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Teal Triggs



In this lecture Teal Triggs asked: what are the politics of self-publishing, what does publishing mean and in what ways have women engaged in participatory cultures? She explored the role of self-publishing and activism by looking at independent magazines that emerged out of 1970/80s feminism and 1990s riot grrrl fanzines, incorporating discussion of her own work as a member of the Women’s Design Research Unit (WD+RU). In this talk she speculated on what designers might learn in understanding participatory cultures and what this might bring to the evolution of a new design practice.

Teal Triggs is a Professor of Graphic Design and Associate Dean, School of Communication, Royal College of Art, London. As a graphic design historian, critic and educator she has lectured and broadcast widely and her writings have appeared in numerous edited books and international design publications. Teal is Editor-in-Chief of Communication Design (Bloomsbury/ico-D), co-editor of Visual Communication (Sage) and Associate Editor of Design Issues (MIT Press). Her research has focused primarily on design pedagogy, self-publishing, and feminism. She is a founder member of the RCA’s Book Futures Lab, which takes the book as a catalyst for disrupting and innovating new publishing ecologies.

In 2015 she published her first children’s book The School of Art (Wide Eyed Editions) – an activity book for 10+ year olds exploring basic design elements and principles. She is currently co-editing a new anthology of writings with Leslie Atzmon titled The Graphic Design Reader (Bloomsbury). Her previous books include: Fanzines and, The Typographic Experiment: Radical Innovations in Contemporary Type Design, both published by Thames & Hudson. She is a Fellow of the International Society of Typographic Designers, the Royal College of Art and the Royal Society of Arts.