What Think/Do's been up to –

Re-exhibiting the Reimagined / Wonderful to see the Ladybird Books Reimagined exhibit: 'The Essence of Ladybird' by Lorenzo Davitti and Sara Ortolani displayed again as part of the fantastic MA Illustration & Visual Media show at LCC. A intriguing animated film installation that fuses the everyday and the spectacular content of Ladybird Books. Info / The show is on from 4 – 7 November. Well done to all the talented participants!

Design for Social Agency / Great to be asked to include so many of our Conscientious Communicators projects in UAL’s exhibition and publication at the International Design Congress in Gwangju, South Korea. Info / The projects incorporated focussed on 'design as a force to accelerate social change' – including Critical Mass (design interventions/campaigns), Waste-Off (upcycling challenge), and LCC Green Week activities. Publication designed by MuirMcNeil.

Showtime = playtime! / A fun evening observing and interacting with the work on display; exploring and reinvigorating Ladybird Books via experimentation, craft and play. Info / Part of the London Design Festival 2015, the show runs from 11 – 21 September. Photography Ana Escobar. Exhibits shown are – Ladybird Cube game by Beatrice Giovannini, Theirry Nahayo and Jennicka Sapigo / Modern Alphabet print interactive by Samuel Ager Jay.

Installing with imagination / Yay! The Ladybird Books Reimagined build is taking shape. The exhibition (which is one of a trio of shows at London College of Communication) is the culmination of eight months of creative collaboration between the School of Design and Ladybird/Penguin Books Ltd. Info / With thanks to Rachel Pimm and Chris Shea for all their help with installation.

Design 360° / Exciting to see many of our Conscientious Communicators projects and Think/Do's 'Special Project' on Eckersley, within Asian design publication Design 360° Magazine. Featuring an extensive interview with myself and Sarah Temple on responsible creativity and design teaching. Info / Issue N.58: Design Academy.

Danger! / Wonderful pictogram. Info / Found whilst overlooking the sea in the courtyard of the Picasso Museum, Antibes.

Happy holidays / The studio will be closed until 18 August.
Info / My 'Wish You Were Here...' image (created from the backs of philatelists' postcards) for Fabrica's Mail Me publication by Electa.

A rubbish evening / Great to celebrate the collaboration, culmination and documentation of Waste-Off, with participants from across the University. See the film here. Credits / Wonderfully resourceful projects from the students at Central Saint Martins, London College of Communication, Camberwell College of Arts and London College of Fashion.

Present and correct / A fun two days judging the Reimagining Ladybird Books project. Credits / Well done to all the talented LCC design and illustrations students that presented. Image – Ladybird Learning to Read Book: Going to School.

The Museum of Reinvention / Time to display our LCC response to the UAL Waste-Off challenge. The Museum consist of two cabinets made from reclaimed, upcycled and reinvented materials and objects – to act as inspirational examples, teaching tools and unexpected ‘creative curiosities.’ Credits and thanks / Waste-Off is a Conscientious Communicators Research Hub project with CLTAD funding. The aim of which is to give waste new value and help establish freecycle locations and material sharing. Concept and project management: Sarah Temple & Tara Hanrahan. Collaborator: Designer-maker Jan Hendzel. Cabinet makers: Romain Meunier, Ben O’Hare & Dilesh Patel. Sign writers: Corin Kennington & Sean Messin. Exhibitors: students (from across BA (Hons) Graphic & Media Design, Illustration & Visual Media, Live Events/Production & TV, Foundation Diploma in Art & Design), Anna Cennamo & Martina Giulianelli (alumni) and Barbara Salvadori.

The X Challenge / A productive day creating images and campaign materials in support of Global Divestment Day and a fossil-free future. With thanks to / Cathy Gale, David Cross and our fantastic UAL participants.

Natural Capital / This year's Green Week (9 – 13 February) at LCC will unpick the theme of 'nature and the city' and will investigate how designers, filmmakers, journalists, photographers and communicators are responding to the environmental and social issues of our time. Discover more and book events here. More info / Creative Review's blog. Quote / Leonardo Da Vinci.

A special collection / A fantastic follow up to the Ladybird by Design exhibition opening at the De La Warr Pavilion. Such a privilege to look through original artwork and illustrations from the archive. With thanks to / Sara Glenn, Ronnie Fairweather and the University of Reading Special Collections for their artefacts, insight and patience. Photography Lewis Bush.

Book briefing / At five o’clock we launched the Reimagining Ladybird Books project as part of Vintage Ladybird’s centenary celebrations. With thanks to / Ronnie Fairweather for a wonderful talk and all the team at Penguin for their support. Credit / A Ladybird Learning to Read Book: Telling the Time by M.E.Gagg, illustrations by J. H. Wingfield. 1962.

