Untitled. Emerging landscapes for creative communication.
with Lecture In Progress
Working with ‘Its Nice That’s professional education platform, Lecture in Progress, we instigated a unique student-led conference designed to celebrate the diversity of opportunity within emerging areas of the communications industry and provide a voice for a new generation of creative practitioners.
Early in 2018, I worked with joint founder of ‘Its Nice That’, Will Hudson to develop a collaborative project between Ravensbourne and their new platform ‘Lecture in Progress’. We decided very early on that the conference should be student-led and Will chaired a series of initial workshops with our second years designed to identify a theme and a name for the conference. What emerged was called ‘Untitled’ and aimed to inform students at Ravensbourne of the diversity of opportunity within emerging areas of the communications industry. The speakers that LiP curated were all under thirty and chosen to demonstrate how, in a changing industry, young people from all backgrounds could have an impact within an evolving creative landscape. Each speaker delivered a short presentation before chairing round table conversations designed to provide delegates with practical strategies to take advantage of insights from the day. The event culminated in an on-stage discussion between Mills, joint founder of one of the UK's most exciting digital design studios, ustwo and myself.
The full list of speakers was as follows…
Esrael Alem. Filmmaker & Creative at AMV BBDO; Rose Pilkington. Visual Artist & Motion Designer; Ellen Ling. Creative Copywriter, LOVE; Dem Gerolemou; Liv Siddall; Akwasi Poku. Creative at Wieden + Kennedy and Mills. Co-founder ustwo.
Year two BA Digital Advertising & Design students Charlie Baker, Michael Bailey and Tayo Onabule, created the identity and promotional campaign for the event and posters from all student teams were displayed within the auditorium. In addition, Harry Wilson, James Pang, Megan Wright, Adila Nasrin and Rosie Jones produced a series of films from interviews with practitioners that were conducted on the day.