Common Practice is the means by which I act out my concern for culture and community through both commissioned and self-initiated design, writing and research projects.
I make publications (books, booklets, catalogues, leaflets, editorial), environments (exhibitions, public realm, signage, posters) and identities, and am eager to work with: cultural, educational and research institutions; charities; local councils; museums and galleries; conservation organisations; architects, artists, curators, editors and publishers.
My practice-led research examines existing conditions and systems shaping the production, distribution and consumption of graphic design. The overarching aim is to explore how, amidst global socio-political fracture, the design discipline might be defined by the values of the commons: solidarity, care, co-operation, mutuality and interdependence.
I perceive the designer to be a manipulator of visual communication that can either simplify or complicate. The former takes an authoritative position and attempts to influence the behaviour of its receiver, where the latter is non-hierarchical and seeks to empower the receiver to actively engage with the message, fostering criticality and politicisation.
A Common Practice presents an intention, a methodology and a terrain. It is a proposition for a design studio and ongoing research inquiry which takes the context of accelerated culture as its starting point. It explores the methodology of digression and association to reshape practice around values of the common(s).
This briefly vacant site marks the terrain of anticipated dialogue, which will emerge through writing, intimate conversations and group discussions. The project framework – roam, traverse and trespass – is navigated through an expanding index, and prompt us to rethink relations to self, labour and the commons. Website will evolve in conversation with Jake Dow-Smith.
cv, WIP Project Plan