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Alumnus Daniel Chehade curates poster exhibition for LCC’s ’160′

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Daniel Chehade at work

Our current trio of exhibitions as part of London Design Festival, ’160′, has been attracting a lot of attention recently, but visitors may not know that one of the shows has been curated by an LCC alumnus.

Daniel Chehade graduated from the College’s BA (Hons) Graphic and Media Design and Diploma in Professional Studies courses and has masterminded ‘Alan Kitching and Monotype: Celebrating the Centenary of Five Pioneers of the Poster’.

The exhibition presents a unique set of prints created to celebrate the 100th anniversary of five giants of graphic design: Tom Eckersley, Abram Games, FHK Henrion, Joseph Müller-Brockmann and Paul Rand.

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Preparing for LCC’s ‘Alan Kitching and Monotype’ exhibition

Daniel founded Studio Chehade in 2012 and has undertaken curation and design for the Alan Fletcher archive, exhibition design for The Hayward Gallery, and has worked with Aram Gallery, Hidde van Seggelen Gallery and Peter von Kant.

He was first introduced to Alan Kitching during his Diploma in Professional Studies year in industry at LCC, when he worked on a memorial book on graphic designer Alan Fletcher, and then went on to work for the Alan Fletcher studio after graduation.

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Alan Kitching in his studio

Speaking about the forthcoming exhibition and accompanying panel discussion ‘Five Lives in Posters’, Daniel explained:

“Being an alumnus, it is a great pleasure (and pride) to bring this exhibition and event to LCC. It’s a natural fit for this celebration of five influential graphic designers and the collaboration between two typographic heavyweights Alan Kitching and Monotype.”

We caught up with him to hear more.

How do you feel the exhibition connects to the College itself?

“Alan Kitching and Monotype are two huge typographic forces. London College of Communication is a hotbed for up-and-coming graphic designers with typography and printing at its heart (as well as in its history). Both Eckersley and Henrion taught here whilst Alan has given numerous workshops and talks. It’s the perfect fit.”

What you would like visitors to take away from the show?

“Working with Alan Kitching during this project has been an honour. I hope visitors enjoy seeing not only the finished prints but also the glimpse into Alan’s workshop and his design process. The attention to detail in Alan’s work and his commitment to the quality of each piece has been inspiring.

“It’s also a great opportunity to look back at each of the five designers celebrating their centenary. Throughout my research I’ve become acutely aware of their significance, in how we practise and teach graphic design today.”

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Graphics for the LCC Graduate School launch earlier this year

In fact, Daniel’s work has already been seen around the College as he was commissioned by the LCC Graduate School to design its branding for the School’s launch earlier this year. So what inspired his designs?

“The identity for the Graduate School stemmed from the fact that’s a school without a fixed programme. It operates across both the School of Design and Media. The multi-disciplinary nature of the College means students share and collaborate beyond their own course and subject area.

“The Graduate School’s events programme also acts as a platform for discussion, ideas, sharing, talks, opportunities etc. The logotype reinforces this with a literal platform or underline.”

Graduate School Coordinator Holly McConnell describes why Daniel was selected for the project:

“I think it’s really important that we work with graduates on projects like the Graduate School launch. As students, they have lived and breathed LCC so their work is always reflective of the culture here. Daniel was a natural choice for this project, his portfolio showed considered, thoughtful and creative solutions that conveyed a strong sense of the subject.

“His designs for the Graduate School were no exception, creating a simple but powerful identity that has been an instant success with staff and students.  He also happens to be a very nice chap to work with!”

Read more about the ’160′ exhibitions at LCC

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LCC Inside Out

LCC is excited to be a part of the Inside Out Festival 2014! The festival, which is curated and produced by TCCE (The Culture Capital Exchange) in association with Times Higher Education, aims to highlight the capital’s cultural and creative kudos from the inside out.

Inside Out will showcase, for the fifth year running, the fascinating contribution made by London’s universities to the city’s cultural life. A huge number of events will take place on both university campuses and at leading London venues throughout the week.

The wider public is encouraged to participate in a broad range of activities from the performing and visual arts through to literature, design, fashion as well as the sciences and social sciences.

