Thursday, 30 June 2011

Graphic designer role

Graphic designer

An exciting opportunity for a midweight graphic designer with strong publication skills to join a fast-paced, lively, full service London-based design studio specialising in print and digital communication.

Our client list is extensive and spans the sports sector, travel and tourism, FMCGs and charities and our work varies from websites, digital and printed magazines, corporate branding, publications and large format event work.

Must have requirements:
- Two years’ experience in a design studio or publishing house. (If you have less, you’ll need to prove to us why we should hire you.)
- Graphic design related degree
- Strong skills in InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator
- Attention to detail
- An impressive folio demonstrating creativity and original thought and containing publishing work
- Understanding of print processes
- Hard-working, able to work quickly, confidently and independently when required, to tight deadlines
- Team-player
- Good sense of humour

Added bonuses:
- Working knowledge of digital magazines and designing websites
- A good understanding of HTML
- An interest in netball

Please send CV, covering letter and examples of your work

Genius Web Developer

Me&him Design are looking for a web developer!

Based just outside Leicester, you will be working with our team of designers, creating and managing exciting online experiences for a diverse range of clients big and small.
The perfect skillset would include:
- WordPress / ModX
- Ecommerce (Magento)
- Mobile App experience
- Social media
- Javascript, Jquery
- Flash
- Email marketing
- Mac & PC literate
You should also have a good knowledge of the following applications: Adobe Photoshop, Fireworks, Illustrator and Flash.
The successful candidate will have great communication skills within the studio and in front of clients.
Salary is competitive and negotiable.
To apply, please send your CV with covering letter/email and online portfolio to
The closing date is 15th July.

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Design academy - WPA Pinfold

WPA Pinfold are hosting a 'design open day' at their Leeds studio, which is solely for design graduates and postgraduates who wish to join their Design Academy.

They are currently recruiting 2 junior designers to join the Design Academy for a 12 month period with the possibility of a full time position on either the brand communications team or digital team.

There will be the opportunity to see how a professional design consultancy operates, first hand, and find out what life is like on the inside.

There will be a short presentation on WPA Pinfold and their working methods and this will be followed by the opportunity to have an informal chat with designers.

Please bring their portfolios, to receive feedback, tips and advice from the WPA Pinfold team.

To apply for a place at this design open evening, complete the enquiry form at the link below.

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

More graduate success

More great news, with 2 more graduates securing employment.
Lisa Barrett - has secured full time graphic designer position at Sixth Story in Birmingham

Sian McGivern - is to become In house designer at Counteract Magazine 

Congratulations Sian and Lisa

Monday, 27 June 2011

Web designer role

Web Designer

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Bauer Radio are looking for a creative, innovative senior digital designer to join our Digital Team as maternity cover.
Based in our Manchester Digital hub you will be working with our team of designers, developers and content writers to deliver engaging and eye catching content across our national portfolio of sites.
Assisting various teams across the Group, you will create a variety of commercial features, advertisements and micro-sites to support the success of each team. You will also be able to support our local web editors when they need your help in areas such as image manipulation, website design/ development.
You will also have a good working knowledge of the following design tools & applications: Adobe Photoshop, Fireworks, Illustrator and Flash. The ability to use content management systems is essential.
To be successful you will be able to communicate in a clear and friendly manner at all levels and have proven web design experience and a skill set that includes HTML, JavaScript and CSS. PHP and MYSQL knowledge would be advantageous, although not essential.
As the senior designer you will also be responsible for the day to day management of the design team workload as well as the sole project manager for large group projects. With this in mind a proven track record in project management is essential.
This business is part of Bauer Radio, the UK’s leading Commercial Radio Group with almost 12.4 million listeners each week who spend 110 million hours each week listening to our Big City, Magic, Kiss and Digital Radio Stations.
Please note – this role is initially maternity cover for a minimum of 6 months – although for the right candidate this could lead to a permanent role.
Salary is competitive and negotiable for the right candidate.
To apply, please send a CV along with a covering letter and online portfolio to
Closing Date: Wednesday 6th July 2011

Junior designer role – sales & marketing

Reevoo is looking for some young blood: a talented, hungry junior designer.

