Thursday, 17 July 2014

Jessica Glaser's new book - designer and student contributions

Jessica Glaser’s second edition of The Graphic Design Exercise Book contains inspiring examples by a range of designers from around the world. Some of these projects kindly submitted are by Wolverhampton visual communication students and alumni. See a snapshot of some of the pages from her book here:
Alex Golubovs

Left page, designs by Clive Moore. Right page, illustrations by Ben Kelly
Designs by Visual Communication alumni Lena Matthies
 Right page, designs by Visual Communication alumni Jonny Costello
Left Page  designs by Visual Communication alumni Sean Bird of Daredevil Design and right page designs by alumni Zoe Hern

Many thanks must go to visual communication students Sarah Collins, Alex Golubovs, Christy Guan, Craig Hancock, Abigail Irwin, Sian Pryce and Kyle Visser for their contributions

Thursday, 10 July 2014

The Second Graphic Design Exercise Book by Jessica Glaser


With the quest to expand knowledge and skills often at the forefront of their minds, graphic designers love the excitement of an inspiring, creative project. 

Many varied disciplines come together to give this unique profession great breadth, however, it can be hard to gain experience and insight in all areas. The revised, second edition of The Graphic Design Exercise Book by Jessica Glaser is about to be published in the UK by Frances Lincoln, providing not only a wide spectrum of briefs and working methodologies but also design examples and insight from a variety of international designers. This new book is divided into 4 sections, each focusing on a specific design genre: packaging, visual identity and branding, layout for print and screen and design for music. Interviews and in-progress work are included, while a number of fully realised projects illustrate possible outcomes.


Spread featuring designs by Visual Communication Alumni Robin Walton Of Narrow House for Just Juice, Aceites Clavero and Clesa Fresh Milk

Find out more about the first edition of The Graphic Design Exercise book here

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

FreeFont Fira Update


In Janauary 2014 this blog reviewed free font Fira. Designed by Mozilla, Fira was then available free in a very useful 10 styles. Fira has since been updated and is now available in an amazing 32 styles - far too many to show each weight here. Download your new Fira family here

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Just Have to Share - Lisa Barrett Birmingham's group of Good For Nothing


Visual Communication graduate Lisa Barrett has been instrumental in establishing the Birmingham group of Good For Nothing.

Good for Nothing is a community of thinkers, do-ers, makers and tinkerers applying their skills and energy to accelerate the work of cause-led innovators and change makers; it's about diverse groups of people collaborating together, working in new, faster, fun and better ways by supporting ideas and people that are leading the way to what a flourishing 21st century society might look like.

They are trying to solve challenges collaboratively – on and offline. There are a number of ways to get involved, but for starters you could get stuck in to a challenge or check out  upcoming gigs and socials on the calendar


To find out how to get involved visit:

Thursday, 3 July 2014

New Designers successful opening


Visual Communication students show at New Designers is now open and attracting much attention. Many thanks must go to all involved in staging the exhibit.

New Designers is open from 10.00am daily until July 5th

More information information is available here


Student Success - Josh Grice


Congratulations to Josh Grice, Visual Communication student who has designed the trophies for the West Midlands Institute of Directors’ award ceremony, at Edgbaston cricket ground.

John Phillips, Regional Director for the Institute of Directors said: “This was an important project for us. Our director awards are very important as many of our members have achieved great things sometimes under difficult circumstances and they deserve to have their achievements rewarded.

We were delighted to commission Josh to make our trophies and he was a pleasure to work with and quickly became involved in the detail and spirit of the project.

It was great to have individual art pieces as trophies and much more personal than buying an ‘off the shelf’ product.

“I am sure the young designer will have a great future as a commercial artist and we will do our best to give him a lift along the way."


“This is definitely a new experience, working with a huge company and presenting the awards to some well-known directors is an experience in itself, let alone knowing I have designed the actual trophy they are so proudly holding.” said Josh

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Exhibiting at New designers


Visual Communication students will be exhibiting within part 2 of this years New Designers show.

