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LCC Photography Research Show

21 Mar

LCC Photography Research Show


This research hub based at London College of Communication (LCC) brings together practitioners and theorists to explore and promote photography as a mode of imaginary thought and its relation to a collective imaginary.

Specifically, we are interested in the increasingly complex research methodologies that underpin fine art photography as a form of knowledge with its own epistemology. Particular emphasis will be given to photographic works that explicitly engage with contemporary thought; theories that engage with contemporary photography; as well as photographic images and philosophies of the image that contribute to how the imaginary is invested in photographic production and the ‘as if’ condition of the photographic image.

The Photography and the Contemporary Imaginary Research Hub builds on LCC’s international reputation for conceptual photography and is organized by Dr Wiebke Leister and Paul Tebbs.


The Photography and the Contemporary Imaginary Research Hub is pleased to announce the second LCC Photography Research Show

Private View: Thursday 27 March 2014, 18.00-20.00 Nursery Gallery, London College of Communication, Elephant & Castle

Jananne Al-Ani . Beverley Carruthers . Robin Silas Christian . Edward Dimsdale . Matthew Hawkins . Claire Hooper . Tom Hunter . Mark Ingham . Melanie King . Wiebke Leister . Dallas Seitz . Sophy Rickett . Tansy Spinks . Monica Takvam . Esther Teichmann . Val Williams .

The Photography and the Contemporary Imaginary Research Hub builds on LCC’s international reputation for conceptual photography. This event is organized by Beverley Carruthers and Wiebke Leister and supported by UAL Communities of Practice funding.


2012 in review

31 Dec

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner can carry about 250 passengers. This blog was viewed about 850 times in 2012. If it were a Dreamliner, it would take about 3 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Research in Action

15 Nov

Maps and legends.

29 Oct

Got to: for more pictures

Charting the working processes of early 21st century designers

Published on Monday, 25 October, 2010 | 12:08 pm

As a lasting souvenir of the first AGI Open conference, which took place in Porto last week, organizers Lizá Ramalho and Artur Rebelo edited and designed a book titled — like the conference itself — ‘Process is the project’, writes Jan Middendorp. The book is a catalogue of the exhibition ‘Mapping the Process’ (co-curated by architect André Tavares), which is being held at Porto’s charming Palacete Pinto Leite, a former music school, until 10 November.

Top: Peter Biľak’s contribution to the AGI Open conference. See our Reputations interview with Biľak from Eye 75.

To a certain extent, the book is the exhibition, as it reproduces the complete series of almost a hundred works by AGI members that were specially made for the show. As AGI President Paula Scher explains in her introduction to the book, it is customary for each annual AGI conference to host a graphic project to which members contribute; however, this year’s exhibition is extraordinary. Ramalho and Rebelo challenged their colleagues to go beyond the usual tribute to the location of the conference. They asked the membership to create ‘a map of their working process’. Which is like, as Scher notes (and the three curators admit), asking for ‘the impossible’.

Above: Palm reading Seymour Chwast’s creative process. See ‘Divine noir’ on the Eye blog for a look at Chwast’s surreal take on Dante.

While poster projects on a given theme often have a perfunctory feel about them, many of the works in this collection emanate the kind of fun, passion, confusion and craziness which the organisers doubtlessly hoped for. The impossible has seldom been dealt with in a more lucid and witty way. What makes the exhibition and companion book special is, of course, the amazing quality and range of the people involved.

While the AGI was once a gathering of modernistically inclined white European men, its membership now includes people from six continents and encompasses virtually all the current views on graphic design, typography and illustration; ages range from, roughly, late twenties to nineties. All of this is reflected in this collection of mental maps (and schemes, collages, cartoons) which is astonishing and at times puzzling in its variety of answers to the question: how do you do it?

That designers, many of whom are highly respected and even ‘famous’, agree to draw a map of their process in the first place, is quite amazing. For some it may be like giving away manufacturing secrets; for others, baring their professional (and personal) souls. Some have synthesized the painful aspects of compromise in a single strong and witty image, like Alain Le Quernec’s ‘Double Target’ (showing a clumsy drawing of a target that is but a shadow of the powerful graphic image it tries to approximate, above).

David Gentleman represented the tortuous creation process by a sensitive hand-painted path; Uwe Loesch sampled Minard’s famous graph of the decimation of Napoleon’s army in Russia as a sarcastic comment on the lost battle with the client. Several designers, including Stefan Sagmeister, made no attempt to synthesize the steps from start to finish but displayed each hurdle in its mind-bending, heart-breaking complexity (below). Tony Brook summarized the whole thing in three words, set sideways: ‘Think, Make, Next’, while Seymour Chwast mused: ‘Process? What Process? The working method of a designer does not look like a monopoly board. It looks more like a salad.’

An introspective project like this will always have an element of narcissism and complacency. But ‘Mapping the Process’ and its catalogue contain enough wit, insight and sheer virtuosity to complement that and reach beyond the strictly personal. Without wanting to sound pompous, I think that in a few years’ or decades’ time, the catalogue will offer invaluable insight into what made four generations of designers tick in the early 21st century.