Festive wishes / The studio will be closed until 06 January.
Info / Postcard found (and given) by Luce Wignarajah. Discovered at The Bloomsbury Ephemera Fair, London, 2014. Image is based on Beat the Whites with the Red Wedge, El Lissitzky, 1920.

Design by Nature / An inspirational start to our urban bio-hacking project with a fascinating set of talks addressing everything from biomimcry to future fictions, via bio-plastics, mushrooms and cellular behaviour.
With thanks to / Richard James MacCowan (Biomimicry UK), Danny Miller (Human After All), Leo Hollis (author of Cities are Good for You), Johanna Schmeer, Rob Kesseler (UAL Chair of Arts, Design & Science), Richard Underwood, Dr Bob Bloomfield OBE, James Wood, Aran Dasan (Ento), Peter Crnokrak (The Luxury of Protest), Veronica Kingsley (Interface), Tobias Revell (LCC and Superflux). CLTAD funded. Image credit / 'Études d'aprés nature' – Point et ligne, Ernst Rottger & Dieter Klante, 1971. (Found in a Brussels flea market 2011).

Challenge time! / Exciting to launch our cross-University project which will pit Colleges against one another in a challenge to give their waste new value.
With thanks to our inspirational speakers and collaborators / Stephen Reid: Deputy Vice Chancellor of UAL, Ian Lane: UAL Head of Sustainability, Dr Rosemary Willatt: Sustainability Coordinator at LCF, Jan Hendzel of Hendzel + Hunt and Audrey Gaulard of The Polyfloss Factory. Waste-Off is a UAL Conscientious Communicators project with CLTAD funding. Film credits / filming and editing: Archie Sinclair, animation: Alessia Arcuri, 24hr Design Challenge Footage: Ana Garcia and Samuel Abrahams, background photography: Jihye Lee, music: Richard Coles.

Oooo... Aaaah... / Beautiful vintage firework posters and packaging.
Info / 'Wallop! – The Best Name in Fireworks'. Photographed during Simon Costin's Folk: Fact and Fiction, talk at LCC's Green Week 2014.

Blast from the past / Nice to catch up with other contributing alumni at the opening of the GraphicsRCA: Fifty Years exhibition. Featuring original pieces from the College archive and design work made by students from the past five decades.
Info / 5 November – 22 December, Royal College of Art.

50 Years of Illustration / Showtime! Charting the rich history of contemporary illustration, from the rampant idealism of the 1960s to the digital explosion of the 1990s as well as the increasing diversification taking place in the twenty-first century.
Info & Reviews / London College of Communication, Upper Street Gallery: Saturday 13 September – Friday 31 October, from 10:00am – 5:00pm (closed on Sundays). Private View: Thursday 18 September. The exhibition accompanies the launch of a new book of the same title by Professor Lawrence Zeegen, Dean of the School of Design at LCC and Caroline Roberts Editor of Grafik. Find out more: Guardian and Laurence King Publishing. Photography by Ana Escobar.

Life as pie / Fun to see my badges (Eat, Sleep, Work, Play) for Stereohype's B.I.O. (by invitation only) series 14 – currently exhibited as part of their 1,000 button badge collection and 10 year anniversary exhibition.
Info / Find out more about Stereohype's show and catalogue here.

160 / A trio of shows (50 + 100 + 10) opens at London College of Communication as part of the London Design Festival 2014. Discover more on Creative Review's blog and LCC's site.
Info / 50 Years of Illustration, book written by Professor Lawrence Zeegen and Caroline Roberts, (published by Laurence King Publishing) + Celebrating the Centenary of Five Pioneers of the Poster, by Alan Kitching and Monotype + Stereohype 2004 – 2014, by Stereohype/Fl@33. Photography by Ana Escobar.

Fabrication frenzy / A crazy couple of weeks constructing 50 Years of Illustration and 160 branding. See a short film about it here.
With thanks to / Charlotte Emerson, Ash Williamson, Chris/Andy Shea and Luke Povey for all their help and hard work. Film by Bam Productions.

Woo-hoo two! / We have won another UAL sustainability award. Judges felt our Critical Mass (a short film about the project can be viewed here) project had 'impressive scale and scope that demonstrated a sustained commitment to sustainability and the enhancement of students’ learning / engaged with the curriculum in innovative ways that drew successfully upon sustainable pedagogies / had strong internal and external partner collaboration that was reciprocally beneficial.' (Judging panel - Professor Jeremy Till, David Cross, Professor Susan Orr, Professor Lucy Orta and Professor Dilys Williams.)
Note / 'Critical Mass' is a Conscientious Communicators project with CLTAD funding, created in collaboration with Sarah Temple at London College of Communication, plus LCC BA Graphic & Media Design, BA Design Cultures, MA Graphic Design, BA Journalism and 'Inside Out' collaborators at LCF.

