Cover Illustration and Endsleeves for the Woodhill Park Critical Forum. A publication compiling essays and transcripts relating to a series of discussion events that were organised by students and tutors from the RCA Communication Art and Design Dept in 2005/06. The Woodhill Park Critical forums represented a free space for debate outwith the Communication schools curriculum and were organised by students and lecturers on a voluntary basis.
The director of the forums asked me to create an illustration and endsleeves that would cast a critical gaze on developments both structurally and pedagogically within the college since the introduction of the 1997 teaching and higher education bill. The image depicts the RCA Darwin Building with a new glass exterior. This alludes to plans for a glass extension to the building that was denied planning permission on the grounds of imposing upon the eyeline of the Royal Albert Hall.
Mapmaking fulfills one of our most ancient and deepseated desires: understanding the world around us and our place in it. But maps need not just show continents and oceans: there are maps to heaven and hell; to happiness and despair; maps of moods, matrimony, and mythological places. There are maps to popular culture, from Gulliver’s Island to Gilligan’s Island. There are speculative maps of the world before it was known, and maps to secret places known only to the mapmaker. Artists’ maps show another kind of uncharted realm: the imagination. What all these maps have in common is their creators’ willingness to venture beyond the boundaries of geography or convention.
You Are Here is a wide-ranging collection of such superbly inventive maps. These are charts of places you’re not expected to find, but a voyage you take in your mind: an exploration of the ideal country estate from a dog’s perspective; a guide to buried treasure on Skeleton Island; a trip down the road to success; or the world as imagined by an inmate of a mental institution. With over 100 maps from artists, cartographers, and explorers, You are Here gives the reader a breath-taking view of worlds, both real and imaginary.
Zander’s Ikono Showbook profiles 50 designers from around the world, chosen for their exceptional print graphic design. The Showbook had a limited printing / limited distribution to select ad agencies and design firms in the US and Europe. Highlighted designers include: Tokion Magazine, Spex, Hauptsache, Boboli, RMA 2501, Bimbosculptures, Toro! Toro!, Zivilcourage, Hoffmann Fotodesign, American Flowerpot, Figuren, Fons Goes China, Jungfrau, and many more.
Published on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Werkplaats Typografie in Arnhem, this publication is a record of work produced by over 60 participants who have studied at this Dutch post-graduate programme. More than just an analogy, the archive represented in this engaging publication is an interpretation of the history of this graphic design school that is presented as a subjective, incomplete and sometimes inimitable set of entries.
This collection of interviews about the relationship between creative youth culture and the commercial world sheds new light on recent trends in hipster capitalism. Contributors include Mike Clark, Karl Grandin, Marco Sterk, Influenza, Best Company, Pepijn Lanen and Erosie.
Combining a wide-ranging discussion of the major issues of design with detailed and practical information, Norman Potter looks at the possibilities and limits of design, considers the designer as artisan and as artist, and asks: “What is good design?”What is a Designer prompts its readers to think and act for themselves. The work adds up to a powerful and endlessly rewarding resource for students of all ages. First published in 1969, the book is now reissued to present the enduring core of Potter’s arguments. An afterword by Robin Kinross sets the work andits author in their contexts.
Wabi sabi, the quintessential Japanese design aesthetic, is quickly gaining popularity around the world, as evidenced by recent articles in Time, The Chicago Tribune and Kyoto Journal. Taken from the Japanese words wabi, which translates to less is more, and sabi, which means attentive melancholy, wabi sabi refers to an awareness of the transient nature of earthly things and a corresponding pleasure in the things that bear the mark of this impermanence. As a design style, wabi sabi helps us to appreciate the simple beauty in imperfection—of a chipped vase or a rainy day, for example.