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.

Creative Sustainability Lab

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Sustainability at Glasgow School of Art are running this really interesting hack-lab, in collaboration with Snook. Friday 23rd Jan, book here.

Editorial Bang

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The following article, by Rick Poyner, may be of interest to anyone doing the ‘editorial’ brief in graphics at the moment.

“Bang’s startlingly unorthodox art direction raises questions about why mainstream women’s magazines look as they do, and about the manipulative view of their readers that these doggedly persistent publishing and design conventions so readily enshrine.”

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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New Future Graphic: a vibrant meeting room and studio space, we were greeted by Gareth White and his energetic studio dog who gave us lots of advice and honest insight into their growing business. The studio grew from the early days producing all the illustration in-house to now commissioning photography and illustration for the project (currently they are the worldwide creative agency for Clarks shoes). They also collaborate with clients and suppliers to bring new products to the market (by bringing together a printer and tailor) which challenges their role as designer and client. There were also lots of practical tips for students and graduates (use mail chimp to monitor your own self promotion) and valuable lessons learned along the way (assumption is the mother of fuckumption). All delivered effortlessly while multi-tasking playing fetch with the dog. Lovely. — Emma Keogh

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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.