Today I visited the Estorick Collection of modern Italian art to see the Franco Grignani exhibition. Famous for his Woolmark symbol, I was delighted to learn more about Grignani, who designed some remarkable graphic and typographic arrangements, employing gestalt principles and optical effects. Well worth a visit and the accompanying catalogue provides a rich visual account of his work between 1950 and 1990.

 

Today Mark and I visited St Catherine’s College Oxford, designed by Arne Jacobsen. It was a pilgrimage for me as I have been a devotee of Jacobsen’s work and have always wanted to visit St Catherine’s. It didn’t disappoint, it is a Grade One Listed modernist masterpiece.

St Catherine’s College Oxford by Arne Jacobsen

More photos can be found on my Instagram

We also visited the exhibition Rose Finn-Kelcey: Life, Belief and Beyond at Modern Art Oxford:

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Tonight I had the pleasure of introducing Alice Twemlow to students and tutors in the Design School at LCC. Alice delivered an illuminating talk on Writing as Practice. The image above is where Alice maps writing about design/design writing. I facilitated a post-lecture Q&A. Alice talked to us about squiggles, waste, emojis, Laurence Sterne, Alice in Wonderland, gender neutral toilet signs, Igor Kopytoff and The Cultural Biography of Things, Twitter, SVA, Eindhoven, RCA, Reyner Banham and what she’d like to do next: something radical in relation to academic journal design! She told us that writing about design should start with the object but it doesn’t stay there for long, good criticism is based on good research and a critical proximity. Overall the audience enjoyed the talk and it gave me a much needed injection of inspiration about writing about design.

Today I attended two workshop events in the UAL Practices of Enquiry exhibition at the Cookhouse Gallery, Chelsea College of Arts. Practices of Enquiry is an exhibition of innovative teaching practices by the Teaching & Learning Exchange in partnership with students, graduates and staff.

As part of Paul Bailey’s workshop ‘Field(ing) Study or the Suspension of Interpretation’ we watched this fabulous film by John Smith ‘The Girl Chewing Gum’:

and William Whyte’s film ‘The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces’:

 

 

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Putting observation on an axis in Field(ing) Study or the Suspension of Interpretation an observation research methods workshop with Paul Bailey.

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Yvan Martinez & Joshua Trees introducing their workshop Model and Countermodel – exploring the performative lecture

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Karolina Cialkaite performing her lecture ‘#portals – a demonstration of portal use. Questioning contexts and recontextualising

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The #portal with its associated objects placed by Karoline

 

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Two glass cylinders in the portal