Thursday, 20 December 2012

Gemma Oldfield – The Gift of Sponsorship.

Coming from a working class family, when leaving school I did not go straight to university as I though only well off families could afford to send their children onto higher education. Now studying as a mature student in the final year of my MA in Digital and Visual Communications at the University of Wolverhampton School of Art and Design, I regret being put off by fees and costs a few years ago. My studies have enriched my life tenfold and I feel I have missed out on years of reward, development and happiness. Over the past 5 years I have been lucky to be awarded several forms of sponsorship from multiple organisations and trusts, ranging from pantone pens to money for books, software and digital technology right through to thousands of pounds worth of fee sponsorship. Without these gifts of support I would not have been able to achieve my goals and dreams; for this I am very thankful to my sponsors.

Filling in application forms, seeking sponsorship and searching for organisations with funding opportunities who’s criteria you meet, is a tough job but don’t be put off. For every ten applications I have made, I have had one positive reply and over the years I have built up a great relationship with some of my sponsors.

Funding and sponsorship is out there you just have to take the time to look. When I started to research I was very shocked by the types of awards available; some disciplines have greater opportunities available than others. I found many offers of support for art & design, media and creative disciplines and so I applied to them all as this was my area of study. The main reason I had so many negative responses was due to my age but don’t let this put you off, I carried on applying and the hard work and relentlessness paid off. With university fees recently having increased I feel it is crucial for students to seek out support from organisations; there is a vast scope out there that are applicable to different subject areas, geographic locations plus social, cultural, ethnic and domestic backgrounds – all you have to do is look.

So how do you find sponsorship? My path started as I knew of a local educational trust named Sebright’s Educational Foundation, they were a local trust that only funded students in the area I live and they have been my main sponsor, offering support for the past five years. Following this I was informed by another student, of The Hugh Walker Mitchell Fund, they too were a local trust related to my community parish church. Again they only supported students in my home area; recently these two organisations have merged together. Proceeding from this I was intrigued to find out if any other support would be accessible to me. A key source for anyone seeking funding is local libraries, as they hold listings of local charitable trust funds, further to this, online there is a vast amount of information relating to sponsorship, scholarship funds and bursaries. If you are interested in finding sources of sponsorship, also visit the university library and student office they will have information available on bursaries and other support. Additionally you may be lucky enough to have an employer that may support you; all you have to do is ask. Finally don’t ever be ashamed to apply and ask for help, I feel it shows a great deal about an individual’s capabilities, passion and drive to achieve their dreams. All you have to do is take the time to communicate with people and you will be surprised as I was. Please see a few links below that may help you research path.

Turn 2 Us

The Prince’s Trust


Monday, 17 December 2012

Junior Designer - Hunger Publishing, London, NW5

Junior Designer

Hunger Magazine is looking for a Junior/Middle-weight designer to join the team but open to applications from superstar graduates.

As well as Rankin’s 512 page bi-annual magazine, the chosen candidate will have the opportunity to work on a wide variety of other Rankin projects, including books and exhibitions and projects for Rankin Film. You will be working with a senior designer but ultimately dealing directly with Rankin and The Hunger’s Creative Director, Vicky Lawton.

A large part of the role is the management of The Hunger magazine, so the candidate must be organised, efficient and self-motivated, initiating projects and guiding them through to completion.

The ideal candidate will be passionate about fashion, culture, art and music. They will have a keen eye for detail and must be obsessed with editorial design. We are looking for a well presented and crafted portfolio from a typographic expert with a passion for photography.

The successful candidate will have the following skills and experience:

– Expert use of Adobe Creative Suite
– Demonstrable experience in magazine / book design
– A good eye for detail and design craft
– A strong interest in fashion and photography
– Be willing to go that extra mile to get the job done
– Be self-motivated and self-guided.
– Well organised and have the ability to manage time efficiently and effectively.

Our new designer must be available to start quickly, ready to hit the ground running with the up and coming Hunger issue 4.

When applying, please submit a cover letter outlining your experience relating to the role above and salary expectations along with a CV and portfolio (less than 5mb). Please submit all applications by e-mail to Calum Crease – calum(at)rankin(dot)co(dot)uk

We regret that we are only able to respond to successful candidates.

Placement - One Big Company, Clerkenwell - EC1R

Full-Time Design Intern
One Big Company is a small, full-service design agency who deal in big ideas.

We’re offering a paid internship (£80pw) for up to three months to a talented graphic designer who’ll bring bags of enthusiasm, common sense and a good knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite.

