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Visual Communication Design

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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.

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 

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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.

 

Ferdinand Lu comparing the Thesis InForm Symposium

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.