Friday, 24 October 2014

Radio 4 - Germany Memories of a Nation

In the new BBC Radio 4 series Germany Memories of a Nation, Neil MacGregor, director of the British Museum, explores 600 years of Germany's complex and often challenging history using objects, art, landmarks and literature.

The programme broadcast on Friday October 24th is called Bauhaus: Cradle of the Modern. The programme is 15 minutes long and focuses on the Bauhaus school of art and design, founded in 1919. Its emphasis on functional elegance is visible in our houses, furniture and typography today.

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This series also includes Gutenberg: in the Beginning was the Printer - highlighting the continued influence of the 'The Book'

Words at Play II : Tangible Typography

The relationship between writing and design is often underestimated. Writers use their creative abilities to imagine spaces and paint pictures with words in the same way that designers interpret words and contextualise meaning through aesthetics; the two disciplines should be inseparable.
"In this second year of collaboration between Creative Writing students from Manchester Met and Graphic Design specialist Visual Communication students from the University of Wolverhampton, this relationship is explored and brought to life." says Marc Austin, Course Leader for Graphic Design
"The visual responses in this small exhibition demonstrate a conceptual approach to the typographic interpretation of the written word.
Visual Communication students received, reviewed and selected poems, short stories and examples of experimental writing which were analysed in order to generate ideas relating to the concept of tangible typography - and whilst most of the resulting work is in the format of flat printed material, all of these pieces have a tactile aspect in their construction." Marc continues

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Meet Milton Glaser - in the Guardian

You're probably familiar with designer,  Milton Glaser's work, even if you don't know it. Glaser is the man responsible for creating the ubiquitous 'I love NY' logo that adorns T-shirts, coffee cups, bags and caps across the world. 

Glaser created the logo in 1976, when New York wasn't the tourist haven it is today. "The place itself had become so difficult to live in," he told the Guardian's Ana Terra Athayde.
"I wanted to say 'I'm gonna stay, I love this place, I'm not gonna be defeated, I'm going to make it better'."

Now 85, Glaser runs a studio in Manhattan and has a body of work – which includes Brooklyn Brewery logo and a poster for Bob Dylan's greatest hits album – that has made him a legend in his field.

His latest project is his most ambitious yet – in collaboration with New York's School of Visual Arts, he has launched the campaign 'It's not warming, it's dying', in a bid to raise awareness of climate change.

Ana Terra Athayde - The Guardian
Find out more here

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

STATIC Still Life Reconsidered - BMAG

26th July 2014 - 31st December 2014

STATIC Still Life Reconsidered concentrates on the common theme of still life in a broad sense, bringing together a wide range of artistic styles and mediums from the late 1800’s to the present day. 

The exhibition concentrates upon different artist’s approaches to Still Life as a common subject matter, looking at their approach to different materials and arrangements and how artists have touched upon the genre of Still Life through painting, printmaking and sculpture. The exhibition includes works from artists including Henri Fantin-Latour, William Nicholson, Girogio Morando, Mary Fedden, Patrick Caulfield and Jane Harris.

New acquisitions from contemporary renowned artists Jess Flood Paddock and Donald Rodney will be showcased as a centre piece for the exhibition. These artists have both used inanimate objects in different ways incorporating food as a subject matter, using this as either a material or as a metaphor for commenting upon issues pertinent to contemporary culture.

The Waterhall Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery. Free entry.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Graduate Success- Alex Wattley

Alex Wattley  graduated with a degree in Graphic Communication summer 2013. Since then he has been working at Design Jazz, an agency based in Bridgnorth, Shropshire. "I was ‘head-hunted’ during the degree show" says Alex
"I started in August last year on a temporary contract, expecting to only be there for a few months, but the director felt that I sat well within the team and my skills meant that he wanted me to continue working there. The company was expanding and I was delighted to be kept on! I've been promoted to Senior Designer and I enjoy every minute of it. I've even had my own intern who has shadowed me." Alex continues

Find out more about Design Jazz here

Thursday, 16 October 2014

InkTober 2014

31 Days 31 Drawings
Every October, artists all over the world take on the InkTober drawing challenge by doing one ink drawing a day the entire month. InkTober was created in 2009 by illustrator Jake Parker, as a challenge to improve inking skills and as an aid to developing positive drawing habits. It has since grown into a worldwide endeavor with thousands of artists taking on the challenge every year.