The event is the UK's most important exhibition for emerging design, full of innovation and fresh thinking. It takes place over two weeks, with each Part focusing on a different set of design disciplines and featuring its own Awards Programme.

The show sees over 3,000 of the most talented, newly graduated designers from the UK's leading universities come together to exhibit in one spectacular venue - the Business Design Centre, London.

For more information  click  here

Good luck to all participating


Friday, 27 June 2014

Glug Birmingham - poster competition


To celebrate our upcoming ‘Glug Birmingham: Midland Masters’event and showcase the creative talent of the city, we’re inviting local students, recent graduates and young professionals* who live and work in the Midlands to design a poster inspired by the ‘Midland Masters’ theme.

Taking inspiration from your experience of living and working in the Midlands to create a poster that truly celebrates the great city of Birmingham, your illustrated poster design might include: famous landmarks, significant places of interest, hustle and bustle of city life, markets, museums, outdoor activites, local heritage, well known words & phrases, famous faces – anything goes!

Be Playful. Be Fun. Be Inventive.
Poster designs will be printed using Risograph techniques using our Glug Birmingham brand colours: dark blue & hot pink!

Deadline for entries: Midnight on Friday 11th July

First Prize
The artist who creates the most standout poster design will see their winning artwork printed as an A3 risograph poster on the reverse of our fold-up Glug Birmingham flyer! 3000 of these will be printed and distributed to design firms, creative agencies, industry professionals and local businesses to promote the event and get people excited about Glug Birmingham!

Our lucky winner will also be invited to take the stage for a 10-minute slot to present their work to the Glug Birmingham audience – giving you an unrivalled opportunity to get your work in front of a hotbed of potential future clients.

Runners Up
Two runners up will each receive a pair of tickets to attend all three Glug Birmingham: Midland Masters talks in August, November and March respectively.

As an extra incentive to take part in the project: We’ll be exhibiting 25 of the best entries at the Illustration themed edition of Glug Birmingham: Midland Masters on November 20th, 2014.

Find out more and Download your Glug Birmingham ‘Poster Competition’ entry details here!

Just Have to Share - Glug Birmingham: Midland Masters. 21.08.14


Glug is a series of events for the design and creative community. Their showcase events are held in London, Birmingham but there are now 5 other events around the world.

Based around a series of talks and informal networking, Glug has become one of the most exciting, credible and well attended creative events around.
Inkygoodness and Created in Birmingham present ‘Midland Masters’ a series of three events featuring talks by local designers, illustrators and design studios celebrating the creative talent of the Midlands and beyond in association with Glug.

For the first edition of Glug Birmingham presents a series of engaging, energetic and inspiring evening events,  talks, live drawing, stalls & more. Taking place at Fazeley Studios in the creative quarter of Digbeth, Glug is 2 minutes from The Custard Factory and a short stroll from the Bullring and Birmingham New Street station.

Tickets on-sale shortly,

Early Bird £7.50
Glug Pass £20 (one ticket pass gains entry for all three ‘Midland Masters’ events)

Find more information here

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Graduate Success - Salu

Since completing his studies, visual communication graduate Michael Salu has kept in regular touch with the University. Michael has recently launched his own creative venture, 'Salu' and one of his first major creative challenges has been to provide creative direction for the Abraaj Group Art Prize 2014. The prize recognises exceptional mid-career artists from the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia and uniquely rewards proposals rather than completed works of art.


"The result is Garden and Spring, which takes as its title that of the canonical Urdu text Bagh O Bahar - the tale of a king without an heir. The exhibition is a garden that presents itself both visually and thematically, allowing for a loose affinity, a momentary accord. By weaving five literary responses to each of the five artists’ work, we seeded a conversation about the work of each artist." says Michael.


To find out more visit gardenandspring.com