Cowbird design symposium

The relationship between print and digital is a subject close to our hearts at CR and it’s set to be the focus of the Cowbird design symposium on the 7-8 March, organised by Norwich University of the Arts

The relationship between print and digital is a subject close to our hearts at CR and it’s set to be the focus of the Cowbird design symposium on the 7-8 March, organised by Norwich University of the Arts…

CR’s editor Patrick is among a strong line-up of practitioners set to talk at the two-day event, which is curated by the university’s graphics course leader, Andrew Campbell, and will be chaired by Adrian Shaughnessy.

Speakers confirmed to date include Michael C Place, Build; Vivian Rosenthal, GoldRun; Jonathan Puckey, Moniker; Andy Stevens, Graphic Thought Facility; Craig Oldham, Design by Music; Vera-Maria Glahn, Field; Matt Ward, DWFE; Denise Wilton, Berg; Hamish Muir, 8VO/Outcast Editions; Tom Roope, The Rumpus Room; and Måns Tesch, Tesch.

“It is a real opportunity to explore issues that are relevant to both industry and education,” says Campbell. “Whilst we acknowledge the relevance of commercial activity, we also challenge our students to question (graphic) design as an output, a practice and a profession.

“What is the future of the distributed text; the book, magazine, newspaper and poster? What are opportunities afforded by tablets, e-readers, smart phones, augmented reality, social media, digital displays, and new practices such as crowdsourcing, coding, data sharing, and social reading?”

Cowbird will take place at Open, 20 Bank Plain, Norwich, Norfolk NR2 4SF on 7-8 March and tickets are £100 each. Further details on booking a place are at, or call Fay Harris on +44(0)1603 886394 (card bookings only).

CR in Print
The February issue of CR magazine features a major interview with graphic designer Ken Garland. Plus, we delve into the Heineken advertising archive, profile digital art and generative design studio Field, talk to APFEL and Linder about their collaboration on a major exhibition in Paris for the punk artist, and debate the merits of stock images versus commissioned photography. Plus, a major new book on women in graphic design, the University of California logo row and what it means for design, Paul Belford on a classic Chivas Regal ad and Jeremy Leslie on the latest trends in app design for magazines and more. Buy your copy here.

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