Degree Shows 08: Royal College of Art (Show 2)

Karen Lacroix’s Now Now Now Now poster looks from a distance like it’s been painted. Closer inspection reveals the letterforms are made entirely from imagery from Google Earth. Snowy landscapes become less snowy. A comment on the effects on global warming
The Royal College of Art show is always one we look forward to here at Creative Review. Such a wealth of interesting projects – from posters and books to typographic exploration, projects that explore interactivity, great animation work and new product design. We had a look yesterday at the Communication Art & Design work and couldn’t help but notice that collaboration between the students seems to be a recurring theme this year. We took a few photos on our journey round the show…

Now Now Now Now

The Royal College of Art show is always one we look forward to here at Creative Review. Such a wealth of interesting projects – from posters and books to typographic exploration, projects that explore interactivity, great animation work and new product design. We had a look yesterday at the Communication Art & Design work and couldn’t help but notice that collaboration between the students seems to be a recurring theme this year. We took a few photos on our journey round the show…

Type On Demand by Sarah Gottileb and George Wu
Type On Demand was a a collaborative project between George Wu and Sarah Gottileb in which letter forms were constructed in no more than eight minutes

Posters for Festival To Plead For Skills by Household
Wu and Gottileb also collaborate with Riitta Ikonen under the moniker Household. Their raison d’etre: “To offer curious experiences through talks, workshops and collaborative projects, with an aim to set up a community addressing the origination of new ideas.” These posters by the group promote two such workshops they are running.

This Book - by Sarah Gottileb
This Book, by Sarah Gottileb, is a collection of statements about what the book is about. The idea, Gottileb explains, is that it makes the reader question the authority of the written word. “Why should we believe everything we read?” she asks.

Extra large format photographic print by Nie Xiao and Sun Shuai
Large scale landscape photography by Nie Ziao and Sun Shuai

My Grandma by Meng-Chia Lai
My Grandma, an illustration by Meng-Chia Lai

Cover of The Toys Are Waiting book by Meng-Chia Lai and George Wu
This is the cover of a charming, clothbound book entitled The Toys Are Waiting… by Meng-Chia Lai and George Wu

Spread from The Toys Are Waiting book by Meng-Chia Lai and George Wu
And this is a spread from the book

Interactive word generator by Erwan Lhussier, Valerio Di Lucente, Hugo Timm and Filip Tydén
This interactive hub enables people to scroll through letters to create words. The typeface is Modo and was created specially for an issue of ARC, the RCA’s journal, which had parallels as the editorial theme. “I started working on a typeface exploring parallel lines and varying their spacing to create visual rhythm,” says Valerio Di Lucente. That evolved into a typeface where each different weight is actually a different distance between the strokes.” Di Lucente has been working with three other people at the RCA – Hugo Timm, Filip Tydén and Erwan Lhussier and this was one of several projects they are showing…

Serious Sans poster by Erwan Lhussier, Valerio Di Lucente, Hugo Timm and Filip Tydén
This is another project by the foursome (Di Lucente, Timm, Tydén and Lhussier): Serious Sans. Fascinated by the way some people love the typeface Comic Sans and also how many designers hate it, they decided to explore and understand the relationship between experts and the non-graphically tutored. “Oddly enough, Comic Sans one of the easiest typefaces for dyslexics to read because of its irregular forms,” says Di Lucente. Serious Sans is their attempt to make a more graphically acceptable version of it

Large scale illustration by Emma Wright
A large scale pencil illustration by Emma Wright

Photograph by Anja Schaffner from the series Susurrus, 2008
One of several wonderfully moody photographs exhibited by Anja Schaffner. From a series entitled Susurrus

Show 2 at the Royal College of Art runs until 5 July. Click here for opening times and view a map of how to get there: show2008.rca.ac.uk/Default.aspx?ContentID=501825

We haven’t shown photos or clips from the excellent animation work we saw or any of the interactive projects as yesterday’s trip was all about the communication art and design exhibits. We will visit the show again in the next few days and bring you more highlights.

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