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The word is on the street

Ken Garland

Saturday 15 September | 09:30 – 10:15
Location: Sallis Benney Theatre

Keynote | Theme: Landscapes | Duration: 45 minutes

By definition the lettering on the street is not type matter, though of course many of its configurations closely resemble type, because they derive from it. Is street lettering at its best when it adheres most closely to type originals? Or do different, greatly varying street contexts demand alphabetic models from other sources? Does the surprisingly persistent presence of handwritten examples on our streets - on menu boards, banners, temporary shop notices, and above all, graffiti, indicate a degredation of lettering which we should resist? Or are they evidence of a vigorous alternative to the orthodox, type-based forms?

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Ken Garland

Ken Garland completed his studies in graphic design at the Central School of Arts and Crafts, London, in the 1950s. He was Art Editor of Design magazine from 1956-62, when he left to establish his own graphic design studio as Ken Garland and Associates. Among his many clients were Galt Toys, Race Furniture, Barbour Index, The Butterley Group, William Heinemann, Paramount Pictures, Harper & Row, Otto Maier Verlag, The Science Museum, Cambridge University Press, The Ministry of Technology, Jonathan Cape, The Arts Council, the Royal Parks Agency and the Barbican Gallery.

He has contributed many articles to design periodicals in the UK, US, Europe and Japan. His own publications include: First things first: a manifesto (Self-published, London, 1964); Graphics handbook (Studio Vista, London/Reinhold Publishing, New York, 1966); Illustrated graphics glossary (Barrie & Jenkins, London, 1980); Graphics, design and printing terms: an international dictionary (Lund Humphries, London/Design Press, New York, 1989); Mr Beck's Underground map (Capital Transport, Harrow Weald, 1994); A word in your eye (Department of Typography and Graphic Communication, University of Reading, 1996); Metaphors: a portfolio of text and image (Bradbourne Publishing, East Malling, 2001).

In addition to fulfilling regular appointments as a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Reading (1971-99), the Royal College of Art (1977-87), Central School of Art and Design (1986-91) and the National College of Art and Design, Dublin (1982-92), he has lectured widely in the UK, US (three lecture tours in 1995, 1997 and 2002), Canada, Portugal, Norway, Denmark, Germany and Bangladesh. He was Visiting Professor in Information Design at the Universidad de las Americas, Puebla, Mexico from 1999-2003, and is currently Visiting Professor in Graphic Design at Brighton University, UK.

TV appearances on design subjects include: Panorama, 1960; Tonight, 1964; The Visual Scene, 1969; Making Toys, 1975; Omnibus, 1976; Design classics, 1988; Tales from the Mapping Room, 1993; Underground - the Story of the Tube, 2000.

Garland's photographic work has been seen in the following one-man exhibitions:
Linescape, lithoscape, landscape (Reading, 1987); Ken Garland: A retrospective (Reading, Coventry and Sunderland, 1997); The singing (South Armagh and Donegal, 1999); Images of Ulster and other places (Northern Ireland, 2000); Metaphors, a port- folio of text and image (Brighton and Coventry, 2002, Hull, 2003, Glasgow and Portugal, 2004); The children of Bangladesh/The rickshas of Bangladesh (Coventry and Reading, 2006).

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