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“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 *.

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if,then. 20-23 Oct. A week of interactive interaction design workshops. By Art School i/0 and A Feral Studio.

It’s sunny in Dundee mostly

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Tentsmuir WW2 Coastal Defences

In the spirit of inter-institutional caring and sharing:

MANUFACTURED LANDSCAPES

Preview: Thursday 27th March 7pm
Exhibition Open: Friday 28th March 12 – 4pm, Saturday 29th March 12 – 4pm

The White Room project space, Tin Roof Studios. 38-40 Bellfield Street
Dundee DD1 5JD

Presenting an exhibition of work created by 3rd year Illustration Students from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design.

Come along to our show! It consists of hand printed posters and set designs for a series of imagined theatrical adaptations of plays exploring climate change, sustainability, urban planning and related social and political issues.

Exploring subjects such as:
Hydro Fracking, Gentrification, Micro-topias, Climate Activism, Nuclear waste disposal, Nuclear War, Social Housing, The melting ice caps, Surveillance, Community Gardening.

For more information please visit:
https://www.facebook.com/manufacturedlandscapes

Rachel Thomas + Ross Sinclair

Rachel Thomas + Ross Sinclair – A Feral Studio

Rachel Thomas + Ross Sinclair – A Feral Studio:

Feral Studio returns, with Rachel Thomas and Ross Sinclair, featuring talks from two artists and designers, both working with space, scenes and ‘set’. Rachel uses bold, simple visual archetypes and signs but is interested in “the mental craft of thinking something out and creating a puzzle” through her visuals. Ross is a prominent artist who loves Real Life.

Feral Studio events are open to all GSA students, plus fully open to members of the public and the design community in Glasgow and beyond. The workshop attached to this event (20 + 21st Jan) will open for sign-up at 10am on Mon 13th Jan, via the VLE.

Doors open at 6pm, for a 6.30pm-ish start.

Venue: Due to the campus developments at GSA the venue for this talk is currently ‘in flux’ – we will confirm the venue within a couple of days, and post it to this eventbrite page. It will be Glasgow city centre, one way or the other.

Image: Rachel Thomas / Behind the Scenes

Inspiration, Manipulation

“We’ll have Google Glass, but we’ll still have ‘business-casual'”

This video is currently doing the rounds. Bratton is perhaps saying what we all think and feel, but after initially faltering a little, does it in a very convincing and coherent way. A slight tangent, but wonder if it’s linked in some way to this article, many parts of which I disagree with: Why being nice in the online world is no bad thing.

Do one thing really, really well

Too many things do too much in a half baked way. Life should be simple and things should do just one thing really, really well. Like point. Try it at the link below
http://www.pointerpointer.com

by http://studiomoniker.com

Yr1 ComDes London Study Trip 18-21 November 2013

London Study Trip
18-21 November 2013
1st Year Department of Communication Design
Yr1 Design Domain

Tuesday 19th November
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SPIN <http://spin.co.uk/latest-work/>
VISIT 10.00am
Spin, Studio 2, 33 Stannary Street, London SE11 4AA
T 020 7793 9555
U Kennington
Contacts / Tony Brook, Sam Stevenson or Dan Flynn

bright sunny day – quiet area – no people – tidy brick houses with tiny manicured gardens – Sam introduced us to Dan who introduced us to Spin (large open plan office with publishing company attached) – lilting Dublin accent – introduced us to the team (one guy from Dundee – great sketchbook of ideas) – he showed us the working visuals for the new Spin website – described in detail how he got the job at Spin – it started with a placement – they enjoyed his work and attitude – he got offered the job – he has settled into living in London – tries to keep working life and home life separate – wants to travel next year

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JOHNSON BANKS <http://johnsonbanks.co.uk/>
VISIT 12.30pm
Johnson Banks Design Ltd, Crescent Works, Crescent Lane, Clapham,
London SW4 9RW
T 020 7587 6400
U Clapham Common
Contact / Michael Johnson

pleasant stroll along the Common to quiet lane – all students there to meet us – Michael J opens the door and invites us in – taken upstairs to large open plan studio – double bass and guitar sitting on stands in corner – impressive metal display panels on wheels with presentation visuals pinned up – highly articulate presentation of favourite branding projects – Disasters Emergency Committee work pertinent – described the value of idea generation and how JBs hone them – “consider the obvious, then stop” – “constraints suggest where you go with a project” – “start with pictures, follow by words”

