Monday, 31 October 2011

The Church of London - Freelance Designer

Creative Freelance Designer
From our offices in East London, TCOLondon’s in-house team works alongside a vibrant network of contributors and collaborators on a wide range of publishing and design projects for clients around the world. We’re looking to work with freelance creative artworkers and designers, specifically on our design for film projects.

You’ll have:
• Advanced image-making and creative retouching skills using Adobe Photoshop
• Competency in using the rest of the Adobe Creative Suite
• A keen eye for design, layout and typography
• Meticulous attention to detail
• Experience of preparing and submitting artwork to print
• Strong time management skills, and an ability to work to tight deadlines
• Photography and creative mixed-media image-making skills would also be a bonus.

Rates dependent on experience. To apply, please send your CV and work samples (or a link to an online portfolio) to Successful applicants will be contacted by return.

Letterpress - Trip Print Press 2

Readers of this blog have undoubtedly seen the film previously posted on Trip Print Press. The company, based in Toronto Canada have been kind enough to share some more images and details of their work.

Trip Print describe themselves as:
“Purveyors of custom, contemporary and traditional letterpress printing. Specializing in fine mercantile printing, business and social Stationery, packaging, ephemera and special projects” 

The invention of printing with moveable type, is attributed to Johannes Gutenberg of Mainz on the Rhine in the mid 15th century. The subsequent mass communication of information and knowledge has literally transformed the world. It has become one of the most important events in cultural history and pleasingly, the technology has remained in widespread use for over five centuries. Remarkably, the method still used today are almost exactly the same as Gutenberg would have used.

One of rewards of working with letterpress comes from the creation of a design that is not only tactile and beautiful, but also ‘green’, as in it’s most simple form, wooden and metal letters can be reused, time after time. As a consequence of the hand-crafted nature of letterpress, no two prints are exactly the same.


Trip Print Press 

Watching an experienced craftsperson at work is a wonderful learning opportunity – the skill and patience required is really inspiring. The film shown here is from Brought To You By films and has been generously shared by Nicholas Kennedy of Trip Print Press. 

The film shows the printing of a series of letterpress business cards - the sounds of letterpress machines seem almost musical, Take a look and enjoy this glimpse behind the scenes.

Friday, 28 October 2011

Fulltime paid internship at Clinic — Farringdon, London

Graduate Digital Designer

We’re currently looking for energetic graduate designers, to try out for our growing digital team.

You’ll be a hungry, passionate digital design graduate with strong concepting and creativity that is matched by a clear understanding of the digital landscape.
You’ll be looking for an opportunity to prove yourself in a commercial environment.

• You’ll need to be fluent in Adobe Creative Suite
• Good understanding of the latest digital innovations
• Have an understanding of user-centred interactive design
• An appreciation of UX methods
• A professional attitude, work ethic & above all a willingness to learn and develop
• Knowledge of After Effects and/or Flash is a major bonus

The role
Working on a variety of exciting top UK brands on website design, digital and social media marketing & advertising.

You’ll work on creative projects from concept through to delivery, under guidance of a creative lead and senior designers.
This is a fulltime paid intern role that could lead to an ongoing contract.

Send your details through to

Toni Williams in Shropshire Review Magazine

Third year Illustration student Toni Williams has recently been featured in Shropshire Review Magazine. Toni is working with Amy Hill, a graduate from Wolverhampton with a specialism in media and film production. Together the 2 are developing a film project.

“My area will be creating illustrations to help advertise the event and I will also be illustrating the screening of the film and maybe even a DVD cover if it progresses that far." said Toni

Over the summer Toni has taken on a commission to illustrate a children's book “I had around two weeks to split the story up into nine double page spreads, including a title page. My technique in illustrating the story was using 3d models as the main characters, phototransfers for backgrounds, and line drawing,” she says. 

Toni’s story was written by Madeley Infants School and is entitled ‘Greyface and the Pirate Pigs’.

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Shape Type

Test your knowledge of the shape of letterforms with 'Shape Type'. This online challenge will refresh your knowledge of the typographic detail of a selection of well known typefaces.

