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Yr1 ComDes London Study Trip 07-10 December 2015

Term 1 | Session 2015/16

1st Year Department of Communication Design

London Study Trip

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Image / Steven Gribben, Yr1 ComDes

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A long time ago (only week 12 of Term 1) there was once a poor group of Year 1 Communication Design students from The Glasgow School of Art. They lived in a little village known as Glasgow. They often heard stories about a far away place called London where everybody was rich and the streets were paved with gold. Then came a great storm but the students were determined to go there and dig up some cool practitioners to share thoughts and inspiration. When they reached the big city, they found their own accommodation, navigated hundreds of people on the underground, arrived at all visits on time and asked relevant and insightful questions.

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Here is the list of noble practitioners who entertained us /

Tuesday 08 December

VISIT 10.00am

SCRIBERIA

35 Tileyard Studios, Tileyard Road, London N7 9AH

http://www.scriberia.co.uk/

U Caledonian Road

Contact / Giulia Vaccari

t 020 7278 7976

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Big thanks to the Scriberia team who have a unique offering of visual communication, illustration and animation. Kamilla wrote the following piece /

Blood, Sweat and Tea(rs)- offers the neon sign above Scriberia’s kitchen area cheerfully-
There is a certain welcoming and inspiring, yet very busy atmosphere at Scriberia, permeating the whole illustration studio as we step in from outside, placing our jackets (all soaked up with rain) on the sofa. Scribellings and sketches on the walls, freshly served tea on the table, bookshelves packed up with all kinds of illustrated publications – all these – enthralling for our “young delegation” of ComDes students.

After the first attempts to get back to Earth from this ecstatic visual state, we are then invited to a round-table discussion about the company and the role of being an illustrator nowadays.
Chris shows us some of their recent projects, tells us the company’s creative approach, and gives us some advice on future illustration work while we listen to him mesmerised.

The discussion is cheerful, the studio is well-equipped and with this joyful first impression of a “bit of creative London” we are then heading off in high spirits, bearing the secret thought in mind that it would be indeed very nice to work in an inspiring environment like this.

Kamilla Hu-Yang, Yr1 ComDes

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Wednesday 09 December

VISIT 10.30am

Fran Gordon

The Royal College of Art

Dyson Building

1 Hester Road

Battersea

SW11 4AN

frangordon@hotmail.co.uk

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U South Kensington and a lovely walk

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Fran gave the students a tour of the impressive printmaking facilities in the Dyson Building (very shiny and new). She has started the first of two years at the RCA and is loving the freedom to make images. The course is full on and she is loving the new challenges that come with being completely self motivated. Fran was kind enough to show the students some of her sketch books which were considered and quietly powerful. Very interested to see how her work develops when she travels to Canada in 2016. Thanks Fran.

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VISIT 2.30pm

FUEL Design & Publishing

33 Fournier Street, London E1 6QE

http://fuel-design.com/

U Aldgate East

Contact / Damon Murray and Stephen Sorrell

t 020 7377 2697

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Fantastic studio in the historic quarter of Spitalfields (just off Brick Lane). Stephen and Damon were chatting away with the students when I arrived (took a wrong turning). Gilbert and George opposite and Tracey Emin just along the road. FUEL were founded in 1991 and are famous for their work in print (see Russian Criminal Tattoo series). They have also produced and directed short films, identities, film titles and TV commercials (see Levis twisted to fit). Great insight into a working process that relies on discussion (very few scribbles) – it has to sound right before they commit to visuals. Working with Tracey Emin presented its own challenges in that she does not like the design to detract from her work – design elements have to complement in a clean and understated way. Engaging, humble at times, generous and warm.

