Make a Mag workshop shows visiting students how to self-publish in an afternoon


Students assemble their magazine content

Earlier this month, LCC invited students from UAL and elsewhere to spend an afternoon getting creative in a practical self-publishing workshop. Event organiser and MA Publishing Course Leader Frania Hall reports on the day.

Make a Mag

On Thursday 7 April LCC hosted a Make a Mag workshop – setting the challenge to make a magazine in an afternoon. Students from UAL, Middlesex and UCL came to try their hand at making a magazine from scratch. Inspired by the ‘fab lab’ concept of coming along to learn and share, this project aimed to help people get creative and try something new within a short time frame.

Self-publishing in an afternoon

While some attendees had stronger InDesign skills, which was used for laying out the magazines, the session was designed to be accessible to those who had never used InDesign at all.

Senior Lecturer Keith Martin set up a template for those who had no experience so they could quickly get to grips with the software to produce a very professional looking product in an afternoon. For those with some knowledge it gave them the opportunity to see what they could do without a lot of experience and to get more confident playing around within InDesign templates.


Looking at magazine formats

Creative inspiration

UAL Library Services staff Leila Kassir and Caitlin Verney brought a selection of magazines and zines from the Library’s special collections as well as a great range of books about magazine design and making your own magazines. They talked the students through the selection and they could browse to get more inspiration.

Due to time constraints, everyone worked on a 16-page A5 mini-magazine. They all brought ready prepared content which we had briefed beforehand. They could play around with layouts and make choices around visual and textual elements. The pages were printed and they could also select from a range of papers; some experimented with printing on different colours while others tested out effects with translucent papers.

All participants then went to the binding room to fold and bind their projects with Print and Type Support Technician Arianna Tilche to help them and to do any final trimming.

A mix of magazines

The range of projects reflected the aim for the afternoon to use magazine media to communicate something personal: for one it was the story of her experience as a student in London having lived in a small rural community in China; for another it was a reflection of the concept of waiting in words and sketches.

A photojournalism student recorded the ‘Jungle’ camp in Calais, before and after its dismantling, while others were looking for ways to reflect their wide-ranging creative portfolio or to make use of their gorgeous digital photography to record their travels in print. One student tried a prototype for content marketing as a trial for her advertising project.

At the end there was the opportunity to show and talk about their projects to each other and inspire each other with what range of projects could be achieved in a short space of time.

Experimenting with magazine media

We are now looking at ways to make this a more collaborative experience. Longer term we are looking at ways to improve the template to ensure it is flexible for beginners while looking at other options in terms of binding styles and paper choices – to expand the creative possibilities of the afternoon.

This also might include things like zine-inspired handmade elements such as collage covers – so combining technology of publishing systems with craft. We also want to use the template for producing on-the-spot zines/newsletters as well as a way to record events while they are happening in a physical media.

The feedback from the day showed overwhelmingly that the participants loved the fact that they could see the whole process from beginning to end.

Make a Mag

The Make a Mag class celebrate with their finished work

Words by Frania Hall

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A look inside LCC’s Magnum Documentary Photography short course


Stuart Franklin/Magnum Photos, Salford, 1986.

This summer London College of Communication will again be running a Magnum Documentary Photography short course. This 21-day course will be led by award-winning Magnum photographers and the College’s expert staff, and will explore how to successfully develop a documentary photo project from start to finish.

CHINA. Beijing. Tiananmen Square. 1989.

Stuart Franklin/Magum Photos, Tiananmen Square, 1989.

We met with LCC MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography Senior Lecturer Max Houghton, who will also be teaching on the Magnum course, to find out more about it.

Max, can you talk us through this course and who is going to be involved with running it?

The LCC-Magnum summer school, now in its third year, is an exciting date in the calendar. Stuart Franklin has led the course for Magnum, working first with Chris Steele Perkins, and then last year with Mark Power. Emily Graham, who runs Magnum’s education department, and I are having conversations about who might be able to teach it this year.

Magnum’s new intake is very interesting, so we’re quite spoilt for choice. I run the full-time MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at the College, and I will lead the teaching for LCC.

BRAZIL. Sao Paulo. The largest pool in Sao Paulo draws working class Paulistanos - but not the cities affluent population. "You would never see a rich person here" says a city resident. Terrified of crime, the wealthy live in walled, gated enclaves protected by armed guards. 2002.

Stuart Franklin/Magnum Photos, Sao Paulo, 2002.

Will this course be exploring any specific themes or working around any specific ideas, or is it quite an open self-directed programme?

We work with the theme of ‘A Sense of Place’. It’s loose enough for creative expression but tight enough to provide a structure. I will be giving a lecture on my own long-standing research interest of image-text. I will also be writing a session on Walking Photography, which will fit very well with the theme.

