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The Graphic Design Project

The Graphic Design Project has been having time away from providing projects for young graphic designers to conduct research into graphic design for change - Design for Good.

Memory Palace

 How can you exhibit a piece of graphic design and still make it look interesting? Moreover, how can you exhibit a book and make it interactive and engaging? This challenge has been accepted at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London where Sky Arts Ignition are showing The Memory Palace, […]

To Boston With Love

Boston is my favourite city. So the tragedies of recent months have hit home in the GDP headquarters. However, what has been refreshing and indeed heart-warming has been the response of the people of Boston itself and the wider world. Such kindnesses have been shown privately and institutionally, not least […]

Sony World Photos 2013

One Day in History Portraits of children and youths who survived the massacre on the island of Utoeya outside Oslo (NO) on 22nd of July 2011. “I bear my scares with dignity, because I got them standing for something I believe in.” Ylva Schwenke (15) from Tromsø hid by a […]

Pick Me Up 2013

At the weekend some of the GDP family went to see this year’s big graphic arts event, Pick Me Up, at Somerset House. I’ve been doing a lot of study lately about collaboration and connectivism – networking and creating with others. So, Pick Me Up fitted (as usual) right into […]

Art and Cheating?

Roy Lichtenstein, Whaam, 1963, Purchased 1966 © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein The other week I went on yet another bitterly cold day to London to see the Roy Lichtenstein exhibition at Tate Modern. I’d been really looking forward to this and was hopeful of a thrilling experience. When we went […]

Spring Offer – Free Tutoring

Welcome to our Spring Offer on online design and art projects for creative beginners and portfolio builders! Topics range from basic design layout and type all around, custom shoes and packaging, to more challenging projects like book jackets,  illustrated lyrics, graphic novels and promotions. There are fashion, retail, environment, animal […]

Easter Image

If you would like to take part in our seasonal project, The Easter Image Project, you might want to start thinking about beginning now to be ready at Easter itself. The project helps you to create a fabulous poster for a community gathering at Easter. This could be a large […]

Kurt Schwitters

Those of you who read this blog on a regular basis will know that my university students are taking part in the Design Museum’s competition called The Design Factory. This year the brief investigates hand made and high tech – the uses of craft and industrial processes. So we’ve been […]