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Thursday 10 December

VISIT 10.30am

HEART Illustration Agency

Top Floor, 100 De Beauvoir Road, London N1 4EN

http://www.heartagency.com/

U Dalston Kingsland

Contact / Darrel Rees

t 020 7254 5558

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An illustrious list of names on the door buzzer raised the anticipation for this visit. Up a flight of stairs to an open plan loft studio including Eye Magazine and a number of notable creatives. Darrel met us at the top of the stairs and chatted to us at a large table in the middle of the studio. A lovely space with just the right amount of activity going on in the background to create a murmur, not a distraction. Valuable knowledge from the professional world of illustration – where commissions come from, how to put together a portfolio that resonates, how to keep busy when the phone doesn’t ring, managing workflow and the advantages of having an agent. I like the way Heart operates like an extended family with social events organised to bring all the illustrators on their books together to chat and share. Darrel has the overview, ensuring cohesion between illustrator and client. The printed samples provided were a mixture of promotional pieces and publications – The Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge being a beautifully printed example (look out for other examples of Beat produced by Heart Illustration Agency). Darrel sent me an email a few days after the visit — “Hi  Michael, Just wanted to say it was a pleasure to meet you (again) and your very nice bunch of students. I really hope the visit was of some interest/help to them, even if it’s just seeing inspiring work.”

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VISIT 4.00pm

FITZROY & FINN

Studio 1, Albion Buildings, 1 Back Hill, London EC1R 5HT

met at Betsey Trotwood, 56 Farringdon Road, London EC1R 3BL

http://www.fitzroyandfinn.co.uk/

U Farringdon

Contacts / Paul Finn and Alistair Hall

t 020 7833 4110

An outstanding hour of chat (starting off in the Betsey Trottwood) with Paul Finn (of Fitzroy & Finn) and Alistair Hall (of We Made This Ltd) then moving across the road to their bijou studio. They share the space with David Pearson the absurdly talented book designer who was out on business unfortunately (David designed the audacious Penguin cover for Nineteen Eighty-Four, you know the one? — the title is cleverly redacted). As I glanced around the studio I could see D&AD annuals (hot off the press), other classic Penguin Books, design guidelines for the BBC website, A Practice For Everyday Life‘s “The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy”, a book about Brazilian concrete poets — all lovely stuff. It turned into a quality double act with Paul and Alistair trading stories about their work and philosophy. The best bit was a 5min, 4min, 3min, 2min, 1min countdown of their greatest hits described in a brilliant non-stop duologue. Heartening to see that with a bit of passion and skill, small can still be beautiful.

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See the Yr1 typographic safari HERE

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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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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

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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Think About It

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.

Glasgow seen through Singaporean eyes

The following selection of Glasgow observations featured in the research journals produced by Singapore students. They were asked to document and reflect on the ideas they had been working with during the Overseas Immersion Programme.

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On a theme of ageing photographers here. I have a copy of Bill Cunninghams film that James Greig mentioned at The Shoreditch Event that we can show next term for anyone interested.

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I went along to the Vaughan Oliver (4AD, 23V) talk organised by LongLunch last week in Edinburgh and reacquainted myself with his back catalogue. I have followed and collected his work since 1984 when I was lucky enough to meet him while studying at GSA. I remember him saying that “typography is just another form of mark making”. That statement was all I needed to open up a new world of experimentation and personal expression. The process of researching forgotten fonts, photocopying them, cutting them out with a scalpel knife, positioning with spray mount and tidying up with typex, became addictive. Now I use the ubiquitous Adobe Illustrator for most of my typographic work, but in my mind I am still crafting the letterforms as before. When asked about his use of technology, Vaughan gave a frank reply lamenting the loss of the community that was interwoven into his process – the model makers, the photographers, the repro houses and that guy at the printers who would run an additional spot colour and a double hit of black (at 6.00am). Although it was a thrill to hear his laconic repartee, something inside of me wanted him to say that he was now a master of layers in Photoshop, could handle a digital DSLR or just give us an After Effects tip for the day. I wanted to know that my hero was having to keep up with the advances in CS6 like me – alas, no. Is he worried? Not a bit. He is a graphic designer (not an artist) who wants to communicate a feeling or an atmosphere by using his own visual language. It is a language where information works as illustration.

4AD/23 Envelope 1984 documentary HERE

Yr1 ComDes London Study Trip 28-31 January 2013

29.1.13
DAY 1


VISIT / 10.00am
NOBROW / Sam Arthur
http://www.nobrow.net/
– An informal insight into London’s leading independent book publisher for contemporary illustration. They started in 2008 and work with illustrators across Europe that inspire. Their publications use a striking palette of colours and are printed on carefully chosen paper stocks. We were all envious of their screen printing area tucked away in the basement underneath the shop. Sam was really enthusiastic and gave the students great advice on self promotion.


