Sunday, 31 July 2011

Adobe Design Achievement Awards - Kate Farrell, semi-finalist 2011

Recent graphics graduate Kate Farrell has been selected as a semi-finalist for the prestigious 2011 Adobe Design Achievement Awards - Print Communications category. 

Her submission is 'Kern' magazine design based on the article: 'Letters from the 20th Century'(original copy written by Kate herself). Photography of found objects and digital Illustrations personifies the written concept with the mix of images that reference traditional as well as more contemporary design materials. 

Kate's design sets out embody an exploration into the future of design, with a focus on originality and influence, particularly investigating type design. Her submission is influenced by the creative ideologies of movements including Dada, Constructivism and Futurism. Kate is taking the time to ask the question, has the digital typeface killed off the appreciation of the design object?

See more of Kates's design at:
Congratulations Kate!

Saturday, 30 July 2011

Jessica Glaser and Carolyn Knight interview with David Garcia for Yorokobu Magazine

How did you get the idea of creating a book on diagrams?
As designers and lecturers within the School of Art and Design at the University of Wolverhampton UK, we are aware that diagrammatic information is frequently utilised ‘as image’ within a variety of design solutions. Diagrams are being used by choice, not simply because statistical data needs to be interpreted. It’s also evident that increasingly graphic design needs to communicate to international audiences, using visual language, as opposed to a written alternative. 
Having researched examples of diagrams we realise that there is a fascinating and varied wealth of designs that when brought together, make a valuable and extremely interesting book. We feel that “there are no rules and regulations as to what has to be included in a visual interpretation of data, so long as it communicates in a manner that can be understood. Any images, marks, and text can be used. ‘Diagrams’ introduces readers to an exceptional standard and variety of imaginative information graphics that incorporate a whole raft of techniques.” (sourced from the introduction to Diagrams by Carolyn Knight and Jessica Glaser) 

How much time have you been working on the book? 
It has probably taken 9 months from start to finish. Initially we have researched and contacted appropriate designers from around the world, to invite them to submit examples of their work. We have then selected designs that fit in to 5 sections and proceeded to analytically write about the graphic design decisions that defined each piece; in each instance, we have enjoyed liaising with the designers to ascertain their methodologies, and details of the initial brief to which they have responded. The sections deal with diagrammatic interpretations for branding and promotion, statistics, environmental design, reference and instruction and finally reference and exhibitions. 

What can I find in the book?
The book includes a wealth of exciting, high quality diagrammatic interpretations of information, created by talented designers from around the world and is extremely stimulating and inspiring, both visually and intellectually. Even if a search for a method of diagrammatic interpretation is not a main aim, this book is a highly captivating read. Many of the featured designs are very original, taking unexpected, creative approaches. Each example is accompanied by a helpful explanation and analysis as well as, in many cases, reference information that contextualises the designers’ inspiration. 
“If information graphics were once considered uninspiring and lacking in creativity, the contemporary design solutions in this book provide a totally different and fascinating perspective.” (sourced from the introduction to Diagrams by Carolyn Knight and Jessica Glaser)
The book is accompanied by a CD of copyright free symbolic images that can be easily employed, adapted, referenced and personalized for use within future designs.

Can you tell me about both of you, your work at your studio, background, previous books? 
We are writers, graphic designers and educators. We have written and designed seven books. ‘Layout: Making It Fit’, our first book was published by Rockport and fundamentally discusses the use of space in graphic design, particularly exploring the challenges of designing with quantities of information in limited space and small amounts of information within more generous space. Our second book, published this time by Rotovision, is called ‘The Graphic Designers’ Guide to Effective Visual Communication’ and focuses on creating hierarchies using type, image and colour. ‘Sticky Graphics’, again a Rotovision publication, deals with the manner in which designers produce highly mnemonic designs that utilise memorable qualities to create impact, and was our third publication. Our next 2 titles are ‘Create Impact with Type, Image and Color’ and ‘Print and Production Finishes for Bags, Labels and Point of Purchase’ and our most recent books are ‘Diagrams: Innovative Solutions for Graphic Designers’, and ‘The Graphic Design Exercise Book’. We are delighted that Gustavo Gili is publishing both of these in Spanish and we hope they will be received well.

We enjoy running a design studio called Bright Pink that handles a broad spectrum of design work for such areas as housing, beauty, finance, health and textiles. We also both have many years of teaching experience within lively the Graphic Communication subject area of the University of Wolverhampton.

We constantly have design projects and writing assignments ‘on the go’ and are perpetually enthusiastic and committed to excellence and innovation in graphic design. 

Friday, 29 July 2011

Jessica Glasers books published by Editorial Gustavo Gili

More good news concerning staff research; 2 of Jessica Glasers popular design books are to be launched in Spanish. The books, The Graphic Design Exercise Book and Diagrams, are to be published by prestigious, Barcelona based publishers Editorial Gustavo Gili.
Editorial Gustavo Gili is a family publishing business specialising in architecture, design, fashion, photography and art. With more than a hundred years of history behind it, Editorial Gustavo Gili has the most complete catalogue of architecture and design publications for the Spanish and Latin-American market.
The Graphic Design Exercise Book and Diagrams are both published in English by RotoVision

Thursday, 28 July 2011

Matt Zarandi

Whilst I always showed a keen interest in graphic design throughout my early years, I initially studied Law at university. I completed the course, obtained a degree, but then decided to have an early career change and move into graphics. Not the most direct routes I could have taken, however it makes a great talking point!

My Graphic Communication degree, undertaken at Wolverhampton University is a time I will look back on with fond memories. The staff and students were great but most of all, and probably most importantly, so was the course. I always find through speaking with others who have studied graphic design elsewhere, that this course gave students a greater depth of education. 

I initially started my career working within e-commerce in the retail sector whilst also studying at university. I was based in Wolverhampton for four years before moving to London to take on my current role as Digital Designer for The Football Association… my dream job!

My role consists of creating digital assets across The FA and Wembley Stadium whilst also having a responsibility in maintaining the appearance of the organization in this environment. I therefore get to work on plenty of exciting projects such as the current redesign of and motion videos to be played on the Wembley big screen during England matches.

The technical learning curve is exponential and certainly a challenge that I love as working for such a high profile organization requires me to always stay ahead of the game whilst always keeping an eye on the latest technologies that are coming around the corner.

I feel very privileged to be in the position I am and to be able to combine my favourite sport and hobby into my work life. Everyday when I get off the train and out of Wembley Park station, I have to pinch myself as I see the enormous Wembley arch spanning the horizon which always fills me with excitement for what lies ahead!

Whilst the design industry is very competitive and tough to break into, if you know what you want and are willing to go out there and get it, then anything is achievable. It also helps to have a good starting point which the University of Wolverhampton certainly gives!

Working for organisations with a connection with professional sport, seems to be a popular career path for Wolverhampton graphics graduates. Also see:

Filippos Filippou - Filmic FiIm festival

Filippos Filippou, recent graphic's graduate, from Papphos, Cyprus, he has just heard that his film, made as part of of his final year projects, has been shortlisted for the Filmic Festival in Manchester.

This is great news say Julia Chidley and Ian Madeley. 

“We are delighted that Filippos’s film on the theme of ‘waiting’ has been so favourably received and we wish him the best of luck and have our fingers crossed in the final stages of selection” they continued.

The Filmic Film Festival will Showcase a selection of the most abstract, unconventional and stylized film in the UK, festival is going to be a unique display and celebration of independent cinema and film-making talent.
Festival organisers are looking for the most engaging, exciting and unconventional material to exhibit at the film festival screenings which will take place later this year. It is planned that the festival will include networking opportunities, screenings and guest speakers.

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Typographic menagerie - Pigeon

Extending the concept of the typographic menagerie, take a look at Pigeon, designed by Dai Foldes. It's available from 'The Lost Type Co-op', which is a 'pay what you want foundry', with an impressive array of retro inspired display fonts.
When you see a typeface that you must have, enter a donation amount from zero to infinity. After entering an amount and downloading the font, you'll be directed to Paypal if you typed something other than zero. 100% of the funds go directly to the font designer.

Monday, 25 July 2011

Graphic Designer - werinteractive

Graphic Designer

Are you looking for a role where your design work will be seen by thousands of people every day? What about working for a company that is completely changing the online gaming experience?
We’re looking for a hugely creative and passionate Graphic Designer to join our growing investment backed games startup and produce top quality graphic design that our players will love.
You’ll be responsible for designing brand new objects, scenery and much more as well as getting involved in all areas of graphic design from concept to user interface design in this hands on role.
You’ll need to have real artistic flair and a keen eye for detail in this varied and exciting role as your designs will be seen by a huge international player base.
We’re looking for someone with strong Illustrator and Photoshop skills who has experience of working in a graphic design role for a web based company to take on this challenging opportunity ASAP!
If you think you have what it takes to create fun and eye catching artwork and can demonstrate a strong portfolio of creative digital design work then we want to hear from you. Please send your CV to along with a covering email telling us a bit more about you and what makes you tick.

Graduate Update - Reena Randeev

Graphic's graduate of 2002, Reena Sharma, is now married and as Reena Randeev, she and her Photographer husband Vivek set up their own company 6 months ago. Based in Liverpool and called Red Jigsaw, they specialise in Graphic Design and Commercial Photography, Reena also keeps up her work as a Specialist/FRS at Apple.
Reena had previously worked as a Creative Design Co-ordinator at St Helens Chamber and before that as Graphic Designer at the European Powder Metallurgy Association.

Saturday, 23 July 2011


A few days ago we had a post about a free font called Lobster, well perhaps readers might enjoy expanding their typographic menagerie with ostrich, a range of contemporary display fonts from by Tyler Finck. Ostrich Sans comes in six styles, including dashed and rounded—all available for free at The League of Moveable Type.

2 for 1

The Light House are offering 2 for 1 cinema tickets
The Chubb Buildings, Fryer Street,
Wolverhampton WV1 1HT

Light House, is Wolverhampton's only independent cinema and screens the best Hollywood has to offer as well as independent and art-house releases and classic films.
How to get  there
Bus: 79 and 126 from Birmingham city centre or any bus to Wolverhampton city centre then a 2 minute walk
Rail: Wolverhampton station then a 5 minute walk
Metro: Wolverhampton St George's, then a 5 minute walk

Adult £5.80, Concessions £4.40.
Sunday screenings: Adult £4.70, Concessions £4.20 (Children are classified as under 15)

For film schedules and opening times call 01902 716055 or visit

Terms & conditions: This voucher entitles two people to admission to a film screening at Light House for the price of one. Customers must show a valid network daytripper or bus one day ticket in order to obtain discounted entry. Standard full ticket price must be paid. Film classification must be adhered to. Offer valid until 23rd December 2011. Offer not valid for special screenings or events – contact Light House Box Office on 01902 716055 for more details.

Freelance Designer

Freelance Junior Designer

We are looking for a great young designer to work with us on some major client work. The work is 60% web 40% print for extremely varied clients. Client sectors include cosmetics, leisure, financial & industrial. A sound knowledge of CS3+ applications is a must.
Would suit either recent graduate or 1 year agency experience.
Strong typographic skills and a good eye for detail essential.

Friday, 22 July 2011

E4 Sting by James Newton

James Newton, Graphics Graduate from 2010 is now enjoying working for Cole & Co. ( has designed an E sting for the competition run by TV channel E4. Naturally both he and Cole and Co would love to see this entry aired on national TV.

"Our creation, Who Ate All The Flies, was put together by our young designer James and we think it’s a real contender (well we would say that wouldn’t we) and early indications are that it is proving quite popular with viewers on the E4 website too!"

However, to keep this design high up in the popularity polls, they need your help… so please check out James's 10-second ‘sting’ at  (and above) and then vote Yay! assuming of course that you like it.
Many thanks for your support

Communication is aid - design from Airside

Airside is an award winning creative agency working across the disciplines of graphic design, illustration, digital, interactive and moving image.

Misinformation can spread chaos in the aftermath of a disaster. Airside have been working with infoasaid on a film which highlights the importance of establishing 2-way communication with crisis-affected communities. infoasaid is a collaboration between Internews and the BBC World Service Trust which is funded by DfID. This film will be used to highlight the importance of communication and to advocate with decision makers in government, donor and aid organisations alike.
For information about internships with Airside email:

Thursday, 21 July 2011

Junior Designer

Graphic Designer
We are looking for a talented junior designer to join our team.
Applicants must enthusiastic about branding and show a good eye for detail. You will ideally have at least 1 years industry experience and display a good knowledge of Indesign, Illustrator and Photoshop. Illustration and digital skills would be a welcome bonus.
Please send work samples to
Successful applicants will be contacted for interview.

