DESIGN ACTION celebrates creative activism. This digital showcase and events programme highlighted the work of London College of Communication’s Design School, as students and staff anticipate new futures in an uncertain world.
As the global pandemic causes us to rethink everything, we reconsider the Design School model and test our Manifesto against the shifting requirements of a changed world.
DESIGN ACTION featured a range of projects and work in progress from the School’s dynamic and collaborative community.
We questioned cultural, technological and disciplinary boundaries and confronted the social, systemic and ecological challenges of our time.
The programme included:
- An emerging research platform which explores the shifting definitions, debates and practices of graphic design
- A look at professional design practice in the wake of COVID-19
- An exploration of new ecological systems and tools
- A vision of the world in 2030 based on the UN Sustainable Development Goals
- An interaction design communication which rethinks concepts of audience participation, presence, and space.
Ian Carr’s U-Turn is an audio-visual graphic work which focuses on the literal and abstract nature of ‘the u-turn' as a concept, its place within the creative process, and the ways in which it can be seen as an act of protest and ultimate move to a new front.
Discovered Spaces is a collaboration between MA Interaction Design Communication students on the theme of ‘Connection’. With a hybrid participatory format of both on- and offline elements, the work explores new ways to stay connected while relearning the possibilities of interaction design and ways its relevancy can evolve during times of crisis.
Hosted by Sian Cook’s online archive of HIV/AIDS graphic ephemera, Testing Times is a reflection on language and health messages. This work draws comparisons between HIV and COVID-19 as two viruses with similar challenges but an opportunity for testing to break patterns of infection for both.
In the course of time
Developed in Microsoft Teams, made in bedrooms and photographed on windowsills and kitchen tables, In the course of time is a group portrait of makers in isolation as 2 technicians and 9 students from LCC create a remote publication in Lockdown.
DESIGN ACTION is part of London Design Festival.
Graphic Action explores new forms and design flourishes at LCC x LDF
The research group will present a scope of projects and workshops as part of the Design Action programme, which celebrates London College of Communication’s contribution to the 2020 London Design Festival.
London College of Communication’s Design School explores social innovation and sustainability at LCC x London Design Festival
Staff and students at London College of Communication have explored the role of design in ‘visioning’ the possible futures of 2030.
MA Graphic Branding and Identity students develop brand direction for LCC x London Design Festival
Commissioned by Nicky Ryan, Dean of the Design School at London College of Communication (LCC), students pitched a series of strategic and visual resolutions for the College’s contribution to the annual event.
Creative Careers: Rafa Prada on passion projects, social movements and collaboration
As we congratulate our Graduating Class of 2020, LCC industry mentor Rafa Prada shares his experiences of being a young creative, and gives his top tips for making a living by doing what you love.