Rob Dickins, Alice Rawsthorn, Tom Hulme // LCC’s 2014 Honorary Doctors

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LCC Graduation 2014

Every year, as part of our graduation ceremonies, University of the Arts London presents the awards of Honorary Doctor, Fellow and Master to recognise an individual’s achievement in their field. Previous Honorary fellows of the University include Sarah Burton, Anthony Caro, Hussein Chalayan, Dato’ Jimmy Choo, Jarvis Cocker, Terence Conran, Tom Eckersley, Colin Firth, John Galliano, Gilbert and George, Antony Gormley, Sarah Greenwood and Anish Kapoor.

This year LCC honored Tom Hulme, Rob Dickins and Alice Rawsthorn.

Three years after graduating with honours from Loughborough University, Rob Dickins was named managing director of Warner Bros Music Publishing. So began a distinguished 40-year career in which he signed such household names as Prince, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Chic, Cher, Enya and the Sex Pistols. In 1983, Dickins became the chairman of Warner Music UK, remaining in the role until December 1998. He was awarded a CBE for services to the music industry in 2002.

Born in Manchester in 1958, Alice Rawsthorn discovered design “by accident” while studying art history at the University of Cambridge. After 15 years as a journalist with the Times, she became the paper’s design critic. In 2001 she began a five-year tenure as the Design Museum’s director. Rawsthorn is a regular contributor to the BBC London, the Guardian and the International New York Times. Rawsthorn is a trustee of the Whitechapel Gallery and Arts Council England, an honorary senior fellow of the Royal College of Art and has served on the Turner Prize jury. She was awarded an OBE for services to design and the arts earlier this year.

Fusing his degree in physics from the University of Bristol with an MBA from Harvard Business School, Tom Hulme began his career by creating Magnom: a start-up based on a new design for magnetic filters, now used in Formula 1 cars, JCBs and central heating systems across the world. Hulme’s work has earned him a place in The Wired 100 annual survey of top digital ‘power brokers’, and London Evening Standard’s list of London’s 1,000 most influential people.

See more photos from our 2014 graduation.

UAL Teaching Awards and Course Rep Awards: LCC winners

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The 2014 UAL Teaching Awards and Course Rep Awards were held last month at Central St Martin’s Platform Bar, with nine winners awarded from each College.

Organised by the Students’ Union and voted for by UAL students, the awards recognise great academic and technical staff across the University, along with students who have worked to improve the educational experience.

The London College of Communication winners were announced as:

Teaching Awards //

Paul Bowman, Illustration and Visual Media
Frode Hegland, Advertising
John Himbury, IT
Paul Jackson, Design for Graphic Communication
Catherine Smith, Design for Graphic Communication
Esther Teichmann, Photography

Course Rep Awards //

Marc Dataro
Andrew Gates
Amara Rossell

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Congratulations to all those who won!

LCC students’ projects selected by Intel for Digital Summer Trip 2014

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Visiting pupils interact with the ‘Musical Crosswalk’ project

Two projects by MDes Service Design Innovation and MA Interaction Design Communication students were recently selected by Intel to be exhibited in their tent at Digital Summer Trip 2014.

The projects resulted from a three-week exploratory design project between LCC students and technology giants Intel, focused on new opportunities to adopt and seamlessly integrate environmental sensors into daily life.

The students worked with sensors monitoring noise, light, proximity and air quality, developing prototypes and service scenarios for future applications.

They began with the following questions:

  • How can citizens be empowered to change their daily practices and to engage with the environment in new and different ways?
  • How can a non-professional public become empowered to generate knowledge about their environmental conditions?
  • How can Internet of Things (IoT) objects be configured and designed to repair a broken world?
  • What opportunities are there through IoT devices to develop cultural exchanges by gathering information from different regions and countries relating to community/environmental challenges?

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Above: LCC students demonstrate their work at Digital Summer Trip 2014

Finished projects ‘EcoFurby’ and ‘Musical Crosswalk’ were chosen as they fitted well with the playful nature of Intel’s other exhibits at the Digital Summer Trip technology show, which took place from 3-5 July at east London’s Tech City.