A decent sense of humour is a must along with a willingness to drink beer from 4pm on a Friday – don’t worry, we’re buying!

If you think you fit the bill send a PDF of samples of your work and an email detailing whether, if you were a Bond villain, you would choose to have a moon-base or underwater lair and why

Closing date for applications is 2nd January with the internship beginning 21st January

Paid Intern - 7digital, Shoreditch, London

Junior Designer / Paid Intern
Cutting edge music and technology company is looking for a creative undergraduate or recent graduate looking to gain experience in design for marketing and branding.

About us:

7digital is the world’s leading digital music and content technology platform, and provides open access to the broadest catalogue of fully licensed, high quality digital music. The company powers comprehensive digital music services for consumers, developers and a wide range of partners around the world.

Through 7digital’s website (, mobile applications and cloud locker technology, consumers can access over 22 million legal, high quality tracks and listen to their music on the device of their choosing. 7digital provides the complete music experience; discovery, organisation and purchase.

7digital’s global partner network includes Samsung, RIM, Toshiba, HP, Acer, HTC, T-Mobile US, Ubuntu, Shazam,, Winamp, Songbird, HMV, Waterstone’s, Universal Music, EMI, Warner Music and Sony.

You will be assisting the head designer in creating digital design assets for our MP3 stores as well as working on concepts to develop and refine our global consumer brand. The ideal candidate will have a passion for identity design, as well as music and new technology.

Skills and requirements:

- Working knowledge of Creative Suite 5, in particular Illustrator and Photoshop
- Experience of web design, flash and motion graphics are a bonus

Start Date: ASAP, working approximately 2 days per week

Salary: £50 a day

Location: Shoreditch, London

How to apply:
To apply, please email your CV and three recent examples of work in PDF format (no larger than 8mb) demonstrating your ideas and their execution. Alternatively send us a link to your online portfolio. Please include a brief message explaining why you would be suitable for the role.

Please submit your application to with the following field in the subject line: “7digital: I am applying for “Junior Graphic Designer”.

N.B. If the subject does not contain the exact text above your application risks being deleted.

Due to the large amount of submissions we receive please note that we are only able to reply to successful candidates.

Monday, 10 December 2012

Graduate success - Christian Leoci

Congratulations to graduate Christian Leoci who has recently started working for The Langer Group in Stone. Christian is involved in various types of design for the company, including logo development, brochures design, posters, catalogues and leaflets. Since graduating last summer Christian has been working on placement for Alpha Design in Shrewsbury.

Friday, 7 December 2012

Posterheroes 3 competition

The international communication and social graphic art contest Posterheroes has just launched its third edition.

After dealing with the issues of energy and consumption, with the 2012/2013 edition, Posterheroes proposes a debate on sustainability in the fields of production, health, mobility and public life in cities. Together with the issues of the first two editions, these last ones complete the six characteristics suggested by the European Community as indicators for a Smart City.

This social communication competition, with the patronage of UNESCO, aims at the involvement of the creative community of the world around four issues of global interest - production, health, mobility and public life - in order to stimulate collective consciousness toward a new way of life in the city.

In order to become 'smart' our cities have to become places where the resources will be optimized and improved, they have to become an expression of new habits. They will not change their appearance. Will be the same city as before, but new, accessible, free, clean and transparent.

The creative people around the world are therefore called to express their sensitivity and their clear ideas of evolution through the creation of a graphic poster 50x70.

There is no entry fee.


There are no age, nationality or profession limits, the contest is open to all graphic designers, creative people, illustrators, social communicator, world-changers.


For each categories, the jury, composed by international experts in the field of graphics and communication, will identify the top ten proposals, for a total of 40 selected posters.

After the closure of the contest the posters will be published in the catalog of Posterheroes and they will become part of future exhibitions and events that PLUG will organize. Moreover, the selected posters will be included within the events organized by Biennale Democrazia in order to create a traveling exhibition through the streets of Turin (Italy).

To find out more details click here

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Designer - Mark Design,Brighton

Mark Design provides online and print design services to businesses large and small, public and private, consumer facing and business to business, in Brighton, London and throughout the South East UK. Clients span a variety of sectors including travel, tourism and leisure, film, music, retail, healthcare, interiors, education, local authorities, corporate, legal, telecoms, technology and media

We require an enthusiastic ideas-based designer to work on a wide variety of projects both online and in print, from branding, brochures and leaflets to websites, mobile and ecommerce. Although no coding will be required, a good understanding of web technologies will be a distinct advantage.

