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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.

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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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LCC Graduate wins both the Santander University of Brighton Enterprise Competition and the UAL SEED Fund

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‘STORY’, Image and design copyright Melanie Smith, WeAreStory, 2014.

Melanie Smith, an LCC Postgraduate Diploma Design for Visual Communication graduate, recently won both the Santander University of Brighton Enterprise Competition and the UAL SEED Fund.

Melanie, who graduated from LCC in 2013, has since gone on to set up her own design company called Smith and Wonder. Before studying at LCC Melanie did a two year foundation degree in Graphic Design at Brighton University. The Santander University of Brighton Enterprise Competition is open to students and graduates of the university and each year the university hosts the competition to find the Most Enterprising Community Project, Most Innovative Product New Product and Most Entrepreneurial Service.

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‘STORY’, Image and design copyright Melanie Smith, WeAreStory, 2014.

The winner of each category was awarded £2750 to invest in their original idea. Melanie won in the Most Innovative Product category for her creative idea of a storytelling kit for children, ‘STORY’.

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‘STORY’, Image and design copyright Melanie Smith, WeAreStory, 2014.

Melanie has also just been awarded the UAL SEED Fund, a scheme that offers up to £5000 worth of funding along with mentoring and legal advice to young entrepreneurs with exciting business ideas. She explains “I really didn’t expect to win both awards, and it means that STORY is very close to becoming a reality for me. It’s exciting to now have the opportunity to work for myself, and bring some of my ideas to life”

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Research // William Raban’s ‘Beating the Bridges: Richmond to Dartford’ at Museum of London Docklands exhibition

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Still from ‘Beating the Bridges: Richmond to Dartford’ by William Raban. 11’ 15”, 16mm/video, colour, 1998.

‘Beating the Bridges: Richmond to Dartford’ by filmmaker and LCC Professor of Film William Raban is showing in a film installation as part of the Museum of London Docklands’ current ‘Bridge’ exhibition.

The free exhibition, which draws on the museum’s art collections to consider the significance of bridges within the London landscape, is open now until Sunday 2 November.

As well as exploring how London’s bridges allow people to experience the city, the show looks ahead to projects such as Thomas Heatherwick’s ambitious ‘Garden Bridge’ proposal, playing with the ideas of destination and crossing and tackling the key debates surrounding London and its bridges.

William’s 1998 film follows the Thames from the wealthy suburbs of west London, past the familiar landmarks of Chelsea, Westminster and the City, to the industrial flatlands beyond Dartford Bridge.

The 30 bridges spanning this stretch of the river provide acoustic spaces filled on the film’s soundtrack by ambient reverb and a live percussion score.

‘Beating the Bridges’ is presented in its own screening room within the gallery and will show continuously every day.

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‘Beating the Bridges: Richmond to Dartford’ installed at Museum of London Docklands

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LCC Student wins The Print Futures Award Scheme

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Mirabel Fawcett, 2014.

Mirabel Fawcett, an LCC Postgraduate Diploma Design for Visual Communication student, recently won The Print Futures Award Scheme. The scheme offers grants to support young people studying or training in printing, publishing or the graphic arts. Each year only twenty people are awarded the grants in the UK.

After submitting a written application Mirabel was invited to an interview at the St Bride Foundation. Mirabel showed a selection of her work from different projects, all of which have elements that are tactile and handmade. If possible she binds the books she makes with a needle and thread, and in her latest project she has opted for cutting circles out by hand rather than having them laser-cut.

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Mirabel Fawcett, 2014.

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Mirabel Fawcett, 2014.

Mirabel explains “Continuing the theme of print and its tactile presence which I have been exploring at LCC, I am just starting my final project for the course, which will explore the role of independent publications in a technologically driven society.”

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Mirabel Fawcett, 2014.

Mirabel, who studied Modern Languages before coming to LCC, has a particular interest in the design and production of independent publications, and after completing her course she hopes to gain more experience in print and the graphic arts and then come back to study further.

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Mirabel Fawcett, 2014.

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Mirabel Fawcett, 2014.

 

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Magnum Photos // New LCC Short Course

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Stuart Franklin, Tiananmen Square, 1989.

London College of Communication has teamed up with the prestigious photography cooperative, Magnum Photos, to create a short course in documentary photography.

The one-off course will be led by LCC expert educators alongside Magnum’s acclaimed photographers Chris Steele-Perkins and Stuart Franklin.

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Chris Steele-Perkins, Red Deer, Croydon, 1976.

