MA Graphic Media Design

Course

Course Philosophy

MA Graphic Media Design welcomes curious, thoughtful and critical participants.

Rooted in the logic of critical thinking through critical making, MA Graphic Media Design participants deal with timely challenges (course and self-initiated) through a broad range of processes and media. Employing established and emergent methods and technologies, we work towards producing new and unlikely perspectives on and for the world.

This practice-led, research-oriented design course is delivered in two modes to accommodate the varied requirements and aspirations of the contemporary practitioner – full-time (45 weeks) and part-time (80 weeks).

Participants within the course are situated within a progressive site of award-winning pedagogic development and critical subject debate. An integrated approach to theory and practice threads through the course delivered by an accomplished course team of awarded design practitioners, published researchers and experienced educators. Leading critical thinkers, design practitioners, critics and writers are frequent guests and correspondents to the course.

Though challenging, our approach offers a distinct opportunity to develop a cogent body of work that is relative and progressive. Our graduates enter into complex contexts with curiosity and confidence, informed by in-depth subject knowledge, advanced design skills and a resilient attitude.

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Contact

p.bailey@lcc.arts.ac.uk
@LCC_Graphics
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London College of Communication
University of The Arts London
Elephant and Castle
London SE1 6SB
020 7514 6901

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Participants

  • 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

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.

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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.

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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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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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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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Guest Practitioner Series — The Demystification Committee

  We are very pleased to welcome The Demystification Committee, chaired by Oliver Smith & Francesco Tacchini to launch the MAGMD Guest Practitioner Series 2017 on Monday 16…

 

We are very pleased to welcome The Demystification Committee, chaired by Oliver Smith & Francesco Tacchini to launch the MAGMD Guest Practitioner Series 2017 on Monday 16 Jan, 4.30-5.30pm, D209. The series this year sets out to discuss the role of criticality within and across contemporary design practices.

The Demystification Committee is a collaborative framework set up to investigate the globalised, extra-state, covert systems and large-scale networks, processes and technologies that shape our society.

Through artistic intervention, custom-made tools and machines, public engagement and experimentation, the Demystification Committee investigates clashing technological and societal trajectories.

Going beyond the use of specific techniques, tools or technologies, the Demystification Committee experiments with alternative narratives to the dominant myths surrounding technology and society.

Announcements, Projects

EP Vol.2: Design Fiction

Produced as part of the EP Inlab whilst Paul Bailey was in residence at the Jan van Eyck Academie, EP Vol.2: Design Fiction includes a new chapter from…

Produced as part of the EP Inlab whilst Paul Bailey was in residence at the Jan van Eyck Academie, EP Vol.2: Design Fiction includes a new chapter from Will Holder’s The Middle of Nowhere:

Will Holder’s The Middle of Nowhere is an adaptation of William Morris’s News from Nowhere (or, An Epoch of Rest, Being Some Chapters from a Utopian Romance) of 1890 – a description of a 2004 society rooted in Victorian socialist ideologies. The Middle of Nowhere, also set in the future, follows Morris’s original chapter structure, assembling and publishing itself within the context of various writing commissions. These pages were written in response to conversations with Paul Bailey and James Langdon.

After the first EP volume on the activities of the early Italian avant-garde, the second volume in the series identifies the current fascination with fiction across art, design, and architecture. Practitioners and theorists explore this strategy by pushing the debate into both speculative and real-fictitious terrains. Newly commissioned interviews, artist projects, and essays shed light on topics such as parafiction and algorithmic ambiguity. Included in the volume is one of the final interviews to be published with novelist and semiotician Umberto Eco; a conversation with Bruce Sterling, in which the science-fiction author responds to designers who reference his writings; and design theorist Vilém Flusser’s 1966 essay “On Fiction,” in its first English translation.

The EP series fluidly moves between art, design, and architecture, and introduces the notion of the “extended play” into publishing, with thematically edited pocket books as median between popular magazines (“single play”) and academic journals (“long play”).

Edited by Alex Coles with EP Inlab
Design by Experimental Jetset
Published by Sternberg Press

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