Critical path

24 June 2013

Sharing the stage … sharing ideas

Sharing the stage … sharing ideas

Five D-Crit students team up with experts to make presentations at their graduate symposium
It’s that time of year again, when a host of graduating art and design students prepare to launch themselves upon the world. The degree shows have gone up and this year’s crew are buzzing with anticipation, writes Liz Farrelly. That’s fine if your work looks good on a wall or in a gallery. But what about the new breed of design critics on Masters courses on both sides of the Atlantic? Just how do writers make their mark?

10 April 2013

Apocalyptic words

Apocalyptic words

Do designers read and write? The Blunt conference aims to inject more writing into design education. Preview by Linda Kwon.
Graphic design is by and large a visual practice used as a tool in the service of others, writes Linda Kwon. The field of design has given little attention to nurturing an integrated practice of writing and criticism.

8 February 2013

Ian Noble (1960-2013)

Ian Noble (1960-2013)

Ian Noble was an inspiring teacher who believed in ‘a theory of practice, not the practice of theory’. Russell Bestley pays tribute to an innovator in graphic design education.
It is with great sadness that we must announce the passing of one of the great innovators in modern graphic design education, writes Russell Bestley. Ian Noble, teacher, author, designer, outstanding mentor and critical friend to both professionals and students of graphic design alike for more than 25 years, passed away on Wednesday 30 January, 2013.

28 January 2013

What type taught me about music

What type taught me about music

Rick Finlay recalls his time at Reading, a university education that was not about vocation, but ‘raw knowledge and research, and their applicability to whatever life throws at you’
As an undergraduate on the Typography course at Reading University around 1980 I found enough fellow tunesmiths to put together a five-piece band made up only of students on the course, writes Rick Finlay. We were proud of our rock-pop constructions, but also fastidious about the packaging of our demo cassette.

30 November 2012

Free listening and learning

Free listening and learning

Do university blogs still have a role to play in developing links between students, institutions, countries and disciplines? Essay by Neil McGuire
The design course blog, over a decade after blogging hit the mainstream, is still relatively rare, writes Neil McGuire. But when used imaginatively, they have the potential to enhance the educational experience on a number of levels.

10 August 2012

Golden conundrum

Golden conundrum

Five years on, the ‘dissonant’ London 2012 visual identity still doesn’t work. Meanwhile, designers pine for Tokyo, Mexico City and Munich … By Elizabeth Glickfeld
‘Let the games begin,’ they said, and so to the latest round of logo-bashing writes Elizabeth Glickfeld. It’s lucky logos don’t have feelings.
 
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