Design education

1 May 2013

Mapping Asmara

Mapping Asmara

Steven McCarthy examines the way maps represent Eritrea’s capital city, Asmara – from architectural gems to military legacy
Unable to find a map of Asmara prior to my trip to Eritrea, apart from the page-sized version in a Lonely Planet guidebook, I made several screen grabs of Google maps in progessive levels of detail and saved them as images on an iPad, writes Steven McCarthy in his second report from Eritrea.

24 March 2013

AGI Open – the ‘graphic design World Cup’?

AGI Open – the ‘graphic design World Cup’?

The Alliance Graphique Internationale pulls out the stops for a two-day, student-oriented event at London’s Barbican this autumn
Last Wednesday saw a rare gathering of some of the UK’s most senior designers (David Gentleman, Sean Perkins, Margaret Calvert, Henrik Kubel), and design educators, crammed into a small room at the Design Museum to announce an event at London’s Barbican Centre on 26-27 September – AGI Open.

14 March 2013

Don’t write off the poster

Don’t write off the poster

Visual Communication students from the Royal College of Art reveal a glimpse of their recent collaboration with the V&A museum
Earlier this month, a collaboration between the V&A and Visual Communication students from the Royal College of Art sought to prove that the poster has not been killed off by the introduction of digital media in communication and advertising. Their findings, displayed in two rooms of the Sackler Centre, argued that the poster remains a long-serving example of print doing what it does best – mass communication.

8 February 2013

Ian Noble (1960-2013)

Ian Noble (1960-2013)

Ian Noble was an inspiring teacher who believed in ‘a theory of practice, not the practice of theory’. Russell Bestley pays tribute to an innovator in graphic design education.
It is with great sadness that we must announce the passing of one of the great innovators in modern graphic design education, writes Russell Bestley. Ian Noble, teacher, author, designer, outstanding mentor and critical friend to both professionals and students of graphic design alike for more than 25 years, passed away on Wednesday 30 January, 2013.

28 January 2013

What type taught me about music

What type taught me about music

Rick Finlay recalls his time at Reading, a university education that was not about vocation, but ‘raw knowledge and research, and their applicability to whatever life throws at you’
As an undergraduate on the Typography course at Reading University around 1980 I found enough fellow tunesmiths to put together a five-piece band made up only of students on the course, writes Rick Finlay. We were proud of our rock-pop constructions, but also fastidious about the packaging of our demo cassette.

25 January 2013

Back when the future looked bright

Back when the future looked bright

A printed guide to the 1951 Festival of Britain prompted Nigel Ball to consider the value placed on design by governments – then and now
Not seeing the value of investment in design is a folly of the current British government, writes Nigel Ball.

22 January 2013

Coming to an Understanding at St Bride

Coming to an Understanding at St Bride

The third annual DoU information design conference takes place in London this Friday
This Friday sees the third annual Design of Understanding conference at St Bride Library in London.

11 January 2013

24 hours with First Hand

24 hours with First Hand

Kingston University graduates teamed with established illustrators to go behind the scenes at the Old Vic and draw what they saw
First Hand is a collective of seven illustrators and designers who champion reportage drawing: using draftsmanship to experience and record ideas, events, people and places with a journalistic approach, writes Hannah Simpson.

9 January 2013

Honolulu habitus

Honolulu habitus

‘Geographics’ tackled the transnational terrain of design education. Report from the AIGA design educators’ conference in Hawaii
The East-West Center is set within the campus of the University of Hawaii at Manoa; a prime conference location to discuss transnational influences in design education, writes Katherine Gillieson.

2 January 2013

Type at the core

Type at the core

Design students hope to acquire skills that are transferable and future-proof. In our new media world, letterpress and education need each other
If you’d blinked, you might have missed the 6x6 Collaborative Letterpress Project’s three-day exhibition at Her House Gallery in London last November, writes Alex Cameron.
 
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