Ian Noble Tribute
  • I encountered Ian in 2000. Back then he was the Course Director of the BA GMD course at LCP. He chaired the initial meeting between the Area Study Leaders and myself. I found the meeting frustrating and rather depressing. Of Ian I sensed he might have integrity despite the negative attitudes expressed by his colleagues towards me during that meeting. His Course Administrator Claudine reassured me that I would see Ian was on the side of the good guys once I got to know him. She was right because my subsequent conversations with Ian were encouraging and very useful to me.

    Over the next few years Ian was heavily engaged in MA territory and it was during the period when he and the MA team developed the validation strategy for MA Visual Storytelling that our relationship entered a new phase. Ian was a positive man with a desire to see progress in students and staff alike - he knew we were all learning and that state should never end. During a post validation drink I got to see another side of Ian as he conversed with his former mentor John Vernon Lord. I saw two men passionate about all qualities of life and existence. I could see they were both odd men but extremely generous and natural educators. Small world - my wife Caroline who joined us for this drink was also a former student of John for MA at Brighton alongside Ian. That was a good evening.

    When Ian left LCC for Kingston in 2010 it was the strangest thing. I used to find myself going down to his former office to speak with him only to realise at the door that he had left. I did this many times over the last two years and this feeling hasn’t left me even now.

    Ian kept encouraging me to study further and to aim for a doctorate. He even wrote references for me for my MA course applications. In January 2013 I submitted Unit 1 of my MA in Illustration for assessment. I thought of Ian and how he'd helped me on my path. I was about to send him thank you e-mail when the news of his death hit me. It was like a baseball bat in the face.

    I really didn't think he could die. He was such a presence, such a force. He's still with us and he always will be.

    Karl Andy Foster
    Senior LecturerSchool of DesignLondon College of Communication