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FIELD <http://www.field.io/>
VISIT 4.00pm
Field, The Print House, 18 Ashwin Street, London E8 3DL
T 07540 455 458
U Dalston Junction
Contacts / Vera-Maria Glahn and Marcus Wendt

beautiful old factory building – theatre, bar, cafés attached – lots of cool people and activity – Vera met us and gave us a tour of their new studio – minimal, tidy and impressive kit – great urban landscape out the window – Vera described current projects and the creative journey (how you structure what you show to a client) – Nike Hyperfeel project outstanding – open discussion with students – demystifying the technology – sharing knowledge and ideas – inspiring – comedy fall while on tour of rooftop garden – lets have a beer…


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Wednesday 20th November
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MADE THOUGHT <http://www.madethought.com/>
VISIT 10.30am
Made Thought, 9 Rathbone Place, Fitzrovia, London W1T 1HW
T 020 7636 1287
U Tottenham Court Road
Contacts / Paul Austin, Ben Parker or Grace Davies

too early, excuse for “a flat white” – students super chatty about visit – rain like Glasgow – Ben meets us at the top of stairs – small but perfectly formed studio – enthusiastic intro from Ben – surrounded by beautiful print work – faint smell of coffee – imperious typographic work – projects for Adidas and Stella McCartney described in detail (no, they have not met her) – typography for & Other Stories is about using default fonts “stripping out design” – testing lab aesthetic created by default metaphor – a sense of anti graphic design – massive thunder storm – off to the underground – pleased with my new telescopic brolly

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EUROPA <http://www.europaeuropa.co.uk/>
VISIT 1.00pm
Europa, Unit 25, Sara Lane Studios, 60 Stanway Street, London N1 6RE
T 020 7033 0145
U Hoxton
Contacts / Mia Frostner and Robert Sollis

Ross and Henry super reliable with directions – unassuming walk through housing estate to get to studio – met at the end of long dimly-lit corridor by Robert – really friendly and welcoming – four macs, kitchen, meeting table, four chairs and a library – Europa’s working relationships have often come as a result of an agreed exchange of labour – they have taught and lectured at Camberwell College of Art – print samples laid out on meeting table for students to browse – Parallel Cards project described – elegant work with GSA students on recent visit to Glasgow (how are they going to compile them?) – playfulness and obsessive attention to detail with typography

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NB STUDIO <http://www.nbstudio.co.uk/>
VISIT 4.30pm
NB Studio, 4-8 Emerson Street, London SE1 9DU
T 020 7633 9046
U London Bridge
Contacts / Alan Dye, Nick Finney or Katie Hook

OMG look at The Shard – tourist guide tells French visitors, had this been built in France it would have been called “The Shardonnay” – Alan meets us at the entrance – huge loft style studio – phone calls, tapping, clicking, talking – D&AD gold pencil prominent – working visuals on the wall – Alan is super enthusiastic – his Pentagram pedigree apparent – idea generation often driven by words and copy lines – references good friend Michael Wolff (Wolff Olins) – familiar award winning projects described along with ones that ended up on the cutting room floor (D&AD suicide campaign was dark and funny) – NB continue to collaborate with illustrators, photographers and copywriters – they left the students with the teaser #NBStandsFor N_______? B_______? (Tweet us an image with your design – Winner gets a poster from our archive)

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Feral Studio Workshop 21+22 Oct

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Workshop 001:

Mon 21st and Tue 22nd Oct
with Lizzie Malcolm/ http://lust.nl
‘Patterns and Parameters’
taking place in SWG3 studios
15 places, allocated on first come first served basis. Sign up (via the VLE) opens at 10am on monday morning (14th oct).

Description;
Starting from before computers, this workshop will introduce the relationship between code and creativity, specifically the concept of parametric design, and generative patterns.

We will look beyond software that has been made for design and explore ways to use computation as a tool in the creative process.

Beginning with a simple pattern generation program in the Processing language, we will manipulate input, process and output to build a generative visual system.

Sign up: opens, via the VLE design school community, at 10am on Mon 14th Oct.

Note: If you sign up for this event, you need to commit to being available 9am-5pm on both the mon 21st and tue 22nd Oct. 2013.

This event is mainly aimed at 3rd and 4th year undergrad students in order to fit around FOCI days etc, but there will be other events later in the year timed to suit other year groups.

The public event attached to this workshop is open to everybody, and is free but ticketed: aferalstudio-001.eventbrite.co.uk

Think About It

Forming/Storming/Performing

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Forming/Storming/Performing is a challenge, an exploration and a party.
Over one evening a publication will be created, from content and layout to printing and binding, by a small group of creative collaborators.

The title, format and print run will be determined on the night, using the theme of creative process as a starting point.

Saturday, October 5, 2013, 5:00pm until 8:00pm, The Pipe Factory.

via Forming/Storming/Performing.

