Summer Shows: CSM BA Graphic Design
We trundled along to the Central Saint Martins BA Graphic Design show last week, and from what now seems like thousands of students, picked out a few of bits for your viewing pleasure.
First up, above, is the Animal Collective project from Sroop Sunar, a tasty collection of screen printed images based on the collective nouns used for groups of animals, styled in the form of Indian matchbox labels.
Sticking with dogs, we rather liked Anya Belikova's Little Monsters book, which supplanted babies' heads with dogs' heads.
We were also impressed with the entrepreneurial spirit shown by Charlie Kwai, who created a vending machine "...that aims to positively influence the future of those who participate. Over the course of the exhibition 70 people bought a box. The most popular category was Love closely followed by Career and Power. Orientation sold well, but Finances and Possession were the least popular."
The prophecies were a £1 a pop, and sticking with the crowd, we picked Love - our fortune was "Love knows not time but patience. Be patient and love will find its way to you." So we will be patient.
Next up was Ben Lee's very polished Exponere zine: "A publication exploring and exposing the deception of law, the treachery of our government and the fraudulent corporation which we live for." Strong stuff...
We were also very taken with Louise Naunton Morgan's Human Graph Paper, which consisted of a series of graph paper pads drawn by hand rather than machine, and was oddly beautiful.
And finally, a special mention to Francesco Boni, for having the best business cards in the show.
Good stuff all round. And great to see that the students had (a) got their acts together so that most of them have their own websites and (b) had set up a shop at the show to sell their work. Interestingly, they'd decided not to have a show catalogue, instead relying on the show website and their own sites. There's a sign of the times...