Friday, 17 April 2015

International Olympic Committee - medal design competition

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is currently hosting a medal design competition for the Lillehammer 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games – an elite sporting event for young people from all over the world.
Participation in the YOG Medal Design Competition is open to everyone, with only one submission per participant allowed.

The creator of the best design will win a visit for two persons from 11th to 15th February 2016 to the Lillehammer 2016 Youth Olympic Games. Also, the winner will receive a souvenir set of the official medals of the Lillehammer 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games and a Samsung tablet. Prizes will be awarded to the creators of the second and the third best designs.

Please note that, by entering the competition, you assign all your rights to the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

The Lillehammer 2016 Youth Olympic Games will be held in Lillehammer, Norway from 12th to 21st February 2016.
No Entry Fee!

It's free to enter.

To find out more and download an application details visit here

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Segunda Llamada International Poster Competition

With the aim to raise awareness over the current environmental situation, Segunda llamada, Greenpeace Mexico and Autonomous Metropolitan University extend the invitation to participate in their 4th International Poster Competition.

This year's theme is: Processed foods: Do you really know what you eat?.

The fast pace of modern life in cities and the bombing of misleading advertisement full of omissions, has made us believe that fast and processed food gives us comfort and practicality, even when it endangers our health and is based on a harmful model that only benefits big companies.

Transnational corporations control the industrial agriculture model; spend billions of dollars to exert political pressure and convince us we need all the processed products and foods in our diet and lifestyle.

Organic farming instead shows that it is possible to enjoy healthy eating, and we all have the power to make this a reality. This model protects the soil, water and climate, promoting biodiversity. In turn, it doesn't pollute the environment with agrochemicals and transgenic crops; and allows a world where producers and consumers, and not corporations, control the food chain.

Participants can upload a maximum of 3 proposals (single or conforming series). 

There is no entry fee.

Participation is open to professionals and students all over the world within the areas of design, visual communication and related careers.

The Pre-Selection Committee will select 100 finalists who will be evaluated by the international jury. The jury will select 40 finalist works to become part of a poster itinerant exhibition and the publication of a catalogue.

Three first awards and honorary mentions will be granted upon the jury’s decision.

Download the Competition details and application form here

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Summer School: How to apply

Summer School is back!
It’s an annual agency invasion/work experience placement for students looking to make it in the creative industries. We offer two weeks of real work on live jobs, resulting in work ready students with healthy CVs. And that’s just for starters.

Summer School is always competitive, but we’ve kicked things up a notch this year and we’re open to students and recent graduates interested in (deep breath now)…

art direction, copywriting, design, digital (coding and design), animation,content marketing, account handling, planning, and media research.

If two weeks in our capable hands sounds good to you, here’s what you need to do:
Creatives, content and digital types, please complete our creative Summer School application.
Account handlers, researchers and planners, should fill in the accounts Summer School application.
Email your completed form to to, or drop a hard copy at our front desk.
If your application is a good’un we’ll bring you in for an interview with the relevant team and arrange the best time for your placement if you’re successful.

To put your mind at rest, there’s advice and reassurance below from our lovely mentors.

And if numbers excite you, we made a Summer School infographic, with every possible detail of our program since 2012. Numbers everywhere.

That’s it! See you in the summer.
For more information and advice visit

Digital Designer - J. Walter Thompson, London

Introducing JWT:
JWT London is a creative agency that prides itself on its ability to deliver highly imaginative ideas in an interconnected fashion, globally or locally. Our heritage of innovation, our scale and experience of the world, along with the quality of our people defines who we are.

We believe in ideas borne out of sound intelligence; those that combine strategic and creative excellence to deliver commercial effectiveness for our clients.

JWT delivers a broad range of communication solutions for an outstanding client portfolio, brands include: Puma, Canon, Heineken, Kit Kat, The Army, HSBC, Lego, Hovis and Microsoft.

JWT London is one of the jewels in the WPP crown and is one of four key global hubs in the JWT network.

The Role:
We are looking for a Digital Designer with an artistic heart, a creative mind, skilful and talented in crafting in diverse visual styles and knowledgeable in the digital environment. If you have a portfolio that showcases sophistication and attention to detail, we are looking for you.

