Explore Your Archive: 1950s Graphic Design

This Explore Your Archive posting brings exhibition images of the educational feature of the IPEX (the international printing and allied trade) exhibition held at Olympia in 1955. The 3,500 ft stand was designed by R.A Richardson from the Maidstone College of Art and carried out by staff and students at Canterbury and Maidstone Colleges of Art.

Follow the whole story of UCA’s creative art history here http://bit.ly/16UbNjM

Search the art school archives on our online archives catalogue

School of Printing, Canterbury, 1950s

School of Printing, Canterbury, 1950s

School of Printing, Canterbury, 1950s

School of Printing, Canterbury, 1950s

School of Printing, Canterbury, 1950s

August’s Rare Book and Archive of the Month

August’s Archive of the Month is Canterbury’s 1905-1931 Visitors’ Book. http://bit.ly/17wrejO

This is of interest to paleography (study of old handwriting),typography, local history, materials, and to the history of exhibitions/sculpture at Canterbury.

Visitors' Book Canterbury 1905-1931

August’s Rare Book of the Month is an in-house printing press 1949 book from Canterbury, produced by a student at Canterbury School of Art. It is of particular interest for Graphic Design http://bit.ly/1463ndR

The Selfish Giant, 1949

Long Live the Art School! Exhibition at Surrey History Centre, 19th August-21st September 2013

The Surrey History Centre is hosting a free display in their foyer, from the archives of the University for the Creative Arts to celebrate the history of tertiary art education in Surrey, from the late nineteenth century to the 1970s. This will be between the 20th August-21st September 2013

There will also be a free talk on Women, and art and technical education in Surrey, 1890-1920 on the 14th September 2-3pm at the Surrey History Centre. This is by Doctor Stephen Knott Founder Postdoctoral Fellow in Modern Craft at the Crafts Study Centre, University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, who has conducted research on the late nineteenth and early twentieth century history of craft and technical education

The link can be found here https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/events/woking/long-live-the-art-school!

Looking at the Epsom School of Art and the Technical Institute, Guildford School of Art and Farnham School of Art, the display will look at academic classes and the development in Art Schools and Technical Institutes, (including women in the arts, and the link between industry, science and art) War time art education, and Art Schools and activism.

View images from the Art Schools on our History Pin site http://www.historypin.com/channels/view/21466076#|photos/list/ and on our online image page http://community.ucreative.ac.uk/article/37669/Online-images-and-Exhibitions

More information about the history of our academic classes can be viewed on our Explore Your Archive storify page, an initiative from The National Archives http://storify.com/LibraryUCA/explore-your-archive-at-uca

 

Opening of the Epsom School of Art and Technical Institute, by Lord Rosebery, 1896

Opening of the Epsom School of Art and Technical Institute, by Lord Rosebery, 1896

Guildford School of Art, 1958 cover of magazine Field and Farm, by School of Printing Students

Guildford School of Art, 1958 cover of magazine Field and Farm, by School of Printing Students

Explore Your Archive: School of Printing

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School of Printing, (Graphic Design)

Maidstone School of Art

Adrian Pearman, 1960s, Student Profile
Adrian Pearman was a student in the 1960s at Maidstone at College of Art in the School of Printing. Adrian went on to have a career in Design.

We have examples of his work here from the 1960s, including:

A co-operate identity project for a diploma show, Maidstone District. This included bus timetables, memo, letterheads, and brochures.
A fictional boutique, His and Hers. At a time where colours were very subtle, the bright colours were very stand out for the time.
The award winning handprinted Decimal Currency Project, a prize awarded by the British Federation of Masters Printers.

Images can be seen in our Archive of the Month, April 2013, and in the blog link

His and Hers Boutique

His and Hers Boutique

School of Printing – Medway College of Design, Maidstone School of Art, Canterbury School of Art

UCA has printing press books from the 1940s (before the age of computers!) produced by students at Medway, Maidstone, and Canterbury Schools of Printing through their merger to the Kent Institute of Art and Design. These books explore Graphic Design and Typography through these schools, helping to also chart the development of the curriculum, and providing context to external Graphic Design courses in the wider world. The quality and texture of paper is also noticeable

Below are two rare book of the month reviews looking at Medway’s and Maidstone’s printing press books

July Rare Book of the Month

May Rare Book of the Month

Graphic Design and School of Printing Donation, from Maidstone College of Art

UCA Archives has received a donation from a student, Adrian Pearman, who was  in the School of Printing at the Maidstone College of Art in the 1960s. These images will be of particular interest from a graphic design perspective.  This material is currently being catalogued under the Maidstone College of Art Archive, and is currently available at UCA Maidstone Campus. It includes examples of typography, including letraset

Below are examples of book illustrations produced

Design and Drawing, letra set book illustrations

Space-man book illustrations

Work produced included a co-operate identity project (below) for a diploma show, Maidstone District. This included bus timetables, memo, letterheads, and brochures

 

  

  Also included is the award winning handprinted Decimal Currency Project, a prize awarded by the British Federation of Masters Printers.  

 

  Another example includes an example of a fictional boutique, His and Hers. At a time where colours were very subtle, the bright colours were very stand out for the time. 

Guildford School of Art and Epsom and Ewell Technical Institute Catalogues Online

The Guildford School of Art Archive and the Epsom and Ewell Technical Institute and School of Art Archive have been catalogued and available on http://community.ucreative.ac.uk/article/38026/Guildford-School-of-Art and http://community.ucreative.ac.uk/article/38025/Epsom-Technical-Institute-and-School-of-Art

The Guildford School of Art catalogue contains material regarding the student protest over the quality of art teaching, prospectuses relating to book binding, printing and photography, and press cuttings

Further uses can be seen in the Subject Guide Student Activity and Protest on http://community.ucreative.ac.uk/article/37662/Student-Activity-and-Protests

Guildford School of Art Printing Prospectus 1957-8

The Epsom and Ewell Technical Institute and School of Art catalogue  contains foundation correspondence, finance, and building plans for the formation of the institute, Governors’ Minutes, and academic minutes, visitors’ books, and prospectuses.

Uses can be seen in the subject guides including History of the University http://community.ucreative.ac.uk/article/37664/History-of-the-University-for-the-Creative-Arts, Women in Education (prospectuses) http://community.ucreative.ac.uk/article/37661/Women-in-Education and War Time Education http://community.ucreative.ac.uk/article/37659/War-Time-Education , among others

Contact Rebekah Taylor on rtaylor8@ucreative.ac.uk for further information

Monthly update on project progression

Cataloguing

The Guildford School of Art Archive and the Epsom and Ewell Technical Institute and School of Art Archive have been catalogued and available on http://community.ucreative.ac.uk/article/38026/Guildford-School-of-Art and http://community.ucreative.ac.uk/article/38025/Epsom-Technical-Institute-and-School-of-Art

Preservation:

Preservation material including acid free folders, polyester sleeves, and acid free storage have been purchased

Digitisation

A Creative Commons licence has been signed for the potential digitisation of the student fashion workbook

New deposits

We are expecting a deposit related to Graphic Design, and a deposit related to the Kent School of Printing

Archival Guidelines

Guidelines for the appraisal/definition of special collections is currently being drawn up

Publicity/exhibitions:

Canterbury College will have a permanent exhibition of artists’ books in the Beaney Museum for the opening on the 5th September.

Meetings with various heritage institutes such as Epsom Library, Kent University Archives, and Canterbury Cathedral Archives are ongoing. Meetings with marketing in the university are ongoing.

Archives and Special collections website:

The Archives and Special Collections website is available on http://community.ucreative.ac.uk/archives

A design for an invitation to a degree show