Liaising directly with clients, excellent organisational and communication skills are a must. A desire to learn and the ability to work independently and as part of a small team are also essential. We work in a busy friendly office in the centre of Brighton.

Start date will be end January / beginning February.

Please email your CV and work example PDF or URL to stating your availability and salary expectations.

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Design Internships - Leahy Brand Design, Clerkenwell, London

Design Internships
We’re on the lookout for a creative and ambitious students or graduate designers to join us for a month long internship. We really need people who not only enjoy a creative challenge, but also will challenge us with ideas and opinions in return. We want you to demonstrate a hunger to learn new things. You’ll get the opportunity to work on all sizes of branding projects in our fun, busy Clerkenwell studio.

Please send your portfolio PDF/website and CV to Dave Taylor on

Branding the band

Graphic Communication students working on the Branding in Context module welcomed members of Shatter Effect to see their ‘elevator pitch’ in November. Students gave it their best shot to impress the band with their ideas using social media to on-brand and spread the word.

The students work was well-received and it was even filmed by Level 6 Video and Film students for an assignment recording the latest newsworthy happenings in the School. The top image is of level 5 student James Spellman doing his best with the two minute timeslot to impress.
Tutors Jeff Leak and Callum Ives were impressed with the work undertaken to make the presentations impactful and concise. "We're really grateful to Shatter Effct for not only giving up their free time to give students a free gig but also to follow up - guiding students to relevant references and sitting in on the presentations"
Shatter Effect hope to follow up the presentations with the offer to work with and to use the winning student idea in their next campaign.

Monday, 3 December 2012

Omkar Khadamkar - Exchange Student

“Design offers both creativity and richness, these are my two prominent wings. I enjoy flying.”

I am Omkar Khadamkar a semester exchange student from India. My home institute is National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT). Currently it has 15 centres. I study Fashion Communication (a four year course) at Mumbai centre ( I am attending the semester exchange as a part of my seventh semester.

My design interest rests in various fields of graphic design – editorial, identity, interactivity and illustration. I have a great interest in music and poetry. I am fond of travelling which is one of the reasons to attend this international exchange program. The exposure to different level of learning system and culture are rest of few. I am enjoying these days, as they are offering lots of new ways, updated learning and fun.

Though, the semester exchange is a small period of three and a half months but it is changing my perspective, viewing new direction to my career. I am thankful to NIFT and University of Wolverhampton, this is experience is really fruitful. 

Student World Aids Day Poster Display

Eight School of Art and Design students studying the ‘Applied Illustration Practice’ module have had their work selected for display outside the Students Union as part of the Staff LGBT Network and Student LGBT+ Society’s 2012 World Aids Day awareness campaign this December. This event is is taking place with the support of the University of Wolverhampton Equality and Diversity Unit and the School of Art and Design.

Martin Evans, chair of the University of Wolverhampton LGBT Staff Network, presented the brief to the 64 first year students who took part in the design competition as part of their module. The students were asked to create a poster to promote the World Health Organisation’s World Aids Day campaign ‘Getting to Zero’, Zero new infections, Zero discrimination and Zero AID’s related deaths.

Module leader Howard Read said “This is a great opportunity for the winning student work to be displayed and seen by the wider academic community. The students showed real commitment and engagement with this brief, creating well researched ideas and positive individual responses for this important global issue. Working to a set size and format and integrating image and creative typography will help prepare students for real client briefs and future employability.” 

The eight winning entries by; Philip Whitehouse, Jordan Kendall, Lucie Williams, Kyle Wright, Stephanie Neath, Deanna Kitts, Gabrielle Booth and Zack Sealey, will be on display in the MD corridor from 26th of November until the 10th of December to raise awareness of World Aids Day.

Friday, 30 November 2012

From Graduate to Great - Michael Salu

Graphics graduate Michael Salu is on of the latest Wolverhampton University Alumni to be featured by the University in their popular 'From Graduate to Great' films.

Listen to Michael's experience of study and hear about some of his most exciting design moments. Michael is to become 'the face' of the School of Art and Design marketing this year and you may well see him on billboards and phone boxes too.

Michael Stewart – Subway research

The subway that links the School of Art and Design and with the main University site on the other side of the ring road has for a long time stimulated strong opinion. Some pedestrians are happy to walk through this space, others will go to great lengths to find an alternative route. 