Other LCC staff, the photographic artist Edmund Clark, writer, photographer and curator Lewis Bush and writer and theory tutor Jenny Good have all taught on the course before. New for this year are bookmaking sessions with our in-house experts Scott House and Tony Yard, and darkroom sessions in the rather legendary LCC facilities.

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Bruce Horak, work from Magnum course July 2015.

Who would be best suited to this course?

We’ve welcomed students with a range of experience so far onto the course. Because we can offer one-to-one tutorials, any difference in photographic skills is manageable. We have worked with mid-career photographers looking for a creative boost; recent graduates, looking to make their portfolio dazzle, as well as people who work in other industries but have a serious interest in photography.

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Michelle Markham, work from Magnum course July 2015.

Will there be any group visits or activities, and how much of the course is independent work?

The actual shooting is quite self-directed, but there is lots of classroom support in terms of crits, tutorials and lectures. Stuart organises a fantastic visit and tour of The British Museum each year, and we will also visit a photography archive and gallery.

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Bruce Horak, work from Magnum course July 2015.

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Ashima Yadava, work from Magnum course July 2015.

What can students expect to take away from this course?

By the end of the course, the students will have been exposed to a variety of scenarios: shooting a new project from scratch, editing their own work, learning the skills of layout and sequencing to make their story flow, whether in a book or on a wall.

In addition, they will meet top industry experts during the three weeks, who will either be giving guest lectures, or will attend the celebratory finale event, in which all work is projected and wine flows.

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Dean Berner, work from Magnum course July 2015.


Why have LCC teamed up with Magnum to provide this course?

Magnum Photos is obviously a legendary organisation, and it’s a testament to the brilliant courses we run at LCC that Magnum have chosen us as their educational partners. I think at the core of this collaboration, and a united passion of both Magnum and LCC is a commitment to rigorous and creative storytelling.

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Keita Furusawa, work from Magnum course July 2015.

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LCC students collaborate on live-streamed interview with former Sony CEO

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LCC’s BA (Hons) Live Events and Television students celebrate a new project with Lecturer Geoff Posner

On Thursday 21 April, students from all three years of LCC’s BA (Hons) Live Events and Television are running a live-streamed event featuring non-executive director of the BBC and former Sony CEO, Sir Howard Stringer.

Sir Howard will be talking to Will Wyatt, UAL Governor and former Managing Director of BBC Television and Chief Executive BBC Broadcast, about his career, and sharing insights from some of the world’s most successful TV and broadcast companies.

The talk will be streamed live from LCC’s Film and Television Studio to Lecture Theatre A, and will also be available to view live online from 6pm.

We spoke to students Jenna Shaw and Hannah Lawson about their roles in organising the event.

Can you describe what your role involves?
JS: I am the director of the show – this involves getting a crew together and putting the show together. I make the creative decisions on the show like set, camera shots and cutting between the camera shots.

HL: My role is that of a producer. Of course at times this can be a quite ambiguous title, but in this case it means I am ensuring the deadlines are met and all required elements, such as resources are in place for the event; for this event in particular, the lead up prep is very much a joint effort with Jenna, the director – no one person is solely the lead as we work very well together as a team.

On the day of the event I am there to keep things running smoothly and on time, as a producer should, but also to help pitch in where needs be. Many projects and events that we undertake, although we have our individual roles, are very much a team effort on every front.

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BA (Hons) Live Events and Television students collaborate in the studio.

What are the greatest challenges in running an event like this?
JS: One of the biggest challenges is that it’s live. When it’s live anything could happen. It’s also added pressure on us as it’s being streamed over the internet so if anything goes wrong everyone could see it!

HL: The greatest challenges are usually the ones you don’t see coming. So far I don’t think we’ve had any great challenges. Thinking ahead, the greatest challenge will most likely be getting everything done on the day of the event, you can never have enough time. However, I’m a firm believer that if you plan enough then you can solve any challenge, especially when you have the right people around you.

And the most rewarding aspects?
JS: It’s so great watching everyone you’ve put in a crew come together and work as a team. It feels so good when everything goes to plan and nothing goes wrong when it’s live!

HL: The most rewarding aspects for me are: the day before an event, when you know you’ve done everything you can leading up to this point and it’s more excitement for the event the next day than anything else. Having said that, the most rewarding aspect is always when you finally finish and go off air and it finally sinks in that you’ve done it and it worked.

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BA (Hons) Live Events and Television students at work on the studio floor

What most excites you about the possibilities of live streaming?
JS: The thought that anyone in the world could be watching! We did one for my major project and we had people in Scotland watching and all over England. It was a lot more pressure but felt so cool having people watch our hard work. It’s also wicked being able to show your family what you’re doing by live streaming it. This time it’ll be even better as more people will be watching, which is a little daunting but also great.

