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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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New // Student Voices

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As a College that values conscientious communication, LCC ensures that its students create work that is original and has a voice that is authentically theirs. But what about the students behind the work?

Our brand new ‘Student Voices’ page on the LCC website, also housed in a YouTube playlist, gives you even more of a sense of what our students get up to, how their experiences of LCC differ and what they find inspiring.

‘Student Voices’ contains interviews with graduating students during LCC Summer Shows 2014, representing courses from BA (Hons) Design for Graphic Communication through BA (Hons) Interaction and Moving Image to BA (Hons) Photography.

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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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LCC students show work from collaboration with London Sinfonietta Orchestra

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Hildegard Titus, 2014.

Last month saw the final exhibition of work by four London College of Communication BA (Hons) Photojournalism & Documentary Photography students, who have been documenting the life of the London Sinfonietta Orchestra, in rehearsal, in performance and backstage.

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Hildegard Titus, 2014.

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Hildegard Titus, 2014.

The London Sinfonietta is one of the world’s leading contemporary music ensembles with a reputation built on amazing performances and ambitious programming. It is committed to placing new music at the heart of contemporary culture and continually pushing boundaries, regularly undertaking projects with choreographers, video artists, film-makers, electronica artists, jazz and folk musicians. The ensemble is Resident Orchestra at Southbank Centre with its headquarters at Kings Place.

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Hildegard Titus, 2014.

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Hildegard Titus, 2014.

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Hildegard Titus, 2014.

Abdi Ibrahim, Claudia Vye, Hildegard Titus and Maja Smiejkowska were offered the chance when Briony Campbell – herself an LCC MA Photojournalism & Documentary Photography alumni – came to their class to speak to students about some of her work and look at portfolios – after which she chose four lucky photographers to work on the project with her.

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Hildegard Titus, 2014.

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London College of Love // LCC’s golden couple

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Sthuthi and Sebastian on their wedding day. Image © Mukesh Khatri.

Sthuthi Ramesh and Sebastian Grenzhaeuser were both drawn to study at LCC through their love of design. Sthuthi originally studied in Bangalore, but in 2011 both she and Sebastian found themselves enrolled on the Postgraduate Diploma Design for Visual Communication course, and it is here that they first met.

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Sthuthi and Sebastian on their wedding day. Image © Mukesh Khatri.

United by remarkably similar tastes in design and quality, their first non-design related conversation came after a research trip to the V&A. Ironically they spoke about the cultural difference between German and Indian weddings – little did they know then that in a few years they themselves would be married!

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Sthuthi Ramesh, 2014.

Since leaving LCC, both have gone on to achieve great success. After a period working at Wieden+Kennedy, Sthuthi is now a freelance designer.

Earlier this year she worked with the Greater London Authority on a project for their education department. She designed the London curriculum material for an educational pilot project about London which was then used across London by teachers and students. In addition to this, Sthuthi was approached again to design a poster for the project that was then signed and presented by Boris Johnson.

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Sthuthi Ramesh, 2014.

After graduating, Sebastian spent a year at PARK Advance Design Managment, a leading design and innovation consultancy in Hamburg, Germany, and is currently studying a Masters degree in Design Strategy and Innovation. In December last year he won the FIAT & ACEA Design and Innovation award for his proposal on how cars can fit into the environments of the future.

Watch Sebastian explain more about the proposal:

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Rob Dickins, Alice Rawsthorn, Tom Hulme // LCC’s 2014 Honorary Doctors

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LCC Graduation 2014

Every year, as part of our graduation ceremonies, University of the Arts London presents the awards of Honorary Doctor, Fellow and Master to recognise an individual’s achievement in their field. Previous Honorary fellows of the University include Sarah Burton, Anthony Caro, Hussein Chalayan, Dato’ Jimmy Choo, Jarvis Cocker, Terence Conran, Tom Eckersley, Colin Firth, John Galliano, Gilbert and George, Antony Gormley, Sarah Greenwood and Anish Kapoor.

This year LCC honored Tom Hulme, Rob Dickins and Alice Rawsthorn.

Three years after graduating with honours from Loughborough University, Rob Dickins was named managing director of Warner Bros Music Publishing. So began a distinguished 40-year career in which he signed such household names as Prince, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Chic, Cher, Enya and the Sex Pistols. In 1983, Dickins became the chairman of Warner Music UK, remaining in the role until December 1998. He was awarded a CBE for services to the music industry in 2002.

Born in Manchester in 1958, Alice Rawsthorn discovered design “by accident” while studying art history at the University of Cambridge. After 15 years as a journalist with the Times, she became the paper’s design critic. In 2001 she began a five-year tenure as the Design Museum’s director. Rawsthorn is a regular contributor to the BBC London, the Guardian and the International New York Times. Rawsthorn is a trustee of the Whitechapel Gallery and Arts Council England, an honorary senior fellow of the Royal College of Art and has served on the Turner Prize jury. She was awarded an OBE for services to design and the arts earlier this year.

Fusing his degree in physics from the University of Bristol with an MBA from Harvard Business School, Tom Hulme began his career by creating Magnom: a start-up based on a new design for magnetic filters, now used in Formula 1 cars, JCBs and central heating systems across the world. Hulme’s work has earned him a place in The Wired 100 annual survey of top digital ‘power brokers’, and London Evening Standard’s list of London’s 1,000 most influential people.

See more photos from our 2014 graduation.

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UAL Teaching Awards and Course Rep Awards: LCC winners

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The 2014 UAL Teaching Awards and Course Rep Awards were held last month at Central St Martin’s Platform Bar, with nine winners awarded from each College.

Organised by the Students’ Union and voted for by UAL students, the awards recognise great academic and technical staff across the University, along with students who have worked to improve the educational experience.

The London College of Communication winners were announced as:

Teaching Awards //

Paul Bowman, Illustration and Visual Media
Frode Hegland, Advertising
John Himbury, IT
Paul Jackson, Design for Graphic Communication
Catherine Smith, Design for Graphic Communication
Esther Teichmann, Photography

Course Rep Awards //

Marc Dataro
Andrew Gates
Amara Rossell

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Congratulations to all those who won!

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LCC students’ projects selected by Intel for Digital Summer Trip 2014

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Visiting pupils interact with the ‘Musical Crosswalk’ project

Two projects by MDes Service Design Innovation and MA Interaction Design Communication students were recently selected by Intel to be exhibited in their tent at Digital Summer Trip 2014.

The projects resulted from a three-week exploratory design project between LCC students and technology giants Intel, focused on new opportunities to adopt and seamlessly integrate environmental sensors into daily life.

The students worked with sensors monitoring noise, light, proximity and air quality, developing prototypes and service scenarios for future applications.

They began with the following questions:

  • How can citizens be empowered to change their daily practices and to engage with the environment in new and different ways?
  • How can a non-professional public become empowered to generate knowledge about their environmental conditions?
  • How can Internet of Things (IoT) objects be configured and designed to repair a broken world?
  • What opportunities are there through IoT devices to develop cultural exchanges by gathering information from different regions and countries relating to community/environmental challenges?

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Above: LCC students demonstrate their work at Digital Summer Trip 2014

Finished projects ‘EcoFurby’ and ‘Musical Crosswalk’ were chosen as they fitted well with the playful nature of Intel’s other exhibits at the Digital Summer Trip technology show, which took place from 3-5 July at east London’s Tech City.

The event was aimed at educators and secondary school students, and the video below shows pupils interacting with ‘Musical Crosswalk’, designed to encourage pedestrians, and particularly young people, to cross the road safely:

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