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
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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

Ways of Seeing & The Filmic Page

Sophie Demay recently led a workshop ‘Ways of Seeing – Voir s’il y a quelque chose à voir’ with BA Graphic Design students at the École Nationale Supérieure…

Sophie Demay recently led a workshop ‘Ways of Seeing – Voir s’il y a quelque chose à voir’ with BA Graphic Design students at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts de Lyon. This month she will lead another workshop ‘The Filmic Page’ with BA Graphic Design students at the Écoles d’art de Bretagne, Lorient, France. This series of workshops contributes to a body of emerging research into the visual essay as a site of critical practice.

Events, Projects

Global Irish Design Challenge Exhibition

Looking for/through/with/amongst/beyond/around Content by Paul Bailey is currently show as part of the Global Irish Design Challenge Exhibition at the National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny, Ireland. Showcasing innovative Irish…

Looking for/through/with/amongst/beyond/around Content by Paul Bailey is currently show as part of the Global Irish Design Challenge Exhibition at the National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny, Ireland. Showcasing innovative Irish work which aims to address societal, environmental and economic challenges, this exhibition features over 50 projects selected by an international panel of design experts and marks the culmination of the Global Irish Design Challenge launched in 2015 as part of Irish Design 2015 (ID2015).

Announcements, Events, Projects

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.

Events

Guest Practitioner Series — OK-RM

We are very pleased to welcome OK-RM to the MAGMD Guest Practitioner Series 2017 on Monday 27 Feb, 4.30-5.30pm, D209. Rory and Oliver will present a talk entitled OK…

We are very pleased to welcome OK-RM to the MAGMD Guest Practitioner Series 2017 on Monday 27 Feb, 4.30-5.30pm, D209. Rory and Oliver will present a talk entitled OK questions RM, RM answers OK, RM questions OK, OK answers RM

OK-RM is an independent studio based in London, founded in 2008 by Oliver Knight & Rory McGrath. Building a reputation through a distinctive perspective on design and art direction within contemporary art, culture and commerce. A dedicated content driven approach with a grounding in conceptual thinking form the essential foundations of the studio.

Recent commissions include the exhibition design and campaign for Fear and Love (Design Museum), visual identities for Manus × Machina (The Met, New York), the British Pavilion in Venice, and Under the Same Sun (Guggenheim, New York) as well as book projects with artists Fos and Shezad Dawood. Their ongoing collaboration with the REAL Foundation continues with the creative direction of the REAL Review. Between 2011–15 the studio was responsible for the visual identity and creative direction of the Strelka Institute.In early 2015, OK-RM founded InOtherWords, a publishing imprint creating books and other printed matter in close collaboration with artists, writers, galleries and other cultural protaganists. Rory McGrath and Oliver Knight have acted as visiting lecturers and participated in numerous international conferences including; Werkplaats Typografie, ECAL, RISD, The Design Museum, Whitechapel Gallery and Centre Pompidou.

Events

Guest Practitioner Series — åyr

We are very pleased to welcome åyr to the MAGMD Guest Practitioner Series 2017 on Monday 13 Feb, 4.30-5.30pm, D209 åyr will lead a one-hour workshop during which…

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We are very pleased to welcome åyr to the MAGMD Guest Practitioner Series 2017 on Monday 13 Feb, 4.30-5.30pm, D209

åyr will lead a one-hour workshop during which participants will have to set up and design a fictional page to advertise their real homes on a home sharing website.

åyr (formerly AIRBNB Pavilion) is an art collective based in London whose work focuses on contemporary forms of domesticity. Founded by Fabrizio Ballabio, Alessandro Bava, Luis Ortega Govela and Octave Perrault, the collective was first formed on the occasion of an exhibition during the opening days of the XIV Architecture Biennale in Venice, which took place in apartments rented on Airbnb. It changed its name to åyr in 2015 following legal pressure. åyr tackles the evolution of the contemporary home and its transformations from the fortress of the family to a commodity traded online with performances, site-specific installations, events and writing. Its work focuses on the relationship between objects and their environments, and the effects of the internet on the city.

Recent exhibitions include the 9th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, Home Economics at the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale, Venice and Home Visit at Museum Ludwig and Interior Therapy at Queer Thoughts Gallery in New York.

Events

Guest Practitioner Series — Bryony Quinn, The Oblique

We are very pleased to welcome Bryony Quinn, to the MAGMD Guest Practitioner Series 2017 on Monday 06 Feb, 4.30-5.30pm, D209. Bryony, a writer, editor and lecturer based in the…

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We are very pleased to welcome Bryony Quinn, to the MAGMD Guest Practitioner Series 2017 on Monday 06 Feb, 4.30-5.30pm, D209. Bryony, a writer, editor and lecturer based in the UK, will present a performance lecture from her project, The Oblique:

The Oblique is a written research project devoted to diagonals: from metaphorical slants that suggest digression and a departure from perpendicular thinking, to the literal and spatial slopes that divide the world around us. Taken from a chapter titled ‘Slippage’ that includes references to design, art, literature and architecture, this presentation will explore the conceptual cross-overs between seemingly disparate subjects via a series of definitions of inclination on the eye, body and mind.

