2021 Summer

Our international cohort of Falmouth Flexible MA Graphic Design (online) students are encouraged to explore a diverse range of interests and specialisms with global exploration at the heart of the course, leading to a true spectrum of creativity. Scroll to view examples of their Final MA Projects for a taste of what you could achieve by joining the course.

Poster advertising the CurioCity Collective

Poster advertising the CurioCity Collective

Design elements are taken from buildings of note around Bristol

Design elements are taken from buildings of note around Bristol

Colours used are taken from Bristol's brightly coloured homes

Colours used are taken from Bristol's brightly coloured homes

Callum Stewart

Bristol

Project Question

What can be done to minimise the wasted educational potential of young adults living in Bristol?

Aim and Objective

My project has been primarily focused around finding new ways to support university graduates and other young adults to continue pursuing their academic interests and developing their skillsets post-education.

Final Outcome

For my final outcome I ended up designing an autonomous, democratically organised collective focused around group learning in a relaxed, social environment.

The group is a way for people to pool resources together in order to pay for learning and enrichment opportunities. In a nutshell everybody pays into a group pot each month which gives them access to vote on the group’s activities.

Once they’ve paid their monthly contribution, members are able to:

1. Suggest group activities for next month &
2. Vote for their favourite items on last month’s list.

The most popular events as voted for are then organised by core members for the rest of the group to do.

The actual direction of the group is entirely led by its members, one month might see a lecture on geopolitics and the next a woodworking workshop. Broadly our aim each month is to provide activities in three categories – Learning, Support and Enrichment but within those categories the possibilities are essentially endless.

I plan to launch a limited trial version of this project in Bristol shortly after graduation to gauge interest and to try it out in practice.

How has your practice developed while studying the MA in Graphic Design with a global cohort?

Both my confidence and skill as a designer have grown immeasurably since I started on this course.

I have found my voice as a creative that is focused on finding ways to enact social good through my practice.

I would like to thank my many fantastic module tutors for their hard work, dedication and support.

I’d also like to thank my MAGD cohort for making this a fun and memorable two years.

Please follow this external platform link, to view the Final MA Project in full and/or portfolio documentation.

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Website overview

Website overview

Menus

Menus

Social Media

Social Media

Interviews

Interviews

Content

Content

Homepage Full

Homepage Full

What We Stand For

What We Stand For

Lucy Davis

Canterbury, UK

Project Question

How can graphic design be used to empower millennial women to see themselves as heroes and leaders?

Aim and Objective

The aim of the project was to develop a graphic design solution that challenged the stereotypical representation of millennial women and marginalised genders . By showcasing real-life role models and examples of inspiring heroes and leaders from around the world, I wanted to inspire this community to feel confident and courageous and enable the audience to see themselves as heroes and leaders.

Following research into the relationship that millennial women and marginalised genders have with the defined archetypal roles and characters, I found that the biggest gap between who the audience was and who they aspired to be was in relation to the Hero and Ruler archetypes, particularly the traits of Confidence and Courage.

To develop this project, I researched into the history of feminist protest in graphic design, as well as current websites and organisations that are helping to empower this community. Hélène Cixous said that a “woman must put herself into the text – as into the world and into history – by her own movement.” Therefore, in order to change the narrative, we must write the narrative.

Final Outcome

Herisee is an inclusive and diverse intersectional feminist platform. It provides a bold, engaging and fearless feminist response to the portrayal of gender in mainstream media.

The name is a play on words of ‘Heresy’, an opinion profoundly at odds with what is generally accepted, and ‘Her I See’, as the platform aims to increase the representation of women, trans and non-binary people as heroes and leaders.

It features interviews with inspiring real life role models, articles on heroes and leaders in a variety of industries, and information about empowering projects that support the female and non-binary/gender queer communities.

As well as tackling the serious issues, the website also aimed to have fun by celebrating and ampifying art, fashion, food and lifestyle content that is body positive, diverse and inclusive.

How has your practice developed while studying the MA in Graphic Design with a global cohort?

It has been really enjoyable to be able to exchange ideas and critiques with people from around the world. Having the different creative perspectives and variations in graphic design practice has allowed me to step outside of my comfort zone and experiment with my own work more. I feel I’ve improved so much from where I started and a lot of that has been down to being connected with such a great group of creative people.

When I first started, I was worried whether the time differences and geography would be difficult, but it’s been really easy to reach out to each other with questions and queries. The group has been incredibly supportive of one another and it’s definitely made me enjoy the course. I think the fact that we can’t meet up in person means that we made more of an effort to communicate with each other.

Please follow this external platform link, to view the Final MA Project in full and/or portfolio documentation.