Wednesday, 20 July 2011


Some readers of this blog have enquired about the script typeface that has been used in some posts over the past few weeks. It's called Lobster and comes in 5 styles - Lobster itself, as seen in this blog and 4 versions of Lobster 2 ( regular, italic, bold and bold italic). The fonts, designed by Pablo Impallari can be downloaded free from

Lobster 2 bold - shown above

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Graduate placement

Paid graduate placement
Further specialise in branding, corporate reporting and employee engagement for a range of large and small companies. We are offering paid four week placements on our design team between now and Christmas.
We are looking for enthusiastic, ideas-driven graduates to help us in the studio. In return we are offering a chance to get stuck in on real client work, and make a real difference to the design team.
Please send a CV and samples of work to

Graduate greetings and updates

It's to receive greetings from past graduates and hear about careers since  their graduation. We have recently been in touch with the following visual communication graduates who have been successfully pursuing their design ambition finishing their degrees a number of years ago. 

Kevan Wassell is a Graphic designer at Emperor design, Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom. Emperor is a design and communications agency based in London, Birmingham and Edinburgh and are proud to be a 'Design Week' Top 15 agency.

Rachel Burton-Pye is Graphic and Website Designer at European Powder Metallurgy Association

Alan Kiernan is Webmaster, Flash & Web Designer at Purple Pony Productions, Ireland

Mike Benbow is a Graphic designer at Fantastic Rain, Walsall, United Kingdom

Craig Cooper is a Freelance Graphic Designer, Shrewsbury, United Kingdom

Adam Cox is Lead Developer at DRP Group Dudley, United Kingdom

Keane Low is Junior Art Director at The Wizard's Room Malaysia

Andre Porsbøll Strømodden  is a Typographer at Varden Norway

Create Impact with Type Image and Colour by Jessica Glaser at St Bride Library

Readers are know doubt aware of the St Bride Library, the worlds foremost typographic and graphic arts library.
The collections cover printing and related subjects: paper and binding, graphic design and typography, typefaces and calligraphy, illustration and printmaking, publishing and book-selling and the social and economic aspects of the printing, book, newspaper and magazine trades. 

The St Bride Bookshop now carries 'Create Impact with Type Image and Colour' By Wolverhampton graphic communication lecturer Jessica Glaser. This book is a must-have for every designer who wants to improve their communication skills and increase their marketability. In graphic design, the ability to get a message across is crucial. Create impact with type, image & colour shows how to do just that by looking at how the visual relationships of type, image and colour can create hierarchies to engage and sustain readers’ interest.

Monday, 18 July 2011

3 design posts

Senior designer and 2 designers
We’re looking for three exceptional individuals to join our international branding business. A senior designer for our creative team in Edinburgh. And two designers – one in London and one in Edinburgh.
Thinking is essential.

Book Illustrator

Book Illustrator
Contemporary illustrator to work on bringing to life a selection of children’s stories.
Please reply with selection of recent work and day/project rate.
Look forward to hearing from you.
Contact /

5 Star rating for Visual Communication courses

Good news if you are thinking of studying graphics or illustration within the School of Art and Design, as on-line student resource, rates all Wolverhampton University Visual Communication courses as being of 5 star quality for student experience.
For more information see

Sunday, 17 July 2011


Take a look at 'Rhombuscat' the new online zine recently launched by graphics graduates to showcase their thoughts and ideas :

Each issue will be themed and open to submissions. The first focussing on 'limbo' - why not send along your creative responses to this topic?

Sheaffer update 2

Recent, illustration graduate Mark Porter, and winner of this years 'Creativity Artists Papers Award Excellence in Illustration Award', has also been bringing text and language into his work this semester, with the help of his Sheaffer pen. Mark who will to begin post graduate studies this autumn said, "My work gives me a huge sense of satisfaction. The concept is what's important to me and I hope that I have reflected some of my thought processes as well as the evolution of work, in the designs I'm showing here. I'm not a fan routine and hope my work signifies how much I enjoy experimenting with image and text" 

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Thank you

A big thank you must go to all our readers for helping us pass the wonderful milestone of 7000 hits. We are delighted to have become such a regular read for so many and will be continuing to post articles about the achievements of staff and students from the Visual Communication Division of the School of Art and Design at the University of Wolverhampton, in the future. In the coming weeks look out more for more graduate success, employment opportunities, research news, illustration, typography and much more.

Work experience - Daniel Dean

It is always interesting to hear from Visual Communication students, during work placements and it's great to have the chance to see the results of creative projects they have been working on.
Second year Graphics Student Daniel Dean has been designing vehicle wraps for West Midlands based online shop, Skatehut. One of the largest online stores of its kind in the UK, Skatehut are delighted with Daniels designs.

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Employment update - Kate Farrell

"I'm keen to keep you up to date with my progress designing for the Bromford Group" 

said recent graphics graduate Kate Farrell 

"The Bromford Group are an association providing affordable homes for groups that need more support, such as first time buyers, people with special needs, young families and the elderly. Taken from their website:"Our group mission is: "Creating homes and supporting communities where people really want to stay." By 2016, we want to be one of the country's top three providers of high quality affordable homes, supporting thriving communities. And the three things we value are team work, customer focus and continuous improvement. 

Their Wolverhampton office is based on the Wolverhampton Business Park, Stafford Road. I'm working with Steve Barnes, in house design manager, as part of the communications team. The rest of the team is made up of PR officers and copywriters. 

The work I have  enjoyed producing so far has been very diverse, including the production of customer home-owner surveys, logos for sub-sections of the business, movie editing for housing open day presentations, flyers for community events, annual progress reports and web graphics. I'm visiting printers and speaker to suppliers and feel the experience is invaluable for my portfolio and CV." 

See more info about the group on their website:

Typographic Research Initiative in Wolverhampton

This afternoon saw the School of Art and Design successfully hosting the latest meeting of the Typographic Research Initiative. Today's symposium and addressed by 3 speakers, graphic designer Louise Carrier (, Graphic Communication Subject Leader, Jeff Leak and Senior Lecturer and graphic designer, Jessica Glaser. 

3 fascinating talks prompted plenty of discussion and thought provoking debate. Louise Carrier (featured in the photographs shown within this post) eloquently compared the experience of reading the printed version UK newspaper the Sunday Times, with her approach to it's online counterpart.

Jeff Leak discussed and shared his extensive collection of photographs of historic painted signs form the French roadside, as well as his growing selection of faded neon signs form Hungary and beyond.

Jessica Glaser reflected upon the synchronicity of visual and verbal language, with particular reference to page layout and her own personal experience of being a designer who is also a writer.

Monday, 11 July 2011

Graphic Designer - Studio Output

Graphic Designer
We’re looking for a Graphic Designer to work in our office at Ministry of Sound in London. You’re a highly creative person with some studio experience ready for the next big challenge. If you think you’ve got what it takes to join us, click here to view the ad posting and download the full job spec: 
Email your application to by 5pm on Friday 15th July. Good luck!

Middleweight Designer

Middleweight Designer
Future, a young and successful design agency based in central Warrington, is looking for an exceptional Designer with a passion for creativity. Your portfolio must show a broad range of work, including print, web and conceptual examples.
You must have excellent skills in InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop. Any additional skills in the digital/web field would be a distinct advantage.
Please send CV, indication of current salary and a pdf of work samples to

Creative Artworker

Creative Artworker (Temp to Perm)
We are an established, busy design studio in Covent Garden. We require an experienced creative artworker for a freelance position for the next 1-2 months. The applicant must be able to work in our small, friendly offices in Covent Garden. No home/remote working possible.
You will be working on an interesting range of projects for major corporate clients in print, screen, exhibitions and events. You should be enthusiastic and motivated, with an eye for detail and excellent typography skills.
Experience & Skill Set:
• Artworking of materials ranging from printing, large scale building branding, corporate communications, identities and events.
• Ensuring all jobs going to print exceed our internal quality controls.
• Liaising with client, suppliers and the design studio team
• Excellence technical skills with fluency in Adobe CS InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop.
• A good communicator and team worker.
• Maintaining the server back up system
• The ability to make a good cup of tea is a real advantage

Please send a CV, some examples of recent work and three interesting facts about yourself. (at)

Graduate Design Placement

Graduate Design Placement
We are looking for some hungry graduates for a one month placement in our busy studio here in Old Street.
Those with strong typography, branding and digital skills would be ideal, but illustration and motion skills would be just as valuable.
You will work closely alongside all of us, getting stuck in on a range of projects and learning the ins and outs as you go.
Please email work examples over to:

Saturday, 9 July 2011

Graduate success: Neely Reyes

Since graduating with a degree in Graphic Communication from the University of Wolverhampton, life has been very exciting for Neely Reyes.

