Straight Outta Comdes

Screen Shot 2015-10-17 at 15.47.20

I thought I’d sign off from with some loose associations and three greatest hits. And a big thank-you to Lizzie, Sam and Brian for helping to set this up in the first place, Michael for his always entertaining contributions, and the lovely Spam-bots. Please keep in touch here, here, and, if you really must, here. X

Evening Class

Screen Shot 2015-10-21 at 13.35.38
If you’re in London, consider the Evening Class. Brought to you via viscomdes person Gareth Lindsay and friends of viscomdes Europa.

Make Work Data Work


On Wed 21st October, Studio 223 at SWG3 will host a very informal Feral Studio / Make Works event, with Open Work presenting some ideas they’ve been developing using Make Works databases of makers and manufacturers. It’s a 5-way collab. The best kind of collab.

The second part of the evening might involve a making and manufacturing Pecha Kucha Roulette, featuring some of Glasgow’s hottest designers and makers (if we can get it together).

6 for 6.30pm start.

Source: Make Work Data Work – A Feral Studio

A Jukebox of People Trying to Change the World

Ruth Ewan’s Jukebox of People Trying to Change the World is a CD jukebox, sitting between digital and analogue technologies, which contains a growing collection of songs addressing a spectrum of social issues, some directly political in motive, some vaguely utopian and some chronicling specific historic events. The songs could all be described as progressive in subject matter. The archive currently contains over 2,000 tracks, with no more than two by the same artist, which are ordered into over seventy categories such as feminism, land ownership, poverty, civil rights and ecology.

Source: A Jukebox of People Trying to Change the World | Projects | Ruth Ewan (thanks James Greig for the link).

26th International Biennial of Graphic Design Brno 2014


Over a year ago, I went to this. It was fantastic – in both the quality of work showcased and the intellectual reach of the events. Unfortunately I didn’t manage to write up my notes, but you can follow the general goings on here. If you prefer to experience things through the medium of ambient field recordings, you can access that below.

Lunch Bytes

DSC_0447 DSC_0452

Earlier this year I attended a Lunch Bytes conference at Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin. (HKW generally puts on fantastic conferences at reasonable costs, and as such, is worth checking out). Also at the conference were vis-com-des people Sophie Dyer and Solveig Suess. The conference was a summary of other various symposia that have taken place under the Lunch Bytes banner (an initiative of the Goethe Institute) on the topic of Post-Internet Art. This is a highly contested term, and rather than try to write up what everyone said, (you can see the videos of the presentations here), I asked if Sophie and Solveig would be interested in exchanging questions and answers from the conference. They generously agreed, and that exchange can be read below.

Continue reading ‘Lunch Bytes’

Extempore Printing — Talk: Tue 13 Oct, 5pm at SWG3

Studio 223 are excited to announce their second resident in The Press, Gareth Lindsay, who will be discussing some of his work and his intentions for the residency during an informal chat at Studio 223 in SWG3. Gareth graduated from Communication Design at GSA in 2013 and lives in London. He is a freelance designer working with Europa, The Wire and most recently Housmans radical bookshop in Kings X. Through these various roles, Gareth works on books, booklets & leaflets, signing and shopfronts, exhibition design, magazine layout, various printed ephemera and even websites. More marginal activities include amateur cabinet making, sporadic lettering and minimal amounts of writing. Guests are welcome to join us after Gareth’s talk for a Pizza Party and Talks from the artists and designers who work in the studios at SWG3.

Source: Extempore Printing Tickets, Glasgow | Eventbrite

Monocle Discussion on Magazines


Tyler Brûlé hosts a special live magazine discussion with some of the industry’s most revered figures. Gert Jonkers of ‘Fantastic Man’, editor of ‘Paris Match’ Olivier Royant, media strategist Ian Birch and world-renowned graphic designer Erik Spiekermann all appear before a studio audience.

Interesting discussion on magazines here.

Universal credits for OFFF Moscow

OFFF Moscow / Film Titles from Universal Everything on Vimeo.

Vital Resource

The Institute of Network Cultures has had a site refresh, and it’s a good excuse, if any were needed, to look through their amazing resources for anyone with a critical interest in the internet and digital networked technologies. Many of the books are available as download.