Here is a preview of the events that LCC will be hosting this year…

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‘Framing the Elephant’
Monday 20 October 2014

A day of pop-up drawing for people who draw and people who don’t!

This events encourages attendees to stop, look, and draw, by creating fast, fun drawings of the view from inside London College of Communication.

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’50 Years of Illustration’
Monday 20 October 2014

Professor Lawrence Zeegen, Dean of the School of Design at London College of Communication, presents his book ’50 Years of Illustration’, charting contemporary illustration’s rich history, in a lecture accompanying a major exhibition.

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‘Is Silver Surfing the Solution for Social Isolation?’
Tuesday 21 October 2014

This expert panel debate brings together leading researchers, practitioners and industry professionals to discuss how digital and social media can tackle loneliness and social isolation amongst people over the age of 65.

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’72-82: Richard Wilson in conversation with William Raban’
Thursday 23 October 2014

This screening of ’72-82′ will be followed by a discussion between the film’s creator and LCC Professor of Film William Raban and Richard Wilson, renowned sculptor. ’72-82′ tells the story of the first ten years of Acme Studios and their groundbreaking work providing artists’ housing and studios in London.

View the Inside Out events programme at LCC

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Elephant & Castle: A freshers’ guide to south London’s creative heart

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London College of Communication, Elephant & Castle

As LCC’s brand new students arrive and settle in to life in and around Elephant & Castle, we explore the area’s essential attractions for anyone passionate about design, media and the arts.

The College’s single site is right in London’s creative heartland, close to internationally renowned museums, galleries, studios and other arts venues.

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This year’s BA (Hons) Sound Arts and Design Summer Show at Hotel Elephant

Within a few minutes’ walk from the College is Hotel Elephant, a versatile warehouse gallery space and studio behind 40-42 Newington Causeway regularly used for LCC student shows.

Independent arts complex Corsica Studios is just behind the Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre and focuses on breeding local creativity and culture.

Also immediately accessible from the College is the Imperial War Museum, which recently reopened following a £40m transformation and includes collections of aircraft, photography, art, weapons, films and posters among much more.

The Cinema Museum on nearby Dugard Way charts the history of cinema from the 1890s to the present day, while Southwark Playhouse on Newington Causeway promotes and stages work by the next generation of theatre-makers.

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Graduating LCC students celebrate outside the Southbank Centre

LCC final-year students graduated in July at the Royal Festival Hall, part of the world-famous Southbank Centre arts complex, which is just 20 minutes’ walk away. Southbank’s Hayward Gallery has played host to exhibitions by LCC Research staff including Jananne Al-Ani’s Excavations earlier this year.

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BA (Hons) Film and Television students and staff gather for a graduation showcase at BFI Southbank

This section of the Thames is also home to BFI (British Film Institute) Southbank, where this year’s departing film and television students screened their graduation films in June.

Not far away is the world-famous Tate Modern, with which LCC regularly collaborates – for example, in a series of recent Sonic Trails created by sound arts students.

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BA (Hons) Sound Arts and Design and MA Sound Arts students work at Tate Modern

Just a little further east is the Design Museum, the world’s leading museum dedicated to contemporary design from graphics to furniture, architecture and industrial design.

Directly south of Elephant & Castle, Peckham has a thriving and expanding art and design scene, including the South London Gallery, which has a fantastic reputation for contemporary art exhibitions and events.

Print fans and practitioners should explore Peckham Print Studio, an open access and commercial screen printing enterprise which also hosts workshops and events.

LCC students have displayed their own work at The CLF Art Café aka The Bussey Building, a 120-year-old warehouse space and events venue, while charity-run gallery Peckham Platform presents community- and place-driven contemporary visual arts.

South Kensington is only minutes away from Elephant & Castle on public transport and is home to many museums including the V&A, who have commissioned an interactive installation for LCC’s Mini Maker Faire in November.

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LCC design students exhibit their interactive work at the Science Museum

The neighbouring Science Museum dedicated much of its gallery space to LCC’s interaction design students during a Lates event this year, with our budding designers creating fun and dynamic exhibits that demonstrated medical concepts to museum visitors.

