Friday, 2 October 2015

InkTober - 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  as created by Jake Parker in 2009 as a challenge to improve his inking skills and develop positive drawing habits. It has since grown into a worldwide endeavour 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.

For more about InkTober visit here

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Just Have to Share - Quinntessential Baking by Frances Quinn

Former Great British Bake Off winner Frances Quinn has just released her first book, Quinntessential Baking.

In this film Frances discusses her love of designing and illustration and how this combines with her passion for baking. Heavily involved with all aspects of the book, Frances has produced all the illustrations herself.

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Congratulations to Briege Letham

Visual Communication graduate Briege Letham has just started her first job as s a Graphic Designer at Coventry Sports Foundation (Xcel Leisure Centre)

"I’m obviously over the moon about this as it’s my first job. I’m also lucky that it’s local and honestly very grateful they have taken me on." said Briege

Monday, 21 September 2015

Graduation 21 September 2015

The Grand Theatre provided a welcoming location for over 200 School of Art graduates and their friends and family at the September 2015 graduation ceremony. Presentations were made by Professor Geoff Layer, University Vice Chancellor.

At this year's ceremony an Honorary Fellowship was awarded to Paul Birch in recognition of his  services to Music and Revolver Fair Trade Coffee.

Congratulations to all 2015 graduates.

Lucy Williams, winner of The Sheaffer Prize for Use of Language in Graphic Projects with Dr Louise Fenton

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Type Talks - 2015/16

The Typographic Hub part of the 
Centre for Printing History & Culture
is pleased to announce the 2015/16 series of free

22 October 2015
James Langdon: In conversation with the Ikon Gallery
Simon Taylor and James Langdon discuss Fiona Banner’s use of type and the origins of ‘Font’, used for her current exhibition at IKON Scroll Down and Keep Scrollling.
More information here.

12 November 2015
Yves Peters: Trajan in movie posters
Soon after its appearance on the font market more than twenty years ago, the Adobe Original Trajan was embraced by Hollywood. Now it seems to grace more movie posters than any other typeface. Its stately and classic character shapes made it the go-to choice for Oscar material. Yet in recent years the popular font has apparently fallen from grace, and a pretender to the throne is vying to take its place.
More information here.

26 November 2015
Stacey Barnfield: Local heroes: the creative minds that helped shape Birmingham
From Joseph Chamberlain to John Feeney and from John Baskerville to George Cadbury Birmingham built a manufacturing prowess thanks in no small part to creative thinkers and generous leaders. Arising from his passion for the city’s conservation, heritage and aesthetic legacy during times of constant change and regeneration Stacey Barnfield looks at some of the key players in the city's industrial, design and creative legacy.
More information here.

10 December 2015
Morag Myerscough: Title to be confirmed
Morag Myerscough is one of the UK’s most prolific designers.Her work is characterized by an engaging boldness, creating specific, local responses to each distinct audience that will see and experience the design, using it to create community and build identity.
More information here.

14 January 2016
John Neilson: Words in stone
People have carved stone inscriptions since the invention of written language. Britain has had one of the richest lettercarving traditions in the western world, flourishing in the eighteenth century and then again in the twentieth in the wake of the pioneer Eric Gill. John Neilson will outline some of this historical context in the UK and continental Europe, and then illustrate what a present-day lettercarver gets up to with examples from his own work.
More information here.

11 February 2016
Sebastian Lester: Peace, hellfire and outer space
Seb Lester charts his life in letters from student days to working for some of the biggest companies in the world to current art and design projects. The presentation includes a section on designing a logo for a NASA space mission. Seb will also be speaking about how he ended up with over a million followers on social media.
More information here.

10 March 2016
Robert Green: Salvaging the Doves Press type
The Doves typeface was used to print some of the most famous books of its day and became hugely valuable … Then the man who created it hurled it into the Thames. This is the story of how Robert Green and a team of divers from the Port of London Authority managed to recover 151 piece of type.
More information here.

14 April 2016
Jean Francois Porchez: Adding value to the invisibility of typefaces
In the beginning was the word. Then came the writing, an almost universal way to convey a message in a sustainable way, a thought, an emotion. For most readers, typefaces are neither understood nor effectively analyzed but only interpreted (often instinctively) as a tool that supports reading. Despite their omnipresence and constantly reuse type and typography remains transparent to the public. So how does one develop something that is invisible?
More information here.

