One of my favourite collages by Paolozzi, currently on show at Whitechapel Gallery.
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’:
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.
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.