Final year student Michael Stewart is working on some research that investigates our perceptions of this underpass. He has a created a simple, very brief survey to help gauge public opinion – is there anything wrong with the subway and if so how can than be remedied?
The survey can be found at:

Your help is greatly appreciated

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Graphic Designer - General Physics (UK) Ltd—Solihull

Graphic Designer
Job Description
£23-25K depending on experience
Solihull – Hampton in Arden

Are you an enthusiastic, detail orientated Graphic Designer looking for a new career move?

Do you have experience of managing multiple projects and working to strict deadlines?

General Physics (UK) Ltd (GP UK) is looking to recruit for a Graphic Designer to join their team based in Solihull. GP UK is a subsidiary of GP Strategies Corporation (NYSE:GPX), a global performance improvement company. GP UK supports organisations in improving their ability to service their customers needs through innovative and creative training interventions, consulting, and business improvement solutions.

Experience Required: Extensive commercial experience in graphic and visual design, where a proven track record if evident.

Tasks are likely to include:

• finding out about the project requirements (taking a ‘brief’)
• estimating the time the project will require, and issuing realistic timings for completion
• coming up with design concepts that fit our divisional needs and in keeping with our brand
• presenting options for design/marketing collateral
• creating final designs, working to tight deadlines
• amending designs according to the marketing manager and the divisions final comments
• proofreading of all work
• managing of brand templates across all divisions
• image sourcing
• brand guideline maintenance

Desired Skills & Experience

• Strong creative ability
• A good knowledge of print processes
• The ability to take a project from concept through to artwork for print in an organised fashion, including associated paperwork and back up
• Effective project management, taking responsibility individual projects from concept through to print
• The ability to multi-task
• The ability to work as part of a team and share projects with the design team
• Working to tight deadlines
• Proven ability to bring original ideas to each project
• A good eye for detail

Software Knowledge, proficient knowledge and experience of the following systems on Mac or PC are essential:

• Adobe CS4 Suite + (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat & Dreamweaver). Flash would be an advantage
• Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel & PowerPoint)

Personal Specification: The ideal candidate will be a team player, able to take individual responsibility and capable of building, maintaining strong, respectful and effective partnerships with the many internal divisions for whom the design department produces work for.

The ability to thrive and remain calm under pressure as well as having a flexible approach to work is also essential.

We are a great team to work with and the job offers variety and growth opportunity to the right candidate.

If you are interested in the role then please forward a copy of your CV to along with a covering letter and some examples of your work e.g. PDF portfolio.

Design Internship - The Individual Agency, Leeds

Design InternshipThe Individual Agency is an award winning Branding and Creative agency offering a 3-month internship for graduates looking to gain solid creative agency experience with which to progress their careers. Assisting in our small but busy central Leeds office, successful applicants should expect to work across a wide range of projects, learning to manage their own time and work with the studio to produce a wide range of marketing materials from initial brief to final delivery.

To apply please email your CV to or contact us on 0113 242 3712.

Creative Designer - Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands

TribePost Ltd are working on behalf of our client to fill this vacancy.
Available vacancy: Creative Designer
This position is based in: Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands
Salary: £9k - £11k for 22.5 hours.

Our client is a professional business which provides information and training to professional business markets and aims to transform potential into performance. In ever changing and competitive markets the key to our clients growth and success is the expertise, professionalism and commitment of our people.

To be seen as a clear leader in our markets demands the best talent, with a passion for their brands and who are committed to delivering professionalism and excellence. By developing the expertise of our people and attracting and retaining the best new talent, we are well placed to achieve sustainable growth. We are committed to creating a culture which thrives on collaboration and entrepreneurial spirit and an environment in which everyone can realise their potential.

An interesting opportunity has arisen at for a Creative Designer. This is a temporary role for up to 12 months working on a part time basis (22.5 hours per week).

for more information and to apply see:

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Daniel McDonald - flyer design

Level 5 student Daniel McDonald has designed promotional material for Psychedelic Lounge, vintage clothing shop, run by fine art graduate Margot McClane. The opening event is on December 1st - come along and shop for unique items from the 60's, 70's and 80's

Monday, 26 November 2012

Bernard Aaron Dolecki - Exchange Student

My name is Bernard Aaron Dolecki and I study Fine Art the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in Alfred, New York. 

“As humans we try to formulate order. My passion is to explore the land of the unknown and combine various concepts and mediums to create new forms of order.” says Bernard. 

I am here in Wolverhampton, UK to study Visual Communication as an exchange student. Design has always been a type ‘visual candy’ for me; I find it stimulating and it ignites my curiosity. I chose Wolverhampton because the program is positive, the cost is similar, and I can, of course speak the language. I have embarked on this adventure to analyze, conceptualize and formulate new ideas to meld with my current knowledge. 