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Friend of Vis-com-des, Ciara Phillips, exhibits at The Show Room, London. If you’re in London, go.

Chance, by Design

I have some issues with Dr Aleks Krotoski’s BBC Radio 4 programme – Last Bus to Serendip, (but yes, we all have issues don’t we, hmmm, critical designers, hmmmmmm, sitting round, having issues with things). Anyway, despite these ‘issues’, there are a couple of good interviews in there – the best with James Burke, presenter of Connections, an episode of which you can see above.

Many Hands Symposium

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On Friday evening (23rd Aug), Vis-Com-Des person Alec Farmer will be hosting  Many Hands Symposium at the Lighthouse. Also a good chance to see the exhibition if you’ve not seen it already.

Good things from Singapore (Now Japan)

Vanguard specialises in the design of unique one-off bicycles, as well as in the customization and restoration of classic rides and collectors’ pieces. Vanguard bicycles are recognised worldwide for their unique designs and ergonomics. Originally from Singapore, Vanguard has recently moved its base to Niseko, Japan. See more custom bike designs here.

Sean & Jacinta, who make the bikes are friends of the GSA course in Singapore and gave a great lecture on their passion for Velos last year to the students.

Institut für Raumexperimente

“Due to its obsession with primarily formal questions, art education has, I believe, seriously failed to acknowledge the fact that creativity is a producer of reality.”

from Institut für Raumexperimente.

Re-Brand hype

https://www.facebook.com/artschoolrebrand

http://www.scribd.com/bookings15/documents

POW if you don’t know about me

POW better ask someone quickly

’cause POW!

Monad

Monad

GSA Vis Com students are currently contributing to 1913 Rite of Spring 100 Years On including MONAD. The performance is on the 18th May, and tickets are available via that link there. The project blog documenting some of the work is here.

James Bridle, The New Aesthetic, Etc.

Kimberley asked me to post this months ago, in relation to a project that has long since passed. I’ve only just got round to it. Awful.

(This project by James Bridle is also amusing: #rorschmap: Street View Edition )

Design & Thinking

With more depth of field shots than you can shake a stick at, and enough plinky-plonky ‘folk’ music to fill an International Whimsy Expo, Design & Thinking at the GFT (Tuesday 15th Jan) could make for an evening of design insights, contentious opinions, and ambitious claims. Not recommended for a first date.

Loose Associations

In the run up to Christmas, because I’d been exceptionally good last year and worked very hard at graphic design, when I came across a copy of ‘Did You Kiss the Foot that Kicked You?‘ – a project by Ruth Ewan – I bought it for myself. The publication consists of a book designed by Will Holder (who is quite simply a very very good designer and artist), and a 10″ red vinyl of 8 interpretations of the ‘Ballad of Accounting‘ – a song, popularised by Ewan MacColl (who wrote it) and Peggy Seeger with a great title that is at first glance an unusual and odd coupling, and at second glance forces you to re-think the word ‘accounting’ in its broadest context.

As a Christmas present, I also received a copy of 33 Revolutions per Minute, a fantastically well researched and well written book by Dorian Lynskey, charting the history of the protest song. In the book there are many mentions of Peggy and Peggy’s brother Pete Seeger, who along with Alan Lomax and Woody Guthrie (1) could be said to constitute a central part of American folk music (and by association many of the political and social issues) of the 20th century. (There are also several references to Greil Marcus in the book, who coincidentally is also quoted on the reverse of Hal Fosters ‘Design and Crime‘ which is a key reference text in one of this terms forthcoming projects. Fascinating).

You can read about all aspects of Ruth Ewan’s project here, but in common with the Ballad of Accounting itself, I particularly like the reflective questioning nature of the title. The song itself is structured around a barage of questions (of which ‘Did you kiss the Foot …’ is one), seemingly directed by the singers at themselves as much as anything, and as such, might be considered to be a bit ‘meta’. It also reminded me, for some reason that’s now unclear to me, of the inquiry-led learning advocated by Neil Postman (and Charles Weingartner) in Teaching as a Subversive Activity – which, while fairly bombastic in style, and a product of its time (the early 1970’s), contains some highly pertinent observations and thoughts on learning and teaching.

At the outset of this post I had a sense that this would all come a full circle, and join up with where we started. But it hasn’t.

1. Full-time GSA staff Doppelgänger and part-time singer/songwriter Billy Bragg, in a collaboration with Wilco, recorded a number of Guthrie’s unfinished songs in the Mermaid Avenue series of recordings. One of Bragg’s earliest songs, A New England, was recorded and released by Kirsty MacColl, daughter of the aforementioned Ewan. Compelling!