Collaborate and Listen
Jul
5
6:00pm 6:00pm

Collaborate and Listen

Crowd talks in collaboration with WSA’s Graphic Arts third years unpack the role of collaboration post graduation. Alongside a panel of Winchester Alumni, Crowd talks will discuss how graduating students can continue to collaborate as they enter industry.

Is there a place for the collab in commercial practice, or is it only relevant for personal work? How do you present collaborative work to employees, and why do creatives place such high regard on collaboration when you’re unlikely to be employed as a pair?

On the panel, WSA alumni now working at:
— ustwo
— It's Nice That
— Moving Brands
— Robin Celibi

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F**k off and Die
Jan
14
5:30pm 5:30pm

F**k off and Die

This time round Crowd Talks, with Wieden and Kennedy presents ‘F**k Off and Die’, an evening debate on the creative merits and perils of online trolling. Artists and designers are embracing trolling - whether getting creative in their responses to trolling, or using it to call bullshit on the creative industries. The land of the trolls opens up an anarchic, entertaining and radical space for creatives to push the boundaries of taste and taboo - an essential function of the visual arts. But do we run the risk of mistaking abuse for constructive critique? 

On the panel:
— Alan Martin, science editor at Alphr
— Holly Brockwell, technology journalist and founder of Gadgette
— Simon Whybray, freelance designer

'Public shaming is coming back into our culture' real life / online: which is worse? #wktroll

"Never feed the trolls" @holly "useless advice...it's not up to me to be quiet, it's up to you to stop doing it" #wktroll

Do trolls now have a place in society by drawing attention to the questionable on twitter? e.g.: fact checking (or lack of) #wktroll

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Work It
Oct
28
10:00am10:00am

Work It

In collaboration with Winchester Visual Arts students, Crowd Talks presents ‘Work It’ - a quickfire discussion on all things design employment.

We’ll talk about how to approach agencies, studios and recruiters in the hunt for work after graduation. As well as this more traditional landscape, we’ll explore how current students have the potential to change the design industry as we know. Creatives are increasingly going it alone, opting out of the 9-5 and into the Kickstarter generation of tech-savvy freelancers and startups. But how do we navigate this new world of work on our own terms?

On the panel:
— Derek Yates , Programme Leader BA Graphic Arts WSA and author of Communication Design: Insights from the Creative Industries
— Alex Rivett & Alex Mavronicholas , BA Graphic Arts Students WSA
— Andrew Lister, Teaching Fellow in Graphic Arts WSA
— Adam Proctor, Senior Teaching Fellow in Digital Media within WSA

Creative style vs creative mind. Which is most important for employment? #workit #insightsfield

Should graduates label themselves as a particular type of designer or associate with a particular style? #workit #insightsfield

How do you get a job if you don't go to London? #workit #insightsfield

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Vol. 1 Book Launch in collaboration with Studio 350
Jul
5
4:00pm 4:00pm

Vol. 1 Book Launch in collaboration with Studio 350

In collaboration with graduating Brighton students ‘Studio 350 Show’. We will host a short discussion drawing on themes from the book, exploring how students can keep creative momentum post graduation, how studio culture and collaboration can continue and how can students apply their working processes from university within a commercial context? Can university prepare students for this transition?

We will host a short discussion followed by a chance to see the book, drink and see the work on show.

On the panel:
— Elina Linina, Studio Lindrei
— Lawrence Zeegen, Dean of the School of Design at London College of Communication
— Charlie Abbott, Jake Hopwood & Alex Hough, work-form
— Roderick Mills, Course Leader Illustration at University of Brighton
— Eugene Nobel, Studio 350

Doing a creative degree creates a network of people you trust and can contact as you go further into your own career #volume1 #whatnext

You learn skills individually as you organise and plan your degree show. The process is valuable #whatnext #volume1

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Style
Sep
7
2:30pm 2:30pm

Style

This time round Crowd, in collaboration with Kingston’s graduating MA illustrators; ‘Make Sense’, we will be focusing on the theme of ‘Style’.

Drawing from Varoom magazine’s current issue we will discuss the role of styles and trends within the design world. How does a style develop from an idea? How do you define a stye? Does style matter and should we run towards or away from style?

