Brains in Jars, Nuns in Habits
Lucienne Roberts, 25 March 2013
Lucienne outlined the process as she and architect Calum Storrie worked together to develop a design scheme for the Wellcome Collection exhibition, Brains: The Mind as Matter. Not for the squeamish, it featured over 150 artefacts ranging from real brains to artworks, photography and film.
The nun's habit may appear to be the ultimate in 'less is more' attire but its pleats, knots, stitching and colour are rich with meaning for information designers to explore. Lucienne explained the background to commissioning theologian Veronica Bennett to write the book, and the process working with illustrator Ryan Todd in bringing this original research to life.
Lucienne Roberts entered the fray of design practice with a utopian zeal that has never left her. In both sans+baum and her current studio LucienneRoberts+ her intention is to make accessible, engaging graphic design with a socially aware agenda. Influenced as much by feminism as Swiss typography, she believes that ethical design is defined by its ability to increase quality of life alongside the messages it conveys, and places emphasis on clear thinking, visual simplicity and the application of craft skills.
Lucienne is co-founder (with Rebecca Wright) of GraphicDesign&, a pioneering publishing house dedicated to creating intelligent, vivid books that explore how graphic design connects with all other things and the value that it brings. Its first book, Page 1: Great Expectations was published in April 2012 with three further titles in development. Her latest book, Looking Good: Decoding the Nun’s Habit is due for publication. Lucienne's previous books include, The Designer and the Grid and Good: An introduction to Ethics in Graphic Design.