EDIT 01 at New Blood / Great to exhibit Design Works at D&AD's graduate show (and to win ‘Best New Blood Stand’ for all the effort!
Info / LCC blog and Computer Arts write-ups. With thanks to Ash Williamson, Nicky Teegan, Alice Clark and The Sheas for their assistance.

EDIT 01 launches / Début of EDIT 01: Design Works at London College of Communication's summer show. The first issue in a series of publications from and about the School of Design, it showcases 30 diverse and creative undergraduate projects.
Info / The publication can be viewed here. With thanks to Ash Williamson, Caroline Roberts, Nina Crane, Simon Leibowitz, Gregor Garber and Calverts for all their help.

Psychedelic stickers / Love the colour and shape combinations in this set of vintage vinyl.
Info / 1960/70's Colouroll Stick-Up found in Dorset.

Inside Out / Inspiring to join LCC Graphic and Media Design students (in collaboration with London College of Fashion) on Oxford Street – turning our outfits inside out and asking the public to join us in asking 'Who Made Your Clothes?'
Info / Part of Fashion Revolution Day, which asks for greater transparency within the fashion industry and takes place on the one year anniversary of the tragic Rana Plaza disaster. Inside Out is a student-led initiative stemming from the Critical Mass project.

Design Dialogues / An engaging start (with Sennep) to our new informal presentations and conversations (20 mins present / 20 mins discuss / 20 mins network). An opportunity for LCC postgraduate students and ‘Friends of the School of Design’ to meet and learn about UAL Chairs, Visiting Professors, Visiting Fellows and Industry Practitioners.
Info / Dialogues take place every fortnight (RSVP essential). Speakers include: Nick Bell / Tony Chambers & Sarah Douglas (Wallpaper* magazine) / Fred Deakin / Will Hudson & Alex Bec (It’s Nice That) / Angus Hyland (Pentagram) / Alex Jarvis (BERG) / Scott King / Matt Rice & Hege Aaby (Sennep) / Sanky (AllofUs) / John Walters (Eye magazine).

HI-HO / Instructions from a fantastic 1930's puzzle made from seven geometric Bakelite pieces.
Credit / 'The whole is greater than the sum of its parts', Aristotle, Metaphysics.

Survival / An exciting mid-point to the week – activists and communicators coming together to discuss the role of the media in campaigning for social change and environmental awareness. Speakers included amongst others: Stephen Corry (Survival International), Dr Bob Bloomfield OBE (Bio-Diverse), Ciril Jazbec (documentary photographer), Hannah Davey (Liberate Tate and Green Peace)...
Info / Visuals (photography by Lewis Bush and Ana Escobar) of the debate and other activities from the week can be viewed here. Credit / Image of today's Green Week title installation created by Josie Molloy.

Critical Mass / A fantastic start to LCC's Green Week as Graphic and Media Design students display work that demonstrates how creative campaigns can be a catalyst for change. Elsewhere, the College was buzzing with documentary photography exhibitions, an interactive AV installation by D-Fuse, biopolymer making with the Materials Council, Future Thinking with Thomas Thwaites and Harry Trimble and D&AD White Pencil workshops...
Info / More information on Green Week events and booking available here or via the programme. Many thanks to Peter, Tom, Amba and Ben for helping with the exhibition.

Should you require further persuasion / The Eckersley show is listed as a must see in the Observer and features as Time Out's exhibition of the week!
Info / For more information and reviews visit Time Out and the Guardian. The poster shown is promoting an exhibition of publicity design by the Society of Industrial Artists, at De La Rue House in 1960.

Showtime / A great opening night.
Info / Tom Eckersley – Master of The Poster, 10 – 29 January at London College of Communication. More images of the show here and here. Photography by Lewis Bush.

More letters, ladders and lovely posters / Hurrah! The Eckersley show is up. A complete joy and privilege to curate and design the exhibition and graphics for such an iconic and influential designer.
Info / Details of the show and images of the master's work here at Creative Review, It's Nice That and Design Week.

Festive wishes for 2014 / The studio will be closed until 06 January.