Created by the same people as the kerning test posted previously

Graduate Placement

Paid Graduate Placement - Guiseley, Leeds

We’re looking to land a graduate graphic designer on a 12 month paid placement. You’ll be an extremely creative person bursting with enthusiasm and more ideas than we can shake a stick at!
And with graduate jobs being rarer than hen’s teeth, you’ll never get a better opportunity to show us here at Golley Retail what you’re made of.

Get your CV and work samples in to
Shopper marketing specialists

Internship - Realise Creative

Design Intern

We’re looking for an enthusiastic intern to work with us at out small, young agency in Hoxton. We are a small, highly creative team with a diverse and interesting mix of clients and brands, from architecture to lifestyle, fashion to F1. If you’ve got a passion for design, an eagerness to learn and are happy to help out in the studio, then get in touch. You should be proactive and motivated as you’ll be doing everything from designing on screen to running around helping to build sets for shoots and exhibitions. So you won’t be stuck behind your desk all day!

If you think you’re what we’re looking for then please tell us what you’ve been up to, send your CV and a few examples of your best work as a pdf (max 5MB) to

Please note that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Kill Comic Sans

Let us start by saying that the writers of this blog have thought long and hard before making this post, but in the interest of sportsmanship and the perpetuation of professional good taste, here it is...

Comic Sans, the casual script was introduced by Microsoft in 1994; there are many designers who are wondering why, as they cannot conceive of ever having the need for this font. So if you are one of those individuals, and you are looking for an entertaining, time wasting exercise, why not try 'Kill Comic Sans'.

The London Library Student Prize

The London Library, in partnership with The Times and FreshMinds, is looking to discover the next generation of writers, thinkers and opinion formers.

Open to all final year undergraduates studying at higher education institutions across the UK, this competition is an opportunity to expose your talent to thousands of readers – and win £5000!

The competition website will tell you all you need to know about the prize and how to enter. Please read all the instructions really carefully before submitting your entry.

Last chance to see - BP Portrait Award 2011

BP Portrait Award 2011 Wolverhampton Art Gallery

24 Sep 11 - 1 Nov 11

The annual BP Portrait Award is the most prestigious portrait competition in the world, promoting the very best in contemporary portrait painting.

This year’s exhibition features fifty-five portraits in a variety of styles, from intimate and personal images of friends and family, to revealing paintings of celebrity sitters.

The exhibition presents a variety of styles that illustrate the outstanding and innovative work currently being produced by artists of all ages and nationalities.

Visitors are invited to vote for their favourite portrait in the exhibition.

There are only a few days left to see this inspiring show
Image : Distracted by Wim Heldens © Wim Heldens

Monday, 24 October 2011

Ed Ruscha - High Spots

The event began with an introduction by Anthony d’Offay who spoke of describing the Wolverhampton exhibition to his friend, Ed Ruscha and describing it as 
“beautiful, distinguished and you’ll like it a lot” 
On seeing the exhibit, Ruscha responded by exclaiming “I love it!”

The two long-term friends then proceeded round the exhibition stopping to discuss the various works on show. The first to be discussed was Metro Plot. 

Rucha described this painting of Los Angeles as an oblique view that is anonymous. He went on to comment about making a work that he described as being very universal.

The tour moved to one of Ruscha’s mountain paintings ‘Daily Planet’. The artist described the work as having “a mysterious and teasing title”. He reminisced about starting work on mountain views in the 1990’s, with a notion of making pictures by using words and painting them in some way. 

“A mountain was a perfect foil for what was happening in the foreground. The images based on photos and movies were a collage in my mind of what a mountain would be like – it could be any mountain, anywhere”. 

The next work was inspired by J. G. Ballard’s ‘High Rise’. Ruscha described the book as disturbing and compelling and spoke of taking a section of the work that deals with troubles that can arise from a life of disorder in the environment – this segment of the novel, Ruscha saw in the form of a picture.


Anthony d’Offay 
“Think of how you annunciate this word Ed” 
“Ohhh Kaaay” said Ed Ruscha “I am just a yes man” he continued.

Ruscha was questioned about the lettering in his work and he commented that he had set out to create something that is easy to make using straight lines – a lettering style that he has called ‘Boy Scout Utility Modern’.