In return, we’ll offer exposure to outstanding clients, the opportunity to be part of one of the greatest agencies worldwide and to be part of a friendly and collaborative team.

Passion and commitment
Great designer hands
Collaborative and positive attitude
Sound knowledge of digital platforms

To find our more to apply email

Graduate Success - Harriet Leith

Visual Communication graduate Harriet Leith is about to start work as a designer at Shrewsbury based design, marketing and events company Yarrington. Since her graduation last summer Harriet has been undertaking a design internship with the University of Wolverhampton Marketing Department.

Congratulations Harriet

Junior Web Designer ( HTML/CSS) - Yarrington, Shresbury

Due to the growing demand for our services, we are currently looking for a Junior Web designer to join our Digital team on a full time permanent basis.
The role
The ideal junior web designer will be experienced in front-end build, with good HTML5 and CSS skills. Must have a creative/problem solving and a methodical approach to Web site design. This role is a very pro-active and creative role.

The web designer must have experience and extensive knowledge of:
• Creative design.
• Designing Websites in Photoshop and illustrator.
• HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, jQuery
• Responsive web design methods and frameworks – Bootstrap or other frameworks
• Open Source CMS – WordPress preferred, Drupal, Joomla or other
• Ready to work in a fast paced web design environment
• Good team player
• Ability to provide accurate design estimates
• Good communication skills
• Excellent team player
Desirable skills (not essential):
• Responsive web design methods
• Magento
• Basic understanding of SEO
• PHP frameworks
• JavaScript Ajax
No Agencies.

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Just Have to Share - Hole Punch Flip Books by Scott Blake

Artist Scott Blake, recently began experimenting with a humble hole puncher. By punching different patterns in slightly different positions from page to page, he creates short animations that twist and rotate as you flip. At the moment has four different versions available through his site

Monday, 13 April 2015

Macmillan Prize 2015

Encouraging and supporting UK illustration

The Macmillan Prize was established by Macmillan Children’s Books to stimulate new work from young illustrators in art schools, and to help them take the first steps in their professional lives. This coveted award, which is currently in its 30th year, has discovered such talent as Sara Fanelli, Lucy Cousins, Emily Gravett, Cat Rayner and Gemma Merino, amongst many others.

Entries may be submitted between:
Tuesday 5th May and Friday 8th May 2015.
Please note that entrants may submit their work digitally.
If shortlisted, hard copies suitable for exhibition must be supplied.


THE BRIEF All entrants must submit:

1. Pencil roughs or sketches for a children's picture book – cover to cover – including text or a clear indication of the story line.

2. Finished artwork for at least four double-page spreads, or at least three spreads and a front cover.

Entrants should bear in mind what is appropriate for the child reader.

THE FORMAT Length: Picture books should be 32 pages long, including the front and back endpapers, a title page and a copyright page. Books with novelty elements (e.g. flaps, fold-out pages) should not exceed 24 pages. Pop-up books should not exceed six double-page spreads.

Size: The page size of the finished book should not exceed 300mm in width or height

THE TEXT The book may be fiction or non-fiction. The entrant may:

a. devise their own text/story or
b. collaborate with a writer or
c. use a traditional story (e.g. a fairy tale)

N.B. A published text that is in copyright would not be eligible.

The text may be typed or clearly handwritten.

THE ARTWORK Size: Artwork may be prepared either to the same size, or up to 30% larger than the page size of the finished book. Corner marks to show the trim (i.e. the edge of the final printed page) should be clearly indicated outside the area of the actual artwork.

Bleed: Allow at least 5mm extra (after reduction) outside the trim if the artwork is to come to the edge of the printed page. Avoid putting important details within 5mm of the edge of the page, or where illustration crosses the spine.

Medium: Any medium may be used, but it is advisable to avoid luminous paint, fragile collage or other media that will not reproduce well.

Lettering: Any lettering should be in black, and should be put onto a transparent overlay, not directly onto the artwork.