A poster for the master / Exciting to see the overprinted posters for the 'Tom Eckersley – Master of the Poster' exhibition in production. The show, featuring 40 archival posters, opens at London College of Communication on the 10 January. More to come...
With thanks to LCC technicians / Barbara Salvadori (screen-printing) and Tony Yard, Scott House (litho).

Lateral thinking / I have discovered some wonderfully simple typographic diagrams in this 1970's classic on the nature of creative thought.
Credit / The Use of Lateral Thinking, a Pelican Book by Edward de Bono "… the very elusiveness of new ideas indicates that they do not necessarily come about as a result of logical thought processes."

Excited by Eckersley / Wonderful to have the opportunity to explore and appreciate the beautifully simple and strikingly clever poster designs of Tom Eckersley at the London College of Communication (LCC) Archives today.
Note / Eckersley taught at LCC (then LCP) from 1954, where he established the first ever undergraduate graphic design courses in the UK. Enjoy some of his work here and watch this space for more to come.

Getting closer to raw materials / Forum for the Future follow-up on the paper mill visit I took part in and look at why designers are a good starting point for change.
Article / Green Futures. Image / Samples of mill material – from waste, via pulp to paper.

Expanded designers / A fun day debating and workshopping the role of 'Manufacture & Sustainability' within design. Great to share the stage and debate with Orsola de Castro (From Somewhere), Kieron Kirkland (Make Things Do Stuff), Luise Vormittag and Darryl Clifton. The workshop examined everyday objects and asked 'Could they have been designed differently to make them more ecologically viable? Or is there a different way to address the need altogether?
Note / The Expanded Designer is a written exploration of how design might relate to five focal points of current sociopolitical debate. (UAL – Camberwell College of Art, BA Design Programme).

Conscientious conversations / An interesting morning showcasing LCC's work on eco-social creativity and discussing ideas around teaching sustainable practice with staff and students from across UAL. Inspiring (and informative) to learn about progressive work and innovative techniques taking place at Centre for Sustainable Fashion, Textile Futures Research Centre, CSM Product Design and MA Narrative Environments, plus many more…
Note / 'Integrating Sustainable Practice' is an initiative to establish a UAL network of practitioners committed to embedding sustainability within the curriculum.

Posters Selected from the Icograda Archives / Show opens at London College of Communication (Phew!). 31 August – 13 September, from 10:00am – 5:00pm (closed on Sundays).
Info & Reviews / Icograda and It's Nice That. Photography by Ana Escobar.

Letters, ladders and lovely posters / The show is almost ready to open! Posters Selected from the Icograda Archives at London College of Communication. 'Across two days, 15 leading creatives took one hour to digitally view 2,000 posters and make their shortlist of five. The 75 short-listed posters were extracted from their cabinets by four archival experts and deliberated over for 45 minutes by all. There was one photographer to capture the events, two curators to keep everyone to task and 45 posters selected for exhibiting.'
With thanks to / Alice Clark and Nicola Yuen for amazing support and assistance.

Happy holidays / The studio will be closed until 19 August.

Work in progress / Great to drop by the workshop and print rooms today to see some of the elements for 'selected' (posters from the icograda archive) under fabrication.
With thanks to / LCC technicians: Alex Cooper, Gregor Garber, Scott House and Tony Yard.

Got the measure / Loving these rulers I found in a junk shop.
Note / Made by: Helix, Rabone Chesterman and Stephens. Previous owners labelled as: A.F. King, T. Smith and C. Taylor.

Woo-hoo! / Design That Matters has won a UAL Sustainability Award for 'demonstrating a sustained, progressive and critical engagement with supporting sustainable thinking and action.' (Judging panel - Professor Susan Orr, Professor Lawrence Zeegen, David Cross, Professor Helen Storey, Mat Hunter – Design Council and Clare Brass – RCA Sustain.)
Note / 'Design That Matters' is a Conscientious Communicators project created in collaboration with the GMD courses and Sarah Temple at London College of Communication.

Mill visit extraordinaire / A insightful two days in France exploring the Greenfield and Wizernes mills. It was a real privilege to learn all about their unique and innovative recycled paper production and to witness first-hand the complex processes of pulping, screening, decontamination, de-inking, whitening, draining, drying, calendering, coating, wrapping, cutting… More about it (including my short interview) on the Great Recovery blog.
Note / With thanks to Arjowiggins and Antalis for hosting and Calverts for making it happen. Photography by Leonora Oppenheim for the Great Recovery.

Round two of archival rummaging / Uncovering more spectacular posters with another illustrious bunch – Fraser Muggeridge, Andy Altmann (Why Not Associates), Anthony Burrill, Sarah Douglas (Wallpaper*), George Hardie, Will Hudson (It's Nice That), Roderick Mills, Chrissie Macdonald and Lucy Vigrass (Peepshow Collective).
Note / With thanks to the very patient Design Archives team.

