“At the end of this course of lectures you have to produce a Film/Animation, blog, newspaper or magazine that is a chronicle of the lectures and seminars that will be given throughout the term”
For this project we will have 12 lectures focusing on different areas of design, from graphics to surrealism, in the David Fussey Lecture Theatre.
Lecture 1 – 11th January 2012 – Mark Ingham – Introduction
Our first lecture was an introduction to the brief and an insight to what we’ll expect throughout the series of lectures, Mark talked about the brief and explained what options we had of producing and how we would do it.
We began by brainstorming about how we learn, such as looking, listening, experimenting and doing. It mainly depends on what kind of work you are doing or what you’re trying to learn to how you learn it. There are certain things that you can only learn practically as opposed to being told how to do everything.
I will be recording each lecture on my voice recorder and taking notes on my laptop, this gives me a chance to be able to note down key things I feel are important or interesting and be able to listen back to make a complete story. After each lecture I will write up my first draft of the article and look at the different points I need and how it reads. I will also think about different kinds of layouts and how the lecture has inspired me to visually imagine my article.
The piece of work I want to produce at the end of this series of lectures is a magazine, I chose this as I thought it would be an interesting way to showcase my articles. Each lecture will be turned into an article & be 300 words, there will be a feature article which instead of 300, will be 1000 words. I will choose at the end of the series to choose which lecture I want to extend and make a feature.
Lecture 2 – 18th January 2012 – Vaughan Oliver – Graphic Design
For our second lecture, Vaughan Oliver came to speak to us about Graphic Design, he spoke about his work, his inspirations, how he started & how he progressed as a designer.
Vaughan is currently based in Epsom, South London, he is most noted for his work with graphic design studios 23 Envelope & v23. Both studios were both close with the record label 4AD between 1982 and 1998, they gave a new and raw visual identities to the bands signed with them.
I never knew a lot about Vaughan, I found his lecture very interesting and his work very inspiring. He spoke a lot about the bands he worked with and how he would listen to their songs and talk to them to get a good idea of the kind of visual identity he would give to them. I found this really intriguing as I love music and find it so inspiring and an easy way to express emotions. Music can be such a powerful inspiration for many people.
Lecture 3 – 25th January 2012 – Neil Spiller – Surrealism
Neil is the Dean of the School of Architecture, Design and Construction at The University of Greenwich. He is also Director of the Advanced Virtual and Technological Architecture Research Group (AVATAR). He is author of several books on architecture and digital culture, including Digital Dreams: Architecture and the New Alchemic Technologies and Cyberreader: Critical Writings for the Digital Era.
“Valesquez Machine – couch with bubbles, above is a frying pan with 9 drilled holes, cages surrounding it, fish are in the cage on top of the frying pan and are changed each day. Syringes inject hydrochloric acid into the fish.”