Stuart White / Minjae Huh
Words by our partners at ARTS THREAD.
Spanning across several floors of the Stevens Building, the Royal College of Art’s 2012 Visual Communication graduates showcased the fruits of their labour. From web-based GIFs to unconventional storytelling, ARTS THREAD chooses a few of the best projects on show.
Waiting for Google by Stuart White is an ongoing project inspired by the time we waste while waiting for content to load on the internet, presented in the form of a series of animated gifs.
Minjae Huh created a campaign highlighting the government’s recent announcement of the closure of the Post Study Work visa that allows non-EU students to work in the UK for two years. The campaign, titled Future Without PSW, featured a display typeface, postcards, posters and other propaganda.
Byung-hak Ahn presented Images of Spectacle, a project that explores the themes of capitalism and material culture while fellow student Jiyeun Sung made us giggle with a humorous series of illustrations highlighting the difficulties of learning English.
Deshna Mehta’s To Observe Is To Change is a really engaging installation in which members of the public are summoned into a dark booth where, using inks, chalks and other materials, are invited to draw the shadow of the hand they are drawing with. See ARTS THREAD’s online editor Calum Ross’ dismal attempt above!
Marta Długołęcka had loads of great work on show but out favourite was her her book The Recyclables. Using photography and digital manipulation, Długołęcka has created a unique world where discarded packaging and unwanted household objects come to life.
Burn Kim explored new ways of storytelling with Epinodes, a tag-based narrative system that allows the reader to rearrange elements of the story via keywords.
Visually expressing sounds is a subject that many designers have approached in the past. Blanche de Lasa and Stina Gromark collaborated with one another to create a new, more expressive, variation of the Arial typeface. The pair also presented a hefty amount of research on the rhythm, sound and volume of the spoken voice in the form of a website.
Byung-hak Ahn / Jiyeun Sung
Deshna Mehta / Marta Długołęcka
Blanche de Lasa and Stina Gromark