factories, manufacturers and makers. Set up by GSA Product Design Graduate Fi Scott, Make Works is a fantastic resource if you need to get ‘stuff’ ‘done’.

Blip Blip Blip

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Good friend of the department, Ciara Philips, and viscomdes person Edwin Pickstone, are presenting work at Blip Blip Blip in Leeds this week. The doubles series asks a mid career artist to invite another artist, with whom they have some form of educational or artistic relationship, to make an exhibition with them. In this sixth instalment of the series Ciara Phillips has invited Edwin Pickstone to produce a new collaborative work that will line the walls of the gallery.

Runs 14/05/15 – 29/05/15

Private View: 6-8pm Wednesday 13th May / More info here.

Liquidation

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The Year 2 Communication Design students at the Glasgow School of Art invite you to their end of year exhibition – Liquidation. A mêlée of artistic interest and merriment for one night only on Thursday 14th of May starting at 7.

Sponsored by CASS ART / Music from Bake (All Caps) 9pm-1am. More info here.

3rd yr Illustration Sale

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The 3rd yr Illustration Sale, is happening this week, on Friday 24th April. A great chance to buy some great work for a great cause.

Takes place in the Reid Building foyer and Aye-Aye books at the CCA, between 10am and 5pm.

Brendan Dawes Talk // Don’t Miss It

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Brendan Dawes will be speaking on Thursday 23rd April 2015

Time: 11:30 – 12:45pm
Venue: The Barnes Building.

Brendan Dawes is a key figure in the development of digital media in the UK, and globally.
www.brendandawes.com

Brendan Dawes is a designer exploring the interaction of objects, people, technology and art using an eclectic mix of digital and analog materials.

Ever since his first experiences with the humble ZX81 back in the early eighties, Brendan has continued to explore the interplay of people, code, design and art through his work for various clients and on brendandawes.com where he publishes ideas, toys and projects created from an eclectic mix of digital and analog materials. His work is featured in the permanent collection of The Museum of Modern Art in New York and is a Visiting Teaching Fellow at the Manchester School of Art.

Waiting for the Gods

Waiting for the Gods is an experimental docufiction written and directed by friends Natalie Welsh and Alessandro Bertelle.

The film is an experimental docu-fiction about the incredibly enigmatic founder of Ancient Alien Theory, Erich von Däniken, and his theme park in Switzerland. He wrote the book Chariots of the Gods in 1968, and his ideas have infiltrated everything from Indiana Jones to the History Channel show, Ancient Aliens. Natalie and Alessandro went to the park to interview Erich and to capture his magnum opus in all its surreal artificiality. The film uses animated scenes as visually rich transitions between segments to create distance between reality and fiction and to let viewers float deep into the theories of Erich and the mystery of Jungfrau park.

Title design by Vis-Com-Des person, Ivor Williams (HT for the link). Produced by Fabrica.

Assembly Funding

GSA Communication Design 4th years are raising funds for their degree show, and not only that, their fundraiser has a fancy ‘totaliser’, a bit like Blue Peter. You can see it below, and help push that green bar a little further, and in the process help make a fanastic degree show happen.

Busy Week

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Next week is busy in Com Des. If you’re at all interested in DIY culture and independent practise, I can thoroughly recommend the Feral Studio event happening on Monday 9th Feb. Illustrators in particular may be interested in joining Malcy Duff’s afternoon workshop (sign up here). On Tuesday afternoon there is a special Com Des tour around the Drouth Exhibition with its creators, editors and designers, meet in the foyer at 4pm. Then on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings it is the Masters and 4th Year Work in Progress shows and parties.

Like Service Design? Like Jam?

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HT Charlotte Fountaine … Tickets / Twitter / Facebook / Tumblr

Screen Filming Film Screening

Florian kindly sent me the documentation from a project/workshop that he did at Weimar last year, run by Mark Prendergast. Totally of interest to anyone currently doing the (un)Special Effects brief.

Forthcoming Talks

Come along to one, or the other, or both, of our forthcoming COM DES TALKS (CDT)

They take place in the Vic (Student Union) 6pm, for 6.30ish start. All welcome. Can get your dinner there too.

Tue 27 Jan: Alaric Garnier + Mike Montgomery (info and tix here)

Tue 3 Feb: Catherine Dixon + Nick Sloan (info and tix here)

 

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Image top: Alaric Garnier

The Reconfiguration of a Discipline in Two Parts

What former students are up to #573: The Reconfiguration of a Discipline: Part I: Design Observer sees viscomdes person and current RCA person, Robert Hetherington, look at the possible future shape of the discipline of Graphic Design. This series on Design Observer is part of the RCA’s ‘Graphics’ 50 year celebrations.

Moscow Journal

What former students are up to #364: Moscow Journal is a diary by Sophie Dyer, documenting a research trip to Strelka in Moscow last year. In a round about way it was connected to the Inside Out School workshop Sophie helped run under the auspices of A Feral Studio.