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BA (Hons) Media Practice students gather for their graduation showcase at the Prince Charles Cinema

In London’s West End, just a short trip from the College by bus or tube, the busy Prince Charles Cinema opened its doors to media practice third-years in June for an all-evening showing of their final work.

The centre of the city is of course also packed with creative agencies, galleries and studios of all kinds and provides inspiration and opportunity to all of LCC’s undergraduates and postgraduates.

We hope that our new and returning students enjoy the best of what creative London has to offer – these are just a handful of the highlights. The possibilities are endless so get exploring!

View the UAL Freshers’ Festival 2014 events programme

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Restless Futures Exhibition for London Design Festival

Designs (clockwise from left) by Sophie Rowley, Josh Worley and Katharina Gross.

Designs (clockwise from left) by Sophie Rowley, Josh Worley and Katharina Gross.

From 13 to 20 September, come and see our free Restless Futures exhibition as part of London Design Festival. It explores how design culture is addressing global issues. As well as workshops, demos, live exhibits and performances, the show will feature over 40 designs by recent Central Saint Martins graduates.

As with other parts of the Restless Futures programme, the work is based around four key themes:

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No More Stuff

In a world of diminishing resources, just adding more stuff is no longer a viable solution. Work includes Cecile Rudolph’s project to develop fish skins, porridge, and beetroot into lace that can be eaten. In Sophie Rowley’s Material Illusions: The Poetics of the Everyday, she looks at using synthetics to mimic organic materials.

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Democratising Innovation

Innovation has been commodified, but it can be refocused on the common good. Sarah Gold’s Alternet is a radically reinterpreted internet structure, helping individuals regain privacy in an era of global surveillance. Meanwhile, Shu (Spencer) Zhou aims to help the many young newcomers to Beijing who are living in cramped underground basements, exploring low cost ways they can learn and find a job.

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Disruptive Technologies

Designers and artists can help make sure emerging technologies are a force for good. For instance, Sarah de Costa has helped develop a bra designed to deliver a life-saving drug through the skin of young women diagnosed with Breast Cancer. Amy Congdon’s Haute Bacon collection, featuring tissue-engineered jewellery made of bone and dried bacon, suggests a new way of producing luxury fashion.

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Expanded Boundaries

Rather than circling round the same old ideas, art and design should engage widely and collaboratively. For her Made in Patachanca project, Sabrina Kraus Lopez collaborated with Peruvian NGO Awamaki to help safeguard traditional Peruvian handicrafts in an increasingly mechanised future. Meanwhile, Gigi Barker has produced flesh-like furniture that explores the subtleties of the skin’s surface.

More information:
The Restless Futures exhibition
No More Stuff
Democratising Innovation
Disruptive Technologies
Expanded Boundaries

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Fledglings: UAL Design Graduates

 

Fledglings is one of the freshest and most exciting events in designjunction 2014. Showcasing the work of a selection of graduates from London’s most creative design courses (BA 3D Design at Camberwell College of Arts, MA Design: Ceramics, Furniture and Jewellery at Central Saint Martins and BA Sculpture at Wimbledon College of Arts), the Fledglings stand presents these graduates as budding design professionals.

Works ranging across the spectrum of design will be showcased in this vibrant and engaging display. Products that are ready to be taken to the market will be seen alongside more experimental approaches. These include Katharina Gross’s wax made furniture and Dunia Tigris’s Lone Diner project that uses marquetry juxtaposed with construction grade
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Deceptively simple design coupled with wit, imagination and craft all feature in the Fledglings’ work. Si Taylor makes exquisite bespoke bicycle-inspired furniture, from steel bicycle tubing and saddle leather. His Randonneur Chair will be shown alongside Sophia Mepham’s Equilibrium, a well-crafted high-end wooden bench made out of oak and meranti that eases into the form of the human body when you sit on it.

Many of the graduates have already gained media interest, including Gigi Barker (9191 Studio), who makes skin-like furniture that mimics roles of fat. Meanwhile designers and makers Happenstance Workshop who will be showing their SACK System are currently in talks with an online retailer to stock their work.

Designjunction is the most important global meeting point of the London Design Festival and a selection of the participants work in Fledglings relates back to their homelands. Ana Jiménez Palomar’s wooden furniture is made from extracting and analysing the traditional extravagant Mexican mask culture, while Yoshika Kobayashi’s sophisticated designs draw on her Japanese heritage.

