On Friday 16th March the Lower Street Gallery at the London College of Communication (LCC) played host to a book launch and portfolio review organised by LCC Design for Graphic Communication (DGC) lecturers, students, course industry partners and alumni.
The Book Launch comprised of new work developed by year one and two DGC students in response to two separate briefs set by Ken Kirton, Sophie Demay and the trio, Erwan, Hugo and Valerio, from the London-based design studio Julia. The launch showcased thirteen new publications dealing with diverse subject matter ranging from fanzines about pirate radio to a brand new magazine focusing on the subject of comedy.
These two projects ran alongside another six work-based learning projects hosted by the DGC course, which took place over the Spring Term. The range of briefs spanned the breadth of creative practice taking place within the field of graphic design. The projects varied from the exploration of typographic principles with Dalton Maag, the development of mobile apps for the Oylmpics with LBi, editorial illustration with Threeinabox, audience participation with the South London Gallery, future technologies with Berg and branding with icodesign.
Also taking place on the night was a portfolio review event focusing upon the theme of progression into the workplace or onto further study, organised as part of the DGC course Mentorship Scheme. Alumni from the DGC course were invited to review the work of year two and three students, offering guidance and articulating their own trajectory into a range of full-time positions at leading design studios such as Nick Bell Design, Polimekanos and Applied Eden Spiekermann. The Mentorship Scheme is now in its fifth year and the DGC team are always interested in making new contacts with practitioners from the design field who wish to be involved.
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