LDF 2016: Graphics Weekend at the V&A

London Design Festival’s annual Graphics Weekend takes place at the V&A on 17 and 18 September. Here’s our pick of things to see – featuring Jonathan Barnbrook, Marina Willer and Kellenberger White

Jonathan Barnbrook

Poster promoting David Bowie’s Blackstar album. Designer Jonathan Barnbrook will be discussing his collaboration with Bowie to create the album’s artwork at LDF Graphics Weekend

Jonathan Barnbrook will be discussing his graphic design work – from collaborating with David Bowie on the artwork for his final album Blackstar (★) to partnerships with Occupy and anti-advertising collective Adbusters and experimental typography projects.

Saturday 17 September, 15.30 – 17.00

Tickets: £15

Marina Willer

Marina Willer and Brian Boylan's identity for the Serpentine Galleries in Hyde Park, London
Marina Willer and Brian Boylan’s identity for the Serpentine Galleries in Hyde Park, London

Pentagram partner Marina Willer – the designer behind the Tate’s logo and the identity for London’s Serpentine Galleries – reflects on recent projects and life as a lead female creative. Willer is also working on an upcoming feature film, Red Trees – a Kickstarter-funded project telling the story of her family’s escape to Brazil from Nazi-occupied Prague.

Sunday 17 September, 15.30-17.00

Tickets: £15

Supergraphics with Kellenberger White

Hand painted font by Kellenberger White for Glasgow International festival
Kellenberger White’s hand painted identity for Glasgow International festival in 2014

Eva Kellenberger and Sebastian White founded design studio Kellenberger White after meeting at the Royal College of Art. The pair recently created a hand painted identity for Glasgow International art festival and have worked on campaigns and identities for the RCA, Frieze Foundation and art school-cum-community space Open School East. See the designers in conversation with Design Week editor Tom Banks on Sunday 17 September.

Sunday 17 September, 11.30-12.30
Tickets: free (no booking required)

The Power of Packaging

Packaging for Wagamama's takeaway range, designed by Pearlfisher
Packaging created for Wagamama’s takeaway range, designed by Pearlfisher. Pearlfisher will be taking part in a panel discussion on packaging at LDF’s Graphics Weekend

A panel session chaired by Design Week’s Sarah Dawood will look at recent trends and innovation in packaging and how packaging design influences our purchasing. Panellists include creatives from DesignBridge, Pearlfisher and Bulletproof.

Sunday 18 September, 13.30 – 14.30
Tickets: £10

Graphics and music: Past, Present and Future

The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics, 'Revolution' 1968 by Alan Aldridge.
The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics, ‘Revolution’ 1968 by Alan Aldridge. © Iconic Images, Alan Aldridge, courtesy of the V&A Museun. Aldridge’s work is featured in the V&A’s You Say You Want a Revolution: Records and Rebels 1966-70. The show’s curator will be discussing the link between music and graphics at a panel discussion at LDF

Singer songwriter Beatie Wolfe, designer Jonathan Barnbrook and XL art director Phil Lee will join V&A curator Victoria Broackes for a discussion on the relationship between graphics and music and its future in the digital age. Broackes is co-curator of the V&A’s new show, You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966-1970 and co-curated its blockbuster Bowie retrospective, David Bowie Is.

Saturday 17 September, 13.30 – 14.30

For more info on events taking place at LDF or to book tickets see londondesignfestival.com.

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