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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

With beautiful exhibition guide and essay publications, a fitting venue and carefully selected design objects, you must check out this unique exhibition at Raven Row, until 18 December 2016. I’ve selected some visual communication pieces below.

Exhibition guide (left) and Essay 'The Ulm Model' publications designed by Cartlidge Levene

Exhibition guide (left) and Essay ‘The Ulm Model’ publications designed by Cartlidge Levene

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Wallpaper, inkjet print. Student: Martin Krampen 1955, Visual Communication

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Visual identity guidelines and standards. Designers: Otl Aicher, Instructor Visual Communication, with Hans Roericht, former student HfG Ulm, students Tomás Gonda and Fritz Querngässer, and in association with Hands Conrad, former student HfG Ulm working for Lufthansa. Development Group E 5, led by Otl Aicher 1962–63, Manufacturer: Lufthansa

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Cabin tag, comment card, economy boarding pass, first class boarding pass and seating plan. Designers: Otl Aicher, Instructor Visual Communication, with Hans Roericht, former student HfG Ulm, students Tomás Gonda and Fritz Querngässer, and in association with Hands Conrad, former student HfG Ulm working for Lufthansa. Development Group E 5, led by Otl Aicher 1962–63, Manufacturer: Lufthansa

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Packaging for the Dt 1Manulux, dynamo Torch, 1964

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Ulm Journal for the HfG. Issue 1 October 1958 (cover and spread); Issue 2, October 1958; Isue 3, January 1959 . Editor Dr Hanno Kesting. Design: Anthony Fröshaug