VISIT / 12noon
PURPOSE / Amie Herriott
http://www.purpose.co.uk/
– Award winning design agency with slick presentation giving us an insight into the nature of branding. They organised a large selection of printed work on their board room table for us to browse. Interesting thoughts on how branding has to work across many platforms, their work hinted at “simplifying the complex”.


VISIT / 4.30pm
GRAPHIC THOUGHT FACILITY / Andy Stevens
http://www.graphicthoughtfacility.com/
– Andy spent 90 minutes with us giving us a tour of his favourite projects. He studied in Leeds before going to the Royal College. It was there that he embraced collaboration across the design disciplines. The anti-aesthetic of GTF’s work still resonates. The importance of building relationships with clients opens up the idea generation, often delivering the process that drives the work. Andy remains a guru.

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VISIT / 10.00am
SEA DESIGN / Danny McNeil
http://www.seadesign.co.uk/
– Compact studio on street level with elegant meeting area upstairs. Masterful design work presented with style and a quiet confidence. We were all reassured when Danny said that they start working on projects “without an idea”. He then showed us where they look for inspiration. Danny emailed us after the visit “It was a pleasure. A very nice group of students to present to. Let me know next time you are in town and I will do the same when I’m in Glasgow.”


VISIT / 12noon
ITN WORKS / Alex Bec
http://www.intworks.com/
IT’S NICE THAT
http://www.itsnicethat.com/
– Alex inspired us with an introduction to his team (lots of beards) and a journey through his favourite work. ITN Works have a idiosyncratic business model based on a simple premise – great ideas and making them happen. Six years out of college, and they are working for Nike. They are facilitators who use a network of talented thinkers and doers.


VISIT / 4.30pm
KK OUTLET / Dave Bell
http://www.kkoutlet.com/
– Dave took us through the dynamics of a communications agency, gallery and bookshop. They host exhibitions and collaborations on a monthly basis. KK Outlet was set up by the Amsterdam based communications agency KesselsKramer. Well known work includes the famous low budget Hans Brinker Budget Hotel. Dave is originally from Edinburgh and followed a circuitous route to becoming a Managing Director. It is his writing skills and an ability to identify talent to collaborate with, that continues to motivated him.

Powers of Ten (Revisited by FutureFarmers)

SF MOMA have some great videos. Here Future Farmers look at a retake of the Powers of Ten by Eames

Something to see

Some highlights from Letterpress: Something to Say at St Brides.

L’automatica – A letterpress printshop / sociocultural statment in Barcelona

Peter Nencini – Gifts and occupations

Catherine DixonConnecting to a community

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http://www.6x6letterpress.co.uk/

Beyond Interesting

I can’t remember if I’ve previously flagged up the brilliant things magazine. It is beyond the usual internet interesting.

Failed Report

“Field Studies is a four-day summer-school led by three acclaimed sound artists and composers. It explores the possibilities of engaging with places through listening, and working with recorded sound as a creative and practical tool in the context of architecture, the city and art practice.”

The course was organised by Musarc and led by Joseph Kohlmaier who edited Human Space by O.F. Bollnow on Hyphen Press. Three workshops were tutored by artist Brandon Labelle, field recordist Lee Patterson and artist Davide Tidoni. There were also talks from John Dack on Pierre Schaeffer and musique concrète, Soundfjord‘s co-founder Helen Frosi and sound artist Christina Kubisch.

Clockwise from top left, reconstructed overheard conversations, fishing for sounds using DIY hydrophone and the shoe-less Davide Tidoni discusses exploring space with radio static.

I didn’t manage to get the obligatory photo of artists/designers on laptops around trestle tables, it did happen though!

In Christina Kubisch’s talk, she showed films of her electromagnetic induction headphones in action. They pick up electromagnetic fields from electrical devices and convert them into sound using something like this. Reminded me of the sunglasses scene from They Live.

Look out! Look out! Yr1 are about!

Good weather, good humour and an ability to challenge assumptions, brought the Yr1 ComDes students out into the streets of Glasgow recently. Working in groups of five, the students took some risks to make places in Glasgow famous.