Fledglings:
Gigi Barker, Erika Braccini, Katharina Gross, Jungeun Han, Ana Jiménez Palomar, Yoshika Kobayashi, Rie Machii, Rhian Malin, Sophia Mepham, , Evodokia Savva, Si Taylor, Dunia Tigris, Amanda Tong, Jordan Watson.

Designjunction 2014, 18-21 September.

Photos: Students Help Bring Carnival to the Tate

© Stephen Carter, XD Pathway Leader, BA Fine Art

© Stephen Carter, XD Pathway Leader, BA Fine Art

This weekend Up Hill Down Hall took place at the Tate Modern’s turbine hall. Our students and staff supported independent curator Claire Tancons in producing The Sky is Dancing, a performance offering critical and artistic perspectives on carnival.

The Fine Art students from the XD Pathway at Central Saint Martins also worked with the artists commissioned for Up Hill Down Hall. They helped produce works for the performances and in some cases created works themselves.

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The Sky is Dancing was inspired by extensive student research into the socio-political history of the Notting Hill Carnival and the politics of space and location.

It responded to wider critical debates about public art and ceremonial practices that relate to carnival as a cultural and artistic form.

More information:
Guardian preview
Student contributions
Tate website

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Mini Maker Faire interactive installation commission announced

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Paper Playscapes © Artemis Papageorgiou and Gabriella Mastrangelo, 2014.

The Elephant & Castle Mini Maker Faire is coming back to London this autumn, and the Digital Programmes team at the V&A recently launched an open call for the commission of an interactive installation to be exhibited as part of the Faire at London College of Communication.

The judging panel, including LCC’s Ben Stopher, have now announced that Paper Playscapes, a project by Artemis Papageorgiou and Gabriella Mastrangelo, will be commissioned from this open call.

Paper Playscapes is an open-ended installation, made and interacted with collaboratively by designers and visitors, representing a landscape in movement.

Visitors will be invited to join in assembling and creating the structure – then they can play!

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Sketches for Paper Playscapes © Artemis Papageorgiou and Gabriella Mastrangelo, 2014.

The modules that make up the piece are made out of corrugated cardboard, a sustainable cost-effective material that is easily assembled. Even though modules originate from pre-cut printed surfaces, and are therefore identical before assemblage, they are differentiated through folding and circuit-drawing.

Each cardboard module is designed to react to proximity and contact by emitting light through a series of LEDs placed on its surface. Little circuits inside the modules give them this interactive quality.

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Artemis Papageorgiou and Gabriella Mastrangelo, 2014.

The modules then become props in a game that is a variation on musical chairs. The final outcome is a landscape in the making, a participatory space for coming together for a few moments, in order to learn, make and play.

Come along and try out Paper Playscapes for yourself at the Elephant and Castle Mini Maker Faire on Saturday 15 November 2014 at LCC!

More info on the V&A blog

Visit LCC’s Mini Maker Faire page

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News // The Independent’s Ian Burrell speaks out at LCC PR conference

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Ian Burrell, Assistant Editor and Media Editor of The Independent. © Warren King

LCC recently hosted ‘PR & The Visual’, a conference exploring identity, space and performance, organised by the Network for Public Relations and Society.

LCC’s Simon Collister and Sarah Roberts-Bowman led the all-day event, which was attended by international academics and practitioners and included a wide-range of talks, including keynotes from Brand Union’s Glenn Tutssel and The Independent’s Ian Burrell.

Burrell focused on the lack of champions in PR and the need for the industry to have better representation, citing the likes of Andy Coulson, Matthew Freud, Alastair Campbell and Max Clifford as examples of hindering figureheads in an already misunderstood profession.

“This year has been a public relations disaster for the PR industry…. Publicity-seekers like Clifford should never again be given the freedom to dominate the industry’s profile as he did,” said Burrell.

Academic speakers explored a range of visually-based topics including the presence of PR in pop culture, with Murdoch University’s Kate Fitch examining the representation of the industry in HBO series True Blood.