Working alongside our design team, your primary focus will be sales and marketing collateral (about a 60/40 split). You’ll be full of ideas and handy with the usual design kit: crayons, fingerpaints, glitter and Adobe Creative Suite. Do you like Photoshop? Great! There’ll be plenty of mockups. Illustrator? Perfect, we’re going to need icons, spot illustrations and other graphics. How about PowerPoint? Really? You *like* PowerPoint? … Ok, you’re hired.*


• are a rapidly growing tech startup
• help shoppers make the best choice whilst boosting sales for our clients
• make awesome things like Just Buy This One (and its related zombie counterpart)
• believe in transparency and creating great solutions for our users
• will listen to you, your ideas and your hare-brained schemes
• are a fantastic team made up of all kinds of differently brilliant and interesting people
• occasionally have Nerf gun battles break out in our office


• have a good, solid basis in design
• like to draw and illustrate
• can make data easy to understand and beautiful with no sweat
• pay attention to detalis and don’t miss typos
• have a passion for typography
• play well with others
• know your way around Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Office
• are passionate about design. Really, really passionate. That counts for a lot.
• have all kinds of other creative interests: photo, letterpress, screenprinting, etc.
• don’t mind the occasional Nerf gun battle breaking out around you
• want to learn everything about UI, UX and hbuilding web products,

You might also:

• have a passion for infographics (Tufte, not McCandless)
• have kicked the tires on some CSS and HTML
• have worked or interned in an Agile tech environment before
• be a decent shot with a Nerf gun (we can supply one for the interview if necessary)

Some benefits:

• 20% free time
• top of the line coffee machine
• animatronic talking Santa Claus
• bike parking and shower room
• hot and cold running water
• windows

Required Qualifications:

• Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Design
• Awesomeness
• Sense of humour

You know the drill: send a CV and a portfolio (or a link to a portfolio) to “” with subject line “Young Blood” and we’ll take it from there.

Graphic designer job

The Vast Agency Leeds
Are you passionate about design, obsessed with detail and dedicated to hitting tight deadlines? If this sounds like you, then we need you as an integral member of our Leeds studio to work on branding, print and web based projects.
Salary dependent on experience. Please send CV and sample portfolio to

Junior designer job

The Design Portfolio
The Design Portfolio is currently looking for a talented junior graphic designer to join our expanding team of creatives based in London’s Docklands/Canary Wharf. We are looking for enthusiastic, strategic designers with a strong background in layout and typography to create hard-working print and online corporate communications solutions for our diverse client base. This is an excellent opportunity to hit the ground running in a professional and enjoyable working environment, and develop your career within a tight-knit corporate communications agency.

About us
We are one of the UK’s leading integrated corporate communications consultancies, working with over 120 companies on all aspects of corporate and investor communications, including financial and corporate responsibility reporting, investor relations design, website design, and branding.

About you
You will be able to create intelligent and eye-catching design solutions based on solid strategic thinking. An ability to analyse and critique existing work for its effectiveness will be your starting point. You will have a thorough technical understanding of Adobe CS, particularly InDesign, and thrive in a fast-paced, busy studio environment. You will be an excellent communicator, and enjoy talking about your work and its objectives in a professional manner. Your portfolio must demonstrate a mature design approach, with examples of print projects with a high level of detail and strong typographic sensibility. Applicants with experience of information design are particularly welcome.

An eye for detail, consistency and accuracy in both your visual and written communications is vital.

How to apply
Send a CV, covering statement describing your experience, personal qualities and career ambitions, along with work samples or a link to your online portfolio to

Remuneration will be competitive and based on experience. Please state your desired salary range when applying.

Note: Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

D&AD New Blood 2011

New Blood showcases the best graduates in graphic design, visual communication, advertising, digital media, illustration, photography and other commercial creative arts — all in one place. Friday, 1 until Monday, 4 July 2011 — Old Truman Brewery, London. Again Visual Communication students from the University of Wolverhampton will be participating.

New Blood is the leading creative graduate exhibition, designed to showcase the best emerging talent from the D&AD University Network. It's an introduction to the leading creatives in the industry and is an opportunity for anyone with an interest in creativity to network and gain inspiration. Find out more about the events planned for each day and register for free entry.

