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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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

MA Graphic Media Design Full Time 2016

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

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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, 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

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, 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

Events, Projects

We are very pleased to welcome Alex Wilkie to the Something or Other series on ‘Uncertainty’ on Wednesday 21 June, 4.30pm, T304. Speculating In this talk, I will consider how…

We are very pleased to welcome Alex Wilkie to the Something or Other series on ‘Uncertainty’ on Wednesday 21 June, 4.30pm, T304.

Speculating

In this talk, I will consider how speculation and speculative thought might be taken up as part of interdisciplinary design and empirical social research. Although a much-maligned term, typically attributed to risky, irresponsible and opportunistic ventures based on inadequate evidence, in this talk I retrieve a version of the speculative from a lineage of thought that can be traced through the work of A.N. Whitehead, Gilles Deleuze and more latterly Isabelle Stengers. In doing so, the talk demonstrates how it can inform a constructivist approach to designing concepts and ‘devices’ that actively relate the research process to the questions it aims to answer as well as acknowledging the co-becoming of the researcher and the researched. The talk illustrates this version of situated and empirical speculating through the case of the Energy Babble: a research device that was designed by an interdisciplinary team of researchers and deployed amongst members of local energy communities around England in order to modestly articulate and understand the ‘problems’ and possibilities of energy-demand reduction.

Alex Wilkie is a sociologist of science and technology and a Senior Lecturer in Design at Goldsmiths, University of London. His research interests combine aspects of social theory, science and technology studies with experimental design research that bear on theoretical, methodological and substantive areas including: aesthetics, constructivist and speculative thought, situated design practice, healthcare and computational technologies, human-computer interaction design, as well as involvement, engagement and participation with science and technology. Alex is a Co-Director of the Centre for Invention and Social Process (Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths) and the Director of Research in Design. He has recently edited Studio Studies with Ignacio Farías (Routledge, 2015) andSpeculative Research with Martin Savransky and Marsha Rosengarten (Routledge, 2017) and is currently preparing the edited volume Inventing the Social with Noortje Marres and Michael Guggenheim (Mattering Press).

 

Events, Projects

Designing Writing – An Editosensorial Event

Join MA GMD tutors — Sophie Demay and Paul Bailey — and participants at Designing Writing, 1-4 June, ECAL, Switzerland. Designing Writing is an editosensorial event at the crossroads…

Join MA GMD tutors — Sophie Demay and Paul Bailey — and participants at Designing Writing, 1-4 June, ECAL, Switzerland.

Designing Writing

is an editosensorial event at the crossroads of graphic design & literature and publishing & poetry

is three days of conversations & propositions and production & distribution bringing together anthropologists, artists, authors, curators, graphic designers, historians, theorists, type designers, poets and publishers — voices speaking from the past or the present, both dead and alive

is part of the eponymous ECAL research programme, investigating forms and modalities of writing to come

is Reading at the ECAL Library with Fabrice Mabime

is Assembling at the ECAL Printshop with Alexis Hominal, Simon Mager, Roman Seban

is Liberating with Izet Sheshivari

is Meditating at secret locations, secret schedule with Åbäke, Félicia Atkinson, Olivier Lebrun, Alice Vodoz & Eilean Friis-Lund

is Talking at the IKEA Auditorium
Sara De Bondt, Julia Born, Thierry Chancogne, Marcelline Delbecq, Pierre Déléage, Sophie Demay/Paul Bailey, Craig Dworkin, Christophe Jacquet, Christian Joschke, Robert Lzicar, Louis Lüthi, Philippe Millot, John Morgan, Camille Pageard, Muriel Pic, Manuel Raeder, François Rappo, Joanna Schaffer & Vincent Sahli

is Meeting at the Gallery l’elac
<o> future <o>, Boabooks, Bom Dia Boa Tarde Boa Noite, Cent Pages, Dent-De-Leone, Eastside Projects, Four Corners Books, Héros-Limite, Information as Material, Éditions Macula, Éditions Mix., Occasional Papers, OEI, Onomatopee, Paraguay Press, Presses du Réel, Primary Information, Rollo Press, Roma Publications, Section 7 Books, Shelter Press, Spector Books, Triest Verlag, Tombolo Presses, Ugly Duckling Presse

is a project proposed by Alexandru Balgiu
@designingwriting

Schedule and more information:
www.designingwriting.com

ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne
5, avenue du Temple
1020 Renens, Switzerland
www.ecal.ch

Events, Projects

Something or Other — David Rudnick

We are very pleased to welcome David Rudnick to the Something or Other series on ‘Uncertainty’ on Wednesday 24 May, 4.30pm, Lecture Theatre C. David Rudnick is a British-born,…

We are very pleased to welcome David Rudnick to the Something or Other series on ‘Uncertainty’ on Wednesday 24 May, 4.30pm, Lecture Theatre C.

David Rudnick is a British-born, American-educated, self-taught graphic designer. Since graduating from Yale in 2009 with a degree in Art History, he has explored his relationship to visual communication, language and memory through type design, printed matter, video and web design. He works frequently with musicians, having design artwork for over 100 records including releases for Evian Christ, Erol Alkan, Optimo, and Clouds, and has worked with artists including Jon Rafman, Megan Rooney, and Roman Liska on exhibition materials, and has designed books for Sternberg Press, Goldsmiths College. In 2014 Rudnick was commissioned along with Raf Rennie to provide the design for the Serpentine Gallery’s Extinction Marathon, curated by Hans–Ulrich Obrist, and in 2015 produced “The Trance War: Archives and Documentation (1998–Ongoing), an exhibition with Evian Christ at the ICA London, which publically explored the visual history and ephemera of the fictional cultural conflict. His practice, and his talk, explore his relationship to visual culture, his concerns with the design industry and its discourse, his thoughts on Cinema, Chef’s Table, and the social implications of design’s relationship to its audience.

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.

Announcements, Events, Projects

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

Events, Projects

With a Shift — review on Design Observer

MAGMD part-time participants, Gabriela Matuszyk and Katie Evans review With a Shift Simultaneous Realities Collide for the Design Observer. Extract: With a Shift Simultaneous Realities Collide reiterates the need…

MAGMD part-time participants, Gabriela Matuszyk and Katie Evans review With a Shift Simultaneous Realities Collide for the Design Observer.

Extract:

With a Shift Simultaneous Realities Collide reiterates the need in design pedagogy to constantly question educational methodologies against emerging modes of communication. It is crucial that assumptions are questioned, ways of teaching examined and new strategies discovered and tested. Using multi-modal techniques as 
a tool to create new narratives, whether it’s editing, transcribing, publishing or archiving, will implicitly lead to a needed diversification. Writing is often portrayed as a solitary process, however adopting it as a design practice introduces new capacities to this evolving role. By writing, listening, seeing and questioning, we can continue to critically cultivate and develop a working understanding that challenges the particularities and complexities of contemporary culture through design.

The full review is available to read here

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