‘In Our Time’ – BA Graphic Design’s animated history lesson
This term our BA Graphic Design students were set the task of combining animated GIFs and the weighty concepts of philosophy, science, politics and religion.
In a two week project set by tutors Robert Sollis and Fraser Muggeridge, second year students were asked to create five animated GIFs in response to the Radio 4 discussion programme, ‘In Our Time’.
In this weekly show, presenter Melvin Bragg hosts discussions on various topics with academics, lecturers and scholars. Students were required to listen to an episode from each genre and create work in response that explained a key concept, introduced the episode, encouraged someone to listen, challenged an idea or provided a poetic response to the ideas discussed.
To help them explore a range of communication techniques, students were also requested to ensure they produced solutions involving all of the following processes:
- Only text
- Only image
- Text and image
- Sampled and remixed imagery
- An analogue process (letterpress, rubber stamp, linocut, etc.)
The resulting outcomes produced over 300 animated GIFs which can now be viewed online. The project has also received online mentions from Grafik.net and It’s Nice That online editor, Emily Gosling.