Saturday, 25 June 2011

Graduate Success 2011

Employers, students, staff and parents are obviously very pleased with the results of this years graduating Visual Communication students, as over 30% of the 2011 third years are now in paid employment, awaiting interview results, or have places assured on postgraduate courses. 

Congratulations must go to all students who have completed their Visual 
Communication degrees this year. 
The 2011 graduating cohort includes:

Annie Miles - Working as Senior Creative 'Allo Dave Staffordshire' 

Gemma Oldfield - Designer working through Business Solutions Voucher for Born Communications. 

Aman Sahota - Working as Technical Support/Graphic Designer at Consult&C Ltd, having just completed placements at both Best magazine and News Of The World.

Kate Farrell - Working as Student proctor at the University of Wolverhampton, as well as freelance designer for WLV-Soundcheck magazine, and about to undertake an internship with the Bromford Group Housing Association. 

Meg Mankowska - Working as a graphic designer for The Imperial Bathroom Company Ltd. 

Mark Porter - Has has been accepted on the MA in Illustration at Falmouth 

Deepak Garcha - Working as a freelance graphic designer for Best Wayfindings Ltd, Allergy Protect UK and EquiAmi. 

Kayleigh Hadley - Working as a freelance graphic designer. 

Theo Johnson - Working as a Graphic Designer in West Bromwich. 

Gavin Weir - Working as a Freelance new media designer for Sony Radio Award nominated design company 470 Media. 

Lucas Stylianou - Has been accepted on the brand management MA at Goldsmiths LCC. 

Ariadni Mitreli-Masmanidi - Has been accepted on the MA in Illustration at Central St Martins. 

Lisa Barrett - Working at a design placement prior to graphic design employment with Darke Jones, Premier Branding agency. 

Tiffany Burgess - Working as a graphic designer for 'Allo Dave Staffordshire'.

Luthfur Khan - Undertaking an internship at Creative Studio, Science Park, Wolverhampton. 

Monika Trzpil - will be undertaking an MA in illustration at Anglia University. 

Paulina Poziomska - Working as a freelance graphic designer for 'Femme Tree'

Ben Tranter - Freelance design work with 'Combat & Survival' Magazine.

Congratulations everyone - more employment and postgraduate updates to come

Thursday, 23 June 2011

Congratulations 2011 graduates

Praise must go to all Visual Communication students for displaying an impressive final show that has attracted much acclaim and attention.
This years graduate awards have been hotly contested and the list of beneficiaries has just been released. Awards will be presented on September 2, the day of the graduation ceremony.
Congratulations everyone!

Monday, 20 June 2011

Picture This

Waterstones are looking for an unpublished illustrator to illustrate a brand new fairy tale book by Michael Morpurgo, one of Britain's best loved and best selling children's authors. To find out how to enter and for full details go to:

INSIGHT OUT: Interiors & Lifestyles

Got a great business idea? Looking for mentoring and coaching to help your idea fulfil its potential?

Interiors & Lifestyle Futures Venture is a new start-up programme in collaboration with Insight Out a nationally renowned enterprise training scheme.

We are recruiting the best talent from across the West Midlands to seed their start-up aspirations. The programme will help to build your business confidence and entrepreneurial skills. Also, while exploring  the NESTA business development models to focus and develop your ideas, you will access dedicated office space to support the planning of your business.
• Successful applicants will be awarded ?1000 to set up their company
• Office space for 6 months at the Birmingham Institute of Art & Design Enterprise Hub
• Up to 18 hours of one-to-one support from coaches and mentors
• Access Interiors & Lifestyle Futures extensive regional manufacturing contacts and business services network
• Invitation to other Interiors & Lifestyle Futures networking workshops

ELIGIBILITY Open to adults of all ages. Applicants must not be already trading the business they want to start. Interiors and lifestyle based products and services only are supported. Availability for a 5 day residential 8th - 12th August 2011 is essential.