20th Century Fox is perhaps one of Ruscha’s most well known works. He described it as reminding him of the triumphal feeling at the beginning of a movie – trumpets blowing and blaring lights. 

“It possesses this megaphone effect I love, a shouting out in a certain way” This painting was juxtaposed in the exhibition with ‘Gasoline Station’. 

“I spend little time agonising over colour as I possibly can – sometimes I see in black and white, sometimes I see in colour” 

One of the next works to be discussed was Hollywood.
“My studio was on Western Avenue and I could look out of the window and see the sign that had once said ‘Hollywoodland’. I would view this and sometimes it would be very smog laden. I used it as a barometer – if I could see the sign, it was not such a bad day”. 

“My work is done with brushes, stencils and every trick in the book – sometimes I use projection, sometimes no – every picture is different” 

Talking about his thoughts on Ruscha’s work ‘Some pretty eye’s and some electric bills’ Anthony d’Offay commented that
“I always thought that this was a good definition of marriage”. 

Ruscha’s first book was published in 1962 and he still makes books and has done consistently, but with some dry years.
“ I can see how artists would be ‘turned on by the tactile qualities of making books” Ruscha commented.

This exhibition is on until 29th October

Placement Internship - Creative Interpartners

Creative Interpartners is a graphic design agency in South Kensington, London.

We are currently looking for an intern to do a work experience placement for 2-4 weeks.

This would be a wonderful opportunity to gain experience in a busy and exciting studio doing variety of different live projects including web based and print media.

Please submit your CV and portfolio to

Designer - Gumball 3000

Famous for creating the Gumball 3000 Rally (televised worldwide on MTV) with Johnny Knoxville, Tony Hawk, Eve, Xzibit, Bun B, Cypress Hill, etc… Gumball 3000 has developed into an international lifestyle brand incorporating apparel, films and event divisions, and regularly collaborates with brands and designers such as adidas, Puma, Nixon, Good Wood NYC and Monster Energy. For more information go to:

Duties: Gumball 3000 Apparel Limited is looking for a full-time graphic designer to work across print, web, apparel and general design work.

Requirements: Must be confident with Photoshop, Illustrator & Indesign, and have a passion for street culture.

Salary: £20,000 basic (negotiable dependent on experience) + benefits

Contact: Katherine Peake
T: 020 964 7878

Freelance opportunities Energy Design Studio

Freelance Typesetters and Artworkers
Energy Design Studio is a creative consultancy based in N16. We are very well established with an excellent loyal client base servicing Multinationals, PLCs and Local Authorities amongst others.
We are looking for highly motivated and skilled Freelance Typesetters and Artworkers.

The ideal candidate should have the following skills and attributes:
Heavy duty typesetting and chart creation skills in InDesign and Illustrator.
Meticulous attention to detail.
To be able to work as part of a team and independently.
Experience and an in depth knowledge of Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign. PowerPoint would be a bonus.

Please email the following;

Portfolio links
Hourly Rate

Tweet us @EnergyDesignN16

Junior Designer - Realise Creative

Junior/Middleweight Designer
We’re looking for an enthusiastic and versatile creative designer to join our small, young agency in Hoxton. If you’ve got a couple of years experience and brilliant design skills then we’d like you to get in touch.

You’ll be working in a small, highly creative team with a diverse and interesting mix of clients and brands, from architecture to lifestyle, fashion to F1. We do a mix of art direction, branding and campaign projects and print/magazine work, so we’re looking for someone that relishes variety and has a broad range of skills and a collaborative, positive approach.

As well as the fun ideas bit, you also need to have the motivation and confidence to take on responsibility for your own projects and drive them forward, bringing some new and exciting ideas to the table along the way.

If you think you’re what we’re looking for then please tell us what you’ve been up to, send your CV and a few examples of your best work as a pdf (max 5MB) to

Please note that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

Saturday, 22 October 2011

Ed Ruscha visits Wolverhampton

Regular readers of this blog will no doubt remember the previous posts about Visual Communications students connection with Ed Ruscha and Wolverhampton Art Gallery. This association has continued today (21 October) with the visit of Ed Ruscha to The School of Art and Design and Wolverhampton Art Gallery. The visit organised to tie in with the Artist Rooms exhibition of Ed Ruscha’s work, included a talk about the various artworks on display. 

