LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
A VALUABLE QUALITY FOR A DESIGN STUDENT + A DESIGN PROFESSIONAL
Energy, enthusiasm and imagination + An ability to communicate and initiate great ideas
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PROFESSIONAL PROJECT BRIEF
Painting depicting Woman at Work for the Royal Academy of Art 2008 Summer Exhibition
Humphrey Ocean, Curator of the Royal Academy of Art 2008 Summer Exhibition
Acrylic paint on top of a metal Roadworks sign that I designed in the 1960s.
WHY DO YOU LIKE THIS PROJECT?
Simply because it is unique (almost a self-portrait), in that it relates to the Man at Work roadworks pictogram that I designed in the 1960s. I liked the idea of substituting the image of a woman for the workman, in the context of work usually considered appropriate only for men. I also was attracted to the idea of painting over a slightly rusted old sign found lying abandoned in the street; thus giving it an added value once exhibited in the Royal Academy.
Someone wanted to buy the painting.
DO YOU TEACH?
Initially invited to teach Royal College of Art, London (UK) Industrial Design students typography. Taught part-time in the Graphic Design Department from 1966. Eventually retired as a senior tutor in 2001. Head of Graphic Design from 1987 to 1991.
IS IT POSSIBLE TO TEACH DESIGN?
Yes. It’s possible to teach an ability to draw and communication.