For an application form contact Wendy Jones
Phone: 0121 331 7925

For enquiries about the programme contact Alexa Torlo
Email: phone: 0121 202 4817

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Junior/Middleweight designer POSITION FILLED

We have just received a message form one of our students who is undertaking a placement at design company Sixth Story Birmingham.
I'm currently working for a company over the summer in Birmingham called Sixth Story. They are looking to recruit a graduate or someone with 1-2 years experience. Thought I'd pass the message on, incase you knew of any graduates or someone looking for a Graphic Design job within commuting distance to Birmingham.

I've been here around 2 weeks now and it's been a really positive experience. The fact they visualise all of their work before jumping onto the computer, is a massive plus in my opinion. They are a very creative team with good clients.

This position has now been successfully filled by a visual communication graduate.

Their current website (which is being updated as we speak) is

Paid Placements - Gain valuable work experience as well as enhancing your CV

The Careers and Employment services are offering graduates of the university of Wolverhampton the chance to gain valuable work experience and enhance their CVwith the help of a new 12 week to 12 month work placement project.

The STEP programme offers West Midlands graduates the chance to undertake short-term paid projects (£210 per week) in all degree disciplines within local organisations across the West Midlands.

Opportunities include:
Research projects
Web design
Graphic design

To find out more email:

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

SPEED WM 2011/2012

 The Institute for Innovation and Enterprise are pleased to announce that they will be running a fourth cohort of the SPEED WM programme starting in September of this year.  This 5 month programme will support students and recent graduates who wish to start their own business within the West Midlands region.  The programme will offer training, mentoring and incubation along with a limited amount of financial support to assist regional entrepreneurs to achieve their dream of becoming their own boss.  We are currently asking for expressions of interest to be sent to before the end of June 2011.

Please forward this email to any students or graduates who you believe may benefit from this SPEED WM opportunity.  If you require A4/ A5 flyers or further information, please contact or 

Eligibility: Applicants must not already be trading; they must intend to set up their business in the West Midlands region and be prepared to register their business formally in October of this year.  The programme is part funded by ERDF and as such is only open to nationals of the European Union.

Ashley Jessiman - Update

SodaKitsch the Contemporary leather bag makers, established by graphics Graduate Ashley Jessiman are taking part in Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show in November. 
"This is going to be an exciting opportunity for SodaKitsch and we are looking forward to making contacts in America" said Ashley

Monday, 13 June 2011

Type Research Initiative UPDATE 13th July

An additional presentation has been added to the programme of the next meeting of the Type Research Initiative. The Wolverhampton based Typographic Soapbox will now also include Zoe Lippett, speaking about the type based work of artist Ed Ruscha. See previous post for timings and location details.

Thursday, 9 June 2011

Warm Praise for Hazardous Placement

Congratulations to final-year visual communication students Dean Burgan (Graphic Communication) and Gemma Oldfield (Design for Multimedia) pictured here with James 'Jim' Marriott from the West Midlands Fire Service Academy, who have been working together to produce interactive electronic-learning materials to assist the training of Fire Service employees in simulations for handling radiation and hazardous materials. The students said of the project: "What a great experience working with a well established local service. Who would have thought a live brief could be so much fun and we would get to work with a great bunch of guys."

In response, Jim said: “I have had the pleasure of working with Gemma and Dean on numerous occasions and have only ever been impressed with their work ethic and interest. They have not only met for appointments at the university but also come to Fire service premises where they have acted in a professional manner absorbing information on an obviously difficult subject with relative ease. Working with these enthusiastic and committed students from Visual Communications has been a pleasure. They are a credit to themselves, the University, and any prospective employer.”

The Visual Communication staff team would like to thank Jim and his team for providing this excellent opportunity, and look forward to a proposed continuation of this interesting work.

Type Research Initiative 13th July

You are invited to the fourth meeting of the Typographic Research Initiative on Wednesday July 13 at 2.00pm. Come along and take the opportunity to stand on the soapbox and comment on the sessions varied presentations, those delivered during previous meetings, or at ‘Type Writing’ Birmingham in March.

The meeting will take place in room MK507 of the School Of Art and Design (MK building) at the University of Wolverhampton. An interactive map can be found at The School of Art and Design is conveniently located just five minutes walk from Wolverhampton rail station.


The University is seeking to support 4 of our own recent graduates on an internship programme designed to bring the benefits of our graduates experiences to our new students in September.

