Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Lucie Williams - Shortlisted for Penguin Random House Design Awards 2015

Congratulations to visual communication student Lucie Williams who has been shortlisted for Penguin Random House Design Awards 2015. 

Standout cover design is an integral part of the success of a book and Penguin Random House has created thousands of iconic book covers throughout the years. The vital role of illustrators and designers in the production of some of the world's best-loved adult and children's books has created and defined the identity of their UK publishing lists. The Design Award is open to international entrants and Lucie is one of just 10 entrants shortlisted for the Children's Cover Award. 

Winners will be announced on 24 June - Good luck Lucie.

Friday, 22 May 2015

Rescheduling of talk by Professor Caroline Archer

It has been decided to reschedule Caroline Archer's talk to the autumn term.
A new date will be confirmed soon.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused

Congratulations Kate Ackley and Adam Beckett

The Orion Publishing Group and the leading illustration agency, Illustration Ltd, have announced that Kate Ackley from The University of Wolverhampton, visual communication department has won their inaugural Student Illustration Competition. 

The runner-up prize was awarded to visual communication student Adam Beckett. His highly original design for Graham Joyce’s novel, Some Kind of Fairy Tale was highly praised by the judges. 

Lucie Stericker, Creative Director, Orion Publishing Group commented "All the judges were extremely impressed by the calibre of entries. The winner considered the whole cover and presented very competent final artworks. Congratulations to Kate". 

Kate Ackley’s winning entry was a stunning new design for Jostein Gaarder’s phenomenal worldwide bestseller Sophie’s World. She has won the opportunity to work with the award-winning Art Department at Orion and to have her design appear on the book. Kate has also won a 12 month mentoring course from Illustration Ltd, who will provide support with her portfolio to prepare it for graduation, and she will also be able to visit the agency in London who will option her work for future representation.

Kate Ackley said: "I am extremely delighted to have won the competition and am very excited about the opportunity to work with two such well-established companies at the start of my career. I'm very grateful to have had the chance to illustrate a cover for such an interesting book. My idea was inspired by an intriguing metaphor that likens the universe to a rabbit being pulled from a hat, and references the humans that dwell inside the rabbit's fur".

Congratulations Kate and Adam

Monday, 18 May 2015

Student book design competition

The Zhar-Kniga Russian National Book Design Competition, with support from the Graphic Design Department of Moscow State Ivan Fedorov University of Printing Arts, is pleased to announce its first International Student Book Design Competition.

The objective of the competition is to stimulate interest in the design of the printed book as an ample field for creativity and to foster the role of the printed book as an important part of contemporary communication and culture.

Design students worldwide are encouraged to submit innovative solutions that reinvent the structure of the book to make it more user-friendly, informative and relevant for today's audience.

Entries can be submitted either by students directly or by their departments. Multiple entries are accepted. Class assignments, term and degree projects are eligible.

There is no entry fee.

Students of any design school as well as any art or design department of colleges or universities worldwide are eligible to enter the competition.

No less than 20 projects will be selected for the shortlist. From those the Jury will select one Grand Prize and five Honorary Mentions.

Both the student and the professor involved in the winning project will receive identical diplomas.

Deadline September 19 2015

More information can be found here

Friday, 15 May 2015

The Worldwide Picture Book Illustration Competition

Walker is looking for outstanding up-and-coming illustrators. Are you one of them? Send us samples of your work and earn international fame!

Are you one of the inspiring, unique picture book artists we are looking for? If so, please send us three of your most unique illustrations that together tell a story (the story might already exist or be one of your own). The illustrations should not have been published before.

Upload your entry, with accompanying text, before the newly extended deadline of May 31 2015. If you pass the first (digital) selection, you will be asked to send us hard copies of your work.

A professional jury will select the five best entries in The Netherlands, Belgium, South Africa, Germany and the United Kingdom.

• Works of the twenty winning artists will be part of a travelling exhibition, which will be shown, amongst other places, at The Hive in Worcester (UK), the Shanghai Public Library (CN), Bilderbuchmuseum in Troisdorf (D), and the Centrale Bibliotheek in Rotterdam (NL).
• The final selection will be published in an international catalogue and presented to all famous picture book publishing houses at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair 2016. Thus giving the artists an excellent opportunity to find commissions.

See here for more information

Just Have to share - Seb Lester, hand-lettered logos

Hand Drawn Logos from Seb Lester on Vimeo.
Over the past few months, London-based designer and illustrator Seb Lester has shared a number of hand-lettered logos on Instagram. Using only calligraphy pens, minor preparation and years of experience, the identities for brands like Coca Cola, Converse, and the New York Times have been perfectly formed at his controlled hand. Lester just released this video featuring ten of his favorite attempts. See many more here.

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Design Intern - Ralph, London

Our busy wee Shoreditch team is on the hunt for a design intern to work with us across a range of exciting digital projects around music, fashion and film.

If you’re full of enthusiasm and ideas and are a whiz on Adobe Creative suite then this role is for you. If you have a love of, or experience in, typography - even better.

We’re looking for someone to start straight away. There will be (generous) expenses paid, plus beer and treats. If you really impress us (and you like us back) you might just land yourself a permanent job here.

To apply, send your portfolio to

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Poster design competition- Typography Day 2016

The 2016 edition of Typography Day - organised at the Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore (India) - will feature a day of workshops on Typography and Calligraphy followed by two days of conference dedicated to Typography and Education.

Beside workshops and conference, Typography Day will also host a Poster Design Competition. The theme for the poster competition is Experimental Typography. Participants are called to design a poster exploring and experimenting with Typography.

You are welcome to use:

• Language, Script and Typeface of your choice. You can make use of one letter, one word, many words or even a paragraph composed of words.

• Calligraphic or digitally created letterforms or existing fonts, or a combination of these can be used for the poster.

Size of the final poster: 420mm x 600mm only in portrait format. Resolution: 300 dpi - File type: JPEG or PDF - Color Mode: CMYK.

Each participant is allowed a maximum of three entries.

There is no entry fee.

This competition is open to students, faculty and professionals from all over the world.

Twenty five winning entries will be published and displayed in an exhibition during the event.

The winners are entitled to free participation (workshop expenses and food) during theTypography Seminar and Workshop on 25th, 26th and 27th of February 2016.

More details are available here

Internship - Confederation Studio, Bermondsey, London

Intern wanted!
We are currently on the look out for fresh new talent to come and join our studio. We’re a small but efficient team who believe in big ideas and clever solutions to creative problems.

If our work rocks your boat and you think you’re up to the challenge then get in touch.

Email your portfolio/CV to:

Please keep all files under 7MB

Just Have to Share - Sarah Hyndman, Wake Up & Smell the Fonts

Designer Sarah Hyndman explores typography as we experience it in our every day lives under the banner of Type Tasting. In her TEDx talk she shares a story of type and invites us to consider our emotional response to the printed word. 

Each font/typeface has a personality that influences our interpretation of the words we read by evoking our emotions and setting the scene. We all understand this instinctively but it happens on a subconscious level. Sarah shows us that conscious awareness of the emotional life of fonts can be entertaining and ultimately give us more control over the decisions we make.