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Tonight was the private view of Design Research, part of LDF at LCC. The initial stages of my research into The School of Design at Ravensbourne 1963-1996 are presented in the form of a journal, that will work as a catalogue that systematically documents the archive held by former Ravensbourne Tutor Geoff White, and others. This research will manifest itself in a book, jointly edited with Paul Blackburn and designed by Studio Blackburn, and PhD research that will explore the School’s distinct visual language that embraced process over outcome, and whose outlook and philosophy embraced international modernism.

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img_3055Ivan Chermayeff, co-founder of one of America’s leading graphic design companies, has created brand identities for global corporations. This colourful and playful exhibition of posters [Ivan Chermayeff: Cut and Paste] , accompanied by a talk event with Chermayeff himself, focuses on his more personal practice and passion for design and typography.’ (LDF at LCC)

Ivan Chermayeff, son of the Russian émigré architect Serge Chermayeff didn’t disappoint, the occasional prompt from Alan Powers saw Ivan recount stories and memories from a long career in graphic design. His partnership with Tom Geismar is an enduring one and now in his 80s, he signaled that he will go on creating collages and graphic designs that also stand the test of time.

 

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Ferdinand Lu comparing the Thesis InForm Symposium. Photo © Dr Mark Ingham

The fantastically successful LCC School of Design Students’ Thesis InForm exhibition culminated today in a Symposium.

I was privileged to work with two third year BA (Hons) Graphic & Media Design Students: Giorgio Marani and Tom Greenhill on the Thesis InForm printed publication. Here is the poster rolling off the folding machine:

Thesis InForm publication being folded

Thesis InForm publication being folded

Photo © Giorgio Marani

Photo © Giorgio Marani

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Photo © Giorgio Marani

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Photo © Giorgio Marani

Our publication was written about by the fabulous Justin Hobson from Fenner Paper on his blog.

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A very proud and excited Andrew receiving my award

A very proud and excited Andrew receiving my award. Photo © Dr Mark Ingham.

Teaching Award

My UAL Highly Commended teaching award

Tonight I attended the UAL Teaching Awards Ceremony. I am very proud to receive my award as voted for by students, I love teaching and my students are fantastic, and I thank them for nominating me, here’s what they said:

‘Andrew Slatter is not only incredibly knowledgeable of the subject he is teaching and not only a teacher, but he find the time to listen to your direction and your own personal projects and offer guidance.’

‘Andrew Slatter always goes beyond measure to aid you in your studies, working longer and harder than any other teacher I have had teach me. It’s not a 9-5 to Andrew, he doesn’t just leave work and forget his students or what he has taught – it’s a lifestyle.’

‘Andrew treats you as an equal, not as a student, he is respectful vastly knowledgeable and supportive beyond measure.’

‘Andrew was a fantastic tutor for this unit – passionate, patient, and well-spoken – everything a good teacher should hope to be. Was also extremely helpful to me in light of extenuating circumstances; helping me to finish my work on time and to a high standard, without the need for extended deadlines or other conditional marking.’

‘Brilliant motivator and has fantastic patience and a manner which makes the content easy to digest.’

‘Andrew is incredible at making people excited about their studies. It is very clear that he is very passionate about his job and it is unbelievable contagious. He always supports his students and makes the complicated and at first scary tasks of writing seem manageable and exciting. He truly seems like an incredible lecturer and has been a great influence on how my studies a going.’

Thank you my dear students.

Professor Sherry Turkle

Professor Sherry Turkle

Tonight I attended a talk by Professor Sherry Turkle:

‘After the phenomenal success of Professor Sherry Turkle’s TED talk, the Ego Media Project and the Centre for Digital Culture at King’s College London are delighted to annouce that they will be co-hosting an event with the internationally-esteemed media scholar. The talk will be based on Prof Turkle’s newest book, the New York Times bestseller, Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age (Penguin Press, October 2015), which investigates how a flight from conversation undermines our relationships, creativity, and productivity.

Professor Turkle is the Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology in the Program in Science, Technology, and Society at MIT, and the founder (2001) and current director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self.  Professor Turkle received a joint doctorate in sociology and personality psychology from Harvard University and is a licensed clinical psychologist.  Professor Turkle writes on the “subjective side” of people’s relationships with technology, especially computers.  She is an expert on culture and therapy, mobile technology, social networking, and sociable robotics.

Previous works include four other books about evolving relationships in digital culture (The Second Self: Computers and the Human SpiritLife on the Screen: Identity in the Age of the Internet;  Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other; and Simulation and Its Discontents) and one book about the history of psychoanalysis, Psychoanalytic Politics: Jacques Lacan and Freud’s French Revolution. Turkle has also edited several collections on how we use objects to think with, particularly in the development of ideas about science.  These include Evocative Objects: Things We Think With; Falling for Science: Objects in Mind; and The Inner History of Devices.

 Profiles of Professor Turkle have appeared in such publications as The New York Times, Scientific American, and Wired Magazine.  She has been named “woman of the year” by Ms. Magazine and among the “forty under forty” who are changing the nation by Esquire Magazine. She is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Rockefeller Humanities Fellowship, the Harvard Centennial Medal, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  Professor Turkle is a featured media commentator on the social and psychological effects of technology for CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, the BBC, and NPR, including appearances on such programs as Nightline, the Today Show, Good Morning America, Frontline, Dateline, 20/20, and The Colbert Report.’ (King’s College London, 2016)

On 23 January 2016 my beloved Grandmother died peacefully at her home in Shotley, Suffolk. She was 93 years old. A funeral service was held yesterday at St Mary’s Church, Shotley to commemorate her long life. I designed the Order of Service to reflect her most wonderful qualities: love, elegance, compassion, honesty and beauty. She really was ‘a lovely lady’ and I will miss her desperately.

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