Stuart Franklin, who won a World Press Award for his iconic 1989 photographs of Tiananmen Square, explains “It’s truly a delight to be tutoring on this course. Documentary photography is enjoying something of a rebirth, a new energy, so it’s a great time to be a part of this partnership with LCC.”

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Stuart Franklin, Tokyo, Stock exchange, 1987.

Photography at LCC has recently attracted industry attention following senior lecturer, Esther Teichmann, winning the 2014 Levallois Prize, which will see her work exhibited in Paris in October 2014.

Another growing name is Jessica Bishopp, an LCC student who taught the basics of photography to 18 students from The Gambia Senior Secondary School in Banjul – her main focus was to explore photography in relation to the students and their environment, and tell a story through an image. Jessica has been selected as a finalist for the Creative Conscience Awards 2014 for this project.

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Chris Steele-Perkins, Druidstone, dogs playing seen through broken window, 2001

Karin Askham, LCC Dean, Faculty of Media commented, “LCC is committed to stretching educational norms and pushing industry boundaries. This collaboration with Magnum sees two world leading institutions joining together, to deliver a course that resonates in a world inspired by images.”

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Chris Steele-Perkins, Ethiopia, feeding centre for people displaced by famine, 1983.

An agency synonymous with international names and ‘concerned’ photography, the Magnum photography documentary course runs for three weeks and will include access to the Magnum Print Room, book production and a graduation party.

Find out more about the Magnum Short Course and sign up.

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News // LCC Animation success at anti-Heathrow film competition

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Still from ‘Say NO’, Kevin Jarin and Jake Green, 2014.

A controversial short-film, made by two LCC BA (Hons) Animation students, has won second prize at the ‘No Ifs No Buts’ anti-Heathrow film competition backed by MP Zac Goldsmith.

Kevin Jarin and Jake Green’s animated submission ‘Say NO’ depicts a jumbo jet crashing into a street of houses. Kevin explains “the film acts as a metaphor for the way in which the third runway would ruin the lives of people who live nearby” however others have taken the film more literally. The video has been attacked as “in appalling taste” by pro-Heathrow campaign group ‘Back Heathrow’, made up of businesses, residents and unions.

Conservative MP Zac Goldsmith disagrees, explaining “the film is an animated metaphor for the devastation airport expansion would cause in West London, and that was blindingly obvious to the eight hundred–strong audience at Richmond Theatre, who voted for it. This Heathrow-funded lobby group has deliberately misinterpreted it, and is being disingenuous, as ever.”

Whilst the competition clearly deals with a controversial topic, Kevin and Jake are grateful to have had their film, which took six weeks to make, shared so widely, “we were thrilled by the responses from the judges on the night and also the support of the audience, we didn’t expect to get into the top fifteen let alone top three.”

Their animation came second in the competition, which featured celebrity judges Hugh Grant, Holly Willoughby and Boris Johnson’s sister Rachel. Their £3000 prize will come in handy for Jake, who is doing an MA next year, and Kevin who plans to carry on animating free-lance.

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Eight out of the twenty-two photographers selected for FreshFaced+WildEyed exhibition are from LCC

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James Duncan Clark, 2014.

FreshFaced+WildEyed, an annual competition for recent graduates, is now in its seventh year. Following an online application process, this year’s panel of judges, Sophy Rickett, David Drake, Sheyi Bankale and Brett Rogers select twenty two outstanding bodies of work from graduates nation-wide for an exhibition at The Photographers’ Gallery and an online gallery. This exhibition will run till Sunday 20 July.

Out of these twenty-two graduates, this year eight are from LCC: Alice Myers, Elina Moriya, Ian Rudgewick-Brown, James Duncan Clark, Lidija Kononenko, Marcello Simone, Tanya Clarke and Tracey Fahy.

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James Duncan Clark, 2014.

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James Duncan Clark, 2014.

James, whose photographs explore the relationship between London’s Olympic Park and its inhabitants, explains “I’m absolutely delighted to be showing at such a prestigious venue. The quality of all the work from all the graduating students is very high, so it’s a privilege to be involved.”

Lidija has been shortlisted for her six short films called ‘A Guide to Walking in Public’. They investigate the visual language of the body within social contexts.

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Lidija Kononenko, 2014.

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Lidija Kononenko, 2014.

 

By giving graduates a public platform at a critical point in their careers FreshFaced+WildEyed aims to showcase the talent and diversity of photographic practice emerging from BA and MA courses across the UK.

Following the exhibition at The Photographers’ Gallery, selected finalists will have the opportunity to work with a mentor for twelve months.

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