On the panel:
— Peter Nencini, artist, designer & lecturer
— Sinead Evans, illustrator
— Zoe Taylor, illustrator
— Gareth Brookes, illustrator
— Sofia Nazia, illustrator
— Roderick Mills, illustrator and educator
— John O’Reilly, editor of Varoom magazine

'Style is a tipping point. A point where a form emerges out of chaos' - John O'Reilly @Varoommagazine #style

Has 'visual language' replaced 'style'?

Style is nothing more than just an accent - Gombrich (as opposed to a language that you can learn but can't imitate)

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In Place
Jul
3
6:30pm 6:30pm

In Place

This time round Crowd, in collaboration with Camberwell’s graduating illustrators ‘In Place’, will be responding directly to Darryl Clifton’s article ‘Real Worldz’. 

“One of the challenges that those involved in education (students and staff) face is the perceived disparity between the Institution and the real world. What is implied is that educational experience lacks authenticity, presumably because of its distance from the cathedrals of commerce and transaction.” Darryl Clifton 2014.

Should educators and students aim to align education closer with industry, or preserve it as a separate, sacred, space? Is this an option when higher education funding continues to be cut? How do changes in design education affect the industry, and consequently the role of the illustrator and designer in wider society?

On the panel:
— Charlie Abbott, Jake Hopwood & Alex Hough, work-form
— Darryl Clifton, Course Director BA Illustration at Camberwell
— Adrian Holme, Lecturer BA Illustration at Camberwell
— Luke Best, illustrator
— Rachel Gannon, illustrator
— John O'Reilly, editor of Varoom magazine
— Zsa Zsa Shea
— David Cross
— John Hill

Do external shows allow students to break free from restrictions set by those higher up in the university? #inplace

Society has a lot to learn from education #inplace

Education should be helping students to work out how to make a living from mad exciting things? #inplace

Students have amazing power and ability to change whereas the university does not? #inplace

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Space + Place
May
29
6:30pm 6:30pm

Space + Place

In collaboration with STORE, Crowd will be talking about how creatives are reclaiming, reusing and exploring empty spaces in the city. How are designers implicated in gentrifying and commodifying areas? Can we break this cycle to improve the spaces and places we live and work in?

Are reclaimed spaces better suited to creativity than shiny new ones, and how can we find and use these unused spaces?

On the panel:
— Kevin Green from STORE
— Brighton graduates from Car Park Show— Mark Carroll
— Eleanor Barrett, the Brick Box

Invest in the areas you work. Stop thinking 'What next? Where next?' #placespace

How can artists entering spaces impact the local communities without kick starting gentrification and forcing people out.... #placespace

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Pick Me Up
May
2
5:00pm 5:00pm

Pick Me Up

This time round Crowd will be discussing why Graphic Design and Illustration is increasingly being exhibited in gallery spaces. How do events like Pick Me Up affect the public perception of Graphic Arts? 

How has the prolific rise of blogs and online exhibition spaces changed our relationship with physical artwork? As shows increasingly opt for events and workshops, does this signal a more outward looking practice, or a response to the shortcomings of digital media?

On the panel:
— Claire Catterall, founder of Pick Me Up
— John Walters, editor of Eye Magazine
— Tess Redburn & David Biskup, Puck Collective
— Anthony Burrill, Graphic Artist, Print Maker and Designer
— Darryl Clifton, Design Programme Director at Camberwell College of Arts
— Ed Cheverton, Illustrator
— Charlie Hood, Beach Gallery

Everything is on sale at PMU. How does this change the viewer or visitors's perception of what's on show? #ctpmu

Why do people come to see the work @pickmeuplondon if you can see it all online? #ctpm

Pick me up is about networking and getting together with friends or people you know solely from the internet #ctpmu

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Design & Technology
Mar
19
6:30pm 6:30pm

Design & Technology

Designers and artists are at the forefront of experimentation with new technology. But how is growing up in a world saturated by new digital media changing the way we think, design and create?

Crowd Talks – in collaboration with Makerversity - discuss whether coding and programming, design for digital manufacture, and interactive design should be taught within schools and universities. How could an in-depth understanding of these processes alter creative thinking and the transition from student to professional within the creative industries?

