Big news for Graphic Design and Illustration.
Our 3rd Years are launching their degree show publication in London this year. It will take place, Monday 10th June, 6.30pm - midnight, at Heavenly Recordings’ The Social, off Oxford St, London.
More details will follow. In the meantime you can keep up to date via Facebook and Twitter whilst marvelling at the animated GIF announcement below. As the students say “LET’S HANG. COME DOWN AND PICK UP A COPY!”
The recent death of Margaret Thatcher reminded me of the subversive potential of a typeface I once designed whilst a student.
Preoccupied at the time with theories of semiotics I was keen to explore the idea that the alphabet was merely a system of arbitrary signs that had meaning because of mutual agreement. The illogical conclusion to this theory was the design of a typeface that could only be read by people who couldn’t see it - a braille typeface that I called Disbraille.
Despite its apparent willful uselessness it became a favourite of artist Joe Magee, who consistently used it to insert subversive messages in his illustrations for the Daily Telegraph such as “Thatcher Fucked Us” and “Empty the Whitehall Cesspit”. The tactic was spotted by an eagle-eyed reader and unfortunatley Joe lost his job without payment!
Below is the offending image…
All proceeds go to the students degree show publication and launch event in London.
To wet the appetite for this Friday’s lecture by Ken Garland…
Or view the talk he gave at TypoLondon.
Ken Garland’s talk is this Friday 15th March, at 1pm, The Johnson Auditorium, Liverpool School of Art and Design. Public welcome.
3rd Years have organised a Ping Pong Party to 1. raise funds for their degree show publication and 2. celebrate the new table tennis table they have in their studio.
It’s on Thursday 28th February, 6-9pm, Studio 9, ADA. ALL WELCOME
£3 gets you a ticket and a bat.
Buy your ticket in advance and you can collect a bat from Studio 9 from Monday 25th Feb, then spend the rest of the week “making it look shit hot”.
As the poster says - “remember, it’s not the taking part that counts, IT’S THE WINNING”
On Saturday 9 March 2013, 7pm
Upstairs at the Fly & Loaf
13 Hardman Street
Liverpool L1 9AS
For more details check Facebook.
This is the toughest post I’ve had to write for this blog.
Our dear friend and colleague, John Young, sadly passed away on Sunday morning, having finally lost his battle with cancer.
John was the programme’s Graphic Design pathway leader for many years. He was instrumental in shaping the structure, content and ethos of the course through its many developments. For the last two years it’s been a privilege to lead several of the modules that John wrote - faithfully following his cunningly designed and challenging projects.
John was a master tutor, knowing exactly how to get the best out of every student he taught. For an idea of how many lives John influenced and inspired I’d suggest a visit to the Facebook page set up in his memory.
John will be irreplaceable. A true legend!
Rest In Peace mate.
We’ve had lots of enquiries about when John’s funeral will be. John has requested that there be no service. However Graphics staff and ex students would still like to get together informally to celebrate John’s life in some way. We plan to organise a night of Art, Music and Drinking in Liverpool sometime in the next month. Details will be posted through the normal channels once confirmed.
We can now announce this semester’s Friday lunchtime professional practice lecture series. All take place in The Johnson Auditorium, in the Art and Design Academy. All lectures are open to public.
Friday 15 March at 1pm
We are honoured to have the legendary designer Ken Garland as our keynote speaker this semester.
From his famous ‘First Things First’ manifesto in 1964 to his recent support for Occupy Design, Garland has always been an outspoken commentator and critic of the graphic design profession. Now in his eighties, he is still captivating audiences with his highly personal lectures as evidenced by those of us lucky enough to attend October’s TYPO London.
This lecture must not be missed!
Friday 8 March
Friday 1 March at 1pm
Following on from last semesters very popular talk by Kat Easthope, we are pleased to invite another of the class of 2011 back to speak.
Joe will be talking about life immediately after graduation, his role at Adidas, and his love and use of sketchbooks.
Friday 25 January at 1.30pm
Kate will be discussing not only her own work, but also her work with William Kentridge – and the insights that might be gained by considering someone else’s practice in depth and the impact that that might have on one’s own work.
The Periscope is a new free publication highlighting cultural events in Liverpool and beyond. It will feature writings by LJMU students and staff from all departments and levels, including but not limited to: reviews of art exhibitions, films, records, fashion, books, websites as well as interviews and opinion pieces.
The deadline for content for the first issue is Monday 4 February.
Reviews are expected to be in the area of 500-600 words, and should ideally be accompanied by an image. Longer pieces, such as interviews or opinion pieces, with or without images, are also welcome.
The first issue of The Periscope will be launched at the end of February, and will be designed by Level 5 Graphic Design and Illustration students as part of their Professional Development module. Currently there are 2 teams of students developing designs for the first issue. This week they presented initial ideas to Antony Hudek, curator of the School’s new Exhibition Research Centre and editor-in-chief of The Periscope, and Sara De Bondt, creative consultant for both the ERC and The Periscope.