By Noel Campbell, Santander Scholar, Graphic Design (Class of 2017)
The Survey of Graphic Design class had an amazing opportunity to view how another side of the world appreciates design. Even though it was a design class, the participants varied greatly from Graphic Design to Dental Hygiene students.
The trip was to be a seven-day stay in the heart of London. The flight over to London was one that was definitely a new experience for many. For some it was their first time leaving the country and others it was their first time even being on a plane. We hit the ground running, even after the seven-hour flight and five-hour time difference. We went straight into exploring our new home for the next seven days. It was a beautiful place with plenty of green life as well as the signature double-decker buses. Over the next week we expanded our culture in ways we never imagined; going to historical locations, seeing all the attractions, going to the theater to see ‘Matilda’ , museum visits, Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral, St. Brides Print workshop, a graffiti tour and experiencing the nightlife. Going out at night we got to see the London Eye and check out the 93/4 Station from Harry Potter which was actually really exciting.
The amazing architecture of the cathedrals with their unique patterns show that design has been valued for many of centuries. We were able to see Buckingham Palace and the changing of the Guard, which was very interesting to watch. London Bridge was as beautiful as you could imagine, the view was amazing, as well as inspiring. Over the entirety of the stay, we learned so much about design as well as London.
In the design aspect, we learned how much detail and effort was put into printing over time. We explored the history of the printing press and movable type. We also learned how to use one of the printing presses and created our own souvenir prints. We also learned about poster making from visiting the National Gallery Museum. At Westminster Abbey, we learned of some well-known greats who were buried there such as; Sir Isaac Newton, Rudyard Kipling (creator of ‘Jungle Book’), Charles Dickens and many more. While in the City of London, we learned how to use their train system, better known as the Tube and how to navigate London, quickly learning that they drive on the opposite side of the road. We were surprised to find that tea time was a myth and they prefer coffee now and that everything stays open late. We were able to see legendary works by artists like Banksy and Shepard Fairey on our graffiti tour. We wished that we were able to stay longer, but unfortunately it was time to depart. We left with a pleasant memory and a once-in-a-lifetime experience that we can apply to how we live our lives and to the fields we study.