In 2005 Neely opened Sapphires Model management.

'When we first opened the agency, I used to spot people in the streets and run at them waving my business card in the air,' Neely, who established the agency in 2005, admits. 'In retrospect I must have looked like a total loony! But no one can ever accuse me of not being committed; once I nearly got crushed by a bus running after a model on the other side of the road. It all pays off in the end, though. There's nothing quite like scouting a young, potential model just working a regular day job, then developing them and watching them work their way up the ranks in the industry.

'Although we still street scout, we find that people are coming to us thanks to our reputation. We receive around 200 applications a week from all across the world; it's one less thing to worry about.'

As well as the agency, Neely is also an accomplished art director, creating and styling shoots for brands such as Harvey Nichols and Selfridges and celebrities including Adam Garcia, Dougray Scott and Billy Boyd.

'When I style shoots I like to create and develop my own brief,' Neely says. 'I plan the theme, find the location, pick the wardrobe and then just pull everything together. I'm like a kid in a sweet shop when I go and select my shoot pieces.

‘I’ve loved all the celebrities I’ve worked with, but working with Adam Garcia was like a dream come true. Like most people of my age, I had a huge crush on him growing up and can confirm that he’s just as good looking in person. When Adam wore the clothes I personally picked out for him it was like having my own, real-life Ken doll.’

Find out more about Neely's achievement read :

This post sourced from

Sheaffer Update

Regular readers of this blog may remember the earlier posts concerning our student project kindly supported by Sheaffer. The idea behind this collaboration has been to promote the beauty of language and the written word. This opportunity has also firmly embedded Sheaffer pens as favourite visualising and illustrations tools. Details of the project outline can be found on the first spread of this e-zine. More examples of student work produced within this collaboration will follow.For more information on this collaborative project please see:

Thursday, 7 July 2011

Marketing Assistant

Marketing Assistant with a web focus 
Moreton Hall, one of the UKs leading independent schools, is seeking a university graduate with marketing experience for a newly created role of Marketing Assistant with a web focus, reporting to the Marketing Director.

This is an excellent opportunity to work as part of the schools small Marketing/Foundation department with the Marketing Director, the Foundation Director, a Marketing Intern and the International Recruitment Team. As Marketing Assistant, you will be responsible for supporting the Directors in all areas of marketing activity. The main objectives of Marketing are to drive and maintain recruitment numbers. The main objectives of the Foundation are to raise funds for scholarships, bursaries and capital projects.

You will be working on the website (currently Joomla but soon migrating to a new platform) and its future development, search engine optimisation, e-mail marketing, web design, developing social networking but also all other facets of marketing including magazine production, event attendance and co-ordination, advertising, PR, fundraising.

Main tasks will include:
• Assist in the development of all marketing and e-marketing strategies to develop links with potential students, current students, former students and their families, plus with all feeder schools.
• Analysing e-communication programmes such as e-newsletter and future development of apps, and recommending and implementing future initiatives
• Day-to-day management of website content (including collating, writing, editing, distributing news)
• Regular reviews of information on the site
• Management and development of all social networking activity including Facebook, blogging, wikipedia, Twitter, Linkedin, YouTube etc
• Assist in coordination and marketing of events
• Designing and producing web & print graphics
• Performing other duties as requested by the Marketing and Foundation Directors such as attendance and assisting at events and Open Days, general administration and support

The Person:
• A minimum of two years general marketing experience, with at least one year in a web-based role
• Excellent IT skills to perform the above tasks, ideally including Photoshop
• Able to work alone and as part of a team
• Confident and capable in dealing with people both face to face and over the telephone
• Excellent organisational and time management skillswith good attention to detail
• Strong written and verbal communication skills
• A natural flair for creativity

Application Information
How to Apply
To apply for this Job, please download and print the application form. Once complete, post to:
Moreton Hall,
Weston Rhyn,
SY11 3EW

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

D&AD New Blood

Congratulations to all those taking part at this year's D&AD New Blood, which took place between the 1st and 4th of July at the Old Truman Brewery in Spittalfields.
It was a fantastic chance for us to mingle and impress, compare and contrast and simply show the UK what we were made of in terms of design and illustration.