The event was aimed at educators and secondary school students, and the video below shows pupils interacting with ‘Musical Crosswalk’, designed to encourage pedestrians, and particularly young people, to cross the road safely:

Read about MDes Service Design Innovation

Read about MA Interaction Design Communication

LCC Graduate wins both the Santander University of Brighton Enterprise Competition and the UAL SEED Fund


‘STORY’, Image and design copyright Melanie Smith, WeAreStory, 2014.

Melanie Smith, an LCC Postgraduate Diploma Design for Visual Communication graduate, recently won both the Santander University of Brighton Enterprise Competition and the UAL SEED Fund.

Melanie, who graduated from LCC in 2013, has since gone on to set up her own design company called Smith and Wonder. Before studying at LCC Melanie did a two year foundation degree in Graphic Design at Brighton University. The Santander University of Brighton Enterprise Competition is open to students and graduates of the university and each year the university hosts the competition to find the Most Enterprising Community Project, Most Innovative Product New Product and Most Entrepreneurial Service.


‘STORY’, Image and design copyright Melanie Smith, WeAreStory, 2014.

The winner of each category was awarded £2750 to invest in their original idea. Melanie won in the Most Innovative Product category for her creative idea of a storytelling kit for children, ‘STORY’.


‘STORY’, Image and design copyright Melanie Smith, WeAreStory, 2014.

Melanie has also just been awarded the UAL SEED Fund, a scheme that offers up to £5000 worth of funding along with mentoring and legal advice to young entrepreneurs with exciting business ideas. She explains “I really didn’t expect to win both awards, and it means that STORY is very close to becoming a reality for me. It’s exciting to now have the opportunity to work for myself, and bring some of my ideas to life”

Read more about Postgraduate Diploma Design for Visual Communication.

Read more about ‘STORY’. 

Research // William Raban’s ‘Beating the Bridges: Richmond to Dartford’ at Museum of London Docklands exhibition

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Still from ‘Beating the Bridges: Richmond to Dartford’ by William Raban. 11’ 15”, 16mm/video, colour, 1998.

‘Beating the Bridges: Richmond to Dartford’ by filmmaker and LCC Professor of Film William Raban is showing in a film installation as part of the Museum of London Docklands’ current ‘Bridge’ exhibition.

The free exhibition, which draws on the museum’s art collections to consider the significance of bridges within the London landscape, is open now until Sunday 2 November.

As well as exploring how London’s bridges allow people to experience the city, the show looks ahead to projects such as Thomas Heatherwick’s ambitious ‘Garden Bridge’ proposal, playing with the ideas of destination and crossing and tackling the key debates surrounding London and its bridges.

William’s 1998 film follows the Thames from the wealthy suburbs of west London, past the familiar landmarks of Chelsea, Westminster and the City, to the industrial flatlands beyond Dartford Bridge.

The 30 bridges spanning this stretch of the river provide acoustic spaces filled on the film’s soundtrack by ambient reverb and a live percussion score.

‘Beating the Bridges’ is presented in its own screening room within the gallery and will show continuously every day.


‘Beating the Bridges: Richmond to Dartford’ installed at Museum of London Docklands

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LCC Student wins The Print Futures Award Scheme


Mirabel Fawcett, 2014.

Mirabel Fawcett, an LCC Postgraduate Diploma Design for Visual Communication student, recently won The Print Futures Award Scheme. The scheme offers grants to support young people studying or training in printing, publishing or the graphic arts. Each year only twenty people are awarded the grants in the UK.

After submitting a written application Mirabel was invited to an interview at the St Bride Foundation. Mirabel showed a selection of her work from different projects, all of which have elements that are tactile and handmade. If possible she binds the books she makes with a needle and thread, and in her latest project she has opted for cutting circles out by hand rather than having them laser-cut.


Mirabel Fawcett, 2014.


Mirabel Fawcett, 2014.