Entrants should bear in mind that extremely fragile artwork may be damaged.
While every care is taken with all submitted work, Macmillan cannot be held responsible for any loss or damage.

WHAT THE JUDGES ARE LOOKING FOR The competition is for a series of outstanding illustrations that show that the artist understands how to match pictures to text. The pictures should also demonstrate the entrant’s grasp of narrative, pacing and characterisation.

The judges will focus on the quality of the illustrations rather than the standard of the writing. Good stories are welcome, but the text will not be the main criterion for judging.

Entrants should supply a well-produced rough dummy, which clearly shows how the style and layout of the illustrations contribute towards the development of the story and characterisation. It is important to avoid monotonous layouts with little contrast in composition or colour. Too many words can overwhelm the illustration.

The judges are ultimately looking for high-quality illustrations, suitable for children’s books, which are considered to be an original contribution to the field.

For more information and submission details visit

Monday, 30 March 2015

International Award On Scientific Illustration

Organised by the Catalan Association of Science Communication, Il·lustraci√®ncia, now in its third edition, aims to disseminate the importance of science illustration and pushes it in all its forms, supporting science illustrators and rewarding them through the convening of the International Award on Scientific Illustration.

There are two categories:
• Professional
• Student

Each participant is able to submit only a single work. The work must have been created between January 2014 and April 30th, 2015. The subject of the illustrations must be related to science or nature and the technique is free. The proposals must not include watermarks. 

The proposals shall enclose a description of it of about 150-200 words in Spanish, Catalan or English.

There is no entry fee.

All work teams or individuals aged over 18 years old may participate in this Award regardless of the country of residence.

From among all received proposals, the jury will select for their scientific accuracy, clarity, originality and information capacity the 40 works that will take part in the exhibition of the third edition of Il·lustraci√®ncia.

The jury will also select the winning proposal, the winners of the training awards and up to five special awards to the most outstanding works. The Audience Award will be made through popular vote on the official website of the award.

The author of the winning illustration will receive 600 EUR (approx. 635 USD), while the author of the work selected by the audience will receive 200 EUR (approx. 210 USD).

The participants in the student category, in addition to access to the cash prizes, could get one of two Wacom tablets (Intuos Pro M and Intuos Pen & Touch S); or one of five training awards.

For more information visit the award site here

Friday, 27 March 2015

SOTA Catalyst Award - Call for Entries

The Society of Typographic Aficionados is pleased to announce the sixth annual SOTA Catalyst Award. The award is targeted at young people who have created original work in type design, type history, or other areas related to typography. It recognizes a person 25 years of age or younger who shows both achievement and future promise in the field of typography. The purpose of the award is to act as a catalyst in the career of a young person who does not yet have broad exposure in the profession.

The recipient will be awarded up to $2,000 USD in reimbursement for transportation and lodging expenses to attend the TypeCon2015 conference in Denver, CO — August 12th to 16th. They will have their conference registration fee paid for and will be required to give a 20-minute presentation during the main conference program. Recipients should be available to attend the conference from Thursday to Sunday.

The SOTA Catalyst Award is fully funded by The Society of Typographic Aficionados, an international not-for-profit organization dedicated to the promotion, study, and support of type, its history and development, its use in the world of print and digital imagery, its designers, and its admirers.

Judging Committee
John Langdon
Zuzana Licko
Kamal Mansour
Jan Middendorp

Submission Deadline: April 6th, 2015

Notification of Award: May 4th, 2015

You must be 25 years of age or younger on December 31st, 2015 and must attend TypeCon2015 in Denver, CO — making a 20-minute presentation during the conference.

The following materials must be emailed to by the submission deadline. A single PDF file (may be multiple pages) containing the following information is preferred:
Visual samples of a specific project or related group of work to be the topic of the presentation
A brief description of the presentation (100 words or less)
A letter explaining your involvement in typography (300 words or less)
Optional: Online links to additional work or background information

Contact Information
Include your name, date of birth, postal address, organization or university affiliation (if applicable), email, and phone number with area code. Applicants from outside the U.S. or Canada should also include their country dialing code.
For more information  visit the competition site here