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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

It’s sunny in Dundee mostly


Tentsmuir WW2 Coastal Defences

In the spirit of inter-institutional caring and sharing:


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:

Gareth’s Favourite Band


Gareth’s favourite band Concert, are playing a free gig at Jan’s Bar, 18 Northwold Road, Stoke Newington, London N16 7HR, on Tuesday 24 September, 8pm. With their latest album ‘Behave Like an Audience’ featuring lyrics from Guy Ben-Ner, Mariana Castillo Deball, Dexter Sinister, Patricia Esquivias, Sharon Hayes, Hassan Khan, and Michael Portnoy, they have been variously described as ‘the Travelling Wilbury’s of conceptualism’ and a critical ‘super-group‘. Meta.

A Formidable Share!

Here at Vis Com HQ, we get a fair amount of spam, but occasionally get some real gems. This is the latest to add to the list:

“A formidable share, I simply given this onto a colleague who was doing a bit evaluation on this. And he in reality purchased me breakfast as a result of I discovered it for him.. smile. So let me reword that: Thnx for the treat! But yeah Thnkx for spending the time to discuss this, I feel strongly about it and love reading extra on this topic. If attainable, as you develop into experience, would you thoughts updating your weblog with extra details? It is highly helpful for me. Huge thumb up for this weblog post!”

Critical Design – Recent Works

Herd Behavior

During summer, plinths migrate towards the centre of a studio. A group of plinths fleeing a predator demonstrates the nature of herd behavior. In 1971, in the oft cited article “Geometry For The Selfish Herd,” evolutionary biologist W. D. Hamilton asserted that each individual plinth reduces the danger to itself by moving as close as possible to the center of the fleeing group. Thus the herd appears as a unit in moving together, but its function emerges from the uncoordinated behavior of self-serving individuals.[3]

via Herd behavior – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

More Beautiful Spam

More Spam arrives at the Vis-Com-Des blog HQ;

“I am commenting to make you be aware of what a cool experience my child enjoyed reading through your web blog. She figured out many details, most notably what it’s like to possess an ideal giving mindset to have other individuals completely comprehend various grueling things. You actually did more than people’s expectations. Thanks for distributing those warm and helpful, healthy, explanatory and in addition easy tips about your topic to Janet.”

Lovely Spam


Here at the  Vis-Com-Des blog we get the occasional Spam comment or two that make it through the anti-spam filters, but this one – received today – really stood out for its wild sycophancy and its uncharacteristic attention to basic phrasing and grammar:

“May I simply just say what a comfort to discover someone who genuinely understands what they are talking about on the internet. You actually know how to bring an issue to light and make it important. More people have to look at this and understand this side of the story. I can’t believe you aren’t more popular since you most certainly have the gift.”

#FF, anyone?

Will someone else please press that tweet button down there on the right. I pressed it about three months ago.

Must be a Friday


led to this;

New GSA Website

As some of you might know, GSA is in the process of redesigning it’s website. Ahead of it’s launch in the new academic year, Vis Com Blog offers this sneak peek behind the scenes to see what could have been, had Neil’s more outlandish ideas found a receptive audience.

Option 1:

What’s the Rationale?: The site is stripped down to a series of blunt 2 or 3 option multiple choice statements. Pictured above is the homepage, where the user is faced with two possible choices. ‘Giving’ takes you straight to GSA’s paypal page where you can donate money to the School or pay fees, ‘taking’ assumes that you are a student or prospective student, and takes you to a page where you can chooses art, architecture or design, rich or poor, wet or dry, and so on. Anything else to note?: A knowing and reflexive comment on higher education funding and capitalist realism. And the blue background represents the colour of the sky.

Got ideas? Run out of summer things to design? VisCom blog enthusiastically encourages submissions (however far-fetched) for GSA website ideas… send jpeg screenshots (495 px wide) to n.mcguire [at] and we’ll post them here…