Rifling through the Icograda Archive / A brilliant day choosing from over 2,000 posters. Accompanying delvers were the very talented – Noma Bar, Nick Bell, Kate Sclater (Hyperkit), Matt Rice (Sennep), Emma Thomas (A Practice for Everyday Life) and Ian Wright.
Note / More to follow...

Coincidental discovery / Finding a word-play game just as I start toying with naming ideas for a new project.
Note / Shake Words – Fun With Letters, Peter Pan (Educational), date unknown.

Happy Easter / The studio will be closed until 12 April.
Note / The oldest recorded reference to the conundrum can be found in the discussions and essays of the Greek historian Mestrius Plutarchus, born in 46AD. "The problem about the egg and the hen, which of them came first, was dragged into our talk... my comrade said that with a small problem, as with a tool, we were rocking loose a great and heavy one, that of the creation of the world."

Design That Matters / A student exhibition of ideas with eco-social objectives, generated in response to LCC's Green Week themes. Great to be able to help facilitate designing and problem solving for real-world benefit. 
Credit / Second year BA(Hons) Graphic & Media Design and FdA Design for Graphic Communication. CLTAD funded.

Green Week / Thomas Thwaites and Harry Trimble's Repair Workshop provided a fantastic start to LCC's week-long hiatus of creative activity exploring the environmental themes of Waste, Transport, Consumption, Biodiversity and Water. Discover the daily activities documented here.
Credit / Working with Sarah Temple, films by Leightgeist Media.

Creative balance / Nice to see a collaborative idea coming to life – working with Thomas.Matthews to create the identity for this year's 100% Design show.
Credit / Jointly appointed design agency Form have art directed photographer Sara Morris and stylist Sandy Suffield to create the wonderfully balanced objects for the posters (as featured in CR Blog).

With love / This beautiful 1920's playing card I found captures the sentiment perfectly. Note / The first recorded association of Valentine's Day with romantic love is in Parlement of Foules by Geoffrey Chaucer. In 1382 he wrote "For this was Saint Valentine's Day, when every bird cometh there to choose his mate."

Environmental experts / A wonderful week-long briefing and primary research programme to kick-start our second year LCC Graphics project – Design That Matters. Working in collaboration with 40 practitioners, innovators, campaigners and CSR experts to inspire and inform. A short student film of this process can be viewed here.
Credit / With thanks to – Centre for Sustainable Fashion, ClientEarth, Ecolabs, The Environment Agency, Feeding the 5,000, Friends of the Earth, Futerra, The Great Recovery, Ground to Ground, Hackney Pound, The Healthy Air Campaign, The John Muir Trust, London Cycling Campaign, The London Orchard Project, The London Wildlife Trust, Liberate Tate, Living Streets, The Millennium Seed Bank Kew, Natural History Museum, Plane Stupid, Refl-act, The Restart Project, Sanitation Ventures, Thames 21, Tourism Concern, Trees for Cities, Virtual Water, Waste of the World, WaterAid.

Festive wishes / The studio will be closed until 06 January 2013.
Credit / Studio shelf with wooden polar bears, circa 1976.

2012 / Edited highlights
Conscientious Communicators / An exciting new collaborative approach to ethical and sustainable creativity within LCC; via project briefs, a symposium, workshop and film premiere (view here). Shop, give, help... / The re-branded shop for Alzheimers Dementia Support opens. LCC Green Week / Exhibitions, workshops, talks and screenings exploring sustainability – from design to activism, via craft and ingenuity. Everything Must Go / Reuse of 'Waste of The World' exhibition (Tim Mitchell photography of fabric sorting, Cathy Wren's waste clothes coils and Meghna Gupta's film 'Unravel'). A year to celebrate / Screenprint edition of 2012 family birthdays and anniversaries.

2011 / Edited highlights
Playtime goes big / Great to see an idea realised – collaborating with the Useful Simple Trust to create a low-tech engineering interactive for the Big Bang science fair. In The Making… / Graphics for the MA Kingston Show coming together. Somewhere over the rainbow… / Reflecting on the current socio-ecomomic climate. (Note for recovery: Violet is the colour of harmony. It is also the colour at one extreme end of the spectrum). This Is Who We Are / The School of Communication's Platform Show opens. Working with the Kingston University team to creatively direct an eclectic and interactive exhibition of staff, alumni and student design. 'Inspired' / A small Design Week article from me on Justin Knowles. Serious fun / My New Year's resolution for designers.