We had: commemorative plaques dedicated to singer songwriter Darius, sheltering walkers in Kelvingrove Park under a canopy made from a matrix of umbrellas, turning the Duke of Wellington statue into Dukearoo! (his equestrian pal had a unicorn horn) and a forgotten underpass near to SkyPark brought to life with an installation made from woolen thread (see below).

The group of Sarah Jones, Isaac Neviazsky, Chelsea Frew, Lois Langmead and Louisa Reyce gilded a crack in the pavement with Tunnock’s Tea Cake wrappers. The students approached our national institution and got permission to use the iconic design and make something beautiful. Enjoy…

Whose Legacy?

Friday 21st October, 2-30-4.30. Clubroom, Upstairs at The Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA), 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3JD

The Commonwealth Games 2014: Whose Legacy?

Short introductory talk by Dr Libby Porter (Urban Planner and Researcher, Glasgow Uni) and Neil Gray (Writer and Researcher, Glasgow Uni) about the Legacy of Mega-Events,  and large-scale urban regeneration plans in the UK and worldwide.

A discussion will follow with a series of live accounts by residents – including carers from the Save the Accord centre, who are campaigning to retain a day care centre for people with learning disabilities, and Margaret Jaconelli, who has recently been evicted from her home. The residents will talk about about the impact the Commonwealth Games development is having upon their lives.

This discussion, focusing on media portrayal and the right of residents to ‘stay put’ in the face of large-scale urban transformation and displacement, will be interspersed with a series of short films that highlight recent  experiences on, and nearby, the site of the Commonwealth Games Village

Includes special screening of a short film about Margaret Jaconelli and the forthcoming Commonwealth Games  by Glasgow documentary photographer and filmmaker, Chris Leslie. (14 mins) www.chrisleslie.com

Riots by Design: Blaming the London Olympics

An interesting article on the Design Altruism blog by Daniel Drenan on the role designers and design education could play in helping communities to resist Gentrification and the numerous negative affects Mega-events such as the Olympics and Commonwealth Games have on their host cities.

Amongst many interesting observations the article gives an account of a series of workshops that happened in a college in Beirut in which students were given four groups to research in terms of particular Olympic games cities and their communicated messages: The Olympic Committee itself, the host city government, the design firm responsible for the corporate identity, and any protesters they could find. The article then goes on to discuss the information gathered by the students research and the work that was created in response to it.

For up to date  information on the London Olympics the Gamesmonitor site is worth a visit.  I would also thoroughly recommend watching Five Ring Circus a film about the Vancouver Winter Olympics available to watch free online and Olympicfield a film found in the year 2015 near the London Olympics site.

in 2015 near the London Olympics site

A vocation

Jill Calder cover illustration

Jill Calder drawings

I had the pleasure of working with illustrator Jill Calder (former graduate) recently. I was asked by Turning Point Scotland to design a publication that tells the story of a service user with Asperger’s Syndrome. Nigel (a pseudonym to protect anonymity) always wanted to travel on a Boeing 747 and was keen to visit a place where the main language was English. With the help of his support worker and a Turning Point Scotland team, he decided to go to New York.

I was nervous about presenting design work to Nigel as it was a first for me. Usually I present to executives in a formal environment but this was refreshingly different. I didn’t have to dress up my language or make great claims about the benefits of justified typesetting. Nigel was relaxed and full of anticipation about seeing his words come to life. I took him through each spread of the publication to make sure the design was complimenting his content. He was very happy with it and articulated his ideas on how to promote it by organising a book launch and giving seminars about his journey.

Jill’s work was perfect for this subject matter and she embraced the project with great enthusiasm. Her style is vibrant and yet sensitive, working best when complementing the text written by Nigel. Being able to work in an area incongruous to an unforgiving commercial world, and with a great talent, delivered a very rewarding process.

See the great work of Jill Calder here http://www.jillcalder.com/
http://jillustration.blogspot.com/

Turning Point Scotland is a charity providing person centred support to adults with a range of complex needs in our society.

See the work that they do here http://www.turningpointscotland.com/

The Glif by Neat

Glif Montage from Studio Neat on Vimeo.

A nice example of KICKSTARTER funding a prototype project.

Sagmeister Talk @ Flash on the Beach 2010

Stefan Sagmeister – FOTB2010 from flashonthebeach on Vimeo.

Stefan Sagmeister on his latest sabbatical in Bali.