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The Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) Faculty of Design Speaker Series is pleased to present an evening with Teal Triggs, Professor of Graphic Design and Head of Research at the School of Graphic Design, London College of Communication, University of the Arts London, on Tuesday, March 13, at 6:30 pm at the Michener Institute’s Lecture Hall, in Toronto.

In her talk Handing Down the ‘Memory Cloth’ at the Elephant & Castle: Graphic Design Teaching, Research and the Student Experience, Triggs will explore the relationship between teaching and research in the field of graphic design through a recently completed project undertaken by staff and students in the School of Graphic Design, London College of Communication titled ‘Handing Down the Memory Cloth at Elephant & Castle: An exploration into cultural identity and the role of women in craft and design history.’

The research project re-examined the history of craft traditions among women of diverse cultural groups in South London, and to bring together students and representatives from local community organizations in order to learn more about individual craft interests. In using a framework of design research methods, staff and students not only informed their own working practices, but also formed a meta-community comprised of researchers, design professionals, community members and local museums, which continues to inform the student experience long after the project’s completion.

Biography - Teal Triggs, BFA (Hons), MA, MA, PhD, FiSTD
As a graphic design historian, critic and educator Teal Triggs has lectured widely and her writings have appeared in numerous books and international design publications. She is co-editor of the academic interdisciplinary journal Visual Communication (Sage Publications) and has edited two special issues The New Typography (2005) and with Dr Carey Jewitt, Screens and the Social Landscape (2006). Triggs is also author of The Typographic Experiment: Radical Innovations in Contemporary Type Design (2003; paperback 2005) co-published in five languages; co-editor with Roger Sabin of 'Below Critical Radar': Fanzines and Alternative Comics From 1976 to Now (2000); and editor of Communicating Design: Essays in Visual Communication (1995). She is currently working on a book about fanzines based on her PhD thesis undertaken in the Department of Typography & Graphic Communication at the University of Reading.

Triggs has received several Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) grants for her work on feminism, design and comic books, and was a co-instigator on Designing for the 21st Century Research Cluster: 'Digital Design, Representation, Communication and
Interaction: Screens and the Social Landscape'. She is a Fellow of the International Society of Typographic Designers (FiSTD), and co-founder of the Women's Design + Research Unit (WD+RU), an organization which seeks to raise awareness about women working in visual communication and related areas. ‘Handing Down the ‘Memory Cloth’ was funded by the Royal Female School of Art Foundation, with additional support from the London College of Communication and WD+RU.

OCAD Faculty of Design Speaker Series:
Teal Triggs: Handing Down the ‘Memory Cloth’ at the Elephant & Castle:
Graphic Design Teaching, Research and the Student Experience
Tuesday, March 13, 6:30 pm
Michener Institute Lecture Hall
222 St. Patrick St., Toronto (one block north of Dundas, east of McCaul Street)
416-977-6000 | www.ocad.ca
Presented with the generous support of M.C. McCain.
All welcome to attend; admission is free.

Official Website: http://www.ocad.ca

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