Digital/Material Relationships: CSM Letterpress Workshop

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Upon entering the CSM Letterpress Workshop I felt like I’d gone back in time. A stark difference to the aluminium MACs and flat PCs in the digital printing space set just on the other side of the glass partition. With the smell of ink and wood, textured colours, and sounds of the American south playing overhead the workshop’s atmosphere fills your senses. After this first wave of nostalgia had passed, it soon became apparent that the workshop was anything but stuck in the past. Continue reading

Print and digital publishing: CSM BA Graphic Design

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Central Saint Martins’ BA Graphic Design has always been a versatile course, covering different media, concepts, outcomes and disciplines by utilising a variety of print and digital media – such as illustration, typography, photography and video. In the realms of contemporary publishing, the graphic design field is facing some major questions and reconsiderations over the practice’s intention and purpose in relation to presenting digital design. As the printing press comes up against the iPad, how does Central Saint Martins prepare its students for a rapidly evolving industry, whist simultaneously staying ahead of the game? Continue reading

Emerging digital-materiality workshop: discussion one

Lady with hole, Souzou Exhibition

Lady with hole, Souzou Exhibition

How do we use ‘time passing’ as a conceptual tool for web development? Can we create and present digital objects that have reciprocal aesthetic relationships with their material counterparts? How do we enact our journeys of curiosity when experiencing an exhibition digitally, or physically? These are just three questions that arose from Central Saint Martins’ recent workshop exploring digital-materiality with the Wellcome Trust. Continue reading

UAL’s New Assistive Technologies

Assistive TechnologyIn its broadest sense assistive technology is understood as any device that enables people with disabilities, however, in the context of the University of the Arts London it is a device or software that is used to support learning. This support covers a third of the university’s staff and students who are estimated to fall on some spectrum of the dyslexia scale, in addition to the large international student body that may seek language support. As an MA student at CSM, I am aware that at least one of my twenty-eight classmates has and receives tutoring for dyslexia, while the majority of my cohort are non-native English speakers and use a variety of tools to support their learning.

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Wellcome Trust Souzou Workshop: Digital-Material Relationships

Comparing artist's work to Manga characters

Comparing artist’s work to Manga characters

In order to explore aspects of contemporary digital material interplay within a museum and gallery context, the Wellcome Trust hosted and co-facilitated a workshop, with Central Saint Martins, at their headquarters in London. As a result, in front of me is a heap of orange fluorescent sticky notes.  On each sheet is an interpretation, by postgraduate students, relating to Wellcome’s highly acclaimed Souzou exhibition. Continue reading

CSM students contribute to My Digital Life

New My Arts portal

New My Arts portal

Charlotte Webb, Project Manager of the university’s My Digital Life project seeks to improve student engagement with the planning, development and implementation of digital projects at UAL. Charlotte has been working with CSM and provides a brief overview of how the College’s student community is contributing to My Digital Life. Continue reading