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Evening Class

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If you’re in London, consider the Evening Class. Brought to you via viscomdes person Gareth Lindsay and friends of viscomdes Europa.

26th International Biennial of Graphic Design Brno 2014

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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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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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

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.

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Educational Type

The Sandberg Instituut discusses its new typeface and website, quoting Herman Zapf (1968);

“Electronics will soon force its claim on letterforms, and let us hope it will liberate us from the dust of the past.”

GSA illustrators in The Guardian

Great to see some GSA illustrators featured in The Guardian this weekend.

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«Approaching a practice then means approaching it as it diverges, that is, feeling its borders, experimenting with the questions which practitioners may accept as relevant, even if they are not their own questions, rather than posing insulting questions that would lead them to mobilise and transform the border into a defence against their outside.»

Isabelle Stengers, «Introductory Notes on an Ecology of Practices»

via — LGRU Reader, (via a tip-off from Com Des person Gareth Lindsay), and with contributions by, amongst others, OSP.

It’s sunny in Dundee mostly

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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

Business as Unusual

GSA occupies an interesting space in Higher Education. It is (very) small by HE standards, and based in Scotland (where tuition fees, for Scottish students at least, don’t yet exist), on the fringes of Europe and the UK, in a city that has a well connected thriving artistic community. It is a designated SSI (Small Specialist Institution – though current director Tom Inns suggests this could be reframed as Specialist Studio Institution), so it’s interesting to think about how organisational logics have an impact on the nature of educational experiences. Some schools of organisational theory suggests that all expanding, complex organisations will grow to the point where they only serve themselves. This is a problem inherent in all public-facing organisations, as discussed in Ivan Illich’s De-Schooling Society. He suggests that this drive towards institutionalism “undermines people – it diminishes their confidence in themselves, and in their capacity to solve problems… It kills convivial relationships … kills creativity”. In the same text, Illich also suggests that “most learning is not the result of instruction. It is rather the result of unhampered participation in a meaningful setting”, and this too cuts to the heart of the art school issue.

Why are we seeing a resurgence of interest in alternative educational experiences, at the same time as the emergence of the MOOC? In the emerging technological landscape, GSA might as well give away all its course content. Alone it is valueless. It would (and will) get devoured – lost in a second – in the race to the bottom of the free open content paradigm. What do these phenomena tell us about the way GSA could find a place for itself in the world? Where does the value lie? Surely its in the ‘meaningful setting’ of the studio, peopled by driven independent students, assisted by staff who are equally able to respond to the studio as the locus of activity – projects, talks, workshops, visitors – looking out of the institution and connecting to the world outside. We’re running a version of the Parallel School in Glasgow soon, and hopefully we might be able to air some of these issues, in an environment of self-directed learning that eschews the hierarchies and accountability, modularisation and commodification that seems to increasingly dominate the mainstream.

And I’ve posted it before, so will post it again (apologies), but the video from Stewart Lee below is very good. While I’m aware that I sound conspiratorial in tone (yes, I know), the pervasive creep of conservatism (with a small ‘c’, not the political party, though there is a big overlap in that particular venn diagram) is best countered locally, where the urge to homogenise, unitise and compartmentalise is as present, if slightly less well signposted, as it is in the policies of an austerity government. Momus, at a talk he did at GSA a few years ago, talked of the ‘delirious’ and the ‘pragmatic’, as two counter forces at work in modern society. Pragmatism has become the ruling logic of our current political debate, the trump card of the reductivists, and is as evident in education as it is elsewhere. The position GSA occupies enables it to say no to business as usual, if it wants to.

A future beyond capitalism?

The always great Dan Hancox talking about an alternative to capitalism by looking at the social-democratic and cooperative village of Marinaleda, Spain. Worth a listen if you have any interest in ways to address inequality and redistribution of wealth within society, both globally and nationally.

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This may be of interest to anyone who created work while at art school between 1 Jan 2010 and Dec 2013.

Crèche Course

This RCA campaign/event looks interesting. They say;
Nurseries in art schools
Childcare in art schools
Parents in art schools —
Where we were
Where we are
Where we want to be.

I say; Kids would love the Reid building. And it’s a good title they’ve thought of.

“Produce knowledge, rather than take knowledge…”

Re-Inventing School is a mixed, but occasionally fascinating, glimpse in to a range of opinions on art schools, what they’re for, how they might need to change etc. (More from El Ultimo Grito and their Pilots project here).

I’ve also posted a rambling list of design education ‘bookmarks’, accumulated over the past five or so years, which you can pick through here, if you’ve run out of things to look at on the internet.

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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