ADCAN winners

Screen Shot 2015-09-24 at 16.55.08

Congratulation to ADCAN 2015 first place winners – Nichamon Kittisimanont and Finn Arschavir, Y4 Illustration and Graphics, with The Rucksack Project.

Sexology Launch

Launch: September 18, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm — Free

The Sex in the Women’s Library season culminates with the launch of a new sexology themed publication Sex Between the Covers. Designed by GSA viscomdes person Kirsty McBride, Kirsty undertook this project as part of a designer in residence role at Glasgow Womens Library.

The launch is open to all.

Act Now

Four days of exhibition, workshops, lectures, artist talks, panel discussions, performances, and screenings. Bringing together leading Asian and international talent to share, collaborate, and inspire. More: / Site and identity by Moniker (check it out).

The Internet’s Own Boy

Monday 31 August, 6pm, Barnes Lecture Theatre.
A screening of The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz

The film follows the story of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz. From Swartz’s help in the development of the basic internet protocol RSS to his co-founding of Reddit, his fingerprints are all over the internet. But it was Swartz’s groundbreaking work in social justice and political organizing combined with his aggressive approach to information access that ensnared him in a two-year legal nightmare. It was a battle that ended with the taking of his own life at the age of 26. Aaron’s story touched a nerve with people far beyond the online communities in which he was a celebrity. This film is a personal story about what we lose when we are tone deaf about technology and its relationship to our civil liberties.

Highly recommended. Chance for a monday night catch-up.

Also note the Art School I/O excellent summer courses.

Christoph Neimann Studio


Masters students during their field trip to Berlin had the pleasure of visiting Christoph Neimann in his Studio in Mitte. Below is a recent interview that provides some insight into his making process and work. You can view it here. Freund von freund (which translates as friend of a friend) is also an interesting jumping of point for lots of interviews across various disciplines and cities. The Selby also did an interesting feature on his home which backs on to his studio in Mitte. You can view it here.

Everything is Super

Super-Community (and Conversations) are two new interesting platforms (with interesting content) from e-flux.

Creative Review Interview with Alan Knox


Alan Knox recent graduate from Photography was recently interviewed by
Creative Review. It can be read here.

The Bind Reviewed in The Guardian



The Guardian reviewed Bill Goldsmith’s book ‘The Bind’ here.


PRINTSHOP! is open to the public from 12-5pm Tuesday – Sunday for people to get creative and make and display prints, and will also play host to a series of exciting free weekend workshops focused on screen printing, letterpress and book binding all devised and led by a host of different artists makers and designers. As part of the exhibition, a collaborative artwork produced by Edwin Pickstone and Ciara Phillips will also be on show. Printshop! Workshops All workshops are free and are on a drop-in basis. No booking is required, if sessions are busy places will be given on a first come, first served basis.

Sat 15 & Sun 16 August – Letterpress print workshop with Edwin Pickstone

Sat 22 & Sun 23 August – Screen Printing workshop with Zephyr Liddell & Ben Ashton

Sat 29 & Sun 30 August – Book Binding workshop with Cristina Garriga of My Bookcase

Source: Printshop!

The Bind

Celebrate the launch of William Goldsmith’s latest book The Bind at Glasgow School of Art, Reid Building 6-8pm Thursday 13th August 2015. There will be drinks provided and a chance to see original artwork from the book in The Caseroom.

William Goldsmith is a writer and illustrator based in Glasgow. His first graphic novel Vignettes of Ystov, was nominated for the Newton First Book Award at Edinburgh International Book Festival. It told the stories of the interlocking lives of ‘Ystov’ inhabitants – an Eastern European city of the imagination. His second book The Bind is a book about books. It centres around the tale of two brothers Victor and Guy Egret, and explores the rise and fall of there family business – the once prestigious London bookbinders Egret Bindings.

Random House says ‘In 1910 brothers Guy and Victor Egret take on an ambitious commission: a deluxe, jewelled binding of a collection of poems, A Moonless Land. It proves to be a moment of hubris. The work triggers their ruin, watched by the disapproving spirit of their father, Garrison Egret. A darkly humorous tale of sibling rivalry and creative one-upmanship, The Bind shows once again that William Goldsmith is an incomparable storyteller and a marvellously inventive artist.’