Reportage Illustration and the 2012 Olympic Games with Tim Vyner


Design Matters: Reportage Illustration and the 2012 Olympic Games with Tim Vyner

Event overview:

How do you cope with publishing in real time when deadlines are instantaneous? How do you use technology to enable projects and not lead them?

For this month’s Design Matters, we’ve asked Tim Vyner to speak, a reportage artist who travels the world recording sporting events as he sees them. In 2012 he was commissioned as the Olympic artist for The Times using an iPad on location to draw, record and publish emerging stories as they happened as part of the newspapers online coverage. Tim’s initial plan was to make a series of iPad drawings that could be uploaded to the digital edition from any location in real time. This technology also allowed him to create movies of each drawing as they progressed.

On the eve of the opening ceremony The Times decided to feature his work in the print edition of the newspaper. He was asked to contribute 300–500 words to accompany the images each day. Working to intense deadlines he travelled all over the remarkable city to paint the news as it happened. So, for this month’s Design Matters session, and leading up to the first anniversary of the London 2012 games Tim will be exploring:

• Recognizing an opportunity when it presents itself

• Writing your own brief

• Publishing in real time

• The use of technology to enable projects and not lead them

• The importance of impact

The session will appeal to any designers engaged in illustration and publishing projects as well of those who still have the buzz of the Olympics with them. Tim will be illustrating his experience with lots of fascinating images created during the games.

Please note that there is an exhibition on the evening of the 22nd at the RUH featuring a selection of the drawings produced during the 17 amazing days when the spotlight of world was on London. Each print is signed and numbered in a limited edition of 150 on Hahnemühle photo rag ultra smooth archival paper. If you are interested in purchasing any prints from this exhibition please contact Tim on or visit his online shop at

Steve Fuller from The House will also be dropping into the session to talk about the Special Olympics project hosted here in August 2013. It’ll be a call to arms to the whole of Bath’s creative community to demonstrate our creative credentials to the nation!

Date: 22nd May, 2013 09:00:00 — 22nd May, 2013 10:00:00
Price: £5 + fees
Venue: La Tasca, The Empire, Grand Parade, Bath, BA2 4DF
Posted by: Hilary Light
Sector: Design
Tags: creative-bathCreative-Bath

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