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Overview of website.

Overview of website.

Posters can be freely shared and downloaded.

Posters can be freely shared and downloaded.

The website features a map created by Libraries Hacked to help people discover their local library service in the UK.

The website features a map created by Libraries Hacked to help people discover their local library service in the UK.

The site was launched with an initial collection of posters drawn from prototypes made during the project. I was keen to use a variety of methods to reflect both the analogue and digital offerings of public libraries and several were created using materials withdrawn from libraries.

The site was launched with an initial collection of posters drawn from prototypes made during the project. I was keen to use a variety of methods to reflect both the analogue and digital offerings of public libraries and several were created using materials withdrawn from libraries.

Posters promoting the project.

Posters promoting the project.

Social media proved to be invaluable throughout the project helping me to build connections with the public library community during lockdown, gaining valuable insights from the target audience.

Social media proved to be invaluable throughout the project helping me to build connections with the public library community during lockdown, gaining valuable insights from the target audience.

A letter of endorsement from the Chair of The Library Campaign, one of many people I worked with over the course of the project.

A letter of endorsement from the Chair of The Library Campaign, one of many people I worked with over the course of the project.

Helen Anderson

Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK

Project Question

How can graphic design be used to advocate for public libraries?

Aim and Objective

Public libraries support our communities in a variety of ways, improving our social, educational, economic, and cultural wellbeing. They provide free and open access to all kinds of information to all people and are one of the very few indoor spaces where everyone is welcome and there is no entrance fee. You can go in and use the resources, you can go in and better yourself or you can simply go in and just be you.

Over the last decade however, our statutory right to a comprehensive and efficient public library service has become increasingly vague in its application as almost one thousand public libraries have been closed. Spending and the number of trained staff are in decline and further cuts and closures are expected in response to the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Predicated on the belief that public libraries are indeed worth advocating for, the aim of this project is to use graphic design to inform and enhance the perception of public libraries in the UK in a bid to counter further closures and reductions in funding.

Central to this aim was the objective of highlighting the role public libraries play as a piece of social and cultural infrastructure. Collaborating with public library users, staff, advocates and activists, a range of methods were utilised to arrive at a meaningful outcome that can instigate real change.

Final Outcome

Whilst research suggested that the Covid-19 Pandemic has exacerbated the obstacles public libraries face when it comes to advocacy, it is evident that these have been long-standing issues and are likely to continue as technology, culture and society evolve. As such the challenge was to design an outcome that will adapt alongside public libraries, advocating for them in a proactive, sustainable manner reflecting both the diversity of services and experiences. To that end I have designed The Story They Tell, a crowdsourced visual library that speaks to the power of public libraries.

The Story They Tell instils the importance of bringing about social change through a community with shared goals rather than as an individual. It serves as an ongoing record of why public libraries matter, highlights what is lost when libraries close, provides valuable resources for those working in them, and underlines how important the physical and digital space of public libraries is.

The gallery features a variety of visuals including protest posters, service announcements and written stories. Clicking on each poster reveals more information contributing to the wider story that public libraries tell. The posters can be freely shared and downloaded so that people can show their support either online or in person. People working in libraries may wish to use them, maybe people protesting, maybe book lovers or perhaps people will simply visit for inspiration.

The Story They Tell features a project created by the organisation Libraries Hacked who create applications using open data about public libraries. I was conscious that people visiting the site may be encouraged to visit their local library, so it was deemed worthwhile to be able to direct them to this information.

On the ‘Submit your design’ page, people are encouraged to participate in the project and submit their own visuals. A recurrent theme throughout my research was that it is challenging to convey how a public library can mean anything to anyone, yet The Story They Tell embraces this unique quality, welcoming contributions from everyone which will reflect the multiplicity of roles public libraries have. A template is provided for people as a starting point for a poster or if they would prefer not to ‘design’ a poster people can use the template to write about their experiences instead.

Overall, the project has been well received to date yet as it does mark a departure from typical public library advocacy, it will take time to develop. What I have created over the course of the module is simply the start of The Story They Tell, an infrastructure to house a repository of posters reflecting both the past and present and crucially, helping to support the future of public libraries.

How has your practice developed while studying the MA in Graphic Design with a global cohort?

Over the last two years, my skills and confidence as a designer have strengthened considerably. Studying with a global cohort has meant that I have been introduced to different perspectives, learning new ways of working and developing my practice in response to this. The importance of collaboration and being able to write about your work have been notable lessons from the course whilst the idea of graphic design authorship has given me many ideas for my next steps after this MA.

Please follow this external platform link, to view the Final MA Project in full and/or portfolio documentation.

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