Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Award Nomination for Excellence in Enriching the Learning Experience

John Clementson, subject leader for Visual Communication has been nominated for one of the “Vice Chancellors Awards for Staff Excellence.” John has been nominated via the student survey responses for an award in the Enriching the Learning Experience category.

In both the surveys of the undergraduate students (not in their final year) UK Engagement Survey (UKES) and the Postgraduate Taught Survey (Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey) participants were asked: 

"We are seeking nominations for the Annual Vice-Chancellor's Awards for Staff Excellence. Would you like to name an individual or team who has demonstrated their commitment to enriching the learning experience? This could include through creative and stimulating teaching, learning and assessment methods; use of innovative technology; entrepreneurial opportunities or through innovative research" 

Congratulations John

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Visitors to the Final Show


Visual Communication staff and students have welcomed visitors from Windsor High School, Halesowen to this years final show. The group enjoyed all areas of the show, including displays of design process, special themed exhibits on the topic of Information Overload and the individual student exhibits. Windsor High School were particularly interested in the diverse options for high quality print available in the Art School from screen printing and all forms of printmaking to the latest in digital print technology.

Dudley College 'A' level students Visit the Visual Communication Final Show



Dudley College 'A' level students have visited the Visual Communication final show and for college lecturers, Gillian Townsend and Chris Worley, the visit was also a fond return to the Art School where they studied. 

The group were inspired by the range and quality of work on display and students were thrilled to have the chance to see portfolios of student work mixing disciplines and approaches within project solutions.

Norton Canes High School Visits the Visual Communication Final Show

Staff and students from Norton Canes High School Cannock have visited the Visual Communication final show. The group have enjoyed seeing the diverse range of work on display and particularly relished the opportunity to meet and speak to graduating students.

“It has been wonderful to chat to Visual Communication students and fascinating to find out where their ideas have come from. We have enjoyed hearing how their work has developed as well as gaining a view of the process behind the finished designs and hearing about their experience of University life. We look forward to visiting again next academic year.” said Alexina Evans of Norton Canes High School

Monday, 12 June 2017

The Doctor Visits the final Show

Graduating student Jerome Wooton is a Dr Who enthusiast who has used his passion for the time travelling doctor within his third year graphics work. Jerome's Gallifreyan themed designs are displayed in the Tardis and are attracting much attention. The Tardis and Jerome's designs can be seen as part of the Visual Communication final show until June 21.


Friday, 9 June 2017

Final Show - June 2017

The Visual Communication final show private view has taken place and the exhibition is now open to the public until June 21. Showing the work of final year Illustration and Graphic Communication students is on display, visitors can also see the themed exhibition Information Overload, inspired by the 1970 book of the same name by Alvin Toffler. The images shown here give a snap-shot of the shows opening night.



















This years private view included a performance by Culture Dub Orchestra, a World Roots Dub band based in the Midlands, with influences from all parts of the globe. CDO explores a range of cultures, religions, backgrounds and musical styles. A heavy roots drum and bass section (crucial to the true dub sound) is coloured by a variety of instruments and sounds - adding eastern flavours. Guitar and keys deliver the essential reggae off-beat with a large palette of delays, while an array of live percussion from tabla to djembe bring it all together to take your mind on a spiritual nomadic journey. Although at the core CDO are an instrumental band they will often feature guest vocalists from varied musical backgrounds.


Members are all interconnected through previous musical projects which range through reggae, funk, soul, hip hop, ska, rock, salsa and Eastern folk- all contributing to the unique fusion of sounds.
Find out more about Culture Dub Orchestra here

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Congratulations Tom Lavin - Young Package competition winner

Young Package competition have just announced that third year graphics student Tom Lavin has been awarded third place in this years competition in the category for university students up to thirty years old.

The judges commented that Tom's package re:PLAY is a game in itself; classic paper, nuts and bolts form an intricate jigsaw puzzle that hides various tools. The work resembles the Czech Merkur kit, but in a paper version. Among other things the jury was attracted by the unusual combination of paper and metal screws. The package has several layers, so that the unpacking process is full of discovery of new objects and materials.

Congratulations Tom

Thursday, 25 May 2017

The Craft of Cursing - exhibition from Louise Fenton

Dr Louise Fenton, Senior Lecturer Visual Communications, has curated this year’s exhibition at the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic in Boscastle, Cornwall. Titled ‘Poppets, Pins and Power: The Craft of Cursing’, the exhibition brings together Louise’s research over the past few years. It is displayed in sections to consider the social history behind the use of the poppet, the doll with pins in, as well as more everyday objects such as shoes and clothing. Louise has been researching these objects to find out their stories and the hidden tales they have to tell. The exhibition is open until October 31 2017 and then on occasional weekends until early January 2018.

Louise will be giving two talks at the Museum in August (5th and 26th, small cost) and a guided tour of the exhibition on Friday 25th August 2017 (museum entrance fee applies).

For further details of the exhibition and the Museum can be found here

Thank you to Marc Austin, Course Leader Graphic Design, who designed the marketing material and the panels for the exhibition this year.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

#TurnUp


Inspired by the power of the vote and the upcoming snap General Election, please visually interpret our tagline ‘Turn Up’. You can be as funny, serious, irreverent, or off the wall as you like - there’s  just a few caveats:

• You must include the tagline  ‘Turn Up’. Use it however  you like - integrate it in your  illustration or typographically, whatever works for you!  We just need some space left  in the layout, on the bottom  right hand side, for us to add  the #TurnUp logo and the  relevant call to action to vote. 
• Your artwork should be an A3 portrait size (either vector or 600dpi jpg), plus square for Instagram. 
• All artwork will be credited where possible, especially on social media. Please include your details and handles alongside your submission
• There is no restriction on the colour palette. 
• You should be party-neutral where possible. 
• You should not include any nudity or profanities (unless you insist, which is OK! However, please note that we cannot run these in any outdoor media).

How to submit 
Please send us your finished artworks to: turnup.campaign@gmail.com 

Deadline 
Time is of the essence! Anything you can have complete ASAP, please send right away. The absolute final deadline is 22nd May 2017. 

T&Cs 
By submitting artwork, you kindly agree use of your image in any media we can get our hands on in the run up to June 8th – please let us know if you’d prefer online use only. Copyright remains yours, of course. We’re all joining forces for this cause and pulling in friends and favours. If you think you can help, or know others that could, please get in touch ASAP!


Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Young Package Competition Success: Tom Lavin


Model Obaly a. s. has announced the shortlist for the 22nd year of the Young Package competition. More than 700 students and young designers from 57 countries competed this year, and BA (Hons) Graphic Design student Tom Lavin is shortlisted for one of the 8 prizes.

The theme this year was ‘Open & Play’, and the project idea that Tom developed certainly lives up to expectations. In discussing his approach to the project, Tom says:

“For this project I wanted to explore concepts of reusability, sustainability and recycling. The Re:Play kit is designed to allow the user to make models, toys and sculptural forms by recycling packaging materials. Starting with the ‘pop-out’ elements included in the package alongside the supplied tools, Re:Play users are encouraged to use creative thinking and playful experimentation as they explore materials and get inspired by their own creations.”

Graphic Design Course Leader Marc Austin said, “Tom deserves recognition for his hard work and innovative approach to problem solving. The Graphics team have seen Tom go from strength to strength during his 3 years with us, and we are delighted with this news.”

Tom will find out which of the prizes he has won when he flies out later in May for the award ceremony taking place in the DUP 36 club in Prague.

Good Luck Tom!