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

2015 NUS National Student Survey Promotional Competition

I am writing to let you know about the 2015 NUS National Student Survey Promotional Competition. This competition represents an outstanding opportunity for portfolio and personal development.

Each year, NUS gives students the opportunity to showcase their design skills to a national audience and create the poster which forms the basis of the National Student Survey promotional campaign for the following year. The contest is open until 5 October 2015 and represents a fantastic opportunity to gain experience in the design industry.

It also represents a great opportunity for recognition for your institution, as the winner’s institution will be featured on the promotional posters which are displayed in every university in the country and are targeted at the over 300,000 students eligible to participate in the survey.

The winning student will receive:
  1. Portfolio-building national recognition as the winning poster will be displayed in every university in the country and will be seen by millions.
  2. A day working with the firm responsible for running the NSS, to develop and adapt the poster, getting it ready for use in the promotional campaign.

Follow this link for more information and a copy of the design brief:

Kind Regards
Kate Little
Senior Project Officer (NSS)
National Union of Students

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Ann-Katrin Katsis - MA Show

"Our planet is our home, our only home. Where should we go, if we destroy it" (Dalai Lama, 2004)

My project is about creating an illustrated book. I have produced clear, thought-provoking and colourful Illustrations, which reflect what we do in our environment and how we need to look after the planet and think about the impact we are having in order to make a difference in the future" said Ann-Katrin.

My basic sources are the environment, art that uses rubbish, and illustration. By following the example of the artists who use rubbish in their work, I gathered bits and pieces that littered the streets. My main objective was to transform the old into the new, the useless into the useful. I want to include the rubbish directly into my work because it enlivens the idea as well as the form, rendering it more tangible and authentic.

Steven Hobbis - MA Show

"Throughout my Masters study, I have explored the ethical, diplomatic and political power Internet communities have and the way they choose to use this power. In my research one name kept cropping up: Julian Assange, who gained notoriety in the 1990s in his involvement with the ‘Cypherpunk’ movement." said Steven

"My project concentrates on the international controversy Wikileaks has caused, as well as looking into the man behind the organisation. Advocates of Assange praise the organisation for its attitude towards political transparency, information ethics and historical recording. Assange believes a civilisation is able to advance through an intellectual record, chronicling a nation’s development and uses this to legitimate his activities. Through publishing these highly sensitive documents, Assange has become one of the most controversial figures in the world and I explore the significance and complexities of the Wikileaks case as well as tracing the rise and fall of Assange."

Nadja Brunk - MA Show

The theme of Nadja's MA project is Travelling  she describes this as 
"a journey which takes you to strange places you have never been before, enables you to explore foreign cultures and experience moments away from daily life. With my project I want to motivate people from different backgrounds to get out of their comfort zone and try independent travel, away from all-inclusive holidays. 

In doing so I am creating a brand, which is represented through its website, where the user can chose their destination and their way of travelling. In the next step the user gets send an individualized box with useful supplies (postcards, travel diary, tips, selection of typical sweets, recipes), which encourages, motivates and inspires the user to try a new way of travelling even it seems scary at first. It is unlike typical travel guides. It confronts the user with questions and reflections, engages cultural interaction and gives the impetus for unique experiences and experiments."

Ramona Bietenbeck - MA Show

Ramona describes her project and show as containing contains two components, both of which are about representations of Japanese culture. 
"The first part is a film, which illustrates excerpts and impressions of the Japanese community in my hometown, Düsseldorf. The Japanese community comprises a smaller community within the German urban environment and influences our understanding of cosmopolitanism and global exchange.

The second part is an adaption of a Japanese woodcut of the Edo period that has been updated for the contemporary in the modern city of Düsseldorf. My interest in the art of the Edo period, as inspired by the artist Hokusai, inspired me to do a study of soft cuts and digital imitated cuts, which show a series of different views of the Rhine Tower of Düsseldorf. The pictures being created are modern interpretations of the art of the Edo period and the different art styles of that time."