Mirabel explains “Continuing the theme of print and its tactile presence which I have been exploring at LCC, I am just starting my final project for the course, which will explore the role of independent publications in a technologically driven society.”


Mirabel Fawcett, 2014.

Mirabel, who studied Modern Languages before coming to LCC, has a particular interest in the design and production of independent publications, and after completing her course she hopes to gain more experience in print and the graphic arts and then come back to study further.


Mirabel Fawcett, 2014.


Mirabel Fawcett, 2014.


Read more about the Postgraduate Diploma Design for Visual Communication.

See more of Mirabel’s work.

Magnum Photos // New LCC Short Course

CHINA. Beijing. Tiananmen Square. 1989.

Stuart Franklin, Tiananmen Square, 1989.

London College of Communication has teamed up with the prestigious photography cooperative, Magnum Photos, to create a short course in documentary photography.

The one-off course will be led by LCC expert educators alongside Magnum’s acclaimed photographers Chris Steele-Perkins and Stuart Franklin.

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Chris Steele-Perkins, Red Deer, Croydon, 1976.

Stuart Franklin, who won a World Press Award for his iconic 1989 photographs of Tiananmen Square, explains “It’s truly a delight to be tutoring on this course. Documentary photography is enjoying something of a rebirth, a new energy, so it’s a great time to be a part of this partnership with LCC.”

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Stuart Franklin, Tokyo, Stock exchange, 1987.

Photography at LCC has recently attracted industry attention following senior lecturer, Esther Teichmann, winning the 2014 Levallois Prize, which will see her work exhibited in Paris in October 2014.

Another growing name is Jessica Bishopp, an LCC student who taught the basics of photography to 18 students from The Gambia Senior Secondary School in Banjul – her main focus was to explore photography in relation to the students and their environment, and tell a story through an image. Jessica has been selected as a finalist for the Creative Conscience Awards 2014 for this project.

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Chris Steele-Perkins, Druidstone, dogs playing seen through broken window, 2001

Karin Askham, LCC Dean, Faculty of Media commented, “LCC is committed to stretching educational norms and pushing industry boundaries. This collaboration with Magnum sees two world leading institutions joining together, to deliver a course that resonates in a world inspired by images.”

ETHIOPIA. feeding centre for people displaced by famine. 1983.

Chris Steele-Perkins, Ethiopia, feeding centre for people displaced by famine, 1983.

An agency synonymous with international names and ‘concerned’ photography, the Magnum photography documentary course runs for three weeks and will include access to the Magnum Print Room, book production and a graduation party.

Find out more about the Magnum Short Course and sign up.

News // LCC Animation success at anti-Heathrow film competition


Still from ‘Say NO’, Kevin Jarin and Jake Green, 2014.

A controversial short-film, made by two LCC BA (Hons) Animation students, has won second prize at the ‘No Ifs No Buts’ anti-Heathrow film competition backed by MP Zac Goldsmith.

Kevin Jarin and Jake Green’s animated submission ‘Say NO’ depicts a jumbo jet crashing into a street of houses. Kevin explains “the film acts as a metaphor for the way in which the third runway would ruin the lives of people who live nearby” however others have taken the film more literally. The video has been attacked as “in appalling taste” by pro-Heathrow campaign group ‘Back Heathrow’, made up of businesses, residents and unions.

Conservative MP Zac Goldsmith disagrees, explaining “the film is an animated metaphor for the devastation airport expansion would cause in West London, and that was blindingly obvious to the eight hundred–strong audience at Richmond Theatre, who voted for it. This Heathrow-funded lobby group has deliberately misinterpreted it, and is being disingenuous, as ever.”

Whilst the competition clearly deals with a controversial topic, Kevin and Jake are grateful to have had their film, which took six weeks to make, shared so widely, “we were thrilled by the responses from the judges on the night and also the support of the audience, we didn’t expect to get into the top fifteen let alone top three.”

