Re-drawing the Line

5 Jun 2008

Event times

10am - 5.30pm (registration from 9.30am)

Cost of entry

£25 AOI members, £30 non-members, £20 students

London College of Communication

London, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • 1, 12, 35, 40, 45, 53, 63, 68, 100, 133, 148, 155, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 322, 333, 343, 344, 360, 363, 453, C10, P5
  • Bakerloo and Northern line
  • Thameslink to Elephant & Castle

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Re-drawing the Line: a symposium exploring contemporary illustration


Re-drawing The Line is a one-day conference organised by the Association of Illustrators and is open to professional illustrators, students, designers, artists and creatives from related industries, offering inspiring presentations, cross-disciplinary panel discussions and lively debate on contemporary topics and current trends shaping the industry.

Illustration is adapting in response to a world in transition. In recent years, Illustrator?s have started to expand their creative output into new terrain and the boundaries between disciplines are steadily disappearing, thanks in part to the digital revolution. As it changes, to stay competitive illustrators are adapting to the new landscape and the emphasis now is on acquiring more cross-disciplinary and contextual skills. It is with this in mind that leading industry professionals; groundbreaking illustrators, working in a cross-disciplinary context; academics and cultural thinkers will come together at Re-drawing the line to discuss three specific themes:

Applying labels: categorising your professional practise
Is the term illustrator becoming a limiting description of your working practice? Are you proud to call yourself an illustrator? Is illustration enjoying the same status as say graphic design or fine art?

Emerging Markets
With illustration enjoying a resurgence in popularity and the digital revolution being the most important development in illustration over the past decade. What are the current trends shaping our industry and the new opportunities open to illustrators? How long is the current renaissance in illustration set to last?

Drawing the line: addressing climate change & the ethical debate in illustration
With sustainability and the eco-issue affecting all areas of our lives, what role are illustrators and graphic designers taking in addressing climate change? How will illustrators rise to the challenge? And, do illustrators need to adopt a more ethical approach when considering commissions? Or is rejecting clients on purely ethical grounds a possibility only for the successful few?

Confirmed speakers and panellists are:

Paul Davis, illustrator
McFaul, image makers
Rian Hughes, typographer, designer, illustrator
Si Scott, illustrator/typographer
Adrian Shaughnessy, freelance art director, writer and design consultant
Jody Boehnert, founder of EcoLabs (invited)
Three Trees Don?t Make A Forest: Nat Hunter (Airside), Sophie Thomas, (Thomas Matthews), Caroline Clark, (Lovely as a Tree), award winning effective, sustainable design consultants
Mark Wigan, artist, illustrator, educator, writer
Lawrence Zeegen, illustrator, educator, writer and artists? agent.


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