Graphic Research Group

Please check in soon for our 2020 events calendar.
Some events from Fall 2019:

October 24, 4-6pm, COMD Studio
Health, Narrative, Identity and the LGBT experience:
Current Projects in Design

Cameron Neat

Cameron will talk about partnered projects and client work visualizing information for government agencies and NGO’s as they address specific issues in human health. He will also discuss immerging research projects focused on narrative, identity, community building and the LGBT experience.

Cameron is a member of the faculty at Emily Carr since 2016 and has worked as a designer and educator for the past two decades. He holds a BFA in Visual Communications from Cornish College of the Arts and an MFA in Graphic Design from the Rhode Island School of Design. His work ranges from publication design and public service campaigns to information visualization and interactive media. He has a deep fascination with the intersection of aesthetics, science, ethics and rhetoric and has focused his work in the arts, health and education sectors. He is passionate about typography, information graphics, drawing and illustration. In addition, he is an avid reader, gardener and cook who is dedicated to service and beauty in everyday life.

November 14, 4–6pm, Reliance Theatre (in Partnership with SFU MPub and READ Books)
Katy Keene Fandom: Zines and the Politics of Participation
Teal Triggs, RCA (London)

Katy Keene (1945-1961) is a unique American comic book character. Created by illustrator Bill Woggon, Katy Keenemade her debut in 1945, and today forms part of a history of comic strips written about independent career women. Although drawn to reflect the fashionable female image of America’s fifties post-war period – less exotic ‘pin-up’, rather ‘girl-next-door’ – Katy Keene exhibited the ambition and drive to make it as a successful career woman. As such, Katy Keene became the focus of a loyal fan club and pen pals, with merchandising to match, and whose clothes, houses, and cars were created by the fans themselves. The way in which Bill Woggon actively sent out a call to readers was unique; asking them to submit designs for her clothes, possessions and other elements of the graphic page like the lettering of the story titles. The designs would then be redrawn to fit the comic book’s characters with each contribution attributed to the fans themselves. In the early 1980s, a resurgence of interest for Katy Keene was fuelled by the fanzine, Katy Keene Fan Magazine, whose producer Craig Leavitt, sought to raise the profile of the comic book characters and its artists to a new emerging fan base. This talk will explore Katy Keene’s comic book world and the way in which her creator and the fanzine editor, broke down the barriers between themselves and their fans; a number of whom who went on to become successful illustrators, designers, and writers in their own right.

Teal Triggs is Professor of Graphic Design in the School of Communication, Royal College of Art, London. As a graphic design historian, critic and educator her writings have appeared in numerous edited books and international design publications. Her research focuses primarily on design pedagogy, criticism, self-publishing. She is Associate Editor of Design Issues (MIT Press) and was founding Editor-in-Chief of Communication Design (Taylor & Francis/ico-D). Her recent books include: co-editor of The Graphic Design Reader (Bloomsbury), author of Fanzines (Thames & Hudson), and the children’s book The School of Art (Wide Eyed). She is a Fellow of the International Society of Typographic Designers, Royal College of Art and, Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. 

The Graphic Research Group is an alliance of those interested in advancing research and practice in communication design at Emily Carr. The group presently includes Katherine Gillieson,  Jon Hannan, Chris Hethrington who runs the Motion Unit,  Celeste Martin, and Cameron Neat. We are pleased to have the support of research assistant Devansh Parikh (MDes 2020).

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