One of the many highlights for the Graphic Communication students was taking part in the Shellsuit Zombie University face-off, and over the course of a couple of days of rigorous and scientific tasks and scoring they secured joint top spot with those creative Aberdonians from RGU, Gray's School of Art.

A great time was had by all in the scorching summer sun of London - roll on next year!

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Martin Parr

Light House is proud to present a talk by acclaimed Magnum photographer Martin Parr. Throughout his distinguished career Parr has investigated ordinary life in Great Britain by looking at the subjects of everyday existence. This fantastic opportunity to hear his entertaining talk should not be missed!

Wednesday 27 July, 6.30 - 7.30pm
Tickets £3, available from Box Office t: 01902 716055.

Don't miss Martin Parr's latest exhibition Black Country Stories at Light House Gallery until Friday 30 September, admission free.

Magnum Photographer, Martin Parr, has spent a year documenting life in the Black Country. Exploring modern day society and the cultural make-up of the region, Parr has painted a portrait of British life from his own unique perspective, creating an archive for the future. The collection which contains over 650 images, 60 of which will be on display at Light House, is now held by Sandwell Library. The work was commissioned by local community arts organisation Multistory, and captures and celebrates everyday Black Country living and working.

For more info visit


Submissions are open to students across the globe completing post-compulsory design programmes in 2011. 

Submissions are accepted for the following categories:
• Illustration
• Graphic Design
• Type
• Animation & Motion Graphic

The deadline for entries is 17 July 2011.

The Graduate Showcase winners' exhibition will take place during the autumn 2011, as well as a Graduate Showcase workshop event, where designers at every stage in their career can learn new skills, gain advice on their work and be inspired by some of the leading lights in graphic design.
For more information and to register see:

Commended awards at D&AD New Blood

Congratulations must go to Illustration students Monika Filipina Trzpil and Mark Porter who have won commended awards at D&AD New Blood. For more information see:

Monday, 4 July 2011

Graduate success update

More recent graduates have exciting employment news: 

Theo Johnson - has recently secured a Graphic and Web Design position at Birmingham City Centre Agency White Room Creative. 

Ben Tranter - 
is now working as a full time technical/3d designer at international company, Imperial Bathrooms.

Deepak Garcha - 
is continuing to develop a thriving freelance design business and can now add Design Frog Wolverhampton and West Wayfindings, Bridgenorth to her client list.

Steve Ellam - is continuing to develop a successful portfolio of businesses, in Shropshire, Graphical Expressions and Balloon Expressions

Friday, 1 July 2011

Social Media Executive

Starting salary between £23,357 and £24,175 p.a. dependent on previous experience and qualifications, rising on an incremental basis to £27,740 p.a This is a permanent full time position working 35 hours per week (09:00 to 17:00) Monday to Friday. PDSA Head Office, Whitechapel Way, Priorslee, Telford, TF2 9PQ Closing date 14/07/2011

This role is all about raising our profile and creating a buzz about what we do through social networking sites. You will be identifying new trends, creating and launching campaigns and actively engaging social networkers to drive traffic to our sites and raise our brand awareness.

Part of you role will involve working in partnership with departments such as Marketing, PR and Web Development to ensure that our content is always vibrant, exciting and current. You will also identify trends and create and implement ways for PDSA to capitalise on them and create and provide statistiacal reports and evidence of the effectiveness of social networking.

With an in-depth knowledge and clear grasp of social media platforms and how to optimise their value, you will also need outstanding communication skills on all levels and the ability to project manage and self motivate yet work effectively as part of a team. A marketing qualification, or working towards this would be an advantage, along with experience of direct marketing programmes within a fundraising environment would be nice but not essential.

To apply please visit: