Arjun Harrison-Mann is a London-based designer, activist and advocate for dialogue, whose practice proposes the role of dialogical design and Reflective Machines in Post-Visual Communication. Having studied MA Visual Communication at the Royal College of Art, Arjun is also co-founder of Studio Hyte and takes part in multiple lectures, debates and workshops. Through both his collaborative and individual practice, he is keen to explore alternative methods of engagement, where both the subject matter and participant are considered in equal measure.

Often driven by the causes closest to his heart, Arjun's practice currently engages in the recent Disability Benefit Cuts that are taking place in the UK, in which the British government have been found guilty of 'grave or systematic violations' of disabled peoples human rights by the United Nations. Through engaging in this subject via the framework of dialogical design, Arjun is currently creating work that responds to the disability benefit distribution system implemented by tech giants Atos & Capita and along with Benjamin Redgrove is collaborating with DPAC (Disabled People Against Cuts) in order to create a tool to facilitate alternative protest online for deaf and disabled people.
Talks:
Design Indaba Conference, Cape Town, 2017
Seoul Museum of Art, South Korea, 2017
Crowd Talks, London, 2017
Communication vs Dialogue, Central Saint Martins, 2016
#Written, ARC20, London, 2016
Autonomy and The Machine, Central Saint Martins, 2015
Engaging the Public Through Design, Winchester School of Art, 2015
Design Education, Central Saint Martins, 2014

Teaching and Workshops:
Visiting Lecturer, Kingston University London, 2017
Paju Typography Institute (PaTI), South Korea, 2017
Workshop Facilitator, Kyoto Design Lab, Japan, 2017
Arduino & Processing Workshops, Royal College of Art, 2017
Crafting Conductivity, Paris, 2016
Crafting Conductivity, Royal College of Art, 2016
Red Tape, Royal College of Art, 2016
Widening Participation, Central Saint Martins, 2012—2015

Exhibitions:
Tanikawa Shuntaro's Radio Waves, 331 Gallery, Tokyo, 2017.
Typeforce 7 Installation, Co-Prosperity Sphere, Chicago 2016.
Toilet Break, London Design Festival, 2016
Ridley Road Records, Doomed Gallery, London, 2016
The Common Room, Royal College of Art, London, 2016
Founder Exhibition Evenings, London, 2013—2015.

Awards:
Award for Critical Engagement with a Social Issue,
MA Visual Communication, Royal College of Art, 2017
Helen Hamlyn Award - Finalist, Royal College of Art, 2017
Type Directors Club, Communication Design, 2017
STA 100, Society of Typographic Arts, 2016
Lord and Lady Stevenson Award, 2015
HOW Poster Competition, 2012

Features & Mentions:
Arts Thread, Bare Conductive (Crafting Conductivity), Bare Conductive (TBGV), Business Day, CassArt, CreativeBloq, Design Week, Design Week (Toilet Break), Dezeen (Toilet Break), Elle Decoration, HOWDesign, ICON, Innovation Space, It's Nice That (Kate Moross), It's Nice That (Toilet Break), Mark Lives, Royal College of Art, Royal College of Art (Kyoto Design Lab) and Wacom,

Writing:
A case for dialogical design: Ethical engagement via Reflective Machines in post-communicative social design.
Arjun Harrison-Mann is a London-based designer, activist and advocate for dialogue, whose practice proposes the role of dialogical design and Reflective Machines in Post-Visual Communication. Having studied MA Visual Communication at the Royal College of Art, Arjun is also co-founder of Studio Hyte and takes part in multiple lectures, debates and workshops. Through both his collaborative and individual practice, he is keen to explore alternative methods of engagement, where both the subject matter and participant are considered in equal measure.

Often driven by the causes closest to his heart, Arjun's practice currently engages in the recent Disability Benefit Cuts that are taking place in the UK, in which the British government have been found guilty of 'grave or systematic violations' of disabled peoples human rights by the United Nations. Through engaging in this subject via the framework of dialogical design, Arjun is currently creating work that responds to the disability benefit distribution system implemented by tech giants Atos & Capita and along with Benjamin Redgrove is collaborating with DPAC (Disabled People Against Cuts) in order to create a tool to facilitate alternative protest online for deaf and disabled people.
Talks:
Design Indaba Conference, Cape Town, 2017
Seoul Museum of Art, South Korea, 2017
Crowd Talks, London, 2017
Communication vs Dialogue, Central Saint Martins, 2016
#Written, ARC20, London, 2016
Autonomy and The Machine, Central Saint Martins, 2015
Engaging the Public Through Design, Winchester School of Art, 2015
Design Education, Central Saint Martins, 2014

Teaching and Workshops:
Visiting Lecturer, Kingston University London, 2017
Paju Typography Institute (PaTI), South Korea, 2017
Workshop Facilitator, Kyoto Design Lab, Japan, 2017
Arduino & Processing Workshops, Royal College of Art, 2017
Crafting Conductivity, Paris, 2016
Crafting Conductivity, Royal College of Art, 2016
Red Tape, Royal College of Art, 2016
Widening Participation, Central Saint Martins, 2012—2015

Exhibitions:
Tanikawa Shuntaro’s Radio Waves, 331 Gallery, Tokyo, 2017.
Typeforce 7 Installation, Co-Prosperity Sphere, Chicago 2016.
Toilet Break, London Design Festival, 2016
Ridley Road Records, Doomed Gallery, London, 2016
The Common Room, Royal College of Art, London, 2016
Founder Exhibition Evenings, London, 2013—2015.

Awards:
Award for Critical Engagement with a Social Issue,
MA Visual Communication, Royal College of Art, 2017
Helen Hamlyn Award - Finalist, Royal College of Art, 2017
Type Directors Club, Communication Design, 2017
STA 100, Society of Typographic Arts, 2016
Lord and Lady Stevenson Award, 2015
HOW Poster Competition, 2012

Features & Mentions:
Arts Thread, Bare Conductive (Crafting Conductivity), Bare Conductive (TBGV), Business Day, CassArt, CreativeBloq, Design Week, Design Week (Toilet Break), Dezeen (Toilet Break), Elle Decoration, HOWDesign, ICON, Innovation Space, It's Nice That (Kate Moross), It's Nice That (Toilet Break), Mark Lives, Royal College of Art, Royal College of Art (Kyoto Design Lab) and Wacom,

Writing:
A case for dialogical design: Ethical engagement via Reflective Machines in post-communicative social design.
arjunharrisonmann549@gmail.com
'Not Relevant' is a portable dialogical design, created in response to the recent decision to no longer consider psychological distress as 'relevant' in relation to the mobility half of Personal Independence Payment. This decision will see 163,000 deaf and disabled people go without basic support, and leave most of them housebound.

Acting as both a research tool and form of alternative protest, this piece uses the act of movement to gather, curate and display the general publics response to these harsh and unwarranted cuts to mobility benefits. Extending those who can’t physically make it into spaces where the piece can collaborate with the participant, opening a dialogue for potential solutions and actions.

Dialogical Design, Visual Communication, Physical Computing,
Reflective Machine, Smart Textiles, Lettering
The DWP alongside IT giants, Atos & Capita, have implemented an automated system for the distribution of disability benefits in the UK, under the alias of the Decision Maker. Deemed a violation of disabled peoples human rights by the United Nations this reductive system saw 65% of disabled people wrongfully denied basic financial support in 2016. Resulting in £55.10 per week being stripped away. For many this is the difference between paying rent or eating.

Acting as a synthetic whistleblower, this automaton aims to counter the Decision Maker by recreating the very system Atos & Capita have implemented and making it public, via twitter. Attempting to use the system in order to highlight its faults and, through direct messaging, provide a way for those who need it the opportunity to experience the application process beforehand.

Visit twitter.com/DearDecisionMkr
Dialogical Design, Visual Communication, Physical Computing,
Reflective Machine, Twitter Bot, Lettering
'Not Relevant 2.0' is apart of an ongoing series of work, which aims to address and respond to the recent decision to no longer consider psychological distress as 'relevant' in relation to the mobility half of Personal Independence Payment. A decision that will see 163,000 deaf and disabled peoples voices go unheard, reinforcing the stigma around mental and physical disability as raised in the #invisibledisability campaigns.

Through reappropriating statements issued by the DWP, Atos and the British Government, this piece takes the form of a seemingly empty room, which as you move across the spongy floor, triggers such statements to be announced. Placing the participants in a situation of being assessed. By doing so, the aim is not to broadcast one opinion but create an open space for the collective creation of narratives and ideas.

Dialogical Design, Visual Communication, Physical Computing,
Reflective Machine, Installation, Flooring
Rightsnotgames.com is an online protest tool providing an alternative way for Deaf and Disabled people to have their say. Taking elements of physical and digital protesting, rightsnotgames.com combines them to give those who might not be able to make it to a physical protest the opportunity to also take part and show their solidarity.

The tool has been created in collaboration with Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) as part of the #rightsnotgames week of action, coinciding with the opening of the Paralympics. The protest is not against the Paralympics itself, but against the hypocrisy of politicians and companies who support the Paralympics whilst continuing to carry out injustices towards Deaf and Disabled people.

Dialogical Design, Visual Communication, Website Development,
Community Engagement
Attempting to highlight the dangers of skeuomorphs in interpreting complex computational systems, 'Beth Callaghan' uses performance, installation and the relational in order to portray the dangers of reductivity in understanding networks such as the cloud.

Following an email from the fictional 'Beth Callaghan' requesting for permission to repaint the communal exhibition space and cover the floor with PVC, not be to removed until completed, the Red Room at the Royal College of Art was later bugged and began live streaming all conversations had in the room to the Head of Course's office. In an attempt to use experience and 'confrontational awareness' to communicate this jarring between understanding and exchange in regards to computation.

Visual Communication, Experience & Installation,
Physical Computing, Performance
As apart of a series of ongoing work exploring the relationship between the human and the machine, Resonance was created in order to highlight the subconscious hierarchy established when engaging with our mechanical counterparts.

Through presenting the participant with a decoy project, Resonance aims to use the experience of mimicry in order to highlight the level of control technology has when engrained into our day-to-day lives.

Visual Communication, Experience & Installation,
Physical Computing, Performance
As apart of a series of ongoing work exploring the relationship between the human and the machine, 'Drill' materialised the act of planned obsolescence in order to create an emotive and human reaction to something so mechanical. Exploring the use of the relational and Reflective Machines within a communication based practice.

Visual Communication, Experience & Installation,
Physical Computing, Reflective Machine
As part of the Royal College of Art's Green Week Festival ran by the Students Union, Diaspores Diaspora attempts to combine the systems used by nature as a method of branding.

Exploring this phenomena in both design and systematic methodology, creating our own system of dispersion based on the formulaic pattern of planting seen in the new hanging gardens at RCA Battersea and the colours of the Gem also known as diasporite, empholite, kayserite, or tanatarite to create a completely organic, adapting brand.
Branding as visual metaphor of natural dispersion.

Identity and Print Design: Studio Hyte
Client: Royal College of Art, Student's Union
Visual Communication, Identity, Publication, Lettering
In collaboration with Maggie Jennings and Christina Niederberger, Studio Sink Poetry takes inspiration from the Kitchen Sink Painters of the 1950's. Whimsically spinning poems about studio occurrences, which are in turn explored through the written word, design practice and the act of printing, creating an almost spontaneous example of visual poetry.

Written word as design, Design as written word.

Publication Design: Studio Hyte
Poetry: Maggie Jennings and Christina Niederberger
Visual Communication, Publication Design, Typography
On the Go was an exhibition at the 2016 London Design Festival, exploring whether design can intervene to take the social stigma away from our most primordial bodily activity and whether on-the-go toileting is a utopian or dystopian prospect.

Taking inspiration from factory interiors and how they might appear in the future, the identity and design give a speculative twist to the exhibition as an ode to the works exhibited. In fitting with this concept, objects within the exhibition were displayed as factory prototypes and archival materials. The signage, tables and hangings took on an elaborate utilitarian aesthetic through the use of modular fittings and automated type design.

Exhibition Design as speculative future.

Visual Identity and Exhibition Design: Studio Hyte
Client: Dirty Furniture Magazine Featuring: Takram
Visual Communication, Exhibition Design, Curation, Identity, Lettering
Combining luxury and streetwear, LIP Label's dynamic logo and identity attempts to visualise the bold, vibrant, yet subtle nature of this contemporary luxury streetwear brand. As seen throughout the print, web, packaging and product applications, LIP's visual identity attempts to instil the labels core ethos to ‘Live In The Present’.

Identity and Website: Studio Hyte
Client: LIP Label
Visual Communication, Identity, Website Design, Lettering
Language Game[s] was an exhibition, conference and series of performances which interrogated the association between language, human consciousness and how developments in technology might affect this relationship.

To create the identity we incorporated algorithmic chance operations, attempting to create alongside the machine. Displaying the main topics and questions behind the event as a way of giving the audience snippets of its discourse, allowing the posters to act as promotional materials and provocations, both in and beyond the event.

Visual Identity and Conference Design: Studio Hyte
Client: Dr Sheena Calvert & Chelsea College of Art, UAL
Visual Communication, Conference Design, Identity, Website, Lettering
The Book in the Global Village speculates the role
of print in the age of the digital native.

Now that our understanding of the world is being constantly and consistently updated, the book is no longer the most accessible or fastest means of written communication. In today's age can the book now be a mobile device of unification? Tapping into the passion, humour and sensibility of an internet age? Working in tandem with the web and connecting our Global Village?

The book as hybrid between material & immaterial space-time.
Connected, separate, individual, whole.

Physical Computing and Design: Studio Hyte
Visual Communication, Physical Computing, Publication,
Website, Writing, Lettering
White Noise was a series of events, lectures and exhibitions at the Royal College of Art in support of National Mental Health Week.

With mental illness often being in the background of everyday life, the visual identity was influenced by the seemingly invisible nature of white noise. We used transparency layers as a way of visually emphasising this idea of fading in and out of visibility. Utilising the semicolon as a symbol of continuance and not giving up as an ode to mental health activism.

We also created a petition for the exhibition, moving beyond service based design toward more active forms of agency. Allowing people to show solidarity against the current cuts to mental health in the UK by critiquing the stigmatising language used against mental illness.

Visual Identity and Exhibition Design: Studio Hyte
Client: Royal College of Art
Visual Communication, Exhibition Design, Identity, Typography
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