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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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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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Read more about ‘STORY’. 

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