HL: The most exciting aspect for me about live streaming is the underlying feeling I get when you go live, that anything could happen. It’s a little bit of a risk, especially with chat/conversational show formats where there are no scripted answers and you have to let go of the control a little as producer at this point, in that when you go live anyone could end up saying anything.

With this event in particular the live streaming element excites me because we will be getting immediate feedback/interaction with the audience as we will have live tweets coming in!

What would you most like to ask Sir Howard yourself?
JS: I would love to ask him what his proudest moment throughout his career was and why.

HL: What key advice would you give to someone trying to enter the television industry?

What field are you planning to move into after graduating?
JS: After I graduate I want to go into live TV. I’m really interested in directing and vision mixing which is the area I want to focus on. I want to work on live sports mainly e.g. Soccer AM. This final year working alongside Geoff Posner has given me a lot of great experience ready for when I graduate.

HL: I am definitely most interested in television. I am interested in several areas, one of which is definitely live TV, but I am also interested in television drama. In terms of the role I am interested in, I am definitely one who takes a liking to organisational roles like producing, but I am also interested in the story development aspect when it comes to drama.

Speaking about the challenges and rewards of the live streaming project, Course Leader Candida Moriarty told us:

“It’s great to have a team of students who perhaps have not worked together before, because that in itself is a challenge. Working with people for the first time in a fairly high-wire live situation is a good test of concentration, stamina and use of skills. Collaborating is also accepting you’re also on standby sometimes. You’re not always in the driving seat, you’re there to support.

“It’s exciting for the students because they’re dealing with VIP clients, but these question time shows are also challenging because you don’t quite know how it’s going to come out. Live streaming itself is a fairly new exercise for our students. They’ve been using it throughout the year, but for them to run it on their own, to ensure that everything happens technically, is another challenge. They’ll be confident when they leave as a result.

“Though it’s broadcast live, it’s then going to be captured and kept so it can be seen at different times. So it also means the students can integrate it in their portfolio, and show it to their family, to their friends, so it has another value. It’s not really just about the live capture, it’s about the legacy of the moment, so I think it’s a very valuable opportunity.”

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LCC graduate receives global acclaim for short film challenging travel etiquettes for Indian women

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Roshnee Desai, MA Graphic Moving Image graduate, inside her Mumbai taxi design project. [Image credit: Amey Kadam].

Roshnee Desai, MA Graphic Moving Image graduate (2014) from London College of Communication, has received global attention and acclaim for her film Cover Up, which captures the experiences of a woman travelling alone at night. The short film illustrates the thoughts, insecurities and fears that run through her head on the way.

Roshnee was awarded Best Woman Director for her film by Women in Film and Television (WIFT) – the leading organisation recognising women working in creative media in the UK and worldwide.

Cover Up was also awarded the People’s Choice Prize at the US Consulate Short Film Festival in Mumbai. The festival was held in support of women’s safety and empowerment, and as part of the UN global campaign, ‘16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence.’

Roshnee Desai at the Women In Film and TV Awards, Mumbai.

Roshnee Desai at the Women In Film and TV Awards, Mumbai.

Roshnee’s film has gained much attention from Youtube and Vogue in India, and from the BBC here in the UK. Cover Up was released on Being Indian, the popular Indian YouTube channel, and received over 120,000 views.

Vogue India also wrote and tweeted about Roshnee’s film exclusively and interviewed Roshnee as part of the feature.

Vogue India's Facebook post about Roshnee's film.

Vogue India’s Facebook post about Roshnee’s film.

In the Vogue India article, Roshnee says, “after I went to study in London, I realised that our society has conditioned us to not believe in ourselves. I found my inhibitions as a woman were slowly changing and I could stop the voice from dictating me.

“I hope that after people watch this film, they start to question the validity of these inhibitions and hopefully free themselves of it.”

BBC’s Cultural Frontline aired an interview with Roshnee about her broader work as a designer, in which she talks more about the issues around Indian women travelling by public transport.

In the interview, Roshnee says, “India is one of the only few countries in the world which has separate compartments for women in trains, separate seating areas for women in buses and we also have an entire train which is only for women.

“If you are a feminist, a true feminist, you’d actually question why do we need that kind of privilege?

“I think design can make a change, or start a conversation.”

Roshnee’s latest interior design project inside a Mumbai taxi turns around the concept of female compartmentalisation in public tranpsort. Roshnee’s men-only taxi is designed to enable men to experience what some Indian women face whilst travelling.

Roshnee Desai, MA Graphic Moving Image inside her Mumbai taxi design project.

Roshnee Desai, MA Graphic Moving Image graduate inside her Mumbai taxi design project. [Image credit: Amey Kadam].