Makerversity is a making and learning space based at Somerset House, providing affordable and accessible spaces for makers, experimenters, production and enterprise. www.makerversity.co.uk @makerversity 

On the panel:
Becky Stewart, Codasign
Sam Mason, Steer
Michael Mentessi, Code Club
Tavi Hirst, Skillab
Michail Vanis, Technology Will Save Us
— Jyri Kermik, Design Futures at University of Brighton
Tom Tobia, Makerversity

We should teach characteristics through coding such as problem solving and collaboration over the nuts and bolts of coding #dt

Coding and new technologies need to be taught in context, related to things people are interested in. #dt

Computing should be taught in a way more similar to art not science #dt

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Creating Spaces
Mar
3
6:00pm 6:00pm

Creating Spaces

As part of Into the Fold in Camberwell Space, Crowd Talks discussed how your environment affects what you make and how you make it.

Why is it still important to work in a physical space when we are increasingly communicating online? How might new models for studios and university spaces facilitate more flexible ways of working? 

On the panel:
— Nick Couch, Deskcamping
— Day Job collective
— Ned Scott, STORE
— Tim Ivison
— Charlie Peel
— Charlie Abbott, Jake Hopwood & Alex Hough, work-form

It's attitude not walls that create collaboration #creatingspaces

We are being encouraged to work from home because there is not physically space in institutions or offices. #creatingspaces

Are we working all hours of the day and being made to think that's the only way you can succeed as a creative? #creatingspaces

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Design Sourcery
Nov
25
6:30pm 6:30pm

Design Sourcery

This time round Crowd will be discussing how and where we find creative inspiration. What role do design blogs have in influencing education and perpetuating trends? Why do designers hide their sources and can sharing your sources foster a spirit of originality? 

On our panel:
— Victoria Talbot, Human After All
— Fraser Muggeridge
— Liv Siddall, It’s Nice That
— Oliver Long
— Tim Balaam, Hyperkit
— Liv Taylor, Patternity

— Jake Evans

Is the plethora of online visual material making us stupid? #designsources

It's HOW you use blogs not THAT you use blogs that fosters originality. #designsources

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Define Your Discipline
Oct
30
10:00am10:00am

Define Your Discipline

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In collaboration with graphic design students at the University of Kingston.

'Define Your Dipscipline' addressed how a developed understanding of your discipline can alter or impact the work you produce and how this can shape the industry you enter into.

We analysed the relative merits of design courses and curriculums; the use of competition briefs, personal projects, collaboration and Adobe suite.

Can current course models embrace the diverse skillset evident within design graduates to support them entering into a wide range of careers? Is it possible for students to shape their own courses, pushing the discipline instead of conforming to it? 

On our panel:
— Eleanor Vonne Brown, X Marks the Bokship
— Luke Tudor Griffiths, designer
— Jack Llewellyn, Brody Associates
— Andy Haslam, Associate Head of School of Graphic Design at Kingston University

Is there a risk of doing too much thinking and not enough work? #defineyourdiscipline

Students should have a greater influence on how their work is evaluated #defineyourdscipline

Tutors are there to challenge and push you #defineyourdiscipline

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F-re-e Thinking Schools
Sep
17
6:30pm 6:30pm

F-re-e Thinking Schools

Can the radical teaching techniques of independent art schools benefit design studios and students within mainstream design education? 

This time round Crowd will explore whether the recent opening of independent art schools such as Open School East are a direct response to £9K tuition fees or a rebellion against mainstream further education. These schools explore experimental methods comparable to those used by the Bauhaus and Black Mountain College. Are we about to see a similar social shift in design philosophies? 

If students are taught to question their disciplines how will this shape the industries they enter; and how can design studios benefit from these experimental approaches? 

On the panel:
— Harry Woodrow, co-founder of Multistorey
— Department 21
— Amy Pennington
— School of the Damned, alternative arts postgraduate course
— Andy Haslam, designer and educator

Formal arts education is essential to keeping community together and allowing it to grow #freethinking

Are students less likely to take risks in setting up models within mainstream education systems because of tuition fees? #freethinking

In what other industry would students challenge their tutors? Only in the arts #freethinking

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Put on a Show
Jul
7
6:00pm 6:00pm

Put on a Show

In collaboration with Brighton University third years - Car Park Show, ‘Put on a Show’ focussed on the relevance of arts degree shows. 

We explored why students are continuing to show their work in gallery environments, despite the prolific rise of blogs and online exhibition spaces. 

