Aoife O'Doherty —
I am a ... designer / curator / activist /
campaigner / researcher / thinker ...
workshop-ing at Protest Press,
mentoring at Design Club,
producing at Battersea Arts Centre.
I invest in engaging with new spaces,
challenging user experiences and
striving use of design to aid positive
change. Graduate graphic designer
from Kingston School of Art (2018).
Women in sport —
Process and project development:
Typographic campaign aiming to encourage women into the stigmatised sport of weightlifting. Formed from the dynamic movements of the sport, the typeface works across posters, digital platforms, and features in a Riso type specimen.
For this campaign, I particularly lead research and creating visual animated explanations.
w / Rosie Akroyd
Protest Press —
Co-founder of Protest Press — a design collective using creative methods to empower. In workshops, participants explore themes and activate their individual voice forming powerful posters using folded letterforms. To date, we have run multiple workshops and events from schools to institutions such as Somerset House and London Design Festival.
Within this side project group my role extends to researching potential collaborations, meeting clients, developing new craft techniques and constructing an online presence.
w / Scarlett Chetwin, Grace Lister, Sarah Houghton, and Millie Tyler.
Brexit through food —
A visual exploration of Brexit through food photography and corresponding typography. As Brexit evolves, changes and dismantles, the monthly photographic series is ongoing, existing as a website. Each month, we build on research and conversations to make images.
– Theresa May elected as our new Prime Minister
– The value of the pound drops as Brexit unveils
– Controversy of Boris Johnsons 'broken promises of the Leave campaign'
– Divided discussion of the Irish Border begins
– The European Parliament talks Brexit
– Britain votes to leave the European Union, 52 to 48%,
I developed a website as a medium to allow for quick uploads and a reflection to see all images as a Brexit timeline.
Process and project development:
Amnesty International —
For refugees, a lemon is a vital tool to aid seasickness on a journey to asylum. 200 lemons were handed out to London commuters, as a symbol for safe passage, in exchange for signatures asking the government to take more action.
This campaign was for Amnesty International.
Social media was used to extend audience engagement, pushing the association of a lemon and refugees into everyday life.
w / Charlotte Allen, Lydia Barba, Scarlett Chetwin and Ollie George.
Border angles —
A visual exploration of angles and attiudes on the theme of borders. Photographic outcomes are collectively viewed in a publication, sitting alongside harsh typographic opposing narratives. The publication includes folded images creating snapshot views and forcing interaction.
— Trump's persisting to build his border wall
— The danger of refugee crossings
— Brexit confusion over the Irish border
w / Grace Lister,
Creative women —
Event series celebrating female creativity derived from the importance of being surrounded and uplifted by great role models. These events coincide with my founding of a female archive of Kingston School of Art past and present students.
This digital archive is supported with a set up mentor scheme aiming to empower and raise female creativity. I lead this by creating an identity, organising speakers, and constructing the website. View the archive: www.womenofksa.com
Live illustrative documentation of events:
With thanks to; Maya Alvarado, Rifke Sadler, Cecilia McCormick
Graduate show —
For our graduate degree show; Kingston Graphics Weekend,
I took on a multi-faceted role planning and producing the event.
The four-day event was thoughtfully designed from a user experience perspective and curated to display the evolving
playful disciplines of 'graphic design'. The event was visited
by over 1,000 people.
For the show, we designed and hand screen-printed invites, creating an immediate presentation of tactility and precision.
At the event, publications were used as a starting point for visitors to understand context and the evolution of students across the three years of degree study. For this publication,
I assisted in design, editing and logistically printing and paper sponsorship. Working within a tight budget, this printed matter makes uses of all space available, involving different angles, sides of paper and ultimately levels of audience interaction.
To display work and construct an audience experience, we constructed plywood legs which were designed to be manipulated into making small to big tables. The ease of this design derived from our short set up time. With consideration to circular design, our versatile wood pieces were donated and reused at a local community centre.