A few opportunities…

1. The Design Bridge with Ogilvy

Website: http://www.thebridgeukchina.com/

One of the largest advertising companies in the world, Ogilvy (www.ogilvy.com), wishes to recruit ten Chinese students who have studied in the UK, to work in their Shanghai office as the next generation of Creatives. The successful candidates will be full-time paid employees and will be given the opportunity to work in all departments. Please find application form attached.

Contact: Philip Dodd – ogilvy.madeinchinauk@gmail.com

2. BIMA [British Interactive Media Association] Student of the Year Award

Note: Deadline extended until end of April

Website: http://bimaawards.com/

We’re looking for exciting student talent, who have demonstrated their potential through a strong digitally-led idea. The submitted work will demonstrate a clear response to a meaningful challenge, combined with bold creative digital thinking. The idea can be either realised or illustrated – as we’re judging the quality of the thinking not the final execution.

This category is for work (coursework or other) produced by fulltime students studying courses of relevance to the digital industry. Entries should set out the challenge/brief, the insight and proposed solution. Projects could include (but are not limited to) mobile app design, digital marketing innovation, social media campaign concepts etc.

Students should submit their idea as a casefilm and/or digital* presentation board, and a short written entry with the aforementioned headings. [ *Apologies, we cannot accept any entries via post. ]

Previous winners include:

> A smart monitoring app that encourages kids to use less energy by letting them pocket the surplus from a monthly usage target.

> A Facebook campaign that used the negative trend of Nek Nomination into an initiative for blood donation for young people.

The BIMA Awards are the longest standing and most prestigious digital awards in the UK. A BIMA Award is recognised across the industry as a superb symbol of the highest achievement in UK digital, and winning one will set you head and shoulders above the rest.

You can see the last two winners here;

2015 Student of the Year winner

2014 Student of the Year winner

Contact: Simon Gill – simongill@bima.co.uk

Critical Digital on Thursday 21st April with Ramon Amaro

RAFlyerI’m very excited to announce the fifth Critical Digital on Thursday 21st April at 1700 in M104 with a personal hero of mine, Ramon Amaro. He has a very dry bio which is below but he’s an incredibly sharp and fascinating data ethicist who can make complex systems like algorithms, databases and AI seem simple, explaining their origins and functions in a really great way. This is the most unmissable Critical Digital so far.

Ramon Amaro is Associate Lecturer in Critical Theory and Media Philosophy at the Centre for Cultural Studies, Digital Culture Unit, Goldsmiths University of London. His joint academic background in philosophy, sociology and engineering comes to fruition in his research looking at the philosophical dimensions of computer modelling of social processes, with particular reference to data fairness and algorithmic equality in machine learning and artificial intelligence systems.

Previous critical digitals are available here and as usual there’ll be beers after the talk,

Thanks and looking forward to seeing you there!


2025: Forecasting Futures (13th-22nd May)

2025: Forecasting Futures (13th-22nd May) is an exhibition, conference and series of events organised by MA Design Management and Cultures students at LCC. We have invited five experts to make predictions about key global trends that will affect our world. Look through their eyes into the future, respond to their provocations and participate in our exhibition. See http://forecastingfutures.co.uk/

The five provocations relate to the following themes:

•   Digital Disruptions

•   Architectural Visions

•   Ageing Populations

•   Consumer Lifestyles

•   Cultural Institutions

Do you agree with the predictions of our expert panel? What do you think the future will hold? Respond to one of the provocations with your own vision of the future, which can be a written, visual, sound, performance or workshop contribution. Responses will be curated into an exhibition and accompanying conference where the authors of the provocations will be invited to comment on submissions and participate in a discussion panel.

To respond visit our website: http://forecastingfutures.co.uk/ Deadline for expressions of interest 20/4/16

Speculative & Critical Design Summer School 2016, London College of Communication UAL

Full details and booking: here.
More details: here.

Opportunity: UAL Futures at IAM – Internet Age Media Weekend

Hi There,

I have an opportunity for students to join UAL Futures at IAM – Internet Age Media Weekend, in Barcelona in early April. Following our successful IAM X UAL Futures Talks event at LCC in December, UAL Futures (Luke), have been invited to give a talk there alongside some exceptional internet people from Quartz, BBC, Tate, V&A, Made by Many, Moving Brands, CIID, Holo Magazine and more…

To help some students join us we’re offering a couple of ‘research bursaries’ for a student (or team of 2) who can show how their interests, ambitions, creative work and research fits with the mission, values and themes of IAM – Internet Age Media and UAL Futures.

Successful applicants would get a free ticket to the conference + a £350 prize from UAL Futures on their return. Students would have to arrange and fund their own travel and accommodation. Deadline is Midnight this Sunday.

