Bill Brown & Clare Qualmann

Kaleidoscope Eyes

Image credit: Ruby Roberts

Studio philosophy

Design for the printed media remains of vital importance to our culture in a constantly changing world of communication, retaining and indeed enhancing its validity as a way of imparting and exchanging information in the virtual sea of digital detritus that now surrounds us all.

You will be encouraged to consider the particular role of and possibilities offered by the printed form and the various graphic printed media that will be explored in the module.

Exploration of graphic practices in design for print using type, commissioned illustration and/ or photography will allow you to produce design outcomes that exploit the medium of graphic design for printed media.

Kaleidoscope Eyes

‘Come to the edge’ he said
I said, I am afraid!
Come to the edge he said
I did
He pushed me…And I flew.

Thanks to Christopher Logue (A Aldridge)

Project brief

Push Pin Studios in the US started a freeform publication in 1955 which was sent to friends and clients. In 1976, the Push Pin Graphic as it was called changed its format to a bimonthly and continued publication until 1981. The young graduates who started this iconic creative studio, Milton Glaser, Seymour Chwast, Reynold Ruffins, and Edward Sorel influenced designers and artists around the world. In the UK, designers such as Alan Aldridge were producing fantastical and innovative graphic design for a rich mix of clients – from Penguin Books to the Beatles – as he says, “…those dream-weavers of the mythic sixties (the Beatles) become a major influence on my life and early career.”

In this studio, you will have the opportunity to research, invent, plan and above all CREATE a printed creative response based on the notion: 'the Kaleidoscope Eyes of the City'. You may consider politics, the sense of place, a rejection of the urban condition as a way of life and a return to the pastoral, future cities and fantasy places, and ethical and sustainability issues.


Details

Course Graphic Design BA (Hons)
Illustration BA (Hons)
When CR625B, 41 Commercial Road
Where Tuesdays, Fridays
Tutors Bill Brown
Clare Qualmann

Students

Bertoni Bianca
Maija Bika
Francesco Maria Buzzaocarini
Irene Dossantos
Nathanael Graham
Victoria Hoff
Emily Morris
Costanza Milano
Julia Noorsoo
Carly J Pater
Darina Pavlova
Sandra Emidio Pedro
Nicholas Petrov
Joana Santos
Katarzyna Wiliwinska
Julia Wytrazek
Yana Yankova
Sofia Zolobova

Raphael Appignanesi
Hirna Bharadia
Adam Bidwell
Leo Bryan
Iselin Flem
Rashid Islam
Lone Bru Kjaer
Catrin Fraser Jones
Mohammed Khan
Le Maignan Marin
Simone Moscariecco
Marigona Osmani
Ciaran Paddock
Helene Pedersen
Donna Leigh Pitters

Studio images

Studio Paris trip

Studio Paris trip

Studio Paris trip

Studio Paris trip

Studio Paris trip

Studio Paris trip

Studio Paris trip

Studio Paris trip

Studio Paris trip

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Work in progress

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Studio Kaleidoscope Eyes - Paris trip

As part of the on-going project development and research for all Kaleidoscope Eyes creative projects, in March this year our Studio travelled to Paris. The trip was a great success – exciting and inspirational and was enjoyed by all staff and students who took part. Staying in central Paris - below are just some of the key events we visited:

Un Nouveau festival / BOOK MACHINE (Paris)

A project by Christophe Boutin, Mélanie Scarciglia and Patrick Javault

Christophe Boutin and Mélanie Scarciglia, co-founders of the publishers Onestar Press and Three Star Books, in partnership with Patrick Javault, participate in the Nouveau Festival with their joint project for Forum -1 at the Centre Pompidou. Their contribution is entitled “BOOK MACHINE (Paris)”, an event dedicated to the production process of the artist’s book in the broad sense. At the heart of the event and in the depths of the Centre Pompidou, the American artist Mika Tajima has created the scenography for a huge office, a production studio open to the public. Each day visitors can see artists, authors, graphic designers designing and creating books on request. Around this production there will be a live feed projection of the printing process and visitors can attend presentations of historic or contemporary books, lectures, discussions, screenings, and performances relating to the artist’s book.

http://www.bookmachine.info/

From the letter to the image

CURATORS: MARIE CLAUDE BECK, CHRISTINE HERPEMORA

The alphabet is one of the conventions of communication that we use in our society. This code discreetly tells stories, writes, draws and encompasses the world. Creative artists from different artistic disciplines have taken these signs, transformed them, and turned them into unusual vocabularies.

http://www.centrepompidou.fr

French Touch – Graphisme Video Electro

Les Arts Decoratifs - 107 rue de Rivoli

Les Arts Decoratifs’ exhibition focuses on the graphic designers who worked in the ‘French Touch’.

The scene was a springboard for young graphic designers who’d come straight out of college and it was the first time that there had been such a close link between a music scene and design in France.

http://parisoslo.com/the-french-touch-at-les-arts-decoratifs-in-paris/