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May Debatey + Dreamy wonder + Lance Wyman = Hot Source

Mad May event: here’s what you missed

Hot Source was one of the all-time greats. It was a packed house (we think we had just shy of a hundred people, but we lost count) and it was wildly varied and over-ambitious (how we like it).

First of all let the record show that Hot Source is unworthy and ungrateful: on the night we miserably failed to thank both NUCA for allowing us to use their lecture theatre, and Lambda Films for filming the proceedings. Sorry guys, and thank you.

Rob Halden-Pratt (@RobHP) kicked off by taking us into the crafty world of makerspaces. These collaborative spaces for thinking and making are springing up all over the world, and Rob is rightly asking the question: if there, why not here?

A kind of dreamy wonder descended on us as Finola Gaynor (@F1nola) told us about the Lance Wyman show she put together at the NUCA St George’s Street gallery. Great work that is both beautiful and important.

Finally, we had our first Hot Source debatey. The immeasurably affable Tony Wood (@xfactorcomms) led the panel of Paul Hill (@paulhill_biz), Maxine Green (@lexicamarketing), Chris Delahunty (@chrisdelahunty) and Sean Clark (@seanclark) on the subject of rules and etiquette for using social media – with some lively contributions from the rest of the Hot Source gang. Did we solve the puzzle? No, but there were arguments and viewpoints that we’d never heard before and it was fun to see some intellectual arm-wrestling going on before our very eyes.

Hot Source


Tables – uppercase| lowercase| numbers| skulls

Font tables



The chic Fontable designed in Italy by designers Alessandro Canepa and Andrea Paulicelli are made in steel sheet with lacquered paint for interior and exterior with legs in painted steel of adjustable height allowing to overlap table surfaces. To a designer they are so seductive.

John Carlos, and the Black Power salute

John Carlos at 'You are Here' Lance Wyman Exhibtion

John Carlos at ‘You are Here’ Lance Wyman Exhibition.  Photo (c) Finola Gaynor

John Carlos, kindly came along to see the show ‘You are here‘, here at Norwich. He was both humble and inspiring. His conversation with students at NUCA, The Gallery, was focused around the importance of the Black Power Salute and the sad consequences that he, Tommie Smith and Peter Norman faced post the 1968 Olympics.

John spoke about the way his fellow americans had ostracised him 44 years ago and now the same people clamber to have a token picture taken with him.

The Black Power salute at the Mexico 1968 Olympics was a protest made by the 200 metres American athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos and Peter Norman the Australian competitor. Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised black gloved fists, wore open sports jackets without shoes on the winners podium. All three athletes wore Olympic Project for Human Rights (OPHR) badges after Norman, a critic of Australia’s White Australia Policy, expressed empathy with their ideals.

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Lance Wyman ‘You are Here’

You are here

Works by the legendary American graphic designer Lance Wyman

1 May – 9 June 2012

Lance Wyman is often described as the ‘Rock Star’ of graphic arts brought up in Kearny, New Jersey, the son of a commercial fisherman. Wyman was destined for a career in design for he acquired an appreciation for a “no-nonsense functional aesthetic of the sea and the factories”. Wyman describes this as “an important influence in my approach to design” as he spent time out on the Atlantic with his father.

Wyman’s approach to design is ‘complexity made simple’ this is clearly illustrated through his work for the Mexico City Olympic Games 1968, ‘Mexico 68’. His design ethos is creating graphic elements that are distilled to their purist form whilst skilfully maintaining personality and recognition.

Wyman has influenced designers, design students and every Olympic games graphic design programme worldwide ever since.

Working with Lance on the exhibition was an amazing honour. What struck me early on was the quantity and quality of his work. The difficulty for me as the curator was the selection process. I thought it important to record the process of the exhibition build.