And we also have some great discounts (50% and more) for staff and graduates to join us for an inspiring weekend exploring the futures of media, learning and internet culture, in sunny Barcelona ; )

You can find out more: here.

And you can retweet: here.
Appreciate it’s it’s the last day of term, but please share if you can.

Many thanks,

Luke Whitehead
Digital Enterprise and Employability Project Manager
University of the Arts London

T-minus 2.0 version 12.02 – BA IDA at the Science Museum

Great project video form your UG colleagues on BA Interaction Design Arts.

Do / Futures Talks: UX Design; image Futures Talks: #4 UX in Context from @UALFutures

tumblr_inline_o2ow6t4LCx1slaq4t_540On Wednesday 2 March when we’ll be asking industry speakers to unpack ‘UX Design’ and share thier perspectives on this most in-demand of disciplines.

Full Details: here.

PG Lecture Series is starting tomorrow: Something or Other presents Bruno Ceschel

Bruno Ceschel

Something or Other presents Bruno Ceschel



Lecture Theatre A

Bruno Ceschel is a writer, publisher and lecturer at the Camberwell College of Arts—University of the Arts London and École cantonale d’art de Lausanne.

He is the founder of Self Publish, Be Happy, an organisation that collects, studies, and celebrates self-published photobooks through an ongoing program of workshops, live events, and off/online projects. Self Publish, Be Happy has organised events at a number of institutions around the world, including Tate Modern, The Photographer’s Gallery, Serpentine Galleries, C/O Berlin, Aperture Foundation and Kunsthal Charlottenborg amongst others. Ceschel is also the Director of SPBH Editions, which has most recently published books by Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin, Lucas Blalock, Mariah Robertson, Gareth McConnell and Lorenzo Vitturi.

Ceschel writes regularly for a number of publications such as FOAMThe British Journal of Photography and Aperture Magazine and has guest-edited issues of Photography and Culture and The PhotoBook Review.

His new book Self Publish, Be Happy: A DIY Photobook Manual and Manifesto has just been published by Aperture Foundation.


What is a discipline that remains housed in an enclosure?

The pioneers of our time are not taking the world at face value, as a given from the outside; rather, they see the world as something you can pry open, something you can tinker with.

Marleen Stikker

We invite a focused composition of contributors from divergent domains of practice – those who question the provenance of knowledge, as well as it’s production, dissemination and digestion – add to this ingestion as we move forwards. These may be practitioners, thinkers, tinkerers, hackers (et al) who traverse disciplinary boundaries and open their practice to other fields. We are interested in exploring a sharing and collaborative economy as a direct challenge to the capitalist imagination. We are curious about participatory practices that break down the boundaries between specialists and amateurs. We seek to discuss the things we don’t yet understand (and perhaps never will).

Something or Other is a postgraduate lecture series organised by:

MA Graphic Branding and Identity
MA Graphic Media Design
MA Illustration and Visual Media
MA Interaction Design Communication

Supported by the LCC Student Engagement & Experience Fund



AKQA Want Young Digital Makers for Paid Residency. via @ualfutures

Ideas and innovation agency AKQA are launching a programme designed to inspire and empower young, courageous inventors to define the future of their company and its clients.

They are looking for cross-disciplinary thinkers to spend 3 months working at the company’s London office. Whilst there, successful applicants will showcase their creative, technical and entrepreneurial talent across both client and freeform projects.

During the paid residency participants will be exposed to new software, web and mobile technologies, and the latest hardware, working alongside the AKQA team to create the next generation of products and services.

At the end of each course, selected candidates will be offered a full-time position and support from the AKQA network.

Open to individual students and graduates or multidisciplinary teams with less than 3 years work experience.

>> click here for details on how to apply: http://akqa.com/inventors.
Application deadline: 15th February.

Negative humanity: the birth of the digital death mask. Great Article from @guardian

Screen Shot 2016-02-05 at 14.54.33From the Guardian here: The same facial recognition technology that monitors unsuspecting Russian citizens has been used to produced this eerie portrait of a Pussy Riot member…

Designing for the Post-Anthropocene

Editing Nature

Thomas Thwaites, Toaster

Tantalum Memorial

Bjarke Ingels Zootopia

Joseph Beuys, Coyote

Yahoo and Ivory

Plastic Now Pollutes every corner of the Earth

Meet the Man who lived as an Animal

Agnes Meyer Brandis: THE MOON GOOSE ANALOGUE: Lunar Migration Bird Facility

MARGUERITE HUMEAU, The Opera of Prehistoric Creatures

Chris Watson, Glacial Melt

Jussi Parikka, Antrobscene


Norwegian Seeds Vault

Into Eternity, Michael Madsen (2009)

Martin Avila, Symbiotic Tactics

Matthew Fuller (2007) Art for Animals

Jussi Parikka (2010) Insect Media. University of Minnesota Press.

