The Department of Illustration

The Do Lectures

Posted in Digital Culture, Documentary, Events, Ideas, Writing, Theory by The Department of Illustration on October 5, 2009

http://www.dolectures.com/

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Let the doers of the world inspire the rest of us

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folk art and illustration

Posted in Handmade, Historical, Ideas, Writing, Theory by The Department of Illustration on September 12, 2009

finally finished my epic article for Varoom, which was very interesting to write. I think it comes out in November, so you can read it then!

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Broadsides

Posted in Handmade, Historical, Ideas, Writing, Theory by The Department of Illustration on August 31, 2009

Like Chapbooks, Broadsides were part of the early printing industry’s democratisation of literacy- even if this was confined to  visual literacy in the poor. Illustrations were intrinsic to the message- it could be argued they were more important than the text…

http://www.nls.uk/broadsides

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Simon Corry

Posted in General, Ideas, Writing, Theory by The Department of Illustration on August 26, 2009

falmouth based designer has an interesting blog

What is Illustration? Zeegan

Posted in Ideas, Writing, Theory, Professional by The Department of Illustration on August 22, 2009

Laurence Zeegan’s book ‘What is Illustration‘ is ok… but not great. It doesn’t really offer any more insights than his excellent ‘Fundamentals of Illustration’ published a few years ago, and it certainly is not anywhere near as interesting a read as the equivalent ‘What is Graphic Design For?’ Rotovison brought out recently.

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Barbara Jones

Posted in Historical, Ideas, Writing, Theory, Visual Language by The Department of Illustration on August 19, 2009

1951 book ‘The Unsophisticated Arts’ . Enid Marx and Margaret Lambert, whose collection of fabrics and folk art are at compton verney, and Barbara Jones were so influential in making people aware of the vitality of the vernacular arts tradition in Britain during the 1950’s.

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Victor Papanek

Posted in Ideas, Writing, Theory, Local/Global by The Department of Illustration on August 18, 2009

classic design text ‘Design for the Real World’ buy it from amazon here – even better buy it secondhand for £1.50

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Illustration is…

Posted in Ideas, Writing, Theory by The Department of Illustration on August 13, 2009

Alan Male, Professor of Illustration at Falmouth-

“Illustration is the dominant discipline for visual communication and is intrinsic in furthering the understanding of any given field of enquiry,”

his book ‘Illustration- a Theoretical and Contextual Perspective‘ available from amazon here

folk art

Posted in Decorative, Historical, Ideas, Writing, Theory, Visual Language by The Department of Illustration on August 13, 2009

I am in the middle of writing an article for Varoom on folk art and illustration. I am amazed at how neglected this whole area is. Why is it called ‘outsider art’ when it is something that is intrinsically democratic in nature? If everyone can do it, who are these ‘insiders?’ And why can it not be percieved as valuable without some kind of academic rationale? sigh…

abandon normal devices

Posted in Digital Culture, Events, Ideas, Writing, Theory, Site Specific by The Department of Illustration on August 12, 2009

FEST2IVAL OF NEW CINEMA AND DIGITAL CULTURE

LIVERPOOL 23 – 27 September 2009

http://www.andfestival.org.uk/