Ruth was asked to speak at the private view of the London Transport Museum exhibition ‘Poster Girls: A Century of Art and Design’ which opened on 13 October 2017. As part of her ongoing research into the history of women in graphic design in Britain, Ruth wrote an essay for the book that accompanies the exhibition.
Coinciding with Women’s History Month, and international women’s day, the exhibition was based on Ruth’s ongoing research into the history of women in Britain in graphic design. It was on show to the public at Central Saint Martins from 23 February to 22 March 2016.
Many thanks are due to the team of CSM graduates and students who helped make the show happen: Miho Aishima and Kat Garner for their invaluable work on curation and design. Thank you also to Amanda Choy, Clara Metter, Elky Li, Emilien Rabin, Lucy Budd and Syd Hausman.
Time Out put the exhibition in their ‘top 5 art exhibitions’ to see on its opening weekend. And we had a feeling from the start it was going to be great fun.
The exhibition turns the Inigo Rooms at Somerset House into an outpost of a post-apocalyptic world in the wake of a technological meltdown. Inspired by this world controlled by robots, where only basic technology is available to humans, we reproduced images of two of the robots using a DIY screen print effect. The typography had to stay within the guidelines of the Kings College brand, but we apocalypticised the King’s typeface it by turning it into a rubber stamp and force justifying the lines of type to reflect the staccato speaking voices of the robots.
The Victoria and Albert Museum invited us to talk about our work as part of the “Graphic Gathering” event at the V&A, pictured above. Emily and Ruth from REG Design were two of the designers invited to speak, along with designers including Pali Palavathanan from Johnson Banks (shown presenting Johnson Banks work on stage above) and Cecilie Maurud Barstad from Gilles & Cecilie Studio.
The event was for school and college students considering a future in graphic design. Hopefully we inspired them!