Thursday, 12 May 2016

Penguin Random House design awards - Lisa Wilson

Many congratulations to Lisa Wilson final year Visual Communications student who has been shortlisted for this years Penguin Random House design awards. Lisa's design, highlighting her passion for paper cuts, is for Wolverhampton born journalist and author Caitlin Moran's How to be A Woman

This is the second year running that Visual Communications students have achieved success in the Penguin Random House Design Awards - last years winner of the children cover award was Lucie Williams with her work for Carries War

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Daniel Unger - Student success

The Mander Shopping Centre in Wolverhampton is currently being redeveloped to introduce a fresh 21st century aesthetic. The Centre is commissioning four artists to create site specific work on a selection of hoardings acting as barriers between corridors and building work. The theme of the work is 'City of Secrets' a concept which visually portrays a little know event, movement, or aspect of the forgotten culture or history of the city. This competition has been open to MA students and graduates from the Faculty of Arts.

Daniel Unger, current Visual Communications MA student has been shortlisted - congratulations Daniel.

"As a German in Wolverhampton, my experience of the city differs from those who have been living here for years. Combined with my love for the surreal and abstract I perceive Wolverhampton differently. Colours, shapes, people, buildings, they all look quiet different in my 'reality'. I live in a 'secret version' of Wolverhampton that no one else sees - A colourful and expressionist version of the hidden Wolverhampton, 'City of Secrets'. The idea is to capture 9 different scenes, depicting seemingly ordinary life in and around the city in a way that an artistic mind perceives it." says Daniel

Friday, 6 May 2016

Just have to Share - Geometric Pop-Up Book By Tauba Auerbach

Tauba Auerbach and Printed Matter have published [2,3] a large-scale book mixing children’s pop-up and sculptural object. The project folds into its sleeve and contains six separate paper sculptures that spring to life when opened. Director Sam Fleischner filmed the project’s unboxing.

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Just have to Share - DuoGraph Drawing Machine

The DuoGraph is a drawing machine from inventor and designer Joe Freedman creator of the Cycloid Drawing Machine. His elaborate devices are capable of producing geometric patterns akin to a Spirograph. This new creation relies on 7 gears and a number of parameters that can be changed quickly to produce infinite designs. The DuoGraph is capable of producing elaborate Lissajous patterns. Learn more about it on Kickstarter.

Just have to Share - Roadliners, typographers of the road

Roadliners from O Street on Vimeo.
Roadliners is a film about the uncelebrated typographers of the road. Filmmakers Pretend Lovers and O street have documented a day in the life of Glasgow roadliner Thomas ‘Tam’ Lilley. With sweeping, freehand strokes and choreographed steps, they used molten-thermoplastic to create an alphabet, numerals, punctuation.

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Graduate Designer - Giants & Titans, Birmingham

Are you a passionate creative designer with an eye for detail and a love of making great things? if so, we have the perfect role for you at Birmingham’s freshest agency.

We’re Giants & Titans, the most exciting agency in Birmingham. We’re an eclectic mix of makers, thinkers and doers who provide a full range of Beautifully Crafted marketing services to our clients in the UK and abroad.

We’re growing quickly - in each of our five years we’ve more than doubled in size - and because of that we’re now looking for a graduate designer to join our creative team. This is a role that will give you plenty of opportunity to grow, develop and learn while working on a bunch of different clients, from shopping centres to motorsport teams, lingerie to household skincare brands.

Based in central Birmingham, life at G&T is pretty good. As well as a fantastic salary, working with us gives you loads of perks. Because a rested mind is vital to deliver top quality, Beautifully Crafted work, everyone gets their birthday off as well as 20 days holiday and a full two week Christmas shut-down. And we have quarterly social events, and employee benefit scheme that gives you stuff like 12% off all Apple products, and the latest tech to play with in the office.

Enough about us, let’s talk about you. If you’ve got the following and fancy a chat, we’d love to hear from you:

What we’re looking for

• A demonstrable passion for design & creative, shown in a strong graduate portfolio
• Solid working knowledge of the full Adobe Creative Suite, particularly InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop
• A really strong work ethic and desire to get the job done no matter what
• A desire to grow, develop and be part of something special here at G&T
• A friendly, professional and articulate personality who enjoys life
• Tenacity and the ability to work on a number of different projects within any given day

This is a wide ranging role that will see you creating conceptual, design & artwork across online & offline projects, from posters to web pages and everything in between and supporting our senior designer, designer & Creative Director on a daily basis.

So if the you’re looking to take your first step into the creative world, drop an email to with your CV and portfolio.

Graphic Designer Intern - Leeds University Union

Graphic Designer Intern - £16,451 pa (£309 pcw)

Full time, Fixed term - 12 months, Immediate start

Ref 36/16

Leeds University Union is a charity that helps over 30,000 students to love their time at Leeds. Located at the heart of the University of Leeds campus, the Union is a fantastic space for students to meet, make new friends and get involved in student life.

You can find out more about Leeds University Union at check out our You Tube channel here or follow us on Twitter @LeedsUniUnion.

This is an exciting opportunity to join a busy and high-performing marketing team within one of the country’s leading students’ unions.

We’re looking for a talented and creative Graphic Designer Intern to work with our in-house design team and support our communications by developing engaging creative design that will prompt thought, conversation and action amongst our members.

We’re looking for a talented graduated designer with one years’ experience (in house/agency) who can demonstrate creative design skills that create compelling visuals for both online and print communications.

