Natural Enemies of Books

Cultural & Theoretical Studies Senior Lecturer, Jess Baines, has contributed a chapter to Natural Enemies of Books: A Messy History of Women in Printing and Typography. The book is a response to the groundbreaking 1937 publication Bookmaking on the Distaff Side, which brought together contributions by women printers, illustrators, authors, typographers and typesetters. It highlights the print…

2: Uchronia: Designing Time

What time is it? Why should you care? GMD Course Leader Helga Schmid’s new book Uchronia: Designing Time questions our current system of clocks and calendars, which along with digital technologies work against natural time-givers, adversely affecting our mental and physical health.  ‘Uchronia’ means temporal utopia, and in the book Helga details how our current…

1: 24 Hours in Uchronia

Under the leadership of Course Director Helga Schmid, GMD engages with design as a time-based practice, not only the design of static things. This doesn’t simply mean working with time-based media—it means treating time itself as a design material. As an example, Helga ran a 24-hour event at Somerset House in London, designed not around clock…

Type for Type

“Not since the days of Gutenburg have we seen typography undergo as many changes as we do now”, says Pentagram’s Luke Powell in the foreword for the new, ‘Type for Type’ book published by Viction:ary. With typeface design and type modification becoming increasingly seen as almost elemental in the field of branding and identity design,…

Lunar Experiments with JavaScript

Inspired by Apollo 11, GMD Senior Lecturer Alistair McClymont has been experimenting in Java Script: https://amcc.github.io/darkmoon/ https://amcc.github.io/lightmoon/ https://amcc.github.io/lunarlanding/ “I recently read Carrying the Fire: An Astronaut’s Journeys by Michael Collins, he remained alone in the Command Module while Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin went to the surface of the Moon. His autobiography contained the below…

Mindworks

London Design Festival; ‘Emergence’ at LCC: Sept/Oct 2019 #5 Mindworks is an online collection of design around the theme of mental health and well-being, produced by students and staff across UAL, including work from the GMD course: https://www.mindworksual.com/ This new archive resource provides reflection and analysis, promotes positive understanding and counteracts stigma. It is intended…