Bio:
Bryony Quinn is a writer, editor and lecturer. She holds a MA in Critical Writing in Art & Design from the Royal College of Art and a BA in Illustration from Camberwell College of Arts. During her time at the RCA she edited issue 18 of ARC, the student-led journal, co-organised a conference on the life and work of John Berger, art-directed the book ALBETOPOLIS COMPANION and received the annual critical writing prize for her final project on OBLIQUITY. She has contributed to various art and culture magazines, is a former assistant editor at It’s Nice That and is the current UK events organiser for Cabinet Magazine.

Events

James Langdon — Primitive Grids

The Design School, LCC are excited to welcome James Langdon to present Primitive Grids –  Tue 31 Jan, 5.30pm, Lecture Theatre A James Langdon has carved out a…

The Design School, LCC are excited to welcome James Langdon to present Primitive Grids –  Tue 31 Jan, 5.30pm, Lecture Theatre A

James Langdon has carved out a unique practice that fully integrates his design, editorial, and curatorial pursuits. As one of six directors of Eastside Projects—an artist-run exhibition space dedicated to promoting cultural growth in its home town of Birmingham, England—Langdon designs and edits many of the organization’s publications and is responsible for creating a series of experimental manuals that explore its mission through ideas as varied as urban renewal, adhocism, and public engagement. In 2013, Langdon founded the itinerant School for Design Fiction, working with students to investigate the storytelling inherent in the design process, the emotions embedded within an artifact, and the benefits of living in speculative worlds.

As a curator, Langdon organized Arefin & Arefin: The Graphic Design of Tony Arefin, an exhibition celebrating the overlooked but highly influential British graphic designer; Book Show, exploring the form of the book; and a restaging of Norman Potter’s In:quest of Icarus at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. Langdon has been guest lecturer at schools around the world, including Werkplaats Typografie (Arnhem), Jan van Eyck Academie (Maastricht), and Konstfack (Stockholm). He is the recipient of the 2012 Inform International Award for Conceptual Design, presented by Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Germany.

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Events

Guest Practitioner Series — Traven T.Croves, Bricks from the Kiln

We are very pleased to welcome Traven T.Croves, comprised of Matthew Stuart & Andrew Lister, to the MAGMD Guest Practitioner Series 2017 on Monday 30 Jan, 4.30-5.30pm, D209.…

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We are very pleased to welcome Traven T.Croves, comprised of Matthew Stuart & Andrew Lister, to the MAGMD Guest Practitioner Series 2017 on Monday 30 Jan, 4.30-5.30pm, D209. Matthew will discuss their publication, Bricks from the Kiln.

In their own words:

For us, ‘Bricks from the Kiln’ implies something in flux and liable to crack. A piece of a larger structure. A part of a sum. Fittingly, many of the bricks included here stem from larger bodies of work and ongoing research. Some are chapters lifted from forthcoming books, or investigations begun but forced aside. Others are unrecorded talks, or previously unpublished autonomous editions in their own right. In preparing BFTK#1 we were keen not to arbitrarily hang the issue on an overarching theme before the fact, but rather to adopt a more responsive approach, allowing connections to develop organically through both the editorial and design processes.

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Events

Guest Practitioner Series — Marwan Kaabour

We are very pleased to welcome MAGD alumni Marwan Kaabour to the MAGMD Guest Practitioner Series 2017 on Monday 23 Jan, 4.30-5.30pm, D209. Marwan Kaabour is a Beirut-born, London-based…

We are very pleased to welcome MAGD alumni Marwan Kaabour to the MAGMD Guest Practitioner Series 2017 on Monday 23 Jan, 4.30-5.30pm, D209.

Marwan Kaabour is a Beirut-born, London-based graphic designer. He graduated from the American University go Beirut in 2009 and later received a Master’s degree from the London College of Communication in 2011.

Kaabour’s experiences comes from working across a variety of design disciplines and a broad range of sectors, ranging from publication and book design, exhibition design, brand identities, teaching and workshops. He has worked independently as well as part of design studios in Beirut (Mind the gap) and London (Barnbrook).

His approach to projects is informed and supported by research and critical analysis of the project’s particularities, with the aim of creating a bespoke, appropriate and exciting response.

He is currently a designer at Barnbrook, one of the UK’s most celebrated and highly regarded design studios. His clients include Art Basel, Victoria & Albert Museum, Thames & Hudson, South London Gallery, Serpentine Galleries and Somerset House.

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