Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Student Showcase - Toby Sexty

'In a Parallel Universe' is the title of third year Visual Communication student, Toby Sexty's project on the theme of information overload. This project is inspired by Alvin Tofler's 1970 book, Future Shock, and looks at the human side of tomorrow, presenting a disturbing analysis of emerging society and how to come to terms with the future.

Toby's project enters a parallel universe and re-writes the invention of texting to predate the telephone call. Toby's design shows an early, imaginary texting machine, accompanying advertisements and design blueprints. His final work will be exhibited as part of Information Overload, a Visual Communication exhibition in March and also part of Artsfest.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Sketchbooks showcase with Heath Park School sixth form students

The Visual Communications department has welcomed Heath Park School sixth form students. 

Visitors were inspired by looking at undergraduate sketchbook work, shown here being presented by Senior Lecturer in Visual Communication, Ben Kelly. A range of work was discussed, including narrative illustration, editorial pieces, design with typography, collage, drawing, painting and three-dimensional designs. Inspired by seeing these examples, Heath Park School sixth form went on to undertake two workshops linked to their coursework, printmaking, responding by their interest in pop art, with subject leader of Visual Communication, John Clementson, and typography referencing the designs of contemporary graphic designers with Visual Communication Artist in Residence Josh Grice.

Visitors met Lisa Law from the University Careers department who discussed employability and placement support offered by the University of Wolverhampton as well the importance of arts graduates to the UK economy.

After lunch students were given an introductory tour of Wolverhampton Art Gallery's current Roy Lichtenstein Artists Rooms exhibition, including a contextual presentation tracing the origin of pop art.

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Junior Graphic Designer - CLPT Wolverhampton

An opportunity has arisen for a Junior Graphic Designer to join the CLPT in-house creative studio based in Wolverhampton. If you’re a hard working, passionate and creative designer this is the right place for you! 
You will create a wide range of marketing collateral that adhere to the CLPT brand expression and standards for various educational establishments within the business. We are looking for someone who would be willing to take a proactive role within a studio and become a part of Creative Services Team that delivers one vision for the brand. There is plenty of room for growth for the right candidate. 

Main duties will include:
· Create artwork and develop creative concepts for all print collateral & digital assets (including billboards, brochures, leaflets, flyers, posters, document templates, environmental graphics, web banners, e-newsletters) following the brief of the various internal departments and business units
· Act as brand guardian by ensuring all designs follow the brand standards and are consistent with the brand strategy
· Photo editing, advertising asset resizing and art working
· Support the production of in-house printing and graphic display installations
· Support the art direction of photography and deliver corporate photographs. Previous photography experience that would a bonus
· Liaise with suppliers as and when needed to complete the brief from start to finish
· Attend meetings to understand specification of project, discuss briefs and suggest appropriate design solutions
· Keep abreast of emerging technologies and design software and ever changing design trends
· Present creative concepts in a professional manner
· Attend and photograph Trust events when necessary, occasionally outside office working hours
· Support Lead Creative and other designers with administrative tasks and general studio day to day tasks

· BA (Hons) in Visual Communications
· Excellent written and spoken English
· Knowledge of and passion for the creative industries
· Working knowledge of Adobe Suite CS6: InDesign, Photoshop, illustrator  Adobe Acrobat Pro and Microsoft office packages
· Broad understanding of layout and design, branding, typography and creative photography
· A working knowledge of CSS & HTML5 would be beneficial but not essential
· Ability to work quickly from concept creation to finished product
· Ability to manage own workload and flexible to adapt to changing demands
· A keen eye for detail is an absolute must
· Ability to generate multiple concepts for a project or a campaign
· Correctly name and save all workable artwork files in relevant areas of the database and maintain image library
· Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to build relationships with a wide range of internal and external clients
· A ‘can-do’ attitude, flexible approach and enthusiasm. 

Sigita Katiliute, Design & UI Lead 55 0793 / 07821705540

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

The Model Obaly Young Package Competition

Model Obaly has announced the 22nd year of the Young Package competition. The topic of the Young Package 2017 is: Open & Play

We invite students and young designers to use modern technologies to package a favourite product in a playful way, create a surprise, or design packaging children would like to play with.

The motto  "Play with packaging" follows on from last year’s topic – PACKAGE UNLIMITED, in which students and young designers created packaging that had several uses.

Young Package is a competition in packaging design. It is meant for young designers of up to 30 years of age. Since its foundation in 1996, the Young Package competition has achieved an international reputation and a distinctive position among competitions for young designers. Every year, several hundred participants from the whole world send their entries.

Young Package focuses on packages made of paper. The competition was founded to invite students and creative people, and challenge them to create designs of corrugated and smooth cardboard or other paper materials widely used in packaging design. 

Young Package is held annually. Its founder Model Obaly, the Czech branch of international Model company, is a leading package manufacturer and a great believer in supporting and challenging young creative talents. Since 2009, the competition has been organised by CZECHDESIGN.CZ.

Entry is free and the deadline for registration and submission is March 25 2017
For more details  or to register look here

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Heath Park School Visit to The School of Art

The School of Art has today welcomed staff and fifty students from Heath Park School, visiting the University for an Experience Day. Their visit to the School of Art included an interesting talk by Divisional Leader Maggie Ayliffe and Graduate Teaching Assistant Sarah Byrne on life as a University student and the importance and value of the creative industries.