The event hosted by Anthony d’Offay  was enjoyed by staff and students alike and was extremely well attended, providing a fascinating opportunity to learn more about the artworks, straight from Ed Ruscha himself.

A post summarising some of the high spots of the tour will be coming in the next few days.

For previous posts on this theme see:

Christmas Creative Fair

Come along and support final year graphics students who are planning a stall to help raise funds for their final show.

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Test your kerning skills

Visit Kerntype, and your mission is simple: achieve pleasant and readable text by distributing the space between letters. Typographers call this activity kerning. Your solution will be compared to typographer's solution, and you will be given a score depending on how close you nailed it. Good luck!

Book review - Fashion Brands

Fashion Brands: Branding Style from Armani to Zara

By Mark Tungate 
Written in a witty, readable style, this is a great book that unravels the detail behind the scenes of fashion brands. Appealing read for anyone with an interest in fashion or branding, Mark Tungate explores the popularization of fashion and helps to explain how marketing and branding professionals have turned clothes and fashion accessories into objects of desire. This book also includes exclusive quotes and brand strategy insight from designers, including Diesel founder Renzo Rosso as well as Paul Smith.

A number of copies of this book can be found in the Harrison Learning Centre
To find out about other books by Mark Tungate, visit:

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

International Day To End Impunity Poster Contest

A poster about impunity. That’s what IFEX wants from you as we prepare to launch the inaugural International Day to End Impunity on 23 November.

Journalists, media workers, writers and others who speak the truth against power continue to be murdered with impunity in countries from Mexico to Russia, Iraq to Somalia. In our free expression community, impunity consistently ranks among the top concerns and remains a global issue that has defied all borders and political structures.

Fact: More than 500 journalists have been killed and the murderers have gone free in 9 out of 10 cases.

Help draw the world’s attention to impunity by designing a poster that depicts impunity in some way. Watch our International Day to End Impunity trailer for some inspiration!

Favourites will be featured on the International Day to End Impunity website, and the top three winners will receive cash prizes.

All posters must be submitted by email to contest (@) along with your name, address, email and phone number. (This information is for administrative purposes only - please note that entries will be judged blind.)

The file must be submitted in jpeg, in standard poster format (11" x 17"). Please hang on to the originals! We may ask for them later.

Designs may use any form of photography, illustration, collage or typography, provided no copyrights are violated in the design.

By entering, you have cleared any material submitted to the competition. IFEX assumes all entries are original and are the works and property of the entrant, with all rights granted therein. IFEX is not liable for any copyright infringement on the part of the entrant and will not become involved in copyright disputes.

Materials may be reproduced freely by IFEX and/or any of its 95 members. Any material used by IFEX or its members shall carry the designer’s credit line.

You can submit as many posters as you like. There is no entry fee.

The competition is open to everyone from any country, whether or not you’re an established artist, an individual or an organisation.

First prize: USD $500
Second prize: USD $250
Third prize: USD $100

As well, your name and poster will be featured on the International Day to End Impunity website.

Design opportunity - Dare

Junior Digital Designer
The Dare folk are all about creativity and design excellence. If that sounds like you, read on as we are on the lookout for an amazing Junior Digital Designer to join our team!

This special someone needs to be passionate about all things digital and get excited about big brands…because they will be working across a portfolio of stunning and world-leading ones.

It goes without saying that a personal drive for design excellence is essential. We are looking for the best. This means someone with a flair for delivering some visually spectacular designs to clients in a way that can really excite and inspire.

It’s not just about skill though, we want someone who keeps up to date with current trends, industry events and uses their knowledge to expand their design and creative skills. At Dare we believe in surrounding ourselves with the most talented people – so we are always learning from one another and nurturing our creative culture.

What sort of work is on offer?
Some amazing stuff to be honest. From conception to production, the work ranges from visually stunning websites, micro-sites, apps, email campaign, viral, video, illustration…..and much more. The list is long, the work is varied and so are our clients.

