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

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    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

MA Graphic Media Design Full Time 2016

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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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Announcements, Events

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.

Announcements, Events

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.

 

Announcements, Projects

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.

Announcements, Projects

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

Announcements, Projects

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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