The UK’s creative leaders will arrive in Norwich tomorrow (07/03/13) as the country’s design scene is addressed and analysed in a two-day national symposium organized by Norwich University of the Arts (NUA).
Find out more about Cowbird.
The symposium’s name was coined by Texas-born Dr Nic Maffei, a senior graphics lecturer at NUA, who saw the relationship between a bird and a cow as a parallel to the symbiotic relationship between print and digital. As the design industry embraces dramatic changes in technology, the Cowbird Symposium will look at graphic design as an output, a practice and a profession, exploring the relationships between print and screen-based communication.
Guest speakers will be leading thinkers and practitioners from major design agencies such as The Rumpus Room’s Tom Roope, who recently received the title Royal Designer for Industry from the Royal Society of Arts. Other major agencies taking part will be Berg, DWFE, Graphic Thought Facility, Build and Design by Music.
The symposium is being held at OPEN and has been organised by NUA’s BA Graphic Design course, with attendance free for all graphics students at NUA. Tickets have also been on sale to the public and attendees will include professional creatives who will also be able to get involved in networking opportunities with each other and with students.
Andrew Campbell, course leader of BA Graphics at NUA, says: “Cowbird will look at the future of the distributed text – books, magazines, newspapers and posters. What are the opportunities afforded by tablets, e-readers, smart phones, augmented reality, social media, digital displays and new practices such as crowdsourcing, coding, data sharing and social reading?”
Staff and students featured in NUA press releases are available for further comment.
Our academic staff are leading practitioners and researchers in the fields of the arts, design and media. They are available to provide expert comment on regional, national and international news stories related to higher education and the creative arts.
All camera crews and photographers need advance permission to operate on the NUA campus. Alternatively the University has a wealth of photography and footage which can be provided on request.
Members of the press are welcome to attend all events at NUA. Most exhibitions on the campus, including the Degree Shows, will have a private view event in advance of the public opening for the press and special guests. Details of these events are available on request.
We are delighted to arrange campus tours and on-campus interviews with staff and students.
Head of Communications
|Call||+44 (0) 1603 753270|