Although almost all the grad shows are long finished, but London College of Communication held its Design School postgraduate show for graphic design and illustration students this week. We went to take a look at what talent will be emerging from the university, including work by students in the areas of graphic media, branding and identity, illustration and visual media, service experience design and innovation.
Bear in mind that postgraduate projects can be strong in concept and symbolism, sometimes more than execution.
Here are the projects we found.
For more, check out what we found at LCC's Design School graduate show.
Image: Caicai He
Illustration and visual media graduate Caicai’s final project depicts an online world caught up in each others business. Touching on the idea that digital media can provide a vast stage for gossip, Caicai attempts to present a transparent society by interlacing different spaces together through iconic digital signs such as computer windows, folders, a search bar and more.
Caicai describes the project No Exit:
"Gossiping is a natural human reaction as long as people can hear and talk. Most people have the desire to pry into other’s personal lives. There is little consideration for what the truth is; what matters is the enjoyment of the process and the satisfaction of people’s desires. When this desire meets the internet, things that are supposed to be secret are sometimes exposed to the public. This can lead to the public addiction to gossip as an amusement in the networked world, which obscures the boundaries between serious discourse and entertainment in digital media.
"Moreover, digital media provides a vast stage for gossip; everyone can be an audience member and a performer at the same time. In my project, I’ve tried to visualise an online world. There are some odd creatures in my images that I use to portray that people turn into “mutants” by the effect and use of the digital media. Also, I attempt to present a transparent society by interlacing some different spaces together. Moreover, I have used some digital signs such as computer windows, folders, a search bar (and so on), to be a symbol of the digital media in my works."
Anupa is a service experience design and innovation graduate. Her project is designed to make it easier for craftsmanship to take place, using pottery as the centre of her project. Using cards, a flowchart and an app, her toolkit aims to make it easier to generate ideas, share them and disperse them, with the idea that the toolkit can be used in the wider craft-making community and among freelancers, for example.
Here's the app version of the toolkit, which encourages people to share their ideas.
Hani Abusamra already has a degree in graphic design from the architecture and visual arts school, and now a MA degree in illustration from LCC. Already creating work for clients like The Design Museum, the V&A and Puma, Hani is an established illustrator and visual artist based in North-East London.
This was part of the project, Get Behind Me Miriam.
We were humoured by Chinese graphic designer and illustrator Qingyi’s delightful illustrations about the struggles of entering a different culture for the first time.
She created thebook How to be British, referring to when she first arrived in the UK with poor English, based in a Notting Hill bookshop. She chose three real stories for her book, ‘Cash Back’, ‘You Alright’ and ‘Vinegar’.
Following the humour thread, Molly’s series of simple line drawings draw on modern culture, and dealing with ambition and laziness in our modern technological world. Touching on all the insignificant yet everyday moments we all share, her wit is the strength of this project.
Here's the whole series.