The icon of a coy and covered up woman, which would usually signpost the women-only compartment on Indian trains, has been modified by Roshnee, with a moustache so it applies to men.

The taxi doors are upholstered with graphics of watching eyes and ogling tongues, and on the ceiling appears a chart of rules which Indian women generally follow, role-reversed.

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Interior of Roshnee’s Mumbai taxi. [Image credit: Amey Kadam].

Do not wear sleeveless clothes; do not reveal your undergarments; be home by 7 o’clock; do not spread your legs whilst sitting.  In Hindi and Marathi, the chart asks: do these rules apply to men?

Roshnee comments, “The minute you see that a man has to follow those rules, even to a woman, it seems really ridiculous and funny. It makes you chuckle!

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Interior of Roshnee’s Mumbai taxi. [Image credit: Amey Kadam].

“Every time I talk to the [taxi] driver, he says, people are totally getting the message and say, this is not a joke, it’s actually a very serious conversation.”

Since graduating, Roshnee has moved to Mumbai and now leads the design team for Culture Machine, a media company and multi-channel network which produces video content for the internet. As part of her role, Roshnee oversees the design, brand and build of various channels, and has recently been made co-channel director of Epified, an Indian mythology, culture and arts channel on the network.

Roshnee’s course, MA Graphic Moving Image, is no longer running, but courses which cover similar content include: MA Interaction Design CommunicationMA Graphic Media DesignMA Design Management and CulturesMA Illustration and Visual Media and MA Animation.

Hear Roshnee talk more about her work via BBC Cultural Frontline.

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Creative taster sessions held at LCC during Insights into UAL Spring School


Students worked in groups and with student ambassadors to produce a collaborative project.

Students from LCC’s partner schools and colleges recently enjoyed a four-day Insights into UAL Spring School at LCC organised by UAL Outreach, designed to provide a taster of the university environment through workshops in subjects ranging from multimedia and marketing to animation, illustration, sound arts and photography.

The sessions were open to students in the first year of A-levels or a Level 3 Diploma whose parent(s)/guardians have not completed a university degree. Students worked with cross-discipline LCC tutors and student ambassadors, exploring art and design processes and materials, collaborating in groups and producing work spanning different subject areas.


Students in the typography workshop looked for typefaces in the environment around them.

We spoke to some of the students to find out more about their experiences:

“Today we’re getting together a curation of everything we’ve been doing for the past four days. We’re going to put it for display for the other groups to see. Our task is to launch the clothing brand American Eagle to the UK. It’s currently a brand in America, so we have to think about advertisements, sponsorships, TV and marketing for a UK audience. We were given some background on American Eagle as a brand, but we’ve also been looking on the existing American Eagle website and working from there.

“I’ve been annotating our work and doing more of the organisation side, like thinking about the layout and how we’re going to present our work. It’s my first time being here at LCC. I’ve never really been to a university before, especially as in-depth as this is. It’s been great, I’ve really enjoyed meeting people from other colleges and learning new things and just experiencing stuff!” – Chelsea Bernard


Tutors and ambassadors helped students to develop their projects.

“I’ve been using Adobe After Effects to animate writing, just trying out different fonts and animating them to slide onto the screen, like you would see on a TV advert.

“Learning how to animate text and adding different kinds of animations – like slides, spins and fades – has been useful. I’ve also enjoyed doing research and marketing and thinking about what would happen if we did have to make an advert or had to present an idea to producers or bosses at a studio. It’s given us a broad insight into it all” – Natasha Wright


A display of students’ ideas about collaboration.

Other students in the School also commented:

“I wasn’t really thinking of going to a uni in London, but loads of people have been saying “It’s close to home, budgeting would be much better” because I could come here from home, so I wouldn’t be spending too much money. So thinking about that, it’s slightly easier to see where I’d be based.”

“I’d like to go into animation, so it was really good to test out the different programmes – stuff I’ve never used before – and work with other people with different ideas. We mainly used Adobe Premiere Pro, which I’d never used before, because at my College we mainly work with Photoshop, so I’ve written notes down about how to use it.”


Tutors led a series of subject workshops including one on sound and film.

“I think it’s been interesting, and pretty fun. There’s been some new insight on how things work, as well working with software such as After Effects. I think it’s also been useful as a team building exercise. I’m thinking of going into design, but more specifically games design, so another useful thing I’ve got from this course is that I’ve been able to talk to one or two people who are working here and who know some of the courses I could potentially do at this university.”

“I want to go into illustration – at the moment I’m at college studying film. I’ve found the Spring School really helpful – the reason I came here was because I have a lot of interests and I’m not sure which one I want to specialise in, but coming here it makes you realise what you could take at uni”.


Workshops spanned a wide range of disciplines including illustration.


Students got to grips with art and design processes and materials during the workshops.

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