On Friday 21 April 2017, AUB hosted the first Graphic Design Educators’ Network (GDEN) regional networking event for the southern region.

GDEN is a subject association – its mission is to incite discourse about Graphic Design practices.

The GDEN event, organised by Dr Kirsten Hardie (GDEN committee secretary), focused on the exploration of different graphic design learning and teaching case studies and activities.

The event encouraged participants, a range of both staff and students, to share their thoughts and experiences and to pursue potential collaborative opportunities.

Following the welcome address by Dean of the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture at AUB, Dr. Christian McLening, keynote speaker Dr Caroline Archer-Parré (Professor of Typography, Director of the Centre for Printing History & Culture at Birmingham City University and Birmingham University and Chair of the Baskerville Society), presented a consideration of her work and creation of the Type Hub, a thriving research centre at BCU.

Five AUB BA (Hons) Graphic Design students (Will Broomfield, Emily Hood, Chris Kyte, Lewis Hales, Jacob Sutton, Oliver Gear and Katie Dadswell) also provided a dynamic presentation on the ‘For the Love of Graphics’ exhibition that they co-curated, displayed in TheGallery between February and March 2017.

Speakers from universities across the UK presented, including Neil Leonard from Plymouth College of Art and Design, Dr Sue Perks and Brian Johnson from the University for the Creative Arts, Jenna Lee Alldread from Nottingham Trent University and Gabbi Hass from AUB, who provided a creative workshop.

GDEN-on-Sea was an enjoyable and informative event, with further collaborative opportunities already being pursued.

The Graphic Design Educators’ Network advocates graphic design education by developing, sharing and cultivating Pedagogy; Research and Scholarship; Discussion, Collaboration and Events; Respect for Plurality of Practice;  Links with Collaborators and Membership.