De Montford University’s Liz Bridgen looked at how PR can be conceptualised within the socially constructed field of ‘dirty work’, and Elon University’s Jessalynn Strauss explained how the physical space of Las Vegas’ mob museum is adopted as a PR tactic.

The conference dissected successful visual PR campaigns like Wolfstar’s Flower Fireworks campaign for Interflora and Unity PR’s Lolz Not Trolls. Edelman’s Gavin Spicer discussed the logistics of their Halo 4 launch, which took over Lichtenstein to create a fully immersive brand experience.

Delegates also took part in practical workshops exploring the use of photography, film, infographics and Vines within a PR setting.

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Co-founder of the Network for Public Relations and Society, Simon Collister, said:

“Our ‘PR and the Visual’ conference has been a great success. We have brought together a range of international academics and practitioners to explore and discuss the challenges, limits and opportunities for public relations theory and practice.

“Feedback from delegates and speakers confirms what we suspected when planning the event: academic and practitioners need to think much more creatively when studying the field or planning campaigns. In hosting the event we’re confident we have opened a new chapter in PR scholarship and practice.”

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The Osaka Global School visit LCC

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Students from the Osaka Global School, 2014.

Last Thursday LCC welcomed some students and staff from Japan’s Osaka Global School. The school was visiting London as part of the Osaka School Global Programme, a scheme funded by the Japanese Prefectural Government and organised by the British Council.

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Students from the Osaka Global School, 2014.

After a long flight and a good night’s sleep the students made their way to LCC for a day of workshops talks and activities including a discussion on super-brands and a graphic design workshop.

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Students from the Osaka Global School, 2014.

The programme is designed to ignite the students’ curiosity and introduce them to the notion of study abroad, as well as giving them an insight into some of the creative industries that LCC prepares its students for.

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Events // London Design Festival selects LCC’s ’160′ for 2014 programme

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Work by Alan Kitching and Monotype

On Thursday 18 September, London College of Communication will hold ’160′ (#lcc160); a shared Private View consisting of a trio of design retrospectives as part of the London Design Festival 2014.

The College will celebrate 50 years of illustration, 100 years of graphic design and 10 years of button badges.

Speaking about the exhibition, Professor Lawrence Zeegen explained:

“’160′ at London College of Communication celebrates the work of numerous influential designers and illustrators across the past 100 years. Reflecting the disciplines of graphic design, typography and illustration, all taught and researched within LCC’s School of Design, this trio of exhibitions has been curated to inspire and inform today’s and tomorrow’s generations of design creatives.

“Launched during the London Design Festival 2014, ’160′ aims to highlight the invaluable connectivity between design industry and design education, many of the exhibitors across all three exhibitions having studied or taught at London College of Communication.”

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’50 Years of Illustration’ is published by Laurence King Publishing

‘50 Years of Illustration’ accompanies the launch of a new book of the same title by Professor Lawrence Zeegen, Dean of the School of Design. The show charts the rich history of contemporary illustration, from the rampant idealism of the 1960s to the digital explosion of the 1990s as well as the increasing diversification taking place in the twenty-first century.

Five giants of graphic design are commemorated in‘Alan Kitching and Monotype: Celebrating the centenary of five pioneers of the poster’. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Tom Eckersley, Abram Games, FHK Henrion, Josef Müller-Brockmann and Paul Rand, all of whom were well-known for creating iconic and memorable posters.

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Alan Kitching at work in his studio

Alan Kitching has partnered with Monotype to create a unique series of prints paying tribute to these design heavyweights. Exhibited alongside Alan’s work will be posters designed by Eckersley, Games, Henrion, Müller-Brockmann and Rand.

LCC is also celebrating ten years of London-based graphic art label and online boutique Stereohype, sister company of design studio FL@33, and their popular button badge collection.

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Part of Stereohype’s button badge collection

‘Stereohype 2004-2014′ also marks the fact that the collection, created by over 300 contributors, will reach its 1,000th button badge this September.

Private View: Thursday 18 September 6-9pm

50 Years of Illustration: Saturday 13 September – Friday 31 October
Alan Kitching and Monotype: Saturday 13 September – Thursday 16 October
Stereohype 2004-2014: Saturday 13 September – Friday 31 October

Monday – Friday 10am-5pm
Saturday 11am-4pm, closed Sunday

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