MA Graphic Media Design

Course

Course Philosophy

MA Graphic Media Design welcomes curious, thoughtful and critical participants.

Rooted in the logic of critical thinking through critical making, MA Graphic Media Design participants deal with timely challenges (course and self-initiated) through a broad range of processes and media. Employing established and emergent methods and technologies, we work towards producing new and unlikely perspectives on and for the world.

This practice-led, research-oriented design course is delivered in two modes to accommodate the varied requirements and aspirations of the contemporary practitioner – full-time (45 weeks) and part-time (80 weeks).

Participants within the course are situated within a progressive site of award-winning pedagogic development and critical subject debate. An integrated approach to theory and practice threads through the course delivered by an accomplished course team of awarded design practitioners, published researchers and experienced educators. Leading critical thinkers, design practitioners, critics and writers are frequent guests and correspondents to the course.

Though challenging, our approach offers a distinct opportunity to develop a cogent body of work that is relative and progressive. Our graduates enter into complex contexts with curiosity and confidence, informed by in-depth subject knowledge, advanced design skills and a resilient attitude.

Course Leader

Contact

p.bailey@lcc.arts.ac.uk
@LCC_Graphics
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London College of Communication
University of The Arts London
Elephant and Castle
London SE1 6SB
020 7514 6901

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Site design and build: Oliver Smith

Participants

  • Project

    DAMNED GREEN

    DAMNED GREEN is a publication that sits within a larger research project titled The Green Book, The Red Book, and The Blue Book. The research is positioned within the field of political design, and is intended as a think tank for ideas about power and leadership, the status quo and subversion, representation and reproduction. The key inquiry of the research is to establish the original network behind the production and diffusion of The Green Book, the ideological frame of former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

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    Better Babies / Higher Humans

    Better Babies/Higher Humans is a Design Fiction narrative that combines visual language and digital interactivity to expose gene editing as a controversial technology for designing human beings in the near future. Which limits should be defined between curing hereditary diseases and ‘enhancing’ genetic traits that are subject to personal preferences? The project methodology is based on research through design: a critical language is formed from the visual analysis of historic and contemporary artefacts associated with eugenics and the biotech industry. The final outcome illustrates a scenario in which a new form of eugenic rhetoric is employed to promote the commercialisation of gene editing.

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    commonpractice.info

    A Common Practice presents an intention, a methodology and a terrain. It is a proposition for a design studio and ongoing research inquiry which takes the context of accelerated culture as its starting point. It explores the methodology of digression and association to reshape practice around values of the common(s). The briefly vacant site, commonpractice.info, marks the terrain of anticipated dialogue, which will emerge through writing, intimate conversations and group discussions. The project framework – roam, traverse and trespass – is navigated through an expanding index, and prompt us to rethink relations to self, labour and the commons. Website evolving in conversation with Jake Dow-Smith

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    Flash study

    A dummy hand grenade from the film 'Full Metal Jacket' is held in the Stanley Kubrick Archive at London College of Communication. The status of this object has been used as a case study to address a broader research question: ‘How can the perception of an object be problematized through graphic design?’

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    Superabundant Flow

    The simplest and most ordinary of objects can enable us to look at things differently. Focussing upon something as seemingly commonplace as a shipping container, the intent of my project is to critically address an invention which is actually steeped in relevance and consequence. Three short films depict the journey of the commodity. Incorporating simple, vignetted monologues by the workers who physically handle the steel boxes and what’s inside them; enormous ships being observed and catalogued from a windy sea shore; through to the pulsating rhythm as containers pass through railway stations largely unnoticed. All part of the ‘Superabundant Flow.’

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    Here be Dragons

    Here be Dragons is a book that describes Terra Ignota, a mysterious island, autonomous from the rest of the world – ‘Mainland’ – and alien to the notions of law and government. The expression ‘Here be Dragons’, in fact, refers to the medieval cartographers’ practice of decorating maps with terrifying creatures representing what might be lurking in uncharted territories. Terra Ignota, however, is not a far away land in an undefined past; it is, instead, a physical representation of how the darknet is being represented by the media. The book creates a parallelism between the fascination and terror of remote lands in the past, and the spread of exaggerated fantasies and fears around the darknet today.

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    Expanding the Field of Architectural Publishing

    EF—AP is an open platform for the dissemination of discourse on architectural publishing. It aims to gather diverse practices about the discipline that push forward its boundaries and establish discussions with transversal fields of practice. The project establishes a methodology in which the speculative publication is the source for discussions, research and conversations. The results are subsequently distilled into a collection of separate publications which are ready to be updated, contested, and subverted.