In 4 of the University’s Academic Schools we will be offering an internship to a graduate from that school (Graduating Class of 2011):

Based at the City Campus:
*      University of Wolverhampton Business School
*      School of Art & Design

Based at the Walsall Campus:
*      School of Education
*      School of Sport Performing Arts & Leisure

Internships are an opportunity for a recent graduate to integrate their recent University experiences with practical, supervised work experience.

Interns will receive an internship allowance – equivalent to £13,203 p/a.
(Pro-rata this is approximately £250.00 per week before any deductions)

The Internship Programme will operate for an eight month period from 1st August 2011 to the end of March 2012.


Interested, recent graduates should submit a CV and a covering statement to

The covering statement should be a short piece of approx 500 words setting out why you would be suitable for this internship opportunity, what skills and qualities you would bring to the programme and one piece of advice that you would give to a new student starting in September based on your experience at the University.

Applications will only be accepted from graduates who have completed their studies in this academic year and are from one of the four Academic Schools identified.

Applications should be submitted by 30th June for shortlisting.
Successful candidates for interview will be notified by the following week with interviews, as required, to take place in the week commencing Monday 18th July (to be confirmed). Ready for you to start on Monday 1st August.

Express & Star confirm graduation prize

We are pleased to announce that the Express & Star will be supporting Visual Communication students with a new graduation prize this year. Keith Harrison, deputy editor said that he is pleased to continue supporting students in the School of Art & Design by presenting the £100 prize for Digital Editorial Design at graduation in September 2011.

The Express & Star was founded in Wolverhampton in the 1880s, and is the biggest selling regional evening newspaper in Britain.

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Comedy nights at Light House

Looking to relax after the  excitement  of the final show?  Why not go along to 'Wolverhampton on the Fringe' and see comedians on their way to  the Edinburgh Fringe, stop off for unique, hilarious season at Light House.

Light House in Wolverhampton introduce a new and exciting comedy season endorsed by Edinburgh’s famous Fringe festival featuring some of the best UK comedians, new faces and season professionals. It’s a chance to see  preview performances before they are taken to Edinburgh Fringe in August 2011. The season continues through until July with performances from Sally-Anne Hayward, Susan Murray, Carey Marx, Simon Donald, Pete Firman, Matt Kirshen,  Mick Ferry, Chris McCausland, Shazia Mirza and Zoe Lyons.  

Tickets cost just £12 per night, over 18s only. 
For more information visit 
The next comedy night is on the 9th June (this Thursday).

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Graduate success: Anthony O'Flaherty

The Final show has proved to be an excellent opportunity to catch up with visiting graduates. One such designer coming back to view the work of this years new graduates has been Anthony O'Flaherty, Head of Creative for a global Telecommunications retailer. Anthony now has over 12 years commercial experience in Direct Marketing, Advertising, Publishing, Multimedia and Lithographic Print. His clients include The Carphone Warehouse, Channel 4, Pedigree, Ecospil, Onestop phone shop, Scholastic and Holidays Please.
“When I think back to my time studying Graphic Communication, the things that were most important in the successful development of my future career path were the variety of modules, that went far beyond the perceived boundaries of a 'graphic design' course.” said Anthony“ He continued “I also think one of the most important factors about studying graphics at Wolverhampton was that my tutors had real experience in the real world. I remember having many long conversations with my tutors, sometimes after hours and borrowing their own private books and getting a genuine feeling of them wanting to help you. I left Wolves Uni not only with design capability, but also with the ability to speak about my work in a concise and creative manner which really helped me progress quickly within my chosen profession.”

David Fradgley wins Shropshire Star Award

The Shropshire Star has been run a competition in association with car dealership Furrows to give away an e-media marketing role within the firm. After a round of interviews held by Shropshire Star head of features Carl Jones, and Bill Cooper and Dave Farthing from Furrows, two finalists were selected to face the public vote. One of the 2 finalists was Wolverhampton Graphics graduate David Fradgley. In his winning pitch, David described himself as “an ambitious, experienced, innovative and creative marketing manager with a background in marketing strategy, brand management and retail promotion.”
Congratulations David
To see part of David’s winning pitch visit:

Monday, 6 June 2011

Media Circus launch

Graphics students have attended the launch event for this years Media Circus at Fazeley Studios, and were amazed and enthused by what they saw and experienced. Technology including the World’s largest 82″ iTab – Giant Interactive Tablet was showcased,

as well as an interactive floor that includes gesture movement technology. 

