Believing that graphic design is both a social act and activity, the focus of Lucienne Roberts’ TYPO London talk is graphic design in connection to everything and everyone else.
Although alarmed that in writing Good: An Introduction to Ethics in Graphic Design so many of her preconceptions were challenged, Lucienne’s utopian zeal of student days has never left her. Starting with a speedy show and tell, Lucienne talks of how gratified she is that her studio LucienneRoberts+ has recently played a part in raising awareness of the work of Spanish charity Amadip Esment; keeping trade union UCU activity in the public domain; and encouraging people to brave their squeamishness and visit the exhibition Brains: the Mind as Matter at London’s Wellcome Collection.
Joined by design educator/writer Rebecca Wright, the second half focuses on Lucienne and Rebecca’s new venture GraphicDesign&. A pioneering publishing house dedicated to creating intelligent, vivid books that explore how graphic design connects with all other things, GraphicDesign& published its first title Page 1: Great Expectations to much acclaim earlier this year. All GraphicDesign& projects partner graphic designers with experts from other fields and Lucienne and Rebecca finish alongside a current collaborator – social scientist Nikandre Kopcke calling for as diverse a range of participants possible for the GraphicDesign& TYPO London / Are you a socialiser? survey, the precursor to a more extensive project that will be published by GraphicDesign& next year.
Rebecca Wright is Programme Director of Communication Graphic Design and Course Leader of MA Communication Design at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London. She has recently joined CSM from Kingston University where she was Academic Director of Communication Design and Course Director of BA (Hons) Graphic Design. Rebecca gained her MA from the Royal College of Art and is a design educator, writer on design and co-founder – with Lucienne Roberts – of GraphicDesign&, a pioneering publishing house that explores how graphic design connects with the wider world and the value that it brings.
Rebecca has lectured, spoken at events and acted as consultant at academic institutions across the UK and abroad. Her writing on design and design education has been published in books and journals and includes Design Diaries: Creative Process in Graphic Design, co-written with Lucienne Roberts [published by Laurence King, 2010]. In 2012 GraphicDesign& published Page 1: Great Expectations, which included original contributions from 70 international designers exploring the role of typography in the way that we read. Rebecca is currently researching and writing Research Methods in Graphic Design for Laurence King, to be published in 2014.
Nikandre Kopcke gained her BA in Sociology from Edinburgh University and her MSc in Gender, Development and Globalisation from the LSE’s Gender Institute. She now divides her time between food waste activism, advocacy for the rights of migrants and refugees, and her own social enterprise, which gives unemployed and socially marginalised women the opportunity to cook professionally. Nikandre contributed to the GraphicDesign& Generalia, Phenomena, Knowledge event at London’s Design Museum in 2011 and is currently researching the GraphicDesign& Social Science title to be published in 2013.