Our new exhibition looks at the fundamentals of editorial design, from print through to digital alternatives. It also showcases the huge contribution our staff, students and alumni have made to the field.
The exhibition – on display in the Central Saint Martins window galleries until 20 January – is curated by Cath Caldwell, Senior Lecturer in BA Graphic Design.
Cath says: “I keep an eye on ex-students work in magazines such as Tatler and GQ, and in independent magazines like Oh Comely and 1Granary. I enjoyed watching the ascent of Berg London’s ‘Little Printer’ idea and felt proud that alumnus Jack Schulze innovated this software experiment.”
“I know former students who are working to push the boundaries of the publishing industry and questioning material and financial sustainability – issues we talk about when teaching design for mobile devices.”
Leading the industry
Our Graphic Communication Design courses explore both traditional techniques and emerging technologies. As Cath puts it: “It’s vital for colleges to avoid nostalgic teaching. I want my graduates to lead the industry, not follow the old norm.”
There is also an emphasis on working across different disciplines, which prepares graduates for employment or entrepreneurship. Cath is currently running a collaboration that pairs up BA Graphic Design and BA Fashion Communication and Promotion students. The teams are tasked with producing one print and one digital magazine in just two weeks.
She explains: “Students are collaborating across courses in this curriculum project, gaining vital skills and mimicking what will happen when they graduate. This is something we aimed for when we moved to this new, integrated building in Kings Cross.”
Cath’s new book, Editorial Design: Digital and Print, is out now. It provides a comprehensive overview the traditional and digital skills needed for career in visual journalism. It features work from BA Graphic Design students past and present, and provides teaching briefs for other universities.