About the role in more detail
• Working in partnership across all departments to produce the best response to creative briefs in the desired digital mediums and to the highest quality

• Help to create and produce outstanding creative work that inspires clients

• To keep up to date with current trends and to utilise this knowledge to expand your design and creative skills and share your knowledge within the Creative dept and agency

• Never loose sight of your personal development by being proactive in looking for ways to expand and grow your skill set and creative thinking. For example via new projects or clients, internal mentoring and out of work activities

• Show a full understanding of each client’s brand values, guidelines and briefs and ensure all finished work complies with these guidelines

• Play an active and positive role in the Dare creative community, promoting and demonstrating the behaviors’ required by the agency’s creative culture

What sort of Experience do we need?
Here are the essentials you’ll need to have:

Ideally around 2 years experience in digital design and within an agency environment.
Exceptional portfolio that demonstrates creative flair and an eye for detail
Experience with big brands.
High standards and passion for creativity & design from conceptual thinking to final output
Passion for creative problem solving
Highly skilled in Adobe Creative Suite
All the basics like excellent communication skills, being a team player, impeccable attention to detail and, well, being “good and nice”. That’s our motto and we stand by it.

Person specification
You must be passionate about design, highly creative and able to push the boundaries. You will appreciate the need to achieve the perfect balance between usability and stunning design.

About our office, culture, and environment
Our West End office is new, the team is friendly and the opportunities are endless. Another big plus is the opportunity to work with a portfolio of fantastic international brands.

It’s also your chance to work with Campaign magazine’s Digital Agency of the Decade, creating award winning work on a range of digital platforms. Working closely with our big team of friendly digital design specialist and the chance to learn from some of the best creative’s in the country!

To find out more about us, have a look at

Apart from a competitive salary, excellent employee benefits like private health cover and a raft of discounts, there are outstanding career opportunities, great brands, amazingly varied projects, a nice bunch of people who work and play hard but produce award winning work in the process (oh, and without the big ego!). Great perks like free breakfast every morning, free beer every Friday at our agency bar, a brilliant new office in the west end and, well, looking forward to coming to work each morning, that’s pretty special.

How to apply:
Please send over your CV and your on-line portfolio link

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Free Public Lecture by Alia Syed

You are invited to the CADRE Lecture Series Free Public Lecture by 
Alia Syed (Associate Lecturer, Southampton Solent University) 
Tuesday 25th October 2011, 6.00pm, MK045

Residual Makeovers 
“Alia Syed’s work embraces a wide range of film practices, refusing to sit in a single, definable form. Her films explore issues of identity and representation, often employing rhythmic and cyclical elements in which characters, places, text, images, and sound coincide with and at times oppose conventional narrative structures”. 

As an experimental film maker my practise has always reflected the process of making, viewing analogue and digital film making not as interchangeable forms of expression but as autonomous mediums that carry with them particular cultures. In this lecture I will show extracts from recent work illustrating my relationship to both 16mm film and digital moving image production, discussing the specificity of each medium and how content speaks through form. I will show extracts from Priya (2011), a materialist 16mm film, Wallpaper, (2010): a performative documentary, spanning four generations of women: A Story Told, (2006), a multiscreen installation made for the gallery as well as my current project Panopticon letters.


Find us on face book at:

Visual Communication Lecture Series

You are invited to this years programme of visual Communication post graduate lectures. Each talk, that examines areas of practice and research will take place from 6 -7.30pm in MK312.
The lecture programme is open to current students and Alumni Contact Dave Colton for more details

26th October 
Voodoo and Witchcraft: Researching Otherness in the Twenty-first Century. Louise Fenton

2nd November 

Murder Trail: Making a killing in the magazine industry. Dave Colton

9th November 

Recent work: The illustrator as an artist? Ben Kelly

16th November 

Looking again: Emerging practice in domestic space. Ian Madeley

23rd November

Making Waves: Visual arts and the aqueous realm. Callum Ives

30th November 

Can you feel digital paint? A creative journey from paint to pixels. Lester Meachem

7th December 

Designing for the Unknown: A flexible process for New Media Design. Marc Austin/Paul Tovey

14th December 
Sparks and Triggers: Graphic inspiration that stimulates research enquiry. Jessica Glaser

Second International Illustration Symposium; Illustration & Writing

The Second International Illustration Symposium; Illustration & Writing is taking place on November 3 and 4 at Manchester Metropolitan University. Illustration Lecturers Howard Read, Ben Kelly and John Clementson will be participating.