Eye magazine is available from all good design bookshops and at the online Eye shop, where you can order subscriptions, single issues and back issues. The Autumn issue, Eye 77, which includes a Reputations interview with Paula Scher, is on its way to subscribers right now. For regular updates, please sign up for the editor’s newsletter.


21 Oct

Now you need to evaluate the processes you went through to create your ideas and cartoons. Write 300 words on your cartoons. This is how to do it…. Then put it onto your website and look at what other people have written on their websites.


What is Evaluation? Evaluation is the skill of being able to look at a piece of work and know what is right or wrong with it. It is an instinctive skill but one that you can develop by increasing your knowledge and understanding of art and design through studying the work of other artists and designers.

Why do you evaluate your work? You evaluate your work to find out what works and what doesn’t. It is also important to understand what you have learned from doing the work. What are the new skills, techniques, and concepts that have you grasped through your involvement with the creative process? Each piece of work that you undertake should build upon your knowledge and understanding of art and design leaving you better equipped for your next challenge.

How do you evaluate your work?

When you are evaluating your designs you should consider the following:

Your Images: Consider their suitability for the subject, their style, proportion, arrangement and colour. Could any of these be improved upon by making any adjustments.

Your Fonts: Consider their suitability for the subject, their legibility, style, proportion, arrangement and colour. Could these be improved upon by making any adjustments.

Your Layout: (the combination of images and fonts) Consider the proportions, arrangement, alignment, and colour relationships of the various elements in your design.

Your Target Audience: (your client, buyers, users, readers, listeners) Does your design speak in a language, colour and style that appeals to your target audience?

Your Technique: does your use of media, quality of finish and presentation need to be improved upon?



20 Oct

What is Anti Design? [animation]



Web 3.0 on Vimeo

7 Oct

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Have a look and see what you think and write a comment below….

Study Skills Centre Timetable

5 Oct

All the session below are free and will help you produce even better work…

Study Skills Centre Timetables PDF

Avery Hill Campus Study Skills Centre Timetable

Venue: 16 Catherine of Aragon Court Southwood Site

Timetable for Monday 25 October- Friday 17 December 2010

Day Time
Monday 10am – 12pm 1pm – 3pm
Tuesday 10am – 12pm 1pm – 3pm
Wednesday 10am – 12pm 1pm – 4pm

Greenwich Campus Study Skills Centre Timetable

Venue: Room D001, Dreadnought Library

Timetable for Monday 25 October – Friday 17 December 2010

Day Time
Monday 10am – 12pm 3pm – 5pm
Tuesday 10am- 12pm 1pm – 4pm
Wednesday 10am -12pm 1pm – 4pm
Thursday 11am – 3pm
Friday 10am – 12pm 1pm -3pm

What do I need to know about attending study skills?

  • All current students are welcome
  • Sessions are conducted as one to one tutorials and are free
  • Students are seen on a first come, first served basis, for one to one tutorials (so arrive early)
  • There is no need to make an appointment or to enrol for one to one tutorials
  • Tip! Don’t leave things until the last minute and if you want someone to look over your work and give you some advice, then bring it in reasonable chunks (i.e. not all at once)!

The Study Skills Centres provide academic support to students throughout the year. They are staffed by experienced and friendly lecturers who are happy to help you gain skills that will give a real edge to your academic work.

Contact them:

By far the easiest way to contact the study skills team is to e-mail.The study skills team is very busy so please allow ample time for a reply. It is better to email than to call!

Email for all study skills enquiries:

If the email link does not work, copy and paste the above email address into the address field of your email

Telephone (these telephones are not always manned, so an email might be quicker)

020 8331 9894 (Maritime Greenwich)020 8331 8138 (Medway)

020 8331 9263 (Partnership Division)

Hunting in the Library

4 Oct

Hunting in the Library

DESI 1109 & DESI 1115    Art and Design in Context.

Today’s tasks are to:

Find 5 books that are in some way related to your subject and some on political Cartoons.

Find out how to search for books [who should you ask? Where do you do this?]

Find out how to search for electronic books and journals.

Draw a map/plan of the library showing where each section is and what it contains. We will need to visit each section…

Find the computers that have programs on them that you might want to use. [Photoshop etc] ask at the desk if you cannot find them.

You have to do this all in 1 hour and then over the week post all the information you found on to your website. You should have a page called bibliography that contains all the information about the sources you have gathered.

Re: Today’s Industrial Action

4 Oct

Re: Today’s Industrial Action

Dear 1st Year Designers

If you find it impossible to get into University today because of the Industrial Action please could you do the things below for your ‘At Home Work’.

1. Make your Website/Blog as personal and as professional as possible.
2. Add pages to it that  you think might be relevant [Typography, Visual Studies, Computer history for example]
3. Research the History of the Political Cartoon and put that information on to your website
[Remember ALWAYS say where the information came from and who wrote it, this will become your bibliography and the reference]
4. Look at other people’s Websites and post a comment on them, at least 10 before the end of the day. [constructive and thoughtful]
5. Put some of these websites on to your Blogroll using the Links widget in Appearances. [and any others you have found interesting]
6, Explore all the possibility of WordPress and have some fun with it!

Hope you have a good day and if you are not in today I will see you next week.

Best wishes


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