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

  • 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

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

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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

Events, Projects

Passagens: Hands Off Our Revolution

07 Mar 2017 – 6.45pm to 8.45pm Passagens Session 5: Hands Off Our Revolution This event is open to all UAL students, both undergraduate and postgraduate, UAL staff,…

07 Mar 2017 – 6.45pm to 8.45pm
Passagens Session 5: Hands Off Our Revolution
This event is open to all UAL students, both undergraduate and postgraduate, UAL staff, as well as a wider community of invited alumni, practitioners and researchers in this field.Hands Off Our Revolution, a new global coalition of artists and cultural practitioners, is dedicated to affirming the radical nature of art.Join Passagen’s for the first ‘Hands Off Our Revolution’ London event in which artists, cultural practitioners and public intellectuals discuss the ways art can counter the rising rhetoric of right-wing populism and fascism, and its increasingly stark expressions of xenophobia, racism, sexism, homophobia, and unapologetic intolerance.

Contributors:

Help us identify the scope of what the cultural resistance to populism might be, the particular forms and public spaces in which it can and should occur, and how best to support cultural practitioners in their political resistance now!

Image credit: artwork courtesy Mark Titchner and Vilma Gold

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