Heath Park students enjoyed workshops in Visual Communication, Fine Art, Photography, 3D design and Animation. Visitors had lunch in the new University refectory, before visiting the Harrison Learning Centre for a tour of the extensive art and design library. Everyone had an enjoyable day.

Marie Muzhuzha: Graduate Success, Q&A

We’ve caught up with BA (Hons) Visual Communication (Graphic Design) graduate Marie Muzhuzha who has been awarded The Sheaffer Prize for Outstanding Work on Live Commissions in Graphic Communications!

1. What degree did you study with us and when did you graduate?
I studied the BA (Hons) Visual Communication (Graphic Design) course and graduated September 2016 with a 2:1.

2. What did you do after graduation?
I was fortunate enough to land a job a month before my graduation! I am carrying on gaining experience within design.

3. What is your current job?
I am currently working for a software development company called Fiverivers as a digital designer. I generate anything from logos, branding, product and web design. I am undertaking a few freelance jobs alongside it for companies such as Freemans and SCC.

4. What’s the best part of your job?
The best part I would say is gaining experience in the corporate industry. Working alongside a talented team and being able to brand an entire company is very fulfilling.

5. How did studying at the University of Wolverhampton either help you to gain this job – or how have your studies benefitted you in your day-to-day role?
I have gained a lot of industry experience from the University of Wolverhampton prior applying for a job. I think it is fundamentally important and fantastic that the University of Wolverhampton supplies and equips its students with such experiences before they leave the University of Wolverhampton. The Artsfest competition brief was a huge breakthrough and impactful in my design career, it helped me realise I could achieve something if I worked hard enough.

6. What, for you, was the best part of studying at the University of Wolverhampton?
The best part was the help and feedback I received from my tutors. I could not thank them enough for the hours they put into every student to make sure we all succeed. I will miss having such support.

7. What’s next for you? Any goals or aspirations still to achieve?
I believe I haven't even scratched the surface of what I can achieve. I am full of energy and very optimistic about my career. I just want to make some sort of contribution to the design world. In order to do that, I am going to look for every opportunity available to me, take every opportunity given to me and create an opportunity for others.

Friday, 2 December 2016

Orion Publishing Visit Visual Communication Students

Visual Communications staff and students want to say a big thank you to Loulou Clark and Abi Hartshone of Orion Publishing for giving a fascinating lecture on their careers to date, the work of Orion Publishing, and also for introducing the Orion Publishing Group Art and Design Competition 2017.

This years brief offers the opportunity to design a cover for The Reader by Prof Bernhard Schlink. Received with critical acclaim and celebrating twenty years since it's first publication, The Reader was turned into an Oscar winning movie starring Kate Winslet and Ralph Fiennes.

A previous winner of the Orion Publishing Group Art and Design Competition was Visual Communication Alumni and Cumberland Pencil Company graduate award winner, Kate Ackley. For more information look here and here

Calling all artists for Wolves in Wolves project!

We’re looking for talented artists to be part of the biggest public art project to take place in the city during the summer of 2017.

The project called Wolves in Wolves will see 30 beautifully decorated large Wolf sculptures installed across the city centre. The Wolves will showcase the wealth of artistic talent in the area, whilst positively contributing to the economic, cultural and social life of the city.

An information event is taking place this Sunday (4 December 2016) at the Art Gallery, Lichfield Street from 11.30am – 12.30pm, it will be a great opportunity to learn more about the project and how you can take part.

For more information contact Jagtar Singh on 550357 or email

Student Success - Designs for Scouting Magazine

Regular readers of this blog will recall the third year live project run by Marc Austin and Jeff Leak to design a feature spread for Scouting magazine - details can be found here and here

The Winter 2016-17 issue of Scouting has now been published with the winning design by Paulina Wesolowska. Shortlised designs are also shown on the reverse of this issues carrier sheet.

Scouting is a popular and widely read magazine, with an average UK circulation of 99,917* Speaking of Paulina's double page spread, Chief Scout Bear Grylls said "young people never fail to inspire me"

Thank you again to the Scout Association and Immediate Media for offering and supporting this project and congratulations to all students involved.

* figure based on circulation figures for 1 Jan - 31 Dec 2015

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Howard Read - Exhibition

Elephant - A series of drawings witnessing the regeneration of the Elephant and Castle 2012-2016

Senior lecturer Howard Read is also a PhD candidate at Manchester Metropolitan University; his research focuses on The role of drawing in the regeneration of urban spaces

His latest exhibition witnesses and records the contested regeneration process taking place at the Elephant and Castle, specifically the site of the former Heygate social housing estate. The official representations of urban transformation are visually packaged to show perfect visions of the future 

"my drawing is used as a method of critical analysis and to challenge these representations. Working in sketchbooks on site and in the studio the drawings create a timeline of the destruction and rupture taking place in the urban landscape. Critically engaging with the regeneration process and what it means" says Howard

This exhibition is at the Hotel Elephant Gallery, 23 Harper Road London SE1 6AW 
10-11 December 2016 11am–5pm