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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University of The Arts London
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London SE1 6SB
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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

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.

Events

Something or Other series — Ruben Pater

We are very pleased to welcome Ruben Pater to the Something or Other series on ‘Uncertainty’ on Wednesday 19 April, 4.30-5.30pm, Lecture Theatre B. Untold Stories While working…

We are very pleased to welcome Ruben Pater to the Something or Other series on ‘Uncertainty’ on Wednesday 19 April, 4.30-5.30pm, Lecture Theatre B.

Untold Stories

While working for commercial design studios, graphic designer Ruben Pater experienced first-hand how ethical behavior is lacking in the design practice. He noticed how any attempt to renew or change this behaviour is automatically subdued to supply the needs of advertising. After a masters degree he started his own graphic design practice three years ago to try and build a more responsible practice.

Under the name Untold Stories, his aim is to work on the intersection between journalism, design, design criticism, and activism. Through his work, he is looking for methods to practice design in ways that does not exploit labor, simplify complex issues, or merely reproduces ideologies of the status quo. This led to the book ‘The Politics of Design’ (BIS, 2016) which addresses the blind spots of Western design education standards. In this session he will reflect on the impact and ethics of his work.

Something or Other 2017

Uncertainty and precariousness are characteristics of our (post-digital) times. The dominant political ideology of neoliberalism has intrinsically linked individualism and personal productivity to economic survival, made possible through complex, ubiquitous and pervasive computational networks and systems.

Technologies demand constant connectivity and perpetual consumption and contribute, according to Mark Fisher, to the current attack on the subject, come consumers of services (educational, political, economical etc).

The next generation of designers will enter this uncertainty and it is not a comfortable place to be: it raises existential questions about living in this complex and fragmented world, as well as requiring designers to consider their responsibilities in designing (for/through/with) uncertainties: political, economic, educational, environmental.

Events

With a shift simultaneous realities collide

We are very proud to present and host With a shift simultaneous realities collide at the invitation of the Graphic Design Educators’ Network. This half-day event will focus on the role…

We are very proud to present and host With a shift simultaneous realities collide at the invitation of the Graphic Design Educators’ Network. This half-day event will focus on the role of writing in/across/through design education and practice with guests – Bryony QuinnJames Langdon and Professor John Wood. Current MAGMD participants will lead a series of provocation sessions exploring notions of visibility within writing. A curated selection of artefacts from the Special Collections and Archives at LCC will be on display, alongside journals from the Writing-PAD archive. A special screening of No Exit – a graphic design opera from the Design Displacement Group – will also take place.

Wednesday 29th March 2017
2 – 5pm (registration from 1pm)
London College of Communication

Bookings and further information at this link.

Image: Aldo Caprini, MAGMD Full-time 2016-17

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
Events

Guest Practitioner Series — Conway & Young

We are very pleased to welcome Conway and Young to the MAGMD Guest Practitioner Series 2017 on Monday 06 March, 4.30-5.30pm, D209.Conway and Young will present a workshop…

We are very pleased to welcome Conway and Young to the MAGMD Guest Practitioner Series 2017 on Monday 06 March, 4.30-5.30pm, D209.Conway and Young will present a workshop entitled Conditions of Possibility – Research and Action

Conway and Young are graphic designers and lecturers with a long-term interest in the relationship between people, environment and learning. They use design to rethink the social, political and environmental.

Taking both a discursive and material approach to the subject they are concerned with design’s critical and social potential to generate debate, interaction and exchange between people and communities. Projects often involve formal and informal collaborations with others.

Conway and Young have an experimental integrated design and pedagogic practice and have produced a range of projects for galleries and public settings across the UK for the last ten years. These include: ‘Exploding the University Summer School’, a critical design school in rural Wales; ‘The Floating’, a temporary publishing project on land and water for Bristol Biennial 2016; ‘See You Next Tuesday’, an irregular feminist adventure club. They are currently designing a performance and sculptural work for a primary school, commissioned by Bristol City Council.

They have a studio at Spike Island Bristol and both lecture on undergraduate and graduate design courses at Bristol UWE.

@CONWAYandYOUNG
conwayandyoung.com
explodingtheuniversity.com
thefloating.co.uk

Events

Hidden Women of Design Social

Join Lorna Allan (MAGD 2016) at the upcoming Hidden Women of Design Social – an open forum on collaboration, self-promotion and balance/time at the Peckham Pelican on March…

Join Lorna Allan (MAGD 2016) at the upcoming Hidden Women of Design Social – an open forum on collaboration, self-promotion and balance/time at the Peckham Pelican on March 14th at 7.00pm. Everybody Welcome!

More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/294941654254158/

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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