Bratton, B. (2014) Notes on Extinction, Emergence and Biochemical Design

Bratton, B. (2015) The Black Stack

Nick Srnicek&Alex Williams (2015) Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism and a World Without Work. Verso Books

Design Ecologies Conference 2015

Kirby, D (2011)The Future is Now: Diegetic Prototypes and the Role of Cinematic Narratives in Generating real-world technological development, In: Lab Coats in Hollywood. MIT Press

Voss, G. et al (2013) Better Made Up: The Mutual Influence of Science Fiction and Innovation

TransActing: A Market of Values

Onkar Kular: I Cling to Virtue

Liam Young: Unkown Fields

Debbie Ding, The Library of Pulau Saigon

Stuart Candy: Situation Lab

Critical Digital #2 with Dan Williams – 27th January


The MA GD Graduates cordially invite you to attend presentations by 4 design practioners

Dear All,

the recent MAGD graduates have invited four design practitioners to give presentations tomorrow, Friday 11th of December, 5-6.30pm, Lecture Theatre A, LCC – and you are invited to attend!

Here is their blurb:
We have invited four design practitioners to talk about their design process and the challenges they face. This will be a chance to learn about graphic design in and across practice/s, to meet influential people, as well as to do a bit of networking. We are very excited to welcome these guests and hope you would enjoy meeting them as well.

We’ll see the presentations by:

1. Wayne Daly – a London-based graphic designer, working primarily in the cultural field on publishing, editorial and visual identity projects. Founder/co-director of Bedford Press, designer of The Age of Earthquakes and an alumni of our course.

2. Marwan Kaabour – a Lebanese, London-based graphic designer, who studied at the American University of Beirut and later completed MAGD course at LCC. He’s currently a designer at Barnbrook, working for clients such as Art Basel, Victoria &Albert Museum and Thames and Hudson. Marwan Designed the identity for the Disobedient Object Exhibition, which you might be familiar with.

3. Chris Downs – internationally recognised for his perspective on building brands and products, contributed to design of iconic services for clients including Barclays, Orange, Vodafone, Fiat, Aviva and Experian. Chris was also featured in Business Week and will talk to us about how he sold (all!) his personal data through the internet.

4. Bryony Quinn – a Camberwell graduate, concerned about writing online and offline about other people work for the art and design publishing studio It’s Nice That. Bryony will talk about the relationship of graphic design and writing, so her insights might be useful to hear, considering the writing we have to do for the course.

The event will be a casual sessions of 15-20 minute presentations and questions from the audience. Please come with a few questions in mind.

T-Minus 2.0 – BA IDA @IntDesArts at the Science Museum Lates Tues 15th do go!


Video: LCC Postgraduate Shows 2015 // Show 1 Design

The college has posted a video from last’s months MA private view featuring some MA IDC work, enjoy!

MA Graphic Design course, LCC, PV on Monday 07 December, Upper Street Gallery, LCC, 6-9pm.

12310060_10153076380941315_8270679080361728119_oJoin your fellow school of design MA students for their graduate show, further details below and on Slack.

“Insightfully and critically, the focus of the graduate exhibition this year is to collectively acknowledge context; as individual practitioners, in relation to the discipline of graphic design and crucially in direct reference to societal developments, tensions and phenomena. We are excited to introduce the sharpened perspectives and active attitudes of this year’s graduates informed by key contemporary attitudes, concerns and developments of our time.”

Also, Curated Talks, Friday 11 Dec, 5-6.30pm “We have a limited amount of spaces available for a series of talks curated by this year’s graduates. Joining us to discuss their perspectives on design/research/practice are: Wayne Daly, Bryony Quinn, Marwan Kaboour and Chris Downs.” Please see your Slack channel for booking info.

Blog Recommendation: #stacktivism

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UAL Futures together with IAM – Internet Age Media

Screen Shot 2015-12-03 at 17.37.24UAL Futures together with IAM – Internet Age Media present an evening of films and discussion around internet culture and the futures of media.

Join us at London College of Communication for an exclusive screening of We Are Internet – a video series exploring the human side of Internet Age Media.

Across seven short episodes We Are Internet tells the stories and visions of influential people behind leading niche publications, agencies, companies and institutions from around the world.

Featuring Alex Bec (It’s Nice That), Jeff Hamada (Booooooom.com), Filip Visnjic, (Creative Applications Network) and many more, the series is the start of a conversation about understanding internet as culture, from the context of media and creativity.

The screening will be followed by a discussion with some of the films protagonists about the evolution of internet age media and what it means for students and graduates.

Full list and booking: here. All MAIDC should book asap.

Big Bang Data at Somerset House Trailer

Into Eternity – Official trailer – (Critical Reading Reference)

This is the trailer for the reference film we talked about yesterday FYI.