Exploring Territories, the Graphic Design Educators’ Network second annual conference explored the physical, intellectual and existential terrain of our learning and teaching. Speakers included Brave New Alps, Darryl Clifton + Tracey Waller + Europa and Derek Yates + Mat Heinl (Moving Brands) in conversation. Over two days participants experienced tutor led workshops, papers and poster presentations, themed roundtable discussions, social events and met graphic design educators from across the UK and beyond.

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Keynote Speakers


DESIGN EDUCATION AND PREFIGURATIVE (WORK) POLITICS
BRAVE NEW ALPS

Despite the ubiquitousness for designers of low pay, long hours and no or little social protection, working conditions are rarely discussed within design schools. But couldn’t design education become a space to enact a prefigurative politics or the collective reshaping of our working lives?


EDUCATING FOR AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE
MAT HEINL (Moving Brands) & DEREK YATES (WINCHESTER SCHOOL OF ART) IN CONVERSATION

Derek Yates and Mat Heinl discussed the benefits of open ended, prototype driven, collaborative enquiry and why embracing failure could be the real key to survival for today’s creative graduates.


LEARNING WITH INDUSTRY
DARRYL CLIFTON, TRACEY WALLER (CAMBERWELL COLLEGE OF ARTS) & ROBERT SOLLIS (Europa)

This presentation looked at how industry and education co-exist and learn from each other in and around the BA (Hons) Graphic Design course at Camberwell College of Arts. Looking at case studies and a discussion on the course philosophy it explored and challenged the relationship that education has with the graphic design profession.

 

Papers, Discussions & Workshops

 

Papers

BLURRED BOUNDARIES: THE VALUE OF STUDIO-BASED LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS WITHIN GRAPHIC DESIGN EDUCATION
Justin Burns, Leeds Beckett University

PIXEL DEEP V DEEP LEARNING: EXPLORING AN ALTERNATIVE DESIGN RESEARCH APPROACH AS AN INTRINSIC PEDAGOGICAL MODEL FOR AN ENHANCED STUDENT LEARNING EXPERIENCE IN THE DESIGN PROCESS WITHIN GRAPHIC DESIGN
Pauline Clancy, Ulster University & Richard McElveen, Falmouth University

PLAYFUL PRACTICE: EXPLORING THE MEANING AND FUNCTION OF PLAY IN THE DESIGN LEARNER’S CREATIVE PROCESS
Becky Ford, Ravensbourne College of Art and Design

#ALTERNATIVEARTSCHOOL AN INTERSTITIAL SPACE FOR CREATIVE DISSENT
Dr Cathy Gale, Kingston University

EVALUATING THE PEDAGOGIC AND PROFESSIONAL VALUE OF A STUDENT DESIGN AWARD SUBMISSION AGAINST AN ACADEMIC SUBMISSION
Simon Harrison, Leeds College of Art

RECOSINDERING THE KNOWLEDGE DOMAIN: EXPERTISE, EDUCATION AND RESEARCH WITHIN AND BEYOND DISCIPLINARY BOUNDARIES
Joanne Lee, Sheffield Hallam University

DEFINING ‘SUCCESS’ WITHIN THE BOUNDS OF GRAPHIC DESIGN EDUCATION
Neil Leonard, Plymouth College of Art

TIMELINES IN DESIGN: WHERE LINGUISTICS MEETS DESIGN HISTORY
Dr Sue Perks & Nicola Whittingham, University for the Creative Arts

‘ACCESS THROUGH TOOLS’: A CASE STUDY OF A STUDENT-TUTOR-TECHNICIAN-PROFESSIONAL CO-PRODUCED DESIGN FESTIVAL
Catherine Smith, University of the Arts London

EDUCATOR <> DESIGNER: THE PROFESSIONAL PRACTITIONER AS A KEY STAKEHOLDER IN THE (CO)TEACHING OF THE DESIGN STUDENT
Maaike van Neck, Ravensbourne College of Art and Design

PRAGMATIC SEMIOTICS: EXTENDING THE TRADITIONS OF PRAGMATISM ON DESIGN PRACTICE AND PEDAGOGY
Dave Wood, Northumbria University

 

Discussions


ONEHUNDREDANDTWENTY: COLLECTIVE WORKING AND EXCHANGE
Lucy Alexander & Tim Meara, Central St Martins

WHAT IF ALL THE DOORS WERE OPEN? FROM CONVERSATIONS ABOUT A MAP, TO MAPPING A PUBLIC CONVERSATION
David Collins, Leeds College of Art

EXPLORING SUSTAINABLE TERRITORIES
Gwen Lettis, Cork Institute of Technology

 

Workshops


MAPPING GRAPHIC DESIGN PRACTICE & PEDAGOGY
James Corazzo, Sheffield Hallam University & Darren Raven, University of Salford

TRAINING FOR (TRANSFORMATIVE) PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE
Bianca Elzenbaumer & Fabio Franz (Brave New Alps)

SPACES AND ENVIRONMENTS
Colette Jeffrey, Birmingham City University

EXPLORING HOW TO TEACH FOR AN AMPLIFIED MINDSET OF DESIGN
Mafalda Moreira, Glasgow School of Art

VISUAL DIALOGUES
Natascha Tümpel, Bauhaus-University Weimar