How to get here

BBC CoverageNUCA, The GalleryLance Wyman

Lance Wyman next to Mexico68 logo type

Photograph of Lance Wyman at 'You are here' Exhibition (c) F Gaynor 2012


Exhibition Build, You are Here Exhibition Lance Wyman (c) F Gaynor 2012
Mexico Alphabet Wall

Mexico Alphabet Wall, Carl Bayliss (c) F Gaynor 2012

Close-up alphabet, Carl Bayliss (c) F Gaynor 2012

Framed pieces pile (c) F Gaynor 2012

Sports icons (c) F Gaynor 2012

Sarah Beare Gallery Technician (c) F Gaynor 2012

Vitrine (c) F Gaynor 2012

Frame Hanging, Lousia Milsome, Sarah Beare, Frame Hanging (c) F Gaynor 2012

Kyobo brand manual wall (c) F Gaynor 2012

picture hanging 2 (c) FGaynor 2012

vitrine_2 (c) FGaynor 2012

untitled (c) FGaynor 2012

untitled_2 (c) FGaynor 2012

untitled-3 (c) FGaynor 2012

Lance Wyman logo (c) FGaynor 2012


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Character Animation by Alexander Card

Showreel 2011 from Alexander Card on Vimeo.

This work is from one of the NTU BA (Hons) Multimedia students, the piece is called ‘Ringroad Supermarkets’ and is designed and produced by Alexander Card.

Whilst the main character is reminiscent of Tim Burton’s Stainboy, this character has a different personality, and originality which becomes apparent in this short clip.

2011 D&AD Yellow Pencil


tips for Better Ideas


Rethink Scholarship at Langara 2010 Call for Entries from Rory O’Sullivan and Simon Bruyn on Vimeo.

A great reminder of some essential but sometimes forgotten steps, presented in a very creative way.

Sustainable Graphic Design – Part 1 & 2

a conversation

Held at Antenna, Nottingham, UK

Part 1

Fifteen designers and industry experts attended a conversation in sustainable design held at Antenna on 15 December. The afternoon event was led by Future Factory project manager Phil Harfield and Rob Coke, Creative Director of Studio Output. Rob has been working with Finola Gaynor of Nottingham Trent University to kick start the sustainability agenda for local design studios. Finola has a passion for the subject and as principal lecturer in Visual Communication was the right person to move the initiative ahead. Unfortunately Finola was unable to attend this first event but played a big role during the design and development stage.

What followed was a lively debate about alternative resources, designing out waste, liability and consumer knowledge. Several participants shared their own ideas and actions which have resulted in significant cost and waste reductions.

Contributions regarding current printing and paper choices and their implications came from representatives from GF Smith, Plan Four Print and Howard Smith Paper Company. This included descriptions of the process of FSC certification and carbon-balanced paper. These are fairly complex systems of which commissioners, designers and members of the public should all be aware.

Although no conclusion was reached about the role of graphic designers in promoting sustainability it was recognised that they do have a unique position with the ability to inform clients in this area and pass on information to end-users.

On the whole members of the group felt that they were not sufficiently knowledgeable about the range of issues to be educating clients and account managers. There appears to be a dearth of information about the subject although some useful online resources were exchanged and these will contribute to an ongoing project to provide information to the industry in the East Midlands. The basis of the project is to develop a web-based resource which gives practical and reliable information about environmental impact and cost implications for a range of different design scenarios including paper finishes, which size paper will produce the least waste or allow for reuse. The printers present felt that they could be more active in guiding designers to make these choices and encouraged greater communication.

There is a worry however that focusing on strict environmental criteria will ultimately eliminate the element of design. This, however, is not the aim of sustainable design. As one participant pointed out sustainability needs to be thought through from the beginning of a project. Products should not be termed sustainable just because they have been printed on FSC-certified paper.

