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LCC Publishing students present to IPC Media panel

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MA Publishing student Cristiana Rodrigues outlines her ideas to the panel. Copyright Terry Beasley.

Earlier this month, London College of Communication and the UK’s largest magazine publishers, IPC Media, teamed up to host an innovative event where BA (Hons) Magazine Publishing and MA Publishing students presented major project ideas to a panel of experts. Report by BA (Hons) Journalism students Corie Schwabenland and Diana Tleuliyeva.

The collaboration took place at IPC’s magazine and digital media HQ at the Blue Fin Building, giving students a real-life context in which to receive feedback and insights about their research around a changing industry. Students, mostly in their BA final year, presented their themes, questions and methods about magazine-related topics or media ideas.

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The Blue Fin Building. Copyright Lucy Fisher.

“Obviously it’s helpful to students to have expert speakers come and talk about the field, but it’s also helpful for us to meet people who might be coming and working for us in the next four years,” said Jane Boswell, Director of Corporate Responsibility at IPC.

Organising the event with Jane, LCC Senior Lecturer Simon Das commented: “It was surprisingly easy to set up with IPC,” pointing out the Time Warner-owned company’s “helpfulness”, despite, as Simon explained, “the increasingly busy schedule that magazine media people, such as editors, face.”

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Now magazine’s Sally Eyden chats to organiser Simon Das. Copyright Terry Beasley.

IPC representatives on the day included former NME editor (now IPC special projects supremo) Steve Sutherland, Editor-in-Chief of Now Sally Eyden, Group Creative Director Brett Lewis, and Editor of What Digital Camera Nigel Atherton, as well as IPC’s training and development team, Carole Capon and Matthew Wilkinson. Panellists commented on student work throughout two sessions – morning and afternoon – occasionally challenging projects and creating dialogue about the industry as a whole. One consistent theme was attention to the commercial realities of magazine journalism, content and media in the digital era.

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Panellists Nigel Atherton, Sally Eyden and Matthew Wilkinson (l-r). Copyright Terry Beasley.

“It was nice to have someone from the industry to tell you what they’re thinking,” said student Daniela Perez, there to present her project interests around long-format journalism. “It’s interesting to get thoughts on whether the problem you see happening is really a problem.”

Another student, MA Publishing candidate Cristiana Rodrigues, received strong commendation from the panel for her presentation on ‘evergreen content’. Her idea for “storytelling in many hands” caught the attention of panellist Sally Eyden, who commented: “This is what IPC is looking at and experimenting with right now.”

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MA Publishing student Cristiana Rodrigues. Copyright Terry Beasley.

The initiative was well received by BA (Hons) Magazine Publishing Course Leader Lorraine Mallon, who commented on how much “authority and knowledge” students showed. “They have passion about what they’re actually learning and the industry that they want to go into.”

While the event was the first of its kind between LCC and IPC, its organiser Simon Das hoped it wouldn’t be the last. “It’s an idea we can develop to mix things up a little bit. IPC are just down the road from LCC. A lot of their senior staff trained here at what was then LCP. So, in one way, it’s re-establishing a historical link. In another, it’s about brand new knowledge and perspective-sharing between an industry giant and a group of creative, young and international people.”

Words by BA (Hons) Journalism students Corie Schwabenland and Diana Tleuliyeva.

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BA (Hons) Magazine Publishing students with IPC’s Brett Lewis. Copyright Terry Beasley.

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BA (Hons) Magazine Publishing and MA Publishing students. Copyright Terry Beasley.

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PGDip Design for Visual Communication alumna exhibits These New Zines in London

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A forthcoming exhibition at Five Years entitled ‘These New Zines!/Ovi Novi Zinovi! With Love from Belgrade’ presents the work of PGDip Design for Visual Communication graduate Renée O’Drobinak and her creative partner Ana Čavić, aka Ladies of the Press*.

Previewing on Friday 21 March and open Saturdays and Sundays 1-6pm until 30 March, the exhibition collates zines curated by the London-based performance and print duo during a live event in Belgrade which formed part of Renee’s diploma assessment.

The 2013 Belgrade show ‘These New Zines!/Ovi Novi Zinovi!’ saw Ladies of the Press* collaborate with five contemporary artists and artist groups based in Serbia’s capital in a five-day event based on the idea of ‘making a scene’ together, documented in an on-the-spot zine.

The show consisted of a rolling programme of events and performances from the urban DJ and VJ duo ShrinkFM and flowpro, video art by Miloš Tomić, old-school zine making with a twist from artist group Undergrad, a performance mixing dance and theory by Aneta Stojnić, Ljiljana Tasić and Dušan Broćić and a fashion design and performance art fusion by Katarina Popović and Aleksandra Lalić set to the sounds of DJ Dekadentna Kod Kuće.

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LOTP zine making

Copyright Ivan Petrović

Now the exhibition at Five Years re-stages and brings together a selection of work from the show’s archives, as well as a perfect-bound compendium of all the zines created throughout the five days showcasing the collaborating artists. The result is an illuminating and eclectic snapshot of Belgrade’s urban contemporary art scene.

