Graphic Design Educators' Network (GDEN)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference


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 • Membership De-brief is the inaugural symposium of the Graphic Design Educators’ Network. The brief is the ubiquitous backbone of graphic design, driving project-centred learning within the graphic design curriculum. Its incarnations are numerous: self-directed; open; one-day; live; tutor-set; competition. Yet it’s rarely scrutinised. Participants of ‘De-brief’ are invited to an open inquiry of the brief. What is the heritage of the graphic design brief? How has it affected the purpose and discipline of graphic design? How might we deconstruct its tropes, forms, tones, and language? To what extent do these aspects allow for fluid interpretation? Where does the brief position designers, clients, audiences, students, authors, systems and tools? What are its alternatives, complements and tensions? De-brief will draw on keynote provocations, an exhibition of printed briefs, and interactive participant-focussed workshops to generate insights and inspiration through shared practice and perspectives.
Period9 Sept 2015
Event typeConference
LocationSalford, United KingdomShow on map


  • Graphic Design Education