The 2nd International Illustration Research Symposium looks to illustration as an expression of the ‘primary language of vision’ (Kepes) and aims to integrate its practices and philosophies, both historical and emerging. The event seeks to expand the theoretical and practical frameworks and nuances of this potent and far-reaching discipline.

Illustration and Writing will look at illustration as visual language, and reflect on the role of the image within, around and in place of writing. We hope to explore the ways that purposeful images can augment, clarify or problematise meaning in relation to text.

For more details see:

Monday, 17 October 2011

Your Invitation to New York

Sunday 4th March 2012 return Friday 9th March 2012

The second Visual Communications trip is to New York. As with the first, it is open to Students and Alumni.

With a skyline that’s recognizable worldwide and more than 8.3 million people from all corners of the globe who call it home, New York City is a one-of-a-kind destination.

No trip to New York City is complete without sampling its cultural offerings. Alongside such world-class museums as the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, fresh artistic perspectives are in bloom at hundreds of galleries in Chelsea, SoHo and the Lower East Side. Meanwhile, newcomers like the Museum of Arts and Design and the New Museum of Contemporary Art keep visitors and locals on the cutting edge of the art world. Discover new music at indie rock clubs; enjoy classical music, opera and ballet at Lincoln Center or Carnegie Hall. And, of course, don’t miss the chance to see the bright lights of Times Square and take in a Broadway show in the Theatre District.

For booking information, contacts and costs visit: provides more information about what to see and do in New York City

Alumni wishing to secure a places on this trip should contact Louise Fenton on

Dan Westwood - Graduate Success

Graphic Communication graduate, Daniel Westwood has just been appointed Art Director: Head of The Art Department at Clusta in Birmingham and is building a team of designers for the department. Clusta design  appears in a number of publications including those by Taschen, Gestalten and Rockport, they have a Graphics Gold Award from Publicis & Hal Riney and their clients include E4, Selfridges and Comic Relief.
To find out more visit:

Friday, 14 October 2011

Graphics students make the everyday extraordinary

Final year graphics students have visited the Design Museum as part of their participation in a fascinating interdisciplinary project.

This year 'Design Factory' have invited students to respond to an exciting brief set by Brit Insurance Design of the Year winners, designer Samuel Wilkinson and product design company Hulger. Using research from Design Museum exhibitions, online resources and college based creative practices, students will be asked to submit work in answer to the brief to make the everyday extraordinary. During their time at the museum students enjoyed seeing highlights from the museum's collection including the Anglepoise lamp, UK road signs, UK traffic lights, the candlestick telephone and the Moulton bicycle. The group also viewed the telephone box, known as the K6 Kiosk, which celebrates its 75th birthday this year. It was introduced in 1936 to commemorate the Silver Jubilee of the coronation of King George V. The "Jubilee Kiosk", as it became known, was designed by English architect Sir Giles Gilbert Scott (1880-1960) and was similar, but smaller than its predecessor the K2, also designed by Sir Giles. The older K2 had not featured outside London, but the "Jubilee" model became the first genuinely standard telephone box to be installed all over the country.

Also on exhibition, the traffic lights, redesigned by David Mellor in 1966, were commissioned by the Department of the Environment as part of the total redesign of the national road traffic sign system. Mellor's iconic design is still in use today and are a familiar sight on British roads.

"We also visited visited Tate Modern to see the work of Tacita Dean (one-time Wolverhampton lecturer) the latest artist to create a commission for Tate Modern's Turbine Hall as part of the Unilever Series.

An inspiring day was had by all"
said Julia Chidley

Junction music night

For anyone who missed out on coming along to Junction Contemporary Art Festival back in September, feel free come along next Thursday, 20th Oct, at the Combermere arms, 7.30 - 11.30pm. The evening is to celebrate the launch of the Junction CD which features songs from some of the musicians who participated over the course of the festival weekend. 