Their animation came second in the competition, which featured celebrity judges Hugh Grant, Holly Willoughby and Boris Johnson’s sister Rachel. Their £3000 prize will come in handy for Jake, who is doing an MA next year, and Kevin who plans to carry on animating free-lance.

Read more about BA (Hons) Animation

See more of Kevin’s work

See more of Jake’s work




Eight out of the twenty-two photographers selected for FreshFaced+WildEyed exhibition are from LCC


James Duncan Clark, 2014.

FreshFaced+WildEyed, an annual competition for recent graduates, is now in its seventh year. Following an online application process, this year’s panel of judges, Sophy Rickett, David Drake, Sheyi Bankale and Brett Rogers select twenty two outstanding bodies of work from graduates nation-wide for an exhibition at The Photographers’ Gallery and an online gallery. This exhibition will run till Sunday 20 July.

Out of these twenty-two graduates, this year eight are from LCC: Alice Myers, Elina Moriya, Ian Rudgewick-Brown, James Duncan Clark, Lidija Kononenko, Marcello Simone, Tanya Clarke and Tracey Fahy.

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James Duncan Clark, 2014.

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James Duncan Clark, 2014.

James, whose photographs explore the relationship between London’s Olympic Park and its inhabitants, explains “I’m absolutely delighted to be showing at such a prestigious venue. The quality of all the work from all the graduating students is very high, so it’s a privilege to be involved.”

Lidija has been shortlisted for her six short films called ‘A Guide to Walking in Public’. They investigate the visual language of the body within social contexts.

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Lidija Kononenko, 2014.

Still - How to Walk in Public

Lidija Kononenko, 2014.


By giving graduates a public platform at a critical point in their careers FreshFaced+WildEyed aims to showcase the talent and diversity of photographic practice emerging from BA and MA courses across the UK.

Following the exhibition at The Photographers’ Gallery, selected finalists will have the opportunity to work with a mentor for twelve months.

Read more about MA Photography

Read more about FreshFaced+WildEyed

LCC laboratory DigiLab powers usability behind environmental web tool FetchClimate

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Dr Amanda Windle works on the FetchClimate interface project

London College of Communication’s DigiLab – an interdisciplinary research laboratory – is behind the user experience of FetchClimate, a web tool designed to improve data access for environmental scientists. Principle Investigator Amanda Windle worked with Jason Rainbird to deliver the user experience and design.

Developed by the Computational Science Lab at Microsoft Research, in collaboration with the MSTLab at Moscow State University, FetchClimate brings together existing environmental datasets from agriculture, biodiversity, climate and oceans and enables access to the data in a streamlined way.

With FetchClimate users based at over 40 global sites, a stress-free user experience was key to the project’s success. LCC’s DigiLab designed several possible interfaces and conducted user interviews before creating a visual navigation that is both intuitive and engaging.

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The FetchClimate web tool in action

DigiLab fellow and Principle Investigator Dr Amanda Windle explains:

“One of the biggest challenges we faced while working on FetchClimate was discerning how environmental scientists understand time; specifically climate time, which has its own logics.

“Scientists refine their searches over and over which means this tool has to be robust enough to deal with refining searches and entering the same data many times without the scientist gaining repetitive injuries.

“As a result, FetchClimate has many possibilities and is flexible to including more environmental data as it evolves over time.”

As FetchClimate is a significant asset to the scientific landscape of environmental knowledge, DigiLab have ensured that using it to find and understand environmental data is as easy as possible.

Read about Research at LCC

LCC Summer Shows 2014 Round-Up 2: School of Design


Visitors enjoying the School of Design Private View. © Ana Escobar

While LCC’s Summer Shows 2014 were split between the School of Media and the School of Design, a single visual identity had to be designed for the whole Summer Shows season.

This massive task was the responsibility of designer and LCC alumnus James Gilpin, who wanted to reflect the breadth of creativity and physical resources within the College buildings.

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We were very happy to see such a great reaction to his work, particularly the printed invitations!

Invitations sent, the School of Design took over a huge number of rooms and gallery spaces in order to showcase its diverse range of courses.

