I delivered a paper today at the Graphic Design Educators’ Network Conference ‘Ideas of Revolt’.
In her article Design Education and the role of revolt, Hannah Ellis suggests tutors need to take the lead when it comes to being resistant and rebellious. What’s missing from her critique is that the sharing of good practice in relation to how conventions are being challenged is what the delegates take away from the two days. It’s in this reflective period post-conference that rebellion, resistance and ideas of revolt will be considered and no doubt be implemented into curricula, it will for me, anyway.
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.
More photos can be found on my Instagram
We also visited the exhibition Rose Finn-Kelcey: Life, Belief and Beyond at Modern Art Oxford:
I designed this poster and brand identity as part of a colleagues research project at London College of Communication. See EiHO.Live
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.