There'll be music all night and a limited number of real CDs available to buy for those who don't like to download.

Confirmed guests so far include:
Acoustic Session
Matt and Jane O'Reilly
Daz Crook
Jez Quinn
Pete Hepworth

Amplified Hooley
Richard Harvey
Adam Dacey
Luke Huntley
Claire Diamond
Rob Fellows
Rich McMahon

Get there early to avoid disappointment.
Feel free to check out the CD online:

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Your invitation to St Ives

Monday 31st October 2011 return Wednesday 2nd November 2011 

The Visual Communications department is planning a number of trips this year. The first being to St Ives in Cornwall and is open to students and alumni.

St Ives is renowned for its art and rightly so as there are workshops, studios and galleries everywhere. Tate St Ives, part of the Tate Gallery in London, is a stunning building with varying exhibitions of local and national works and is well worth a visit. 

The gallery's inspirational building stands high above the surfing beach of Porthmeor and features exhibitions which represent the modern 'St Ives School' of painters such as Peter Lanyon, Patrick Heron and Sir Terry Frost as well as a changing programme of other contemporary work. Allied to Tate St Ives is the Barbara Hepworth Museum, a lasting memorial to the great sculptress who lived and worked in St Ives at her Trewyn Studio. Her workshop has been carefully preserved and made accessible; the gardens and house contain many examples of her work and some of her finest pieces.

If you have not visited St Ives before, this is a trip not to be missed!

The St Ives trip is limited to 20 places and payment has to be made by the end of Monday (17th October). Prices include travel and B&B accommodation. To find out costs, more detail and to book your place see: 

Alumni wishing to secure a places on this trip should contact Louise Fenton on 

Coming in the next few days details of the Second Visual Communications trip, to New York, next spring - open to students and alumni 

Competition success for Blair Frame

Final year Illustration student Blair Frame, has won the runners-up prize in the prestigious Cheltenham Illustration Awards 2011 (student category).

"The pieces I've submitted are a selection of images and spreads from a story book I produced for my second year project entitled ‘Reynardine'. says Blair "The story is from an old folk tale (reworked into a song by Fairport Convention), about a Werewolf who lures young girls away to his castle. I wanted to make the tale into a story with contemporary relevance. My illustrations contextualise this tale as a story of trafficking young girls into the sex industry."

"The Illustration staff team are delighted at Blair’s success, his original idea and the quality of the artwork deservedly won recognition in this prestigious national competition." says John Clementson

Blair lives in Dudley and has received a prize of £500, plus considerable national recognition.

PHD for Marie Therese Shortt

Norwegian Graphics Graduate Marie Therese Shortt, has been in touch to tell us of her delight in starting a PHD at University College London. Her interest and area of research focusses on kinesics and exploration of the self in the context of cultural interaction systems, plus an exploration of the self in relation to the other.Within her work, Marie Therese has had a long standing focus on non verbal communication in relation to the media industry.

Congratulations Marie Therese

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

FRESH Success for Carl Turner

Part time, final year graphics student Carl Turner also works for communication company McCann Erikson. Congratulations must go to Carl and his colleagues for winning 10 awards at the recent, prestigious Fresh awards in Manchester. These include 8 gold, one silver and one bronze award.

Well done Carl

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

The National Postgraduate Open Days

The National Postgraduate Open Days are specially tailored days of talks, workshops and networking opportunities at the Library, focusing on your research subject. Each day includes a general introduction to relevant research sources, curator talks and workshops, and details on how to get a Reader Pass. To ensure the days are accessible to research postgraduates from across the UK, students from outside London may apply for a limited number of £30 travel bursaries.
The days are extremely popular, so early booking is advised. The days are free to attend and lunch is provided.
Find out more and book your place online at:

Monday, 10 October 2011

Creatives Fair - 22 November

A Christmas Creatives Fair to be held on Tuesday 22 November, 10am to 5.30pm at the School of Art & Design (MK Foyer Area).