I have a great willpower that is the driving force behind my inquisitive, exploratory, and labor-intensive working methods. I dedicate myself not only to in-class projects but also frequent independent studies. 

At the juried student exhibition at the close of my Associate Degree study, I was awarded Best in Show. At the end of my three semester long senior year, I aim to capture this accomplishment once more. Traveling around the United Kingdom and having the chance to meet and study with some interesting people has been both wonderful and stimulating. It has expanded my mind and has been a wonderful source of design inspiration; nothing short of an amazing experience. 

All photos represent works of mine during my studies at Alfred University.

Thursday, 22 November 2012

The Derwent Art Prize

The first Derwent Art prize has been announced. This is a competition freely open to anyone who produces works in pencil.

The prize offers a total of £8,750 to artists working in this versatile medium and is open to artists over 18 throughout the world.

Selectors Yvonne Crossley, Stephen Farthing RA and Fisun Güner.

Deadline for entries will be 11:59pm on 1 July 2013. An exhibition of the shortlisted works will be on show at the Mall Galleries, London, 16th - 21st September.
More details can be found at:

Graduate award - 'The Cumberland Pencil Company award for visualising'

Thanks must go to the The Cumberland Pencil Company for sponsoring a new graduate award. The Company have been making pencils in Cumbria since 1832, which means that this year they are celebrating their 180th anniversary. Their well know brand, Derwent has a long and distinguished history, which they are naturally very proud of. At the same time, they have a reputation for innovative products that excite and inspire artists and designers worldwide.

For more information about the Company and Derwent, visit
The University is delighted to announce that The Cumberland Pencil Company are generously sponsoring a graduation award for Visual Communication students. In September 2013 the first 'Cumberland Pencil Company award for visualising' will be presented to one lucky student during the September 2013 graduation ceremony.

Student Internship: The Library of Lost Books

We are looking for people who are interested in an internship with a Birmingham based art project called The Library of Lost Books. Our project sent out old, discarded library books to 50 selected artists from around the UK. They re-made and reworked the books and sent them back to us to be exhibited as The Library of Lost Books. We are exhibiting the books in Wolverhampton and in the new Library of Birmingham in 2013 and planning exhibitions in other venues across the UK. We also manage a library membership scheme and are writing a book about the project with Jessica Glaser, Senior Lecturer in Graphic Communication.

If you would like to become an intern with us you could be invited to help in a variety of ways, from helping with our marketing and membership program to hands-on assistance with all aspects of curating and setting up the exhibition; in the process you will have a fantastic opportunity to learn about what it takes to run a contemporary arts project and have an opportunity to meet the artists and project partners.

We need interns who have excellent making and creative skills, however we also need people who are literate, knowledgeable users of social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and blogging platforms to help us with design, merchandising and marketing. The project is run from our lovely office in the heart of the creative district in Birmingham, close to the Custard Factory. It is a 15 minute walk from New Street Station, Birmingham. The project is currently run entirely voluntarily, however we may be able to help you with travel costs. We will provide tea and coffee and probably cake, too.

The Library of Lost Books ( 
Closing date: Monday 3rd December 2012
This is an unpaid position but there may be assistance with travel expenses

If you are interested in this opportunity please send an email with your name, course, level of study and a few lines on why you are interested this internship to: marking the email The Library of Lost Books in the subject line.

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Graphic Designer - Six, Leicestershire

Graphic Designer
We’re looking for a talented Graphic Designer to join our busy studio working with a range of diverse and interesting clients around the world. We have some exciting projects for 2013 in the UK and USA and we’re looking to boost our team.

Whilst we’d expect you to be highly proficient in the disciplines of visual identity and print design, we’re particularly interested in candidates with a strong bias towards digital design/UI.

We’re less concerned with age and experience and more interested in finding the right talented person to join our team.

You might be fresh from University or have several years experience. Your portfolio will be our main interest in judging suitability to talk further.

In the first instance we’d just like to see either a URL or a PDF with your best work. Send them to Darren Jessop – hello[at]madebysix[dot]com

Studio Manager (part time)- Bureau for Visual Affairs, London

Studio Manager (part time)
Bureau for Visual Affairs is seeking a part time (three days a week) Studio Manager to ensure the smooth running of the studio and support our team of ten.

Based near London’s Borough Market, we create progressive websites, applications and brands for clients in the cultural and commercial sector – among them the Tate, National Gallery, Damien Hirst and Whistles.