The show ran for a week in late June, and the Private View on Thursday 19 June was jam-packed with industry, press and students’ friends and family.


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One BA (Hons) Interaction and Moving Image exhibit strung across the Atrium was a particular hit with visitors.


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Courses exhibiting elsewhere in the College were BA (Hons)/FdA Animation, BA (Hons) Books Arts and Design, BA (Hons)/FdA Design for Graphic Communication, BA (Hons) Digital Media Design, BA (Hons)/FdA Games Design, BA (Hons) Graphic and Media Design, BA (Hons) Illustration and Visual Media, BA (Hons)/FdA Interior Design and BA (Hons)/FdA Surface Design.


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At an Alumni Celebration Evening hosted by Pro-Vice Chancellor and Head of College Natalie Brett, LCC graduates old and new were invited to reconnect with the College, meet old friends and tour the exhibition.


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Congratulations once again to all staff and students who played a part in LCC Summer Shows 2014. Below are some of the ways you can relive the excitement until Summer Shows 2015!

Watch the video //

Show 2: School of Design

Images //

Show 2: School of Design Private View

Show 2: School of Design – The Work

LCC Alumni Celebration Evening

LCC Summer Shows 2014 Round-Up 1: School of Media

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BA (Hons) Film and Television screening at BFI Southbank. © Ana Escobar

Another spectacular London College of Communication Summer Shows season has drawn to a close and we’re looking back on the most exciting events and exhibitions of the past five weeks.

Settle in for a round-up of School of Media highlights, with the School of Design to follow very soon!

Kicking off the schedule was BA (Hons) Sound Arts and Design, who held their Private View in the unique exhibition space of Hotel Elephant on Tuesday 3 June, with the show continuing until the end of that week.

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BA (Hons) Sound Arts and Design Private View at Hotel Elephant. © Ana Escobar

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BA (Hons) Sound Arts and Design Private View at Hotel Elephant. © Ana Escobar

Following close behind on Wednesday 4 June were BA (Hons) Advertising, who held a conference and pop-up exhibition here at the College, and BA (Hons) Production for Live Events and Television (Top-up), who showcased their work to industry aboard the Tattershall Castle, Victoria Embankment.

The biggest School of Media event of the season saw BA (Hons) Photography and BA (Hons) Photojournalism students exhibiting their work to friends, family, press, industry and members of the public in all the College’s gallery spaces.

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BA (Hons) Photojournalism students at their Private View. © Ana Escobar

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Visitors enjoy work by BA (Hons) Photography students. © Ana Escobar

The exhibition ran from Monday 2 – Saturday 7 June, with Thursday’s Private View a busy and buzzing success.

Film- and television-based courses held their prestigious industry screenings off-site, with BA (Hons) Film and Television first to present their work to a huge turnout at BFI Southbank on Thursday 12 June.

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The BA (Hons) Film & Television showcase at BFI Southbank. © Ana Escobar

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The BA (Hons) Film & Television showcase at BFI Southbank. © Ana Escobar

The final event in the run took place at Leicester Square’s Prince Charles Cinema, where BA (Hons)/FdA Media Practice students showed off their work during an all-evening extravaganza on Thursday 26 June.

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BA (Hons)/FdA Media Practice students at the Prince Charles Cinema. © Ana Escobar

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BA (Hons)/FdA Media Practice students at the Prince Charles Cinema. © Ana Escobar

Congratulations to all the staff and students who made this year’s School of Media events so successful, and thanks to everyone who attended any of the shows above. We hope to see you again next year!

Watch the videos //

BA (Hons) Sound Arts and Design

BA (Hons) Photography and BA (Hons) Photojournalism

BA (Hons) Film and Television

Images //

BA (Hons) Sound Arts and Design Private View

BA (Hons) Sound Arts and Design: The Work

BA (Hons) Photography and BA (Hons) Photojournalism Private View

BA (Hons) Photography and BA (Hons) Photojournalism: The Work

BA (Hons) Film and Television Showcase

BA (Hons)/FdA Media Practice Showcase