Activist Spaces and the Relationship Between Designers and Social Movements – The Common House

Meeting in Bethnal Green this week for our seminar, rather than at University, we were introduced to the collectively owned space 'The Common House'. The Common House was rented in 2013, with several activist groups contributing towards costs. This was due to a lack of spaces being accessible in the hours needed for the groups to… Continue reading Activist Spaces and the Relationship Between Designers and Social Movements – The Common House

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Points of Intervention

Action can be strategically targeted in specific places to intervene with the operation of a system. In order to have the greatest impact on the audience, organisers consciously consider the place of intervention, to open the way for change. A contemporary example of a point of intervention is the 'Space, not Spikes' protest. This group of artists… Continue reading Points of Intervention

Brock Davis – Turnstile

For this research task, we were specifically told not to look at Banksy, which I can understand as by may of those interested in social design, Banksy is considered overrated and is judged for the commercialism of his work. However this commercialism does increase awareness and get his somewhat poignant messages across. It’s important to… Continue reading Brock Davis – Turnstile

Year 2, CTS – Design Activism

Resistance, revolt, revolution and dissent enrich our history and have shaped contemporary society. In the communication of these forms of activism, design has played a key part. The first CTS topic I have chosen for my second year of studying Graphic and Media Design is Design Activism, in which we are exploring how artists and designers within… Continue reading Year 2, CTS – Design Activism

Language as Material: Materiality and Method – Andrea Mason

"Uncreative writing mirrors the ethos of net neutral advocates, claiming that one way of treating language is materially, focusing on formal qualities as well as communicative ones. ... even in their most abstracted form, letters are embedded with semantic, semiotic, historical, cultural and associative meanings." (Goldsmith, 2011) This lecture continued on from the theme of… Continue reading Language as Material: Materiality and Method – Andrea Mason

Left Brain, Right Brain – Harriet Edwards

Looking at the way the brain works, particularly focusing on the functionality of the two hemispheres; this lecture followed on from Edward's previous, about Line and Memory. In preparation we were asked to read an extract from ‘The Master and His Emissary’ by Iain McGilchrist, 2009. This introduced us to the idea that the left and… Continue reading Left Brain, Right Brain – Harriet Edwards