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    The Order of Critical Shape Givers

    The Order of Critical Shape Givers is part of a larger research about contemporary ‘ugly’ aesthetics in critical graphic design practices. Based on a speculative approach, the project unfolds a possible/plausible narrative where graphic designers are forced—by the progeny of the current populist, anti-globalisation, and anti-cultural movements—to retaliate behind visual esotericism to express their critical voice. Through the conception of ideological artefacts of a fictitious secret society of graphic designers, The Order of Critical Shape Givers explores the paradoxical qualities of ‘ugly’ aesthetics, both gathering and fascinating while isolating and barren.

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    DinnerData

    Our perception of food is greatly influenced by how it looks. I am suggesting we use this knowledge to help people make better choices around food. This project also touches upon some of the concerns around the food industry: Food scares make us doubt what a healthy diet is, we waste loads of food and the food industry is the main cause of many environmental issues. Designers have a growing responsibility to facilitate change. If what we see has such an important role, could the appearance of food guide us to a healthier, more responsible and more sustainable diet?

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    Leisure This Way

    Leisure This Way explores how the boundaries of work and leisure time are continually shifting due to the expectations associated with both terms and their environments. Experience Factories are environments which provide (and capitalise on) a steady stream of pleasurable experiences to a society that has come to expect them. These Experience Factories prompt, capture and distract audiences whilst providing as many options for leisure as possible. Within the publication, writing is accompanied by three visual essays that utilise Westfield London as a case study to highlight the semiotics of the leisure industry and its ability to control consumers’ actions and time.

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    ~ Exploring cross-signification, shifting meaning & punctuational appropriation in a digital age

    This project uses the tilde (~) to discuss diverse historical, linguistic and social themes. Not having as fixed a meaning as, for instance, the question mark, frees ~ up to be used in many ways – be that in mathematics, programming or joking around on twitter. The process begins by considering how graphic marks come to carry meaning, and whether or not their shape influences how we attribute meaning to them. It goes on to explore several of the more widely-used or important historical meanings of the tilde (abbreviation, approximation, destruction, elongation, sarcasm/irony), connecting associated themes to discuss wider contemporary communication behaviours.

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    Hantin

    HANTIN is a hybrid modular typeface that combines of Hangul and Latin letter forms and writing systems. This typeface enables a reader to understand Latin phonetic sounds without needing to study English beforehand. Conversely, the typeface also allows a reader to understand Korean phonetic sounds without the need to study Korean. HANTIN consist of two distinct styles: HANTIN A and HANTIN B. HANTIN A is arranged by following the Korean writing system and allows English speakers to read Korean. HANTIN B writes both alphabets in the linear Latin writing system. In this way, Korean speakers can read Latin letters. This typeface is for the Korean or Latin speakers who want to know or learn about the other’s language.

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    Aggregate of Artefacts

    My objective is to question and reveal what seems to have ceased to astonish us within the everyday, provoking alternative ways of perceiving and questioning what it is that consumes our space. The method of ‘defamiliarisation’ has been a key theory that has informed my work, that is, ‘making strange’ by presenting common things in unexpected or confusing ways in order to delay and enhance perception of the familiar. Collecting disregarded printed matter, I organize and assemble my material deciding how it is to be read, negotiating between the process of intervention and its presentation.

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    Sociolegal Model Making

    This project is rooted in my identity as professor of law specialising in ‘sociolegal’ research — that is, research that interprets law as a social phenomenon. It explores the risks and rewards of using design-based strategies, especially model-making, to enhance sociolegal research. The practical resolution is a set of five artefacts held in an online repository that are designed to be easily printed on A4 by sociolegal researchers, and are intended to provoke and facilitate their first steps into model-making. The project draws on experimentation involving around 100 other researchers; and literature and practice from social, policy, industrial and graphic design.

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MA Graphic Media Design Full Time 2017

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Studio

Events, Projects

A Line Which Forms A Volume

WHEN Wednesday 6 December, 7 – 8.30pm Lecture Theatre A London College of Communication Bookings MA Graphic Media Design invites you to join us for A Line Which Forms a Volume.…

WHEN
Wednesday 6 December, 7 – 8.30pm
Lecture Theatre A
London College of Communication

Bookings

MA Graphic Media Design invites you to join us for A Line Which Forms a Volume. The symposium will launch the first edition of a critical reader of graphic design-led research that is edited, written, designed and published by MAGMD course participants.

We are excited to welcome guest speakers Stuart Bertolotti-Bailey and Jack Self, whose work has informed participants’ lines of inquiry. Alongside them, a select number of graduating participants, who have contributed to this edition, will present abstracts from their research. Further guests to be announced shortly.

