Andrew Slatter

Senior Lecturer, Support Coordinator Contextual and Theoretical Studies Graphic Communications Programme

London College of Communication

Biography

Andrew holds a PGCE with Distinction from University of Essex, an MA with Distinction in Design Writing Criticism from London College of Communication, University of the Arts London and a First Class BA (Hons) degree in Visual Communication Design from Ravensbourne (validated by the Royal College of Art).

After undergraduate study, Andrew worked as a graphic designer for a range of cultural, educational and blue-chip clients. In 2008 Andrew enrolled on the pioneering course MA Design Writing Criticism – the first of its kind in Europe, and listed by Print magazine as one of the most intriguing programmes available. In her feedback on Andrews final major project, Course Leader Teal Triggs’ commented this work provides a benchmark for the course.

Andrew began teaching graphic design in 2009, and soon shifted his focus towards the delivery of Contextual and Theoretical Studies to students at Colchester School of Art, University of East London, LCC and University of Brighton. The development of writing skills and alleviating anxiety around academic writing continues to be the cornerstone of Andrews pedagogy. Andrew is now focused on being part of an innovative and dedicated team delivering CTS at LCC. 

Research interests

Graphic design, graphic authorship, modernism and post-modernism intersections, radical modernism, queer theory, gender and sexuality, Judith Butler, Michel Foucault, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick.

Research statement

Andrew is concerned with 'other voices' within the critical, historical and theoretical development of graphic design, voices providing new authorial positions and alternative discourses. Andrew identified this area of research while studying MA Design Writing Criticism, resulting in the creation of The Everyday Experiment, an academic zine that created a space for the under-represented voices in design discourse, specifically Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered and Queer (LGBTQ) people and women. 

The perfomativity of gender and sexuality within the field of graphic design is still an emerging area of research, and by its nature, situates itself within the field of social science and its associated methodologies. Andrew’s identification with the term Radical Modernism (an alternative position put forward in 1994 by the American designer Dan Friedman), is an attempt to bridge the intersection between modernist and post-modernist ideologies, and as such, Andrew’s hypothesis is that it represents a queer paradigm that Friedman unconsciously (without verbal or written articulation) performed.

Friedman’s Radical Modernist ideology provides the catalyst for Andrew’s proposal for PhD study (commencing 2016), whereby Friedman’s (queer) authorial position in relation to his Radical Modernism manifesto can be interrogated and explored.