Ideas abound concerning the use of technology  to enhance the experience of living, visiting and working in the city of Birmingham. The launch was introduced by Wolverhampton graphics graduate, Karl Binder, Managing Director of Adhere Creative, who has encouraged Wolverhampton students to get involved devising concepts for this years Media Circus challenge.

To find out more visit:

Twelve 20 - graduate success

Twelve20 was formed 7 years ago, by Darren Langham and Matt Tullett after their graduation from Wolverhampton University Graphic Communication degree.
"Wolverhampton is a great place to explore and create new ideas" says Matt. "Working on projects together while at Uni we were able to see how working as a team was more beneficial then just working on your own. It was this team work that helped us to set up twelve20. We work for a number of clients, ranging from small start-up businesses to large PLC's and not forgetting charities. This has given us a great range of experience, including branding and developing large CMS driven websites." 

"We have also put together our own product which is designed to help 'start ups' and small business to create a website and be up and running with a professional online presence in no time. 

By creating Abel Website Builder ( we have viewed a project from the clients point of view and this has allowed us to use this new insight when dealing with our clients." said Darren
To see more of Twelve20's work visit:

Saturday, 4 June 2011

Media Circus Creative opportunities

Wolverhampton graduate Karl Binder is for the second year running Media Circus at Fazeley Studios Birmingham. Karl would particularly like to invite Wolverhampton Visual Communication Students to join in and contribute. An impressive range of prizes will be on offer, including placements and networking opportunities - more details to follow.

Media Circus 2 - promo from Karl Binder on Vimeo.

Information can be found at:

Friday, 3 June 2011

Final show private view success

Visual communication final show has opened with a very successful private view on Friday June 3. The event has been extremely well attended by family, friends and industry professionals alike. Guests have enjoyed seeing graduating students illustration and graphic design work. On display within the graphics show is a mix of branding, packaging, design for screen, editorial, advertising and web design; whilst the illustration display, showcases a variety of students illustration for Editorial design, book covers, advertising projects, children’s books and self promotional work as well as 3 dimensional illustration and animation.

Visitors have spent time viewing student portfolios and talking to enthusiastic graduates about their work, study experience, achievements, professional placements and many competition successes. A considerable number of Visual Communication students have already gained employment opportunities or have post graduate study lined up. These include:

Annie Miles, who has secured full time employment with ‘Allo Dave’ Staffordshire
Lisa Barrett, who has secured an interview with Darke Jones branding agency
Mark Porter, who has been accepted on the MA in Illustration at Falmouth and who has also won the Creativity Artists Papers, Excellence in Illustration Award
Tiffany Burgess, has taken up full time employment with ‘Allo Dave’ Staffordshire
Luthfur Khan, who has been offered an internship at Creative Studio Wolverhampton Science Park
Ariadni Mitreli-Masmanidi who has been accepted on the MA in Illustration at Central St Martins and who has been awarded the Canon Award for illustration
Saiqa Shaheen, who has been interviewed for a position as a graphic designer with GAP London
Monika Trzpil who will be undertaking an MA in illustration at Anglia University and has been awarded the Deans prize for excellence in Visual Communication
Lucas Stylianou has been accepted on a brand management MA at Goldsmiths LCC
Amanpreet Sahota who has successfully completed a range of placements with magazines including, Best, Buzz and the news of the World
Kate Farrell, who has been offered an internship with the Bromford Housing Association

See future posts for more news of enterprising visual communication student success

Thursday, 2 June 2011

Creative Wolverhampton promotes Visual Communication Students

Graduating Visual Communication students would like to say a big thank you to for carrying regular daily posts devoted to their work. In the run up to the final show, posts have included the work of Kam Chana, Lisa Barrett, Gavin Weir and many others. Remember to visit Creative Wolverhampton for daily updates