Keynote Speakers

Professor Teal Triggs

Thursday 29th September at 3.30pm

Ripped & Torn, but never thrown away: The legitimization of the ephemeral graphic object

The ephemeral nature of graphic design is the focus of this paper and specifically the way in which the shift from print - to digital based artifacts has impacted an interpretation of the graphic object and its place in history. The case study is the British punk fanzine Ripped & Torn produced by Tony Drayton in print form (1977- 1979) and his online website Kill Your Pet Puppy (2007 – present).

Teal Triggs is Professor of Graphic Design, University of the Arts London. She is co-Director of the research unit for Information Environments (i.e.) and Course Director for MRes Information Environments and MA Design Writing Criticism, London College of Communication, University of the Arts London.

As a graphic design historian, critic, and educator she has lectured internationally and her writings have appeared in numerous international design publications. She is co-editor of the academic interdisciplinary journal Visual Communication; author of The Typographic Experiment Radical Innovation in Contemporary Type Design; co-editor with Dr Roger Sabin of ‘Below Critical Radar’: Fanzines and Alternative Comics From 1976 to Now; and editor of Communicating Design: Essays in Visual Communication. Her most recent authored book is Fanzines (Thames & Hudson).

Triggs’ design research focuses on methods and social engagement where she has worked on community-based learning projects including ‘A Sense of Place: Life Histories of Residents on the Aylesbury Estate’ funded by the UK Department of Business, Innovation and Skills and through Creative Connexions, led an interdisciplinary team exploring information visualisation and design education in India. Triggs is founder of the New Views design conference series and co-curator of an international poster exhibition that opened at the Melbourne Museum, Australia (2008/09) and is now travelling. Triggs is a Fellow of the International Society of Typographic Designers.

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