This is an extremely varied role and would suit someone that is exceptionally well organised, has meticulous attention to detail and a keen interest in arts and culture.

Key tasks and responsibilities will include:Monitoring internal book keeping, with support from the studio’s accountant.

Human resources (holiday allocation, employment contracts, schedule staff reviews, reimbursements, assist with recruitment etc.).

Liaise with suppliers to ensure maximum profitability whilst maintaining quality standards.

Taking a lead role in the administration of a popular contemporary art listings website, operated by the agency.

Experience working at a design studio and an understanding of the creative and production process for digital projects would be beneficial, but is not essential.

Please send CV’s to

3 Month Internship - Dowling Jones Stone, Fulham

3 Month Internship – 3d visualisation/project runner
We’re looking for fulfil our 3D visualisation/project runner role. We are looking for an intern with a great attitude to join our team for a 3 month placement. It would be a great start in the world of 3D and possibly lead onto a permanent role.

Who are we?
Dowling Jones & Stone are a successful and growing CGI and Photography studio based in SW London. We provide developers, architects and construction companies with professional Computer Generated Images, Photography and Animations.

• Be fluent in Photoshop in a Mac based environment
• Have high levels of attention to detail.
• Knowledge of CGI production/3d Modelling.
• Have a great attitude to work, want to impress and learn more.
• Have the ability to work well under pressure and we aware of work flow and deadlines.
• A desire to understand architecture and communicate in 3D.
• Be part of a team that loves to achieve results together.
• We are based in Fulham so you need to be able to get into work relatively easily.
• Ability to work in the UK.

WHAT WE OFFER:• A great opportunity to get into the 3d industry.
• A chance to express your creative flair in a small group of young and dedicated people
• Work with international clients and build an impressive portfolio of work.

You will not be directly involved in the 3D production but will be involved in collecting information, sharing that with our team and speaking with clients.

If we like you and you like us, at the end of the internship, there is a good chance of a full time paid contract.

The internship is paid and the terms are:
• Minimum duration of 3 months
• Working Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm
• £400 per month allowance

How do I apply?If you’re interested we’d love to hear from you. Email us a pdf (no bigger than 5mb) or a link to your background/work and why you’d like to work with us.

Graphic Design Intern - Confederation, Greenwich

We are a new agency that will officially launch in January and are offering a great chance for you to get a foot in the door and work on some cool projects.

You’ll be working across the disciplines of branding, web and print. It’s a hands on role and an opportunity to get some great projects in your folio, build up your design skills and get a fair bit of mentoring.

What we need from you:
– Great ideas
– Attention to detail
– The usual computer skills and software knowledge – Adobe Creative Suite

And in return you’ll get:
– A paid placement
– A fun studio to work in
– Great projects in your folio
– Exposure to clients
– More responsibility than a usual internship!

If this sounds like your thing then please send your CV and some examples of your work (no more than 5MB file) to

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Competition: Make an Artwork Celebrating the 21st Anniversary of the Incorporation of the University

The University has a long history dating back to the establishment of a School of Art in 1851. However, it was not until 1992 that it was granted the title of University. You are invited to submit proposals for an artwork celebrating the 21st Anniversary of this incorporation in response to the theme of ‘Achievement’. 

The work will be permanently sited and highly publicly visible – this a great early career opportunity. It is possible to respond to this brief through a placement module either at Level 5 or 6. Talk to your PATS tutor or Hilary Price about this in the first instance: (

The competition is open to all students at Levels 5, 6 and MA.

The University seeks to commission three art works. These can be from the following media:

· Two dimensional artwork, including painting, photography

· Three dimensional artwork, including bronze, iron, ceramic, glass

· Digital media

The fee for commissioned work is £1500.
Materials will be paid for by the University by arrangement.
You will be offered technical assistance in realising your work.

There are two selection stages.

· To be considered for the opportunity, you are asked to submit a worked up concept showing what the work will look like, its dimensions, and how it will be made. This should be accompanied by a brief statement not to exceed 500 words detailing how you imagine the work will be ‘read’ by its audience, and in particular how the work responds to the theme of ‘Achievement’. This work should be carefully presented to show your proposal to its best advantage. The deadline for this initial work is: Thursday 13th December, 5pm. (Work to be handed into Marina Gavriel in the School office on the 5th Floor).

· A selection of these proposals will be put forwards to a judging panel for commissioning.

Successful works will:

· Respond to the theme in an imaginative way

· Be joyful and aspirational objects

· Be