These New Zines!/Ovi Novi Zinovi! With Love from Belgrade
FIVE YEARS
Unit 66, 6th Floor
Regent Studios
St. Andrews Road
London E8 4QN

Saturday 22 – Sunday 30 March 2014
Preview Friday 21 March 6-9pm
Gallery open Saturdays and Sundays 1-6pm

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What’s in the package? The 10th annual Publishing Innovation Conference at LCC

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On Thursday 13 March 2014, MA Publishing students from London College of Communication hosted the 10th annual Publishing Innovation Conference.

First set-up and organised every year by students, the conference’s aim to is to debate emerging issues shaping the publishing and media industries.

This year’s conference entitled, the Publishing Package, focused on the challenges of changing consumer behaviors brought about by technological change, with the question of how publishers create a package that meets changing needs at the heart of the debate.

A stellar line-up of speakers included Consultant Creative Director at Dennis publishing Rob Boynes; CEO and founder of Contentment, Michael Kowalski; editor of Hunger Magazine, Hunger TV and LCC almna Holly Fraser; Global Head of Commercial news at Reuters, Andrew Meagher; Facebook Creative Strategist Alastair Cotterill and many other industry insiders!

The evening was a huge success, with lively debate, informative presentations, lots of social media chatter and one of the multi-talented team organising the event even live illustrating proceedings.

Every aspect of the conference was organised by the students, from sourcing the speakers, to design, marketing, PR and production.

Reviewing the event, guest Richard Lomax, Director of Redhouse Lane Communications said;

“Congratulations on an excellent event last night.  Loved the way you created a tent big enough to accommodate idealist print start-ups, digital evangelists and hard-nosed monetisers, without making anyone feel or look like they were in the wrong place. Inspiring stuff!”

And lots of the guests took to Twitter to show their appreciation;

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Cover Club celebrates designs behind iconic album artwork

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Cover Club is a brand new event set up by BA (Hons) Illustration and Visual Media alumna Emily Evans celebrating the artists and designers behind yesteryear’s most creative album artwork.

The first event is on Wednesday 12th March with Terry Pastor, the man behind David Bowie’s Hunky Dory and Ziggy Stardust album covers.

Taking place at the Ace Hotel in Shoreditch, Pastor will talk guests through his signature aesthetic for the sleeves he created and the fascinating stories behind them including nights down the pub with Bowie, and the discovery that his artwork was used as one of Uri Geller’s album covers!

There’ll also be DJ’s playing a carefully selected playlist of music that helped inspire Pastor’s work.

Cover Club
Wednesday 12 March, 8pm-1am
Downstairs at Ace Hotel
100 Shoreditch High St
London E1 6JQ

More info here

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This Happened London // Latest in V&A Interaction Design series curated by LCC alumni

Di Mainstone's Human Harp project turns suspension bridges into musical instruments

Di Mainstone’s Human Harp project turns suspension bridges into musical instruments

The next in a series of interaction design talks curated by London College of Communication (LCC) alumni takes place on Friday 14 March at the V&A.

This Happened London is a series of talks focused on the stories behind interaction design hosted by LCC BA (Hons) Design for Interaction and Moving Image graduates Patrick Hoelcher and Kate Pincott.

The latest event on Friday evening looks to unveil some of the mysteries of making. Speakers including Makerversity co-founder Jo Smith and Human Harp project creator Di Mainstone will share their experiences of hands on making and the failures and successes they’ve had realising incredible ideas from scratch.

Romain Meunier's Mon Violon d’Ingres installation was a huge hit at LCC Summer Shows 2013 | image Max Colson

Romain Meunier’s Mon Violon d’Ingres installation was a huge hit at LCC Summer Shows 2013 | image Max Colson

Also speaking will be BA (Hons) Design for Interaction & Moving Image graduate Romain Meunier, who’ll talk about his award-winning guitar installation, Mon Violon d’Ingres, one of the highlights of last year’s summer graduation shows.

The installation won Romain a Bilbao Design award. And has been such a hit with visitors to LCC that versions of it have stayed here ever since, with the latest incarnation now hanging just inside the entrance to the College.

This Happened
Friday 14 March, 6.30-9pm
Victoria & Albert Museum,
Hochhauser Auditorium, The Sackler Centre, SW7 2RL
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London College of Communication Associate Lecturers make a splash with Wet Sounds

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London College of Communication Associate Lecturer in Sound Arts and Design (and BA alumnus) Matthias Kispert recently performed new compositions as part of underwater concert series ‘Wet Sounds’ at Ironmonger Row Baths, Islington.

Created, performed and curated by Joel Cahen, another LCC Associate Lecturer in Sound Arts and Design and fellow BA alumnus, ‘Wet Sounds’ is an underwater sound art gallery. Touring swimming pools, it presents a deep listening experience to a floating and diving audience in the water.

The participants are fully immersed in sound and are free to move weightlessly in the sound space. Two separate sound systems present listeners with different audio experiences above and beneath the surface, so they can move between the two just by lifting their heads out of the water.

