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Weaving Type


Com Des 2015 graduate Ruth Kirkby will be showing new work produced as part of her residency at The Caseroom SWG3 on the theme of weaving and typography. The show is at the new Glasgow Society opening 7pm Thurs 24 March.


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

Blip Blip Blip


Good friend of the department, Ciara Philips, and viscomdes person Edwin Pickstone, are presenting work at Blip Blip Blip in Leeds this week. The doubles series asks a mid career artist to invite another artist, with whom they have some form of educational or artistic relationship, to make an exhibition with them. In this sixth instalment of the series Ciara Phillips has invited Edwin Pickstone to produce a new collaborative work that will line the walls of the gallery.

Runs 14/05/15 – 29/05/15

Private View: 6-8pm Wednesday 13th May / More info here.

Editorial Bang


The following article, by Rick Poyner, may be of interest to anyone doing the ‘editorial’ brief in graphics at the moment.

“Bang’s startlingly unorthodox art direction raises questions about why mainstream women’s magazines look as they do, and about the manipulative view of their readers that these doggedly persistent publishing and design conventions so readily enshrine.”

Riso + Shine(o)

Hato Press are featured in Grafik and at Serpentine Gallery

Established just four years go, Studio Hato and its sister business risograph printers Hato Press have an impressive roster of clients, including the Tate and Serpentine Galleries. We caught up with director Ken Kirton to discuss experimental production, community engagement, and new digital venture Hato Labo.

Turner Type

Duncan Campbell introduces the caseroom to the Turner prize.

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:

Facebook Analog Research Laboratory

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Facebook Analog Research Laboratory is, well, odd. Wired magazine, the breathless pronouncers of all that is ‘new’, write about it here. At first glance it would appear that to enter this ‘research lab’ you need to be able to convincingly pretend to yourself that it is 1953, be comfortable with the idea of ‘self-help’, and have read all editions to date of The Little Book of Calm. From the image above, and those in the link, you’ll see that all boxes are ticked. Proofing press (with new lick of paint) – tick!, fixie – tick!, Miley Cyrus (hang on, is this some kind of topical bandwagon jumping? -ed), weird distinction between analog [sic] and digital – tick!…

I am on Facebook, but I really don’t get it, and all this makes me wonder what dynamics are at play here? If it’s a desire to seem human, handmade, authentic, then is that desperation or pure cynicism? Is the supposed reverence of ‘traditional’ tools and techniques an attempt to search for some inspiration, or filling a worrying void in someones life and experiences? I find facebook, from a user perspective, to be a strange combination of simultaneously compelling and boring experiences. This kind of cultish hipster fetishism pushes me one step closer to web suicide 2.0

There will be new rules next week


Last few weeks to see this interesting exhibition, featuring the work of Sister Corita Kent, and responses by 5 artists, at Dundee Contemporary Arts. With friend of GSA viscomdes, Ciara Philips.

Indirect Distribution


Pamphlet by Helmut Smits is simple, and, possibly, beautiful. Video.

Printing and Culture

You might be interested in Print Culture

Yr1 ComDes London Study Trip 28-31 January 2013


VISIT / 10.00am
NOBROW / Sam Arthur
– 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
– 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
– 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.


VISIT / 10.00am
SEA DESIGN / Danny McNeil
– 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
– 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
– 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.

Talkin’ Loud, Saying Something

Ross Hogg

This eye blog article — Something to say — previews the now-past 6×6 letterpress exhibition and conference at St Brides, which several VisComDes people were involved with. Pictured above is the work of VisComDes student and amateur footballer, Ross Hogg.

(See also previous post by VisComDes person and professional footballer, Duncan Tullis)

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


Printer Resources for Independent Art Publishers

Thanks to Keith for sending in a link to Printer Resources for Independent Art Publishers, which does exactly what it says on the tin.

Good Stuff Good Press

GoodPress are 1 year old, and to celebrate there are some fantastic events on in the shop and gallery.

Running currently is;

Tuesday 2nd October 2012 – Tuesday 9th October 2012

And next is;

Thursday 11th October 2012 – Sunday 11th November 2012
Its our first birthday, its a group show of over 20 international artists, its all original works available to buy for £30, its TOTAL JERKS playing live, ITS FREE, its check the full listing to your left!


Thanks to Matt and Jess at Goodpress for this handy print resource guide. In their own words; “The resource itself is available online here as well as in real life print version in-store, where we’d be happy to take you around the shop and point out which books were printed using which printer and help out with any printing queries. It is also available as a downloadable PDF for you to print out for yourself, your friends, your school or your local art space!”

MESH Print Club at The Telfer

MESH Print Club :
The Telfer

Exhibition and Pop-up Shop
MESH Print Club (NL)
Exhibition Schedule:

Friday 17th August
6 – 9pm

Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th August
11am – 5pm
Tuesday 21st – Friday 24th August
2-7pm daily
Saturday 25th August

Mesh Print Club is a Rotterdam based print studio, founded in 2010 by Sander van Loon, Merijn van Essen and Rens van den Berge. It provides a platform for experimentation and exchanging knowledge of various print techniques. Mesh currently has around 70 members, amongst which graphic designers, illustrators and fashion designers.

The Telfer Gallery is proud to host its first international collaboration which will comprise the exhibiting and selling of 14 of Mesh’s finest screenprints.

Post-Digital Print

This book-launch and programme at onomatopee, may be of interest, for obvious reasons. Digital version of publication here.

Print job

Jane Street Print, a small high-end printers located, believe it or not, on Giles Street in Leith are looking for someone to work for them for almost a fortnight in mid-August setting up artwork for print. I’ve done this the last couple of years but can’t do it this time. It’s a great opportunity to get an insight into how a traditional printer works and the best thing is that you’ll get paid. The work is from 8-16 August with a half day induction before starting. If you’re interested drop me an email at walterhamilton at hotmail dot com or post a reply to this post.