26 November 2019 | Valencia

Glug x Alicante Design Education Forum 2019

  • Phil Cleaver
  • David Carson
  • Murat Germen

Hey Gluggers,

We've got something special coming your way for our Glug Presents event in November.

We are creating constructive discussions about the current state of Art and Design Education.‬ How can we solve the #Design Education challenges of today in a practical/applicable/direct way?


Phil Cleaver

On the day we'll be hearing from Phil Cleaver [who sees things differently] an award-winning graphic designer, author and artist whose personality was formed in the labyrinthine city of London, under the influence of (among other things) Punk, the Far East and some of the design industries most prominent and influential leaders. His time is split between running “Et al design consultants” and being Professor in the Creative Industries for Middlesex University, London. Y type is the opening talk by Prof. Phil Cleaver for this year's forum. Phil shares a visual tour through some of the highlights of his forty year career to date. Challenging why typographic training is more important in design education now than at any other time in design history.

Murat Germen

Murat Germen is an artist using photography as an expression / research tool. Born 1965, he currently lives / works in Istanbul and London. Murat works as a professor of art, photography and new media at Sabanci University in Istanbul. Having many papers, photo series published on architecture / photography / art / new media in various publications; he has lectured at tens of conferences internationally. His oeuvre focuses on impacts of urbanization and gentrification, civic rights and participatory citizenship, documentary sustainability of local cultures, human devastation of nature. Murat will be giving a presentation titled Is crafted: "Materiality enough to disturb digitality?"

David Carson

Our Glug day wil close with a dynamite presentation from David Carson. David Carson is a man who has transformed the field of graphic design throughout his career. Self-taught, resolutely grid-free, and unafraid to speak his mind (he’s also very funny), Carson’s work made designers realize that editorial layouts didn’t have to stick to the rules around image placement, consistent typography, or doggedly flowing copy issue after issue. His attitude—one he sees as partly underdog, partly “why not?”—carries through not only his most famous projects like art directing Ray Gun magazine or his work for Transworld Skateboarding, but also branding projects, surfboard designs, packaging design for potato chips, and more; making him as relevant today as ever.

It’s rare to speak to a designer who’s into zines, music, and a generally less strict aesthetic, and have them not cite Carson as an influence. The American Center for Graphic Design has exalted him as having made “the most important work coming out of America,” while Creative Review has called him “the art director of the era.” In 2014, he was awarded the AIGA Gold Medal. But for all the praise he’s received, he’s rather lovely when we chat—and pretty humble to boot. He’s also still really into surfing.

See you there!