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26 Apr

Tomorrow [Wednesday 27 April] is your second to last day in LAB B for producing your GAMSWEN project articles.

You should have written most of them by now with an introduction and a conclusion.

They need to have references in the text as to where and who you got the information from (Powers 2011) AND and bibliography for each article.

Tomorrow then should be about eh design and production of your document in which ever form you have chosen it to be in.

It is very important that you are there tomorrow for me to be able to help you with your design work and the content of your articles.

See you before 10am in LAB B tomorrow.

Hope you have had a restful and productive break

All the best


PS the hand in date is Tuesday May 10 at 4pm.


Choose 9 Articles from the list below for GAMSWEN 2011.

24 Mar

1.     London Underground and corporate identity and  Edward Johnston

2.      Jan Tschichold and Avant-Garde Typography in the 1920s

3.     British Library Visit

4.     Charles and Ray Eames

5. The Growth of Graphic Design Rand, Müller Brockmann, Fletcher, Chermayeff”

6.     Animated Animation

7.     Computers……?

8.     Click  Click [Photography?]

9.     Postmodernism and you

10.   An article subject of your own choice.

11.   Perception + Illusion

The hand in date is Tuesday 10 May 4pm

Alan Power’s Brief

5 Jan

University of Greenwich

School of Architecture and Construction Session: 2010-11

PDF: HART 1007 brief

Semester 2: Graphic Design – History and Theory HART1007 (part of GAMSWEN brief to be continued by Mark Ingham)

Course Tutor: Alan Powers

Learning outcomes

On completing the course, you will have learnt about:

• The application of typographic design in the twentieth century to signage, books and publicity.

• The use of imagination and technique in film and product design in the mid twentieth century

• The use of research material of various kinds


See GAMSWEN brief

Classes and lectures

These are held normally on Wednesdays, 9.30-11, in room H016.

12 January: London Underground and corporate identity

19 January: Jan Tschichold and European avant-garde typography

26 January: Visit to British Library exhibition ‘Evolving English – one language, many voices’ Meet at British Library, 96 Euston Road, NW1 2DB, reception area inside main entrance, 10.15am. See for directions.

2 February: Charles and Ray Eames – putting fun into function in films and furniture

9 February: Post-war graphic design – Paul Rand, Ivan Chermayeff and Alan Fletcher

Reading List

All books with shelf marks are in the Library at Avery Hill

Edward Johnston and London Transport

Barman, Christian The Man who Built London Transport: A Biography of Frank Pick, Newton Abbot, David and Charles, 1979  (Medway store) 388.40924/PII:BAR

Forty, Adrian , Objects of Desire, Design and Society 1750-1980, London, Thames and Hudson 1986 (Chapter 10: Design and Corporate Identity) 745.44941/FOR

Garland, Ken , Mr Beck’s Underground Map, London, Capital Transport, 1994 388.42904/GAR

Howes, Justin, Johnston’s Underground Type, London, Capital Transport, 2000 388.428/HOW

Johnston, Edward, Writing and Illuminating and Lettering, London, A & C Black, 1994, 745.6/JOH

Lawrence, David A Logo for London, London, Capital Transport, 2000 Oversize 388.409421/LAW

Ovenden, Mark, Metro Maps of the World, London, Capital Transport, 2005

Pevsner, Nikolaus, ‘Patient Progress One: Frank Pick’  in Nikolaus Pevsner, Studies in Art, Architecture and Design, Vol. 2: The Victorians and After, London, Thames and Hudson, 1968 Oversize 709.034/PEV

Roberts, Maxwell J, Underground Maps after Beck, London, Capital Transport, 2005, 388.42809421/ROB (The Edward Johnston Foundation)

British Library visit

David Crystal, Evolving English – one language, many voices, London, British Library, 2010

Charles and Ray Eames

The work of Charles and Ray Eames : a legacy of invention, essays by Donald Albrecht [et al.], New York, Harry N. Abrams, 2005, 745.40922/EAM:ALB

Eames, Charles, A computer perspective, Cambridge (Mass.), Harvard University Press, 1973, Maritime Greenwich 004.90904/EAM

Eames, Charles, Furniture from the design collection, the Museum of Modern Art, New York / by Arthur Drexler, New York : Museum of Modern Art, 1973 749.213/EAM:EAM

Kirkham, Pat, Charles and Ray Eames : designers of the twentieth century, London and Cambridge, Mass., MIT Press, c1995, 745.4492/EAM:KIR

Morrison, Philip, Powers of ten : a book about the relative size of things in the universe and the effect of adding another zero, New York, Scientific American Library, 1994 778.31/MOR

Steele, James, Eames House, London, Phaidon, 1994 728.37209794/STE

The Films of Charles and Ray Eames (dvd 6 discs)745.40922/FIL


4 Jan

At the end of this course you have to produce a BLOG  NEWSPAPER or MAGAZINE that is a chronicle of the lectures and seminars that will be given by me and Alan Powers throughout the term. This will mean you will have to take notes on every lecture so you can then write it up for your publication.

Each lecture, seminar or trip will have its own page or pages dedicated to it. As in a magazine or newspaper these will be your ‘ARTICLES’ and will be fully illustrated and referenced*.

You will chose one of the lectures, seminars or trips to make into a ‘FEATURE ARTICLE’ and will be an extended piece of writing of about 1,000 words and again it will be fully ILLUSTRATED and referenced*.

The finished newspaper or magazine will be handed into the Architecture and Construction Office by 4pm on Friday 7th May 2010. It will be handed in with a Header Sheet.

The design, layout and size of the Magazine in entirely up to you. It may be a small PAMPHLET A5 size or a BROADSHEET A1 style newspaper. It may be Black and White, but a colour publication will be encouraged.

You may want to use one of the STYLES discussed during the lecture series or a combination of styles, depending on what you want the publication to look like.

During each session you must take extensive notes, as a JOURNALIST would at a press conference, because this is what you will base your articles on. Each article must be at least 300 words long.

Whenever you use a piece of information in your articles you must REFERENCE them by telling the readers where you got this information from, i.e. the author of a book, website, magazine etc. You HAVE to use the HARVARD SYSTEM OF REFERENCING.

See: for last term’s BLOGs…

Below are some examples of previous students work…

GAMSWEN a page layout

GAMSWEN a Front Cover

GAMSWEN Magazine Page

Dissertation 2010