On the panel:

— Lawrence Zeegan, Dean of Design at London College of Communication
— Irene Fuga, artist
— Gem Barton, designer and lecture
— Hugh McEwen, writer
— Sarah Clark, illustrator
— Roderick Mills, illustrator and educator
— Kraggy, designer
— Nina Shen-Poblete, architectural writer

Are art schools fundamentally placing too much emphasis on the end grade? #putonashow

If you've got all your work online why do we need exhibitions? #putonashow

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Intern Or
Jun
11
6:00pm 6:00pm

Intern Or

At Intern Or we discussed how a new generation of designers are opting out of internships and opting into collectives, crowdfunding and creative startups. 

On the panel:
— Kelly Angood, founder of The Pop-Up Pinhole Co.
— Day Job collective
— Michael Coley, founder of Bellykids
— DanWitchell & Roger Whittlesea, founders of Proud Creative
— Chris Vickers, designer at She Was Only— Amie Heriott, designer at Purpose
— Romilly Winter, designer at Mind Design

Should we teach entrepreneurial skills as a part of design and illustration? #internor

You find your place at uni doing what you love. You realise your skills working collaboratively. Why should this stop post uni? #internor

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Creative Schools of Thought
Jun
8
4:00pm 4:00pm

Creative Schools of Thought

In collaboration with University of Brighton 2nd years, Practise/Practice we hosted our first event outside of London. 

Savage cuts to arts funding combined with the tripling of tuition fees have bought money and employability to the forefront of creative education. With this in mind we discussed how attitudes to play, experimentation and risk may change within university studios. 

On the panel:
— Jeremy Radvan, design educator
— Kyle Bean, illustrator
— Lucy Brown, designer and educator
— Mike Hillman, freelance designer

The industry is changing so fast. Tutors cannot make sure every single graduate has a full set of employable skills #creativethought

How will/does tuition fee increases effect students ability to take risks within the design process? #creativethought

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Cult of the Ugly
Apr
1
6:30pm 6:30pm

Cult of the Ugly

Cult of the Ugly focused on visual rebellion in the design world, as designers increasingly go against traditional design rules, creating work that is garish, off-grid and seemingly random. 

Covering topics such as the fetishisation of the amateur, the internet age aesthetic, and why some designers are choosing to rebel against the ubiqitious ‘good’ design that surrounds us. 

On the panel:
— Simon Whybray, designer
— Barnie Page & Charlie Hood, Baz & Chaz curators
Claude d’Avoine, graphic designer at Dazed & Confused
— James Hines, designer

You can't communicate new ideas with old design #cultoftheugly @Whybray

Where does 'pretty ugly' design leave those who are design educated if anyone who has amateur design tools can create the same aesthetic? #cultoftheugly

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Designing a Design Career
Feb
26
7:00pm 7:00pm

Designing a Design Career

Our second Crowd Talks event was held at The Brewdog, Shoreditch. Organised specifically for students we wanted to initiate thought towards life post graduation. 

In a time when 9 - 5 jobs for life are no longer the norm, designers are faced with finding, creating and crafting new way of working within today’s design world.

On the panel:
— Mike Radcliffe, founder of creative recruitment agency Represent
— Ben Freeman, founder of Ditto Press
— Holly Wales, freelance illustrator and educator
— Anthony Sheret & Edd Harrington, Colophon type foundry / design studio The Entente
— Vickie Hayward, creative director of Jaguar Shoes

Going into business with friends is about knowing what you're good at and dividing roles #DADC

9-5 or forging your own path? Personal drive or sign of the times? #DADC

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Trends
Jan
21
6:30pm 6:30pm

Trends

Our first event focused on trends within design. Compered by illustrator Roderick Mills we discussed questions such as: Why is trend a dirty word in design? How has the internet changed how we consume trends? And what is the difference between a design trend and a design movement?

On the panel:
— John O'Reilly, editor of Varoom magazine
— Caroline Till, co-founder of FranklinTill Studio
— Michael Slodoba, founder of trendlist.org
— Toby Jury Morgan, graphic designer

Trends are cyclical-an initial need that becomes saturated which creates a need for something new that becomes saturated... #crowdtalkstrends

How are trends discussed within arts education? 'Don't draw triangles' -is this helpful? #crowdtalkstrends

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