Graphical Design Thinking Research Centre

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Composed of graphic designers, theorists, and photographers, G is the first research group to be developed in graphics within the school. The central aim of the group is to expand understandings of the word ‘graphic’ through a series of seminars, conferences, publications, exhibitions, and both text and practice based Phds. Themes currently explored by the group include: DesignArt, Design Fiction, The Design Studio, DIY Design and the Editor as Art Director.

A publishing platform titled EP developed in partnership with Sternberg Press, Berlin, sits at the core of the G research group. EP is the first critically underpinned series of publications that fluidly move between art, design, and architecture. The series creates a discursive platform between popular magazines (“single play”) and academic journals (“long play”) by introducing the notion of the “extended play” into publishing: with thematically edited pocket books designed by the leading Dutch group Experimental Jetset as median. The series is steered by an advisory panel pooled from the professions of art, design and architecture from across both their academic, creative and commercial arenas.

EP has a number of international affiliates and partners including: Design Academy Eindhoven; Jan Van Eyck Academy, Maastricht; Sternberg Press, Berlin; and Tate Modern, London.

EP1 received strong reviews with the New York Times design critic commenting that: “Edited by the design historians Catharine Rossi and Alex Coles, [EP1] is the first in a planned series of books exploring links among design, art and architecture…. “The Italian Avant Garde” … traces radical design’s influence on contemporary Italian designers, like Martino Gamper and Studio Formafantasma. And it reminds us of the movement’s prescience in championing design’s social and ecological responsibilities, the importance of collaboration and self-expression, and other burning issues for designers today.”

The Times Literary Supplement book critic underlined how: “The images and the range of the work presented [in EP1] are fascinating and stimulating, and provide a strong basis for future editions of this enterprising journal-book series.”

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river Earth & Environmental Sciences
photography Earth & Environmental Sciences
Solo Exhibition Arts & Humanities
gorge Earth & Environmental Sciences
lifestyle Earth & Environmental Sciences
museum Earth & Environmental Sciences
Art Arts & Humanities
Solo Arts & Humanities

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Research Output 2014 2019

(In)Animate Semiotics: Virtuality and Deleuzian Illusion(s) of Life

Roberts, S., 2019, In : Animation. 14, 1, p. 5-21 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Gilles Deleuze

Dissident Designs and Ethnographic Surrealisms

Coles, A., 2019, (Accepted/In press) Objects of Desire: Surrealism and Design 1924 – Today. Kries, M. & Cunz, T. (eds.). Vitra Design Museum

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Myth, Montage and Magic Realism: Rethinking the photograph as a discursive document

Devlin, L., Jan 2019, In : Photographies. 12, 1, p. 3-18 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

social agencies

Activities 2014 2019

  • 9 Invited talk
  • 2 Participating in a conference, workshop, ...
  • 1 Organising a conference, workshop, ...

Brexit Talk

Alex Coles (Participant)
9 Apr 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipating in a conference, workshop, ...

Transdisciplinary Platforms and the Styling of Knowledge

Alex Coles (Keynote speaker)
20 Mar 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk


Alex Coles (Keynote speaker)
25 Oct 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk