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.

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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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Participants

  • Portfolio

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    Univers WT

    Univers LT Std + Wind + Temperature is a speculative typeface generated by a type modifying system. This project began as an experimental typeface exploring new possibilities for generative typography. As information, letters and signs have been liberated from its physical place and relocated to digital screen space, communication has become more flexible and variable. Therefore, this project sets out to design a speculative typography that reproduces the distinctiveness of letters in order to give people a sense of the importance of place and localization in their digital communications. project website: universwt.com

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    Interpreting Gentrification

    The following research studies the use of language around the gentrification of Elephant and Castle, in response to the research question: In which way do graphic forms allow for different interpretations in the developers and protesters messages related to the redevelopment of Elephant and Castle? The intention of this projects is to demonstrate the disruption within the meaning of language by interfering with its graphic forms and context and reconfigure the author’s original narrative. In this case, the Southwark Council billboard is translated into the form of the protester's stickers found in the neighbourhood. Language is taken as an object that can be broken down and reconstructed, invoking a different narrative and exploring the meaning behind language.

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    Content Aware

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    In-Between Places

    The project offers new insights on the relationship between city dwellers and their surroundings, inviting people to reflect on their role within the urban environment. The documentation of an ordinary day of city life in London is altered through the use of visual strategies to create an imaginary landscape where the transitory passage of people leaves traces in space. Visually suggestive, the traces function as a metaphor to highlight the transformative potential of the act of walking. Drawing upon the theory of non-places, the project wishes to challenge the transient nature of contemporary urban realities, suggesting new possibilities of engagement with the city space.

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    Better than the real thing?

    Working with the notion that the act of copying within visual culture isn’t necessarily a tool for de-generation of the context and the image itself, I attempt to explore it as a process throughout which multiple identities get ascribed by the transformation of the original artefact’s context. Followed by the audiences responses in the form of deconstruction, postproduction, and reinterpretation, I assume the role of a mere coordinator instead of author by gathering and presenting the documentation of the re-contextualisation processes. This is an ongoing investigative research, and the engagement of the audience is the only way for the project to evolve. The intention is to explore and try to create a visual experience which allows the space for contemplation; evoking meaning rather than boldly presenting the “truth”.

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    Spaces Within

    In the times of fragmentation (of attention), the immersive experience of literature is slowly losing its momentum in favour of other media that offer an immediate gratification. This project is my attempt to convince the public of the literature’s enduring significance and relevance. My primary goal was to come back to the core - the content itself, and to reimagine it visually (first and foremost by extracting it from the traditional form of the book) in order to emphasize its unique qualities as a journey, as a teacher, as an archive. By focusing on the spatial-temporal aspects of literary content, I attempt to bring attention to its complex nature and remind about its power as a life-altering tool.

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    # I, MYSELF, ME

    This project focuses on how individuals construct their social identity (face) through online media contexts and platforms. It also explores the process of changing image into moving image to project the possibility of malleable identity in the facial form. The self-portraits are distorted and hidden in order to be unrecognisable, aiming to open up question of what remains of the narrative of self-portrait without having emotion to act loud and joyous in the self-image. As you post and tag your ideal identity online, these personality fragments are forming a new components of a shared self; we do not know who and when saves our photo. It seems like there is an overlap between stealing and sharing. This project might further explore an open question about privacy and harm of identity in terms of ‘Technological Other’, such as Facial Recognition and Detection Techniques. Without notice, our faces are always scanned making us victims of identity theft without us being aware of it.

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    Takes me back...

    A critical reflection of the migrant’s mental space - ‘Takes me back…’ - drives the viewer into a psychological journey. The transition through time, place and identity gradually transforms the value of the possession unfolding past senses and experience. Portrayed through the impressions & expressions of their keepsakes, the journey is accompanied by whispers from their subconscious mind. With the prevailing shift in communities around the globe, these hidden emotions provide an effective juxtaposition to the current debate around the subject.

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    This Is (Not) YouTube. The Contamination of Content in YouTube Videos.

    The project aims at changing the way users engage with the content accessed on YouTube, destabilizing what is called the “habituated perception”. The artefact is designed to originate provocative aural and visual experiences and unexpected emotional reactions through techniques such as de-familiarization and cognitive dissonance. It becomes an opportunity for a new criticality towards the content of videos and the role of advertisements just when new non-skippable ad formats are being introduced. My response is currently situated within exhibitions relating to contemporary digital culture and moving images. However, this could also be seen as a prototype for video-sharing platform users, and therefore reaching a much wider audience.    Future developments also include a possible edited version to be uploaded on the most popular platforms. This will require a dedicated single-screen version to be experienced on laptops and mobile devices.  

