Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Nathalie Goepel MA Digital and Visual Communications

"Imagine we are in the future" says Nathalie Goepel. "Parents now have the possibility to go online and design their own baby. They have the power to fulfil all their longings and desires for their future baby. This includes appearances like choosing the eye colour, skin co¬lour or whether they should have an Asian touch or rather look European. They can also decide on characteristics, talents and on the intelligence of their wanted offspring.
How would it be if we would be able to control such things? What if diseases, miscarriages and the sex of the child would no longer be an issue? What if we could design out difficulty in reproduction and choose from a desired set of qualities?
My Master's project: "design your child" gives an insight of how this illusion could be implemented and shows the variety of possible influences on human evolution." continues Nathalie
More information about the 2014 MA show can be found here

Monday, 29 September 2014

TYPE TALKS: Phil Baines

Type talks This academic year, hosted and arranged by the Typographic Hub, will begin on 9th October with Phil Baines.
Baines has worked as a freelance graphic designer since the 1980s. Among his clients have been Monotype, the Crafts Council, Matt’s Gallery London, and the Department of Culture, Media, & Sport. He has also written four books including Signs: lettering in the environment (with Catherine Dixon, Lawrence king 2003) and Penguin by design: a cover story 1935–2005 (Allen Lane the Penguin Press 2005). Since 1991 he has combined this work with teaching at Central Saint Martins where he is currently Professor of Typography. On Twitter as SarkyType.

His talk will focus on the the redesign and branding of Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft, which was opened in 1984 and in large part celebrated the lives of the artists and crafts people who made the village their home during the twentieth century. Significant among them from a lettering point of view were Edward Johnston, Eric Gill, David Jones and Joe Cribb. In 2007 the Trustees and Director took the decision to refocus the museum entirely on the art & craft community and obtained Heritage Lottery funding for a capital redevelopment project. The architects were Adam Richards Architects and the branding and graphic design were by Phil Baines. The museum reopened on 20 September 2013 and was shortlisted for the Artfund’s Museum of the Year Award 2014. The talk will outline the broader project, show examples of work from the collection, and describe the source and thinking behind the new branding which included a custom version of Gill Sans.

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Christos Symeonides MA Digital and Visual Communications

Christos's Master's project focuses on film and video production. "I have never produced any work that relates to the production of a film and that’s the main reason why I've decided to use my MA studies as an opportunity to introduce myself to this field. My project is a short film called "The Blue Bin", that was written, shot, directed and edited by me on a very low budget. This project has helped me gain some basic knowledge concerning film production therefore I am glad that I made the decision to follow this path. I am sure that everything that I've learned throughout this year will definitely be helpful for me at some point in the future. I believe that having some basic knowledge around film and video production is an important additional characteristic for a graphic designer." says Christos

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Jacqueline Carton MA Digital and Visual Communications

Jacqueline Carton has an interest in ecology, natural history, and relationships and patterns in nature. 

"The prevailing theme of my most recent work has been ethology, the study of animal behaviour.

Throughout the enquiry a strong underlying preoccupation has been to conjure the phenomenological experiences of a creature, to get into their mindset and portray the world as they might see, feel, smell it. To do this takes subjectivity and an understanding of the creature's umwelt- that is the specific "self-world" and environment of the organism.

My specialism is illustration and I have created a graphic novel for my final Master's project. It recounts the experiences of a lone rat who has been captured and placed on an island in order to record its behavioural patterns. Though embellished it is based on a true story. Combining naturalistic with fantastical elements I aim to make the audience feel submersed within the story." says Jacqueline

Find out more about the MA show here 

Friday, 26 September 2014

Timo Firtina and Vivien Stennulat MA Digital and Visual Communications

Together,Timo Firtina and Vivien Stennulat  create handmade personalised children’s books for children aged 8-12 years old. their personalisation process helps children to identify more closely with these books, thereby strengthening the educational value and reinforcing ownership.

"In our personalisation process you can choose from four character profiles with different qualities, which are based on four personality types. This guarantees that every child can identify with at least one character as himself.

For the book illustrations we redraw the child from a photo into an illustrated character. Therefore, every child finds himself in his own completely unique book. The stories involve the child taking part in various adventures while developing superpowers.

Our books represent unique and long-lasting gifts from friends and family while also supporting parents in the education process. We let children dive into their own personalised world of reading and enhance their imagination while they are learning skills for life." says Timo

Find out more about the MA show here 

Mareike Seefluth MA Digital and Visual Communications

In the pre-computer era, handwriting was of enormous importance. Mareike believes we have learned a huge amount about personality from the handwritten letters .

"The content and meaning of what we write is the most critical thing, but we lose something deeply personal and meaningful if we stop writing by hand. When a friend's parent dies, what can replace a handwritten condolence card? Surely not a condolence email?!

So I wanted to create an advertising campaign for analogue communication by using the outcomes of my two main projects (statement-selfies and collecting worldwide handwriting stuff projects) and some smaller projects. So the outcome depends on the co-operation of known and unknown people worldwide.

Eco design concepts currently have a great influence on many aspects of design. Eco materials such as the use of local recycled materials reduces the environmental costs of shipping, fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. So I will use certified paper (FSC), bio inks and a climate-neutral production fitting in with the latest standards of eco design." says Mareike

More information about the 2014 MA show can be found here

Rong Bao MA Digital and Visual Communications

Rong Bao came from China and has studied in Wolverhampton for almost one year.

"My main direction is 2D animation. During my time in the UK, I have experienced different cultures between the two countries. And the learning method has been totally different from Chinese universities. I have a lot of interest in Japanese Anime, so, in this year I have focused on the Chinese traditional elements in animations and Japanese cartoons and writing two papers about them.

My final work is a 2D animation made by FLASH. I want to use some similar colours to show a kind of sadness to audiences." says Rong Bao

Find out more about the MA show here 

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Neil Easton MA Digital and Visual Communications

"With the undertaking of my MA illustration project, "Transhumanism" was the emotive subject that caught my imagination. The transhumanist idea that through advances in science and technology, mankind will escape the weaknesses of their human form, prone to sickness, damage, ageing and eventually death. The aim to extend life with the ultimate goal of eternal life.

The object of this MA project is for the illustrations to provoke the viewer to ask themselves questions such as; how would a supposed necessity of physical and intellectual enhancement be cultivated and sold to the public? Is this something new to come upon man or the repeat of an ancient deception repackaged for today as the next step to be taken in the human evolutionary journey? What could be the resulting physical and spiritual consequences of genetically altering creation, both man and beast. Therefore radically redesigning what it even means to be human?" says Neil 

More information about the 2014 MA show can be found here

Lesi Ai - MA Digital and Visual Communications

Lesi Ai's project visually depicts experience of daily life in the UK as a Chinese student. "The drawings draw on my cultural experience from a Chinese perspective but are intended to be a visual translation of my emotional responses to a new culture here in the UK. The illustrations are intended for both a Chinese and British audience to highlight cultural differences and similarities." says Lesi

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Wednesday, 24 September 2014

MA Digital and Visual Communications Degree Show 2014

The School of Creative Arts & Design MA Show, including the work of MA Digital and Visual Communications students  is to take place at Wolverhampton Art Gallery The event showcases the work of over 60 graduating Master’s students together with the work of some of the universities PhD students and Artists in Residence. 
Exhibition includes:
MA Digital and Visual Communications
MA Design and Applied Arts
MA Fine Art
PhD students

Visiting times:
Monday 6 October to Saturday 11 October
10am – 5pm daily.

Congratulations to all MA Digital and Visual Communications students preparing to stage the show