Speaking to Tom Bateman for Radio 4′s Today programme, Joel explained:

“Sound travels four-and-a-half times quicker underwater, so it sounds very immediate and very clear. The way the sound works is it conducts through the bone of your skull, so actually you hear it through your inner ear. It sounds like it’s coming from inside your head – it’s very immersive”.

Listen to the Today programme clip.

The series is kindly supported by Arts Council England, Creative Scotland, Sound and Music and CRiSAP.

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Group underwater

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Tom Hulme of IDEO invites LCC students to solve a big design challenge

OpenIDEO's latest World Challenge, addresses the issue of women’s safety in low-income urban areas.

OpenIDEO’s latest World Challenge addresses the issue of women’s safety in low-income urban areas.

On Thursday 7 March Design Director of IDEO, Tom Hulme, returned to London College of Communication to talk to students about the global design firm’s open innovation platform, OpenIDEO, and invite students to take part in their latest design challenge.

Tom introduced OpenIDEO and explained the principles of the platform; how it relies on publicly shared ideas and information, uses technology to connect people all over the world, and is being used to solve big problems for the collective good.

He reminded the audience of three central ideas on which OpenIDEO is founded:

1. We’re all designers
2. We achieve more through collaboration
3. Technology is just a design tool

Tom was also joined by the event’s organiser, BA (Hons) Design for Graphic Communication student Karoline Kirchhubel Andersen, who is currently on an internship with IDEO. Karoline spoke about the invaluable experience she has gained by submitting ideas within the OpenIDEO framework and receiving feedback on her work from others.

Tom then invited LCC and UAL students to join the global OpenIDEO community and help solve the latest World Challenge, which addresses the issue of women’s safety in low-income urban areas. This Challenge is currently in the Research phase, and students are encouraged to speak to anyone they can with experience around women’s safety concerns and submit their findings online.

Tom and Karoline also announced that they will be starting a series of OpenIDEO MeetUps during the next few months, with real-life networking events to hopefully be held on UAL sites. They then answered questions from staff and students on OpenIDEO and design education, and revealed that future World Challenges will focus on the issues of recycling and the elderly.

Last year Tom was invited to LCC as part of the UAL Meets series where he talked to LCC Head of College Natalie Brett about his career as a designer. You can watch that film on LCC’s YouTube channel. 

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LCC Senior Research Fellow Jananne Al-Ani exhibits Excavations at Hayward Gallery

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Jananne Al-Ani, production still from Shadow Sites l, 2010. Courtesy and copyright the artist. Photography Adrian Warren.

A solo exhibition by international artist and London College of Communication Senior Research Fellow Jananne Al-Ani is now open at Southbank Centre’s Hayward Gallery Project Space as part of Southbank Centre’s Women of the World 2014 festival.

‘Excavations’ continues the London-based, Iraqi-born artist’s ongoing interest in landscape and its visual representation through the technology of modern warfare. Al-Ani works with photography, film and video, and this exhibition highlights works from the research project ‘The Aesthetics of Disappearance: A Land without People’, exploring the disappearance of the body in highly charged and contested landscapes.

The exhibition features the film ‘Shadow Sites I’ (2010), a series of stills from the video ‘Shadow Sites II’ (2011) and the first UK showing of ‘Groundworks’ (2013), a multi-channel video installation focusing on the landscapes of the southwestern United States.

Two related events are also taking place at the Hayward Gallery. On Saturday 8 March at 3.30pm, ‘Jananne Al-Ani in Conversation’ will see the artist discussing ‘Excavations’ with Hayward Gallery Chief Curator, Stephanie Rosenthal. On Thursday 17 April at 6.30pm, a special screening of Al-Ani’s ‘The Visit’ (2004), presented in conjunction with Film and Video Umbrella, will be followed by a discussion with Al-Ani.

‘Excavations’ is open until Sunday 11 May.

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BA (Hons) Media and Cultural Studies graduate is in fashion

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Laerke directs fashion photographer (and LCF graduate) Thomas Degner on a photo shoot for Jones+Jones

Laerke Rindvig, who graduated from London College of Communication’s BA (Hons) Media and Cultural Studies course in 2011, is now European Manager for leading fashion label Jones+Jones.

Based in Paris, Laerke directs promotional videos and location photo shoots for the label, particularly those shot abroad. Her job involves much international travel as she attends fashion fairs in Las Vegas and China.

She has also forged exciting links with media organisations both within and outside the world of fashion, such as Disney.

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Laerke wears a Jones+Jones creation

Laerke in Paris

Working on a shoot in Paris

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BA (Hons) Advertising student wins UAL Deans’ Award for Study Abroad

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Katie Van Etten celebrates her success

Katie Van Etten, a Study Abroad student in the second year of London College of Communication’s BA (Hons) Advertising course, recently received a prestigious UAL Deans’ Award. This award is given to UAL Study Abroad students who have demonstrated an individual determination to succeed, creativity and innovation in their approach to the subject, and an outstanding personal contribution to the course. Katie’s home university is Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Katie was presented with the award by Professor Susan Orr, UAL Dean of Learning, Teaching and Enhancement and Professor in Creative Practice Pedagogy.

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Professor Susan Orr presents Katie with her award

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