Anyone can do InkTober, just pick up a pen and start drawing.
InkTober rules:

1) Make a drawing in ink (you can do a pencil under-drawing if you want).

2) Post it on your blog (or tumblr, instagram, twitter, facebook, flickr, Pinterest or just pin it on your wall.)

3) Hashtag it with #inktober

4) Repeat

Note: you can do it daily, or go the half-marathon route and post every other day, or just do the 5K and post once a week. What ever you decide, just be consistent with it. INKtober is about growing and improving and forming positive habits, so the more you’re consistent the better.

Arena Collaborative Theatremakers working with visual communication students

Visual Communication Students arriving at the Arena Theatre with Marc Austin

Second year visual communication students are working with the Arena Theatre's Collaborative Theatremakers (ACT). This is a new initiative from the Wolverhampton based theatre, designed to engage theatre artists across the city and beyond. The scheme allows emerging theatremakers a live platform to present their work at the Arena, working with the theatre team to develop their practise. 

Visual Communication students are working on a range of designs bringing type and image together to highlight performances.

ACT nights begin in October 2014 and will see a number of new works performed for the first time in front of a live audience. 

21st October
Table Reading of It’s Easy To Say I Love You, Isn’t It?’ by Kristina Gavran.

5th November

Rehearsed Reading of Agent Whitewall by Lindsay Wright and Gavin Wright. A story of spies, deception and double crossing, not for the faint of heart.

25th November

Rehearsed Reading of A Shallow Brook by Amarjit Nar

Performances begin at 7.00pm and are free to anyone with an interest in performing arts.


Free Font Gentium

Most of the free fonts highlighted by this blog have tended to be sans serif - Gentium breaks this mould. Designed by SIL International it is available as a free download in eight very usefull weights. Download your free Gentium here

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Placement Creative Team - The Guardian, London

Guardian Labs launches Team Labs to help young creatives learn the art of branded content.

Following the appointment of our new Creative Director, Alistair Campbell, in July, Guardian Labs, The Guardian’s in house branded content innovation division, are announcing the launch of a new creative intern scheme - Team Labs.

Branded Content is an ever more important tool for brands. The Guardian has always excelled at creating engaging, immersive story’s about the world around us. At Guardian Labs we use the same approach to create engaging, immersive stories around brands.

Team Labs will be looking to bring in some of London’s most promising creative student teams, giving them experience within one of the UKs most progressive media companies. Creating and crafting amazing content ideas to live across the whole Guardian network. Learning as they go and hopefully teaching us a thing or two as well.

Working directly with Alistair, initially the placements will be for 1 month, with the potential to be extended up to 3 months. Teams will be paid £250 each per week while on placement.

Interested creative teams should email Alistair at:

Junior Designer - Lionhouse Creative, Bath

Lionhouse are on the hunt for a junior designer to join our fantastic creative team.

We’re after a great all rounder, someone with around one year’s studio experience who can get stuck in to all aspects of design work - from daily amends to big ideas. Being able to use Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator & InDesign to a high level is essential.

We work with a variety of clients, on a diverse range of projects. You’ll be involved in everything from print and branding work to digital work, including websites and social media, so a solid understanding of these is important.

About you:
• Self-motivated

• You’ll be working closely with the rest of the team, so being friendly and having strong communication skills are important.

• Enthusiastic about design

• Thoroughly immersed in the world of design, interested in keeping up to date with current trends and news (at work and in your own time), and willing to learn new skills

• An understanding of print and digital design (artworking etc)

• A strong understanding of typography, colours and layouts

• Able to work under pressure and meet deadlines

• A degree in design would be an advantage

• Having at least one year studio experience is a must (either through internships or previous employment)

• Due to our location, having a drivers’ license and a car would be essential

• A fun, interesting person to add to our collective

We’re offering a competitive salary to the right candidate, after a three month probation period, to make sure both you and ourselves are happy.

If you fit the bill, please send us an email to: with a PDF portfolio (please include your name in the PDF file name) or a link to your website.