Feedback from the event has been very positive and one studio has reported that they have already taken practical steps to improve their environmental impact. These include recycling more, switching off machinery when not in use and changing from solvent inks to water-based inks which is great news.


the symposium

Held at NTU in the White Room, Nottingham Trent University

Part 2

(c) Finola Gaynor

Christine Fent presenting guidance for sustainable graphic design

Christine Fent, Beam Design

Christine Fent studied typography and design in Mainz, Germany. After
completing her diploma she headed straight to London, where she worked for
Roundel Design amongst other design companies. After a spell as freelance
designer with contracts at Landor in Hamburg and Salter Baxter in London she
set-up Composite Projects. After successful collaboration on several
projects she joined forces with Dominic Latham-Koenig to form Beam in 2008.
Beam are a multi-discipline design consultancy in London.

(c) Finola Gaynor

Lei Cox presenting 'The Dark Room'

Prof Lei Cox
Lei Cox works with video installation, video art and photography; and has shown worldwide since 1985. He is also a free-lance film and video maker and has worked with BBC Scotland , BBC 2, Channel 4, Republik Films and Sky TV. His major Solo Shows have been shown in the Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide, Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow, Laing Gallery, Newcastle and Gallery Rene Coelho, Amsterdam. Group shows include Tel Aviv Museum of Art, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Skopje, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tate Gallery Liverpool, European Media Art Festival, Osnabruk. His Single screen work has been shown in at least 70 international festivals and he has just completed an interactive camera obscurae public art work “ The Dark Room : Mountain to Sea – Beyond Site” which is situated on Cairngorm Mountain in Scotland. This work started in 2005 and was made in collaboration with Mel Woods (producer) Fergus Purdie (architect) and George Keen (lens designer). At present Lei is working towards his October 2011 inaugural exhibition and lecture, which will consist of past historical works as well as six new installations and projections; three are national premiers and three completely new works.


Finola Gaynor, Chair
A Graphic Designer with over 18 years experience in the creative industries of Graphic Design, Advertising, Technology nd Publishing.

Finola led the BA (Hons) Graphic Design at Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication for 5 years with research relating to ‘Extended Studio, learning and teaching within a virtual space.’ Finola has held the position of Committee Member of the Typocircle and has also been an advisor to the HEA, National Teaching Fellowhsip Scheme. As Principal Lecturer in Graphic Design Finola has designed and led undergraduate courses in graphic design within the UK, Malaysia  and JAPAN, culminating in seminars, lecture series and research contributions within the areas of branding, typography, usability, and information design. Finola also supervises MA and PHD students specialising in Information and User-centric design.


It seems that sustainable design, goes beyond that of the object, the printed substrate or the digital screen.

Sustainability is not only a British Standard, an ISO but a sense of self, a frame of mind an ethic and more importantly I guess a harmonious balance between offsets.

During conversations and the from the workshops it became apparent that the driver comes from the client, thedesigner the artist and the users/readers of our designs or pieces of art.

Happily there is a need to educate, not only our graduating designers, commercial designers and our clients, which as a group of people with a vested interest should foster the concept and practice of sustainability with our geographically local SMEs.

Without being too profound. This balance is a requirement and is necessary to ensure integrity to maintain and develop creativity. And of course we would all agree that creativity enables a better society. This is my hunch.

“A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something.”
— Frank Capra

Finola Gaynor, Chair, Future Factory Design Symposium

These events were made possible by the Future Factory and Megan Mcfarlene

Talk about insulin (1959) Wellcome Film Channel

Dr Liston interviews two specialists of the day; Prof. Charles H. Best of Toronto and Dr. R. D. Lawrence of London. Prof. Best discovered insulin alongside Dr. Frederick Banting, and Dr. Lawrence was one of the first diabetics to receive insulin. He went on to research diabetes and insulin in his medical career. 2 segments

Interesting statement by Dr. Lawrence everyone who had diabetes would die within 4-6weeks, during (c 1922) until Dr Banting discovered insulin.

New installation, Reflex, at the Wellcome Trust | Wellcome Trust


People walking along Euston Road will encounter an unusually arresting reflection of themselves in a new light installation, ‘Reflex’, created by rAndom International.