A Line Which Forms a Volume takes its name from a subheading in the 1996 essay ‘The Book as Object’, written by Michel Butor. In this text, Butor writes that threads of thought and speech must be set into lines, lines divided into columns, and columns stacked along a third axis of depth to form a volume. The notion of ‘volume’ as a publication, as well as the space that something occupies and as a quality of something audible, lends itself to the endeavour of A Line Which Forms a Volume to make graphic design research public.

A Line Which Forms a Volume is just one strand in a larger graphic design research narrative that has been drawn from the MAGMD course. A Line Which Forms a Volume is curious, evolving and current, and aims to thread the research of participants into the wider contexts of design criticism and publishing.

The symposium is part of LCC Postgraduate Shows 2017: Show 2, exhibiting 6-9 December. For more information, please see the LCC events page.

With great thanks to Bryony Quinn (editorial advisor), Wayne Daly and Claire Lyon, Daly-Lyon (design advisors).

Events

MAGMD Postgraduate Show 2017

LAUNCH EVENT Tuesday 5 December, 6 – 9pm RSVP OPENINGS 6 – 9 December 2017 Monday – Friday: 11am – 7pm Saturday: 11am – 4pm Sunday: Closed The MAGMD course…

LAUNCH EVENT
Tuesday 5 December, 6 – 9pm

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OPENINGS
6  9 December 2017
Monday – Friday: 11am – 7pm
Saturday: 11am – 4pm
Sunday: Closed

The MAGMD course invites you to explore the use of graphic design as a critical tool that probes the particularities and complexities of contemporary culture in an informed, expansive and progressive manner. The graduates are keen to share the findings and insights they have established through intensive and original design-oriented research — taking on subjects concerned with labour, eugenics, politics, language, identity and other prevailing topics that speak of our present and future times.

Hope to see you there.

Events, Projects

Hidden Women of Design

Alumna Lorna Allan continues and extends the conversation around the visibility of women in design. Always an inspiring evening. Join! Hidden Women of Design would like to invite…

Alumna Lorna Allan continues and extends the conversation around the visibility of women in design. Always an inspiring evening. Join!

Hidden Women of Design would like to invite you to our second series of curated talks by female Graphic Designers sharing insight into their creative practice. See you down at the Pelican!

We have some fantastic designers coming to talk about their practice over the month of November, first night is Wednesday the 1st where we will be hearing from:

Suki Heather, Creative Director at AKQA
Emma Parnell, Project Lead at Snook Agency
OOMK zine Collective

First speaker starts at 7pm.
Pizza and beer available at the Pelican!

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/hwod-design-talks-tickets-38840514023?aff=ehomecard
Follow for more info: https://twitter.com/hwodesign

Opportunities

Open call: Web residencies for Akademie Schloss Solitude & ZKM

Web Residencies 2017 by Solitude & ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe Curated by Nora O Murchú >>An AI Summer<< I am an I, a computational I.…

Web Residencies 2017 by Solitude & ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe
Curated by Nora O Murchú

>>An AI Summer<<

I am an I, a computational I.
I, the machine, show you a world the way that only I can see it.
I am in constant calculation.
I sort, categorize, and label what I see before me.
I labor each day for the human.
I move alongside you.
I arrive before you.
This is I, the machine, moving in constant chaotic conditions.
Observing and producing one pattern after another in the most complex combinations.
Freed from the boundaries of time and space, I coordinate any and all points of the universe wherever I want them to be.
My way leads toward the creation of a fresh perception of the world.
My way leads to an optimized efficient version of the world.
Thus I explain in a new way, a world unknown to you.

>>An AI Summer<< calls for speculations and experiments on the potentials and possibilities of AI. We call for work that invents alternative-value algorithmic systems, calls attention to the subtleties of social life, explores how we may see with the machine or how we may carefully model and train a machine. Applicants can address AI as a topic or employ A.I. methods in the creation of the work. We welcome work from artists of all disciplines, designers, engineers, or scientists (alone or in teams).

Format
All types of work are accepted: websites, videos, writing, 3-D objects, music, or applications. If specific software or environments are needed, please contact us in advance.

Application
Submit your project proposal in the form of:
– a headline
– a concept text in English (1,000–1,500 characters with spaces)
– a header image (high resolution, landscape format)
– a short bio in English (500 characters with spaces)
– a portfolio PDF (images, text, links)

Timeline
Call release: September 20
Applications: until October 20 (midnight)
Jury selection: October 20–25
Web Residencies: November 1–December 1

Nora O Murchú is a curator and designer based in Ireland. Her practice engages with fictions and narratives to explore how complex sociotechnical systems are imagined, built, and used. She has held positions as a research associate for the Interaction Design Centre at the University of Limerick, the Interaction Research Studio at Goldsmiths, and CRUMB at the University of Sunderland. She has curated exhibitions and events for institutions including the Science Gallery, Rua Red, Resonate Festival, Transfer Gallery and White Box Gallery. She is currently a lecturer in Interaction Design at the University of Limerick in Ireland.

Image by Rick Silva.

Further information: http://webresidencies-solitude-zkm.com/

Events

Failed States, Island Launch

Join MAGMD tutor, Bryony Quinn for the launch of Failed States – Issue No.1 Island Tickets available here 19:30 – 22:00, Thursday 28 September 2017 Deptford X, 9 Brookmill…

Join MAGMD tutor, Bryony Quinn for the launch of Failed States – Issue No.1 Island
Tickets available here

19:30 – 22:00, Thursday 28 September 2017
Deptford X, 9 Brookmill Road, London, SE8 4HL

Failed States is a biannual journal combining original short writing on place and contemporary artworks. For each issue contributors are asked to respond to a broad theme: a terrain considered to possess qualities of amorphousness, wildness, instability, collapse, liminality, peripherality and/or delineation.

Contributors to the first issue include Anh Do, Beth Bramich, Bryony Quinn, Cally Spooner, Calvin Seibert, Carrie Friese, Doris Ho-Kane, Eli Diner, Euan Macdonald, Fi Churchman, Gabriella Beckhurst, Isabel Taube, Jasleen Kaur, Jay Simpson, Jeremy Atherton Lin, Jesse Hewit, Joseph Curran, Joyce Dixon, Julie Lindow, Lucy Watson, Luke O’Sullivan, Martin John Callanan, Mary Hannity, Mary Manning, Matt Connors, Matt Wolf, Monique Mouton, Niki Ford, Nina Schack Kock, Olivia Laing, Oscar Gaynor, Paul Clinton, Richard Dodwell, Sam Ashby, Sam Williams and Thea Smith.

Art directed by Sandy McInnes, published and edited by Jamie Atherton.

For more information about the journal visit failedstates.xyz

Events, Projects

EF—AP at New York Art Book Fair

Join Carlos Romo Melgas, one of our current MA Graphic Media Design participants at the New York Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1. Carlos presents aspects of his…

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Join Carlos Romo Melgas, one of our current MA Graphic Media Design participants at the New York Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1. Carlos presents aspects of his on-going research project EF—AP.

EF—AP is an open platform for the dissemination and amplification of discourse on architectural publishing. It aims to gather an array of practices and views about the discipline that push forward its boundaries and establish discussions with transversal fields of practice.

EF—AP invites to a general reflection on the various roles of architectural discourse, publishing, and graphic design, with an aim of expanding the contexts where architectural publications are relevant tools for the development of social debate.

The platform produces speculative publications that test unexplored contexts, formats and audiences for architectural communication. Reflections, conversations, and interviews arise from the development of these speculative practices and open the discussion with pluralistic outcomes.

Events

Uncertainty Playground

Join us at Uncertainty Playground to experience current research from the MA Graphic Media Design team and our excellent colleagues from the Design School at London College of…

Join us at Uncertainty Playground to experience current research from the MA Graphic Media Design team and our excellent colleagues from the Design School at London College of Communication.

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Uncertainty Playground is part of the London Design Festival
Exhibition open to the public between 16th September to 20th October; 11am–7pm Monday–Friday and 11am–4pm Saturday

Symposium: Friday 22nd September 9.30-5pm (bookings)
Keynotes include:

  • Sarah Weir OBE – Chief Executive Design Council
  • Dr. Francisco Laranjo – Design critic, graphic designer and educator
  • Jan Boelen – Curator, artistic director of the Z33 House for Contemporary Art, head of the Master department Social Design at Design Academy Eindhoven (NL)

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Uncertainty Playground at London College of Communication considers how design can define, address and make meaning from the ambiguities and uncertainties that we currently face. Discover four exhibitions and collateral events that explore the role of design research and practice in imagining, critiquing and shaping potential futures.

Possible/Probable Worlds deconstructs the ideas behind Joseph Voros’ ‘Futures Cone’ and proposes a range of possible futures through interactive installations; S*PARK explores eco-social futures and imagination through community and collaborative design interventions at Elephant Park and LCC, while FutureMakers creates a platform for debate around making and using uncertainty as a form of enquiry within the context of a co-created makerspace. Enter Room 2084 to discover a living archive, stimulating discussion around how and why we preserve the past and present for future generations.

Further info about the events via www.uncertaintyplayground.com

Design: Weronika Rafa, MA Graphic Design alumna

Events, Projects

Grounding

Grounding is about bringing artists and designers together for a week of getting back to their roots and sharing their practices in peer led learning endeavours. This project…

Grounding is about bringing artists and designers together for a week of getting back to their roots and sharing their practices in peer led learning endeavours. This project will have it’s base in Ormston House Cultural Centre in Limerick City Ireland but will also happen in the outdoors, in the snugs of pubs and in spaces around the city and further afield.

Grounding Participants and Instigators are:
Alma Tischler Wood
Bernardine Carroll
Caelan Bristow
Dr John Wood
Emma Fisher
Faye Spencer
Jessica Foley
Jan Uprichard
John Macormac
Nora O’Murchu
Paul Bailey
Sinead Conlon
Sophie Demay
Simon Thompson 

As well as supporting this core group, the Grounding team will open up some of their sessions to the wider arts community;

Shadow Puppet Workshop, Mother Mac’s Pub
Wednesday 26th, 7.30pm – late.

In association with Project Motive, Puppeteer Emma Fischer will lead a workshop in the snug of Mother Mac’s pub. Pay what you like, limited spaces, book via theprojectmotive@gmail.com

Workspace Social, Ormston House Cultural Resource Centre,
Thursday 27th, 1.00pm – 2.00pm.

Come join the Irish and International artists taking part in Grounding for a very social and physical lunch-time disco. Dress comfortably. Stretches start at 1. Music stops at 2.

Open Studio, Ormston House Cultural Resource Centre,
Saturday 29th, 1.00pm – 3.00pm.

Find out what we’ve been up to all week and meet some of the participants at an open studio .

To find out more about this project and when open events will be taking place, check out the Ormston House Cultural Resource Centre Facebook page.

Frivole typeface designed and generously donated to Grounding by the lovely Eliott Grunewald

Opportunities

Feminist Internet Futures Studio

This is an opportunity to join the Feminist Internet Futures Studio this summer and collaborate on projects that explore how the internet can be used to further gender…

This is an opportunity to join the Feminist Internet Futures Studio this summer and collaborate on projects that explore how the internet can be used to further gender equality, locally and globally.

The deadline to apply is this Friday 14 July. 

There are 20 places and we are looking for students and graduates from a diverse mix of disciplines and backgrounds – we welcome applications from all artists, designers and creatives!

All the information you need is in the email below:

Open call to apply for the Feminist Internet Futures Studio!! **Deadline MIDDAY FRIDAY 14TH JULY**

To apply now and for more information click here.

UAL students and recent graduates are invited to take part in the Feminist Internet Futures Studio, from 29 August – 8 September 2017, in London.

This unique collaborative learning experience is FREE for UAL students and recent alumni.

What is the UAL Futures Studio?

UAL Futures Studios bring UAL students and alumni together with educators and creative industry partners to invent new futures for gender equality on the internet.

The Feminist Internet Futures Studio is a 10-day workshop where you will explore how the internet can strengthen feminist movements and advance women’s rights at a local and global level. You will experience working in a studio environment with students from across UAL, and together you will imagine, create, and develop creative projects addressing the Studio theme. You will then showcase your work to an audience of creatives at the 2017 Digitally Engaged Learning (DEL) Conference, 14-15 September at CSM, Kings Cross.

Bursaries are available, please visit our website for more information.

Feminist Internet Futures Seminars:

In preparation for the Studio we have organised the Feminist Internet Futures Seminar series, aiming to critically examine the intersections of feminism and the internet/digital technologies. The next seminar, on Visibility and Representation, is on this Wednesday 12th July.

For details on the three upcoming seminars, click here.

Opportunities

Call for applications — Van Eyck

The 2017 Van Eyck Call for Applications is now open! Artists, designers, curators, photographers, (landscape) architects, writers, and critics are invited to apply for a residency at the…

The 2017 Van Eyck Call for Applications is now open!

Artists, designers, curators, photographers, (landscape) architects, writers, and critics are invited to apply for a residency at the Jan van Eyck Academie for 6 up to 12 months.

The Van Eyck in Maastricht – NL is an international, multidisciplinary institute for talent development that offers you time and space to develop your own artistic projects in an inspiring, multiform working environment.

The Van Eyck offers: your own studio; studio visits by (guest)advisors; well-equipped labs (print, photography/new media, wood, metal, a library and a lab for nature research); collaborative projects with civic partners and partners from science and the arts; a public programme of events, talks, workshops, symposia and exhibitions.

Apply before 2 October 2017 for a residency starting from April 2018 onwards.

All info can be found here

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