Next Generation 2015 Interview with Photographer Yukihito Kono 【Aesthetica】

Next Generation 2015: Future Greats

Contemporary photography is entering a limitless post-analogue phase of innovation. Aesthetica has handpicked a selection of promising young photographers working across documentary, fine art and experimental digital media, in partnership with London College of Communication. These creatives are pushing the limits of photography through cross-platform experimentation. We interview Kanazawa, Japan-based photographer and London College of Communication alumnus Yukihito Kono.

Yukihito is at the forefront of an evolution in contemporary Japanese photography, eschewing the impressionistic, blurred and out-of-focus quality of renowned 20th century Japanese photographers such as Noboyushi Araki for a clearer, more defined and dynamic form of image-making. The young photographer divides his time between London and Kanazawa, Japan. He is co-founder of STAY ALONE, a publishing house for independent artists, and has self-published a series of books. Yukihito has exhibited internationally, and has featured in such publications as Dazed & Confused and, most recently, Aesthetica.

To explore more of Yukihito’s work, visit and pick up the August/September issue of Aesthetica.

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LCC student Calvin Lok gets visitors talking at V&A 【LCC Blog】

Calvin’s final greeting sticker design. Image © Calvin Lok

Calvin Lok, a student on LCC’s BA (Hons) Spatial Design course, has described showing his work in the Victoria & Albert Museum’s ‘Disobedient Objects’ exhibition as “like a dream come true”.

Third-year student Calvin got the chance to collaborate with the internationally renowned museum after receiving an email asking for submissions, and quickly made the decision to apply.

The museum was looking for thought-provoking contributions to their show, which explored the history of protest, rebellion and revolution.

Calvin’s work on show at the V&A. Image © Calvin Lok.

When his proposal was accepted, Calvin enlisted fellow student Celine Loh to help fine-tune his ideas. The pair researched ways to engage visitors in a conversation with their exhibit, and with each other.

An initial plan to hand out personalised placards to be carried around the show was rejected in favour of simple greeting stickers reading ‘Hello, I believe in…’, allowing people to complete the sentence in their own words.

Calvin’s posters explored the ideas of revolution and change. Image © Calvin Lok.

Calvin also made mock-revolutionary posters and leaflets printed on newspaper for added authenticity, and used them to show infographics about the history of protest.

Calvin found that the project gave him vital first-hand experience of how people interact with an exhibition and each other in a gallery space.

Looking back on his achievement, he writes, “This is quite possibly the most amazing opportunity I have had in my life thus far”.


Read Calvin’s blog posts about the show


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Type Tasting, Type Safaris and 'tactile exploration' 【design week】

‘We use type to navigate our lives and it can reveal so much, from the history of a city to the shopping choices we make’, says Sarah Hyndman, graphic designer and founder of Type Tasting.

Catherine Hennessy’s work from the sound workshop

‘As Ellen Lupton says so perfectly “Typography is what language looks like.”’


Scott Scanlan, from the sound workshop

Type-fanatic Hyndman is creative director of design consultancy With Relish, and also taught Experimental Typography at the London College of Communication.


Jill Murphy’s work from the sound workshop

Now, her love for lettering has led her to start a series of typography-based workshops open to creatives and novices alike, who are invited to step away from their screens, get their hands dirty and explore the create possibilities of type.


Busy at the sound workshop

‘I find that tactile exploration, trial and error, and playing with materials allow us to think creatively and develop an idea, rather than taking a short cut to a slick and polished result’, says Hyndman. ‘Often it’s the happy accidents that lead to the most interesting outcomes.’

Previous workshops have included a Valentine’s Day Typographic Swearing & Cussing event, allowing people to indulge in the rudest recesses of the English language, forming some ludicrous, filthy and hilarious phrases – all in the name of typographic experimentation. These were then executed in lettering of their choice – whether traced from existing typography, stenciled or created free-style.


A piece of work created on the Valentine’s Day typographic swearing workshop

Hyndman also braved working with 50 Year Six children at east London Victorian music hall Hoxton Hall, and most recently ran the Type and Sound workshop, which asked participants respond to different sounds and spoken phrases.


Lydia Rose Cockburn-Smith, from the sound workshop

The next open event will be the Islington Type Safari next month, an evening jaunt around the north London area photographing type on signage and shop fronts to inspire participants to create a new phrase or saying. It’s not all hard work though – the session ends in a pub – the site of many a flash of inspiration.


Inspiration in Islington signage, from the Type Safari

For more information on Type Tasting workshops visit


Desirable by Jo Sharff, from the Islington Type Safari


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