With a natural passion and enthusiasm for creative design, you’ll also have an eye for great copy and have a creative edge when it comes to communicating a call to action clearly.

You’ll be working on a range of exciting projects and subject matters, including anything from weekly promotions for our bars to high-level union-wide campaigns.

You’ll work with marketers and business managers to develop concepts, hooks and creative that will speak to students and positively impact on our organisation.

If you’re up for a challenge and want to be at the forefront of creative design for Leeds students – we’d love to hear from you!

We offer 26 days’ holiday (plus generous statutory and customary closure days) and a competitive pension scheme.For further details, To download an application pack and form visit here.

Please return your completed application to Please note that we do not accept CVs.

If you have not heard from us within four weeks then unfortunately you have not been successful on this occasion.

Closing date: 9am 16th May 2016

Interviews: 26th May 2016

LUU recognises that at present our staff team is not representative of our wider community and we wish to achieve a more diverse workforce. We therefore welcome applicants from minority groups

Saturday, 30 April 2016

Sounds Of the City Competition - The Prize for Illustration 2017

Illustration by Eliza Southwood, Bronze Winner, Prize for Illustration 2015

Sounds of the City
Deadline 26 September 2016
The Association of Illustrators (AOI), in partnership with London Transport Museum (LTM), is delighted to announce that submissions are now open for The Prize for Illustration 2017. This year the theme is Sounds of the City - an illustrated interpretation of urban sound.

The aim of the competition is to attract artwork for display in an exhibition at London Transport Museum, held from May - September 2017, that is colourful, inspiring and celebrates the sounds heard in the hubbub and quiet spaces of the UK’s vibrant, diverse, multi-layered cities.

Impress the judges with illustrated interpretation of the common, the curious, the persistent and the distinctive chorus of sounds we hear around us day and night and be in with a chance of having your work displayed at the famous London Transport Museum and winning the top prize.

Prizes will be awarded in three levels:
First prize: £2000 and display of the winning image on a London Transport Museum poster to be displayed on the London Underground.
Second prize: £1000
Third prize: £750

There is also the possibility that shortlisted images will be featured on merchandise sold in London Transport Museum’s shop.

The competition is open to illustrators and students of illustration throughout the world. The top 100 entries selected by a panel of independent judges will be displayed in an exhibition at London Transport Museum that will open in May 2017 and run until September 2017. The winners will be announced at a private award ceremony that will take place in May 2017.

The deadline for entry to The Prize for Illustration 2017 competition is 26 September 2016.

For more information look here

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Web/Graphic Design, Sandwich Placement - Topcashback, Stafford

TopCashback is a fast moving and agile business with ever changing requirements and a passionate team. We are driven to produce the best website to support our unique business model. 

We are the UK’s number one cash back site. Established since 2005, we are growing rapidly and have been listed for three years running in the Sunday Times Fast Track companies in the UK.

Due to this expansion, we are looking to expand our Design team based in our Stafford office.

Junior Web / UX Designer (12 Month Placement) TopCashback is the UK’s most generous cashback website. Having been established in 2005, TopCashback has previously featured as one of the fastest growing private companies in the UK for 3 consecutive years by the Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100 and has recently been awarded Cashback Site of the year by Consumer Moneyfacts Awards 2016.

We are looking for a talented Junior Web Designer with a passion for design to join our company during their undergraduate work placement year. We are flexible in deciding the daily work hours and duration of this position – but ideally we are looking for full time hours for 1 year.

*Please note this is a predominantly a design focused role. 

The RoleThe successful applicants will work closely with our busy production team to help manage and maintain our websites for the UK, USA and India. This will involve helping carry out website design, production of internal and external marketing material, including the design and production of email and social media campaigns. You will get to work on big name brands such as Pizzahut, Nike, ASOS, eBay, Amazon to name just a few. 

In discussion with the successful candidate, we hope to set aside 2 ½ hours per week during which time the candidate can work on side (fun) projects of our mutual choosing, perhaps employing the very latest technologies.

Key Responsibilities
A keen eye for detail
Strong interest in design and typography
Knowledge of HTML, CSS
A good working knowledge of the Adobe Creative Suite
A love for all things digital
Enthusiasm for their work
Be able to use your own initiative

Desirable Skills
An innovator who will actively pursue opportunities to develop new skills and extend expertise
Knowledge of the Agile development methodology is highly desirable
Outgoing and lively personality
Excellent communication/interpersonal skills
Ability to work well within a team and to obtain co-operation and adapt to change

Competitive salary
Contributory pension
MediCash plan
Fantastic career prospects
Energetic office culture
Christmas Bonus
Performance Bonus
Attendence Bonus
Easy motorway access, free parking
Cycle to work
Travel Loan
Discounted Gym membership
Childcare Vouchers
Xbox and games area
Relaxed dress code
Two grand annual socials

For more information click here

Monday, 18 April 2016

National Trust: Packwood House - Conservation Assistant Volunteer

Looking for a new experience or to enhance your C.V? Fancy working in a beautiful Warwickshire Tudor house, park and garden?

Why not volunteer in the Conservation department at Packwood House, National Trust?

Volunteer Conservation Assistants help to care for our collections and keep up presentation standards in our houses as set out in the National Trust Manual of Housekeeping.

Working with conservation staff, you will learn how to protect historic items so that our visitors can enjoy them for as long as possible.

If you would like to find out more details and join the team please email