If you would like a stall please contact Nicky Bhatti (01902 321905) 
or Bhavna Parmar (01902 32 2058)

Stalls are open to (students, alumni and craft practitioners)

Artworker & Junior Graphic Designer - N2O Windsor

Artworker & Junior Graphic Designer
Due to the increasing demand for motorsport and automotive creative work, we’re seeking an outstanding new member to join our talented Creative Team.

Do you have good traditional drawing skills for hand-drawn scamps and visuals, coupled with strong Adobe Creative Suite experience (Illustrator and Photoshop) for vehicle livery artwork and graphics? Are you interested in working with a vibrant and well-established Brand Experience & Field Marketing company? If so, then we’d very much like to see your CV and portfolio. Please email them, with a covering message telling us a little bit about yourself and why you want to work with N2O, to (with ‘Junior Designer’ in the subject line). We look forward to seeing your work!

This position is based at N2O Head Office in Windsor. Please note that we will only get back to those applicants who have been successful.

Creative thinking designer - Home Bristol

Creative thinking designer
Home are a leading communications and design agency requiring a creative thinking designer to join its growing team.

Conceptually led, your role will involve brainstorming, coming up with original and innovative ideas for campaigns across multiple channels. You’ll be passionate about creative excellence throughout your ideas generation, art-direction and typography. You’ll also have the enthusiasm and mental agility to apply this passion to any medium, (print, film, digital, environment and social media) whilst inspiring and leading other designers in the team.

You will need excellent hands-on design skills and be proficient in InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop. You will be involved with creative projects from the initial briefing and ideas stage, through to presenting creative solutions, communicating rationales, development and through to final artwork if required.

Based in Bristol, you’ll be working with the likes of Royal Mail, Jaguar Land Rover, Barclays, Yahoo! and Coca-Cola Enterprises Europe. This is a great opportunity for someone who can bring a sense of humour to a pressurised environment.

Applicants portfolio will need to illustrate strong design and conceptual ideas.

Please send CV, covering letter and portfolio samples to Applications close on October 30th.
Please quote ref 10F55.

Design Internship - Flipside Group

Design Internship x2
3 Month Design Internship – 2 placements – Starting October 17th onwards.

Flipside is an integrated agency based in Cranleigh, Surrey. Ware looking for two creative and enthusiastic design interns for a 3 month placement with a view to future employment. This is a great opportunity to gain valuable experience in a busy commercial studio working alongside our design team for a broad mix of clients across print and digital media.

Please submit your CV and PDF portfolio samples (under 5MB please) to

Oriel Davies Gallery TestBed Internship

Call for Applications

Oriel Davies Gallery TestBed Internship (starts end February 2012)

Deadline: Tuesday 14 November 2011

Oriel Davies Gallery is looking for a graduate or postgraduate to curate and manage the TestBed space at Oriel Davies. The intention of TestBed is to support new and experimental work by artists based in Wales and the Borders. This position is an excellent introduction to working in a contemporary public art gallery.

Applicants should have a background in Fine Art, History of Art, Curation or Critical Writing and ideally be based in Wales or the Border counties. Internships are approximately for one year and require the intern to be at the Gallery at least one day every two weeks. Please note: The position is unpaid, but with some travel and subsistence expenses covered.

To apply please email CV and a covering letter stating your interest in participating in the TestBed Internship programme to:

Amanda Farr, Director: email
Oriel Davies Gallery, The Park, Newtown, Powys SY16 2NZ

Deadline: Tuesday 14 November 2011
Interview date: Wednesday 7 December 2012 (applicants must ensure they are available for this date in advance of application). Internship begins 1 February 2012

Saturday, 8 October 2011

Just Us Collective

Just Us has been created by ex-students for students, with the aim of showcasing young and emerging creative talent from universities and colleges across the UK 

Call for Submissions

We are currently opening submissions for a new batch of student artist/designers to join our collective. We want to exhibit your work, alongside other creatives, on our website, by creating live collaborative projects and at exhibitions.

If you would like to be a part of Just Us and are studying on a graphic design or illustration related course at FD, BA or MA level then please send the following to:
- Name
- e-mail
- Location, course and place of study
- Year of study
- A PDF with examples of your work and/or a link to your website

Submissions close on the 31st October 2011.