What is publishing? How does print communicate? Where are the edges of the page? How can words become pictures and pictures become words? In this studio we explore the materiality of printed communication; we test the tools and processes used to communicate visually on the page. Like mechanics taking an engine apart, we will strip down the formats of printed and published communication to understand what they are made of and how they operate (and get dirty in the process).
Our first project gets down to basics to explore printed reproduction – how is paper made? What can ink do? Together we’ll construct a bible of materials, process and print.
For the second project we'll collaborate with writers to visualise their words, then print and publish an illustrated anthology of creative and critical writing.
During the final project, Ellipsis becomes a mini publishing empire – everyone will make and publish a launch issue of a new magazine.
An ellipsis is a 'dot-dot-dot'; the most basic visual form repeated three times to symbolise more than can be written. It is a bridge between verbal and visual communication, and the promise of something more to come...
Visual Communication studios
Studio VisCom 01: Future Past
Susanna Edwards and Michelle Salamon
Future Past is a studio run in collaboration with The Roman Road Trust.
Studio VisCom 02: Ellipsis
Angharad Lewis and Alistair Hall
In this studio we explore the materiality of printed communication; we test the tools and processes used to communicate visually on the page.
Studio VisCom 03: Design Futures
Ricardo Eversley and Emily Evans
Design Futures: A studio that authors via the lens of traditional and digital products as tools for design making, thinking, seeing and storytelling.
Studio VisCom 04: Give and Take
Sara Carneholm and Russell Weekes
In Studio Give and Take we will explore different aspects of art direction, a field that is as relevant to illustrators as it is to graphic designers.