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Since 2010, graphic de­signer Eilis Searson has held a yearly crit­i­cal sym­po­sium in de­fence of sen­ti­men­tal­ity, foil gar­lands, and the film Love Actually it­self. After writ­ing a dis­ser­ta­tion at Camberwell College of Arts on the sub­ject in 2010, Eilis has gath­ered crowds year af­ter year, in her cel­e­bra­tion of (the al­most sculp­tural pos­si­bil­i­ties of) Iceland christ­mas plat­ters, kitsch and Martine McCutcheon. This year the event moves on­line for the first time as a re­sult of the na­tional lock­down.

The site is built in React with a Netlify CMS back­end and uses an em­bed­ded Twitch stream and Twitch chat. It’s type­set in Arial by Robin Nicholas and Patricia Saunders in var­i­ous weights and dis­tor­tions.

Concept and art di­rec­tion by Eilis Searson, mu­sic by Jamie She, de­sign and de­vel­op­ment by me.

View the live site at love­ac­tu­