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    Decoding the V-sign

    The newspaper “Decoding the V-sign” explores the signification of the V-sign. The combination of photo-edited images triggers the viewer, leading to a continuous construction of new interpretations of the V-sign. The image’s faded visual effect persistently recalls and comments on the circulation and ubiquity of the V-sign, removing the ‘familiarity of the image’ and opening up new denotations. The project aims at actively engaging the viewer in a critical way and to heighten and increase society’s awareness, sensitising the conscious and unconscious gesturer towards the importance of gestures as a carrier of meaning. The choice of the newspaper as medium aims to expose the research to a broader audience outside of design, art-based and academic realms, as it is a channel with strong circulation that reaches a wider public of consumers. Further decodification of other gestures as case studies could be identified as future development of the research.

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    From the Book to the World back to the Book

    “A book is a sequence of spaces. Each of these spaces is perceived at a different moment - a book is also a sequence of moments.” Carrión, 1975. This project attempts to realise the notion of the Book in its most poetic sense demonstrating the role of the graphic designer as Researcher, Author, Designer, Producer and Reader. Focusing on the performative qualities, the material properties and the physical form the Book is examined as a display device and an alternative exhibition space. The spatial and temporal qualities attest the correlation between the structures of a three-dimensional space and that of the book. Adopting, appropriating, and iterating techniques introduced by the genre of Artists’ books I am exploring the role of design employing methods of documenting and presenting. The outcome is a conceptual realisation of the structure and qualities of the book, transforming it into a performative object.

MA Graphic Media Design Full Time 2016

Studio

Announcements, Events, Projects

Something or Other — Nina Paim

We are very pleased to welcome Nina Paim to the Something or Other series on ‘Uncertainty’ on Wednesday 17 May, 5pm, Lecture Theatre B. Learning from Niggli: thoughts on…

We are very pleased to welcome Nina Paim to the Something or Other series on ‘Uncertainty’ on Wednesday 17 May, 5pm, Lecture Theatre B.

Learning from Niggli: thoughts on design publishing
Nowadays the field of design publishing seems to be increasingly binary. On one side are the big giants seizing the market on a global scale — and on the other the independent publishers, largely dependent on cultural funding. But what exactly is there in the middle? And how has the field of design publishing evolved in the past decades? By investigating the case of a single publishing house, this presentation will be an exercise in metonymy. We will look at Verlag Arthur Niggli, a publisher which is nowadays mostly remembered for a series of — very successful — typography and design manuals, but with an overall backlist that remains largely unknown. From a prehistory dating back to a printer-publisher during Switzerland’s ‘Golden Age’ of publishing, via the energy and struggles of the post-war, the internationalisation of the 1980s and finally today’s imperative of amalgamation, Niggli’s trajectory encapsulates many developments that affected the field of publishing in general.

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Nina Paim is a Brazilian designer, researcher, curator, and educator living and working in Switzerland. Her work usually involves many others and revolves around notions of directing, supporting, and collaborating. As a researcher, Paim is interested in brushing the history of design “against the grain”, looking into blind spots and unexplored narratives. After a detour into economics and philosophy, Nina studied graphic design at Esdi (BR) and the Gerrit Rietveld Academie (NL). Her bachelor project was the “Escola Aberta”, a temporary and free-of-charge design school, which took place in Rio de Janeiro in August 2012. In 2014, Paim curated the exhibition “Taking a Line for a Walk” at the 26th International Biennial of Graphic Design Brno, which dealt with the subject of assignments in design education, and for which she was awarded a Swiss Design Awards in 2015. In 2017, Paim concluded her MA in design research at the Hochschule der Künste Bern (CH), investigating the history and publishing strategies of Verlag Arthur Niggli.

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Something or Other — Kenneth Goldsmith

We are very pleased to welcome Kenneth Goldsmith to the Something or Other series on ‘Uncertainty’ on Wednesday 10 May, 4.30-5.30pm, Lecture Theatre B. What The Internet Can’t Do…

We are very pleased to welcome Kenneth Goldsmith to the Something or Other series on ‘Uncertainty’ on Wednesday 10 May, 4.30-5.30pm, Lecture Theatre B.

What The Internet Can’t Do

In a time when the web can do so much, perhaps it’s what it can’t do which becomes more valuable. In a material return of the repressed, we’re now swamped with more gorgeous physical artifacts than ever. Yet the irony is that most of our physical production is enabled by the web and its systems. This talk will focus on the challenges that face cultural producers in the digital age and explore our intriguingly codependent relationship to the web.

Kenneth Goldsmith is the author and editor of over twenty books. He teaches writing at The University of Pennsylvania. In May 2011, he was invited to read at President Obama’s “A Celebration of American Poetry” at The White House, where he also held a poetry workshop with First Lady Michelle Obama. In 2013, he was named as the inaugural Poet Laureate of The Museum of Modern Art in New York. His most recent book is “Wasting Time on the Internet,” a meditation on digital culture.

http://epc.buffalo.edu/authors/goldsmith/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenneth_Goldsmith

Announcements, Events

Work in Progress Show 2017

We are proud to invite you to Work in Progress Show 2017. We look forward to sharing current and emergent research trajectories from our full-time and part-time year two…

We are proud to invite you to Work in Progress Show 2017.

We look forward to sharing current and emergent research trajectories from our full-time and part-time year two participants on the MA Graphic Media Design course.

Private View: 03 May, 6-9pm
Exhibition: 04 May, 10am-6pm
London College of Communication

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Something or Other series — Sinead Evans

We are very pleased to welcome Sinead Evans to the Something or Other series on ‘Uncertainty’ on Wednesday 26 April, 5.30-6.30pm, Lecture Theatre B. Design Practice is a Terraforming…

We are very pleased to welcome Sinead Evans to the Something or Other series on ‘Uncertainty’ on Wednesday 26 April, 5.30-6.30pm, Lecture Theatre B.

Design Practice is a Terraforming Tool: how critical discussion can shape the what, why and how we make.

Not seeing anything intelligible is the new normal
Hito Steyerl, 2016.

We are teetering on the precipice of apocalypse – or so it seems when scanning the headlines every morning. There is a fractured chasm between us and the few people in the world who hold economic, environmental and political power – and yet the wealth of images narrating global events push our faces up against the glass of the screen and we have never felt closer.

How do we build an approach to practice in what feels to be an ever precarious global situation?

First looking at the discipline of illustration and finding it wanting, this talk will discuss the political motivations for the production of Limner Journal. Sinead will then present her own research projects exploring the visual vocabulary of the Anthropocene, our changing relationship to nature and the importance of critical reinterpretation of local landscape in pursuit of ecological citizenship.

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International Partnerships

All welcome to join the upcoming Open Studios at the Van Eyck, 09-11 March, in Maastricht, the Netherlands. Paul Bailey is currently a visiting advisor at the academy. With the support…

All welcome to join the upcoming Open Studios at the Van Eyck, 09-11 March, in Maastricht, the Netherlands. Paul Bailey is currently a visiting advisor at the academy.

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With the support of the Erasmus+ Staff Mobility programme, Paul Bailey joined staff and students from the MA Design course at the Iceland Academy of Arts for one week in January. Paul returns in May to support the programme as an external advisor.

 

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Upcoming Publications — Tony Credland

Tony Credland and Dr. Russell Bestley are writing a chapter in Ian Horton’s upcoming book: Hard Werken: One for All – Graphic Art & Design 1979-1999, about the…

Tony Credland and Dr. Russell Bestley are writing a chapter in Ian Horton’s upcoming book: Hard Werken: One for All – Graphic Art & Design 1979-1999, about the influence of fanzines and self-publishing in the 1970’s to be published in late 2017 by Valiz.

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Tony is also writing a chapter in collaboration with Jess Baines and Mark Pawson on DIY Counter Cultural and Radical Publishing Culture before Punk in the book Ripped and Torn: Pop, Politics and Punk Fanzines from 1976 edited by Matt Worley and published by Manchester University Press.

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Space and Place Residency & Conference

Vanessa Price’s Writerly Readers research project is part of the Space and Place Research Hub residency at the LCC project space within E&C Shopping Centre (April 26- 29).…

Vanessa Price’s Writerly Readers research project is part of the Space and Place Research Hub residency at the LCC project space within E&C Shopping Centre (April 26- 29). Also participating are Lucy Thornett and Nela Milic from LCC’s Spatial Communications Programme and Luise Vormittag from CSM’s Graphic Communication Design Programme.

Along with the Interdisciplinary Research Foundation the Space and Place residency is co-hosting the ‘Somewhere In Between: Borders and Borderlands’ Conference at LCC on 29 April 2017.

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EP Vol.2: Design Fiction

Produced as part of the EP Inlab whilst Paul Bailey was in residence at the Jan van Eyck Academie, EP Vol.2: Design Fiction includes a new chapter from…

Produced as part of the EP Inlab whilst Paul Bailey was in residence at the Jan van Eyck Academie, EP Vol.2: Design Fiction includes a new chapter from Will Holder’s The Middle of Nowhere:

Will Holder’s The Middle of Nowhere is an adaptation of William Morris’s News from Nowhere (or, An Epoch of Rest, Being Some Chapters from a Utopian Romance) of 1890 – a description of a 2004 society rooted in Victorian socialist ideologies. The Middle of Nowhere, also set in the future, follows Morris’s original chapter structure, assembling and publishing itself within the context of various writing commissions. These pages were written in response to conversations with Paul Bailey and James Langdon.

After the first EP volume on the activities of the early Italian avant-garde, the second volume in the series identifies the current fascination with fiction across art, design, and architecture. Practitioners and theorists explore this strategy by pushing the debate into both speculative and real-fictitious terrains. Newly commissioned interviews, artist projects, and essays shed light on topics such as parafiction and algorithmic ambiguity. Included in the volume is one of the final interviews to be published with novelist and semiotician Umberto Eco; a conversation with Bruce Sterling, in which the science-fiction author responds to designers who reference his writings; and design theorist Vilém Flusser’s 1966 essay “On Fiction,” in its first English translation.

The EP series fluidly moves between art, design, and architecture, and introduces the notion of the “extended play” into publishing, with thematically edited pocket books as median between popular magazines (“single play”) and academic journals (“long play”).

Edited by Alex Coles with EP Inlab
Design by Experimental Jetset
Published by Sternberg Press

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Positioning Practice Publication Launch

Tony Credland and Vanessa Price are due to launch Positioning Practice, a new annual publication that encourages understanding of the graphic designer as researcher. Through discussion of wide-ranging…

Tony Credland and Vanessa Price are due to launch Positioning Practice, a new annual publication that encourages understanding of the graphic designer as researcher. Through discussion of wide-ranging postgraduate workshops it repositions graphic design research as a critical act of questioning and a form of cultural and visual commentary.

This first issue of Positioning Practice discusses Staging the Message, a five day collaborative workshop given by Els Kuijpers and Jan van Toorn in November 2015 at London College of Communication. The cross cultural workshop included postgraduate and PhD students from seven different nationalities with design backgrounds ranging from graphic design to moving image to branding and identity. Beginning with the central premise that design is a cultural producer of meaning Staging the Message encouraged participants to collect images in response to their self-initiated research subjects. These image collections, from primary and secondary sources, became the objects of study for subjects including: inner city regeneration, the self-portrait in the digital era, the fictional lifestyles promoted through advertising and the political and metaphorical use of the wall to separate nations.

Pick up a copy at the MA Graphic Media Design Graduate Show.

Announcements

Carlos Romos Melgar launches Cuarto: Issue 2

Current MA Graphic Media Design (full-time) participant, Carlos Romos Melgar launches Cuarto, issue 2: Abnormal. Cuarto is a serial publication focused on the adjacent fields of architecture, understood as…

Current MA Graphic Media Design (full-time) participant, Carlos Romos Melgar launches Cuarto, issue 2: Abnormal.

Cuarto is a serial publication focused on the adjacent fields of architecture, understood as an open discipline that intervenes in a tangential and cross-cutting manner at many levels in the cultural scene and the way of life.

Issue 2: Abnormal studies the new ways of acting, thinking and representing architecture. In this issue we reflect about the architect’s role and how the weirdness takes part in the professional scope. We also devote time to understanding the creative use of the mistake and the hypocritical dialectics of retail architecture. These are some of the themes with which we portray a contemporary idea of abnormality in architecture.

Contributors: amid.cero9 (Cristina Díaz Moreno & Efrén García Grinda), Manuel Benito, Eudes Bonneau-Cattier, Bureau A, Santiago Cirugeda, Francisco García Triviño, María Mallo, Anthony Morey, Ana Peñalba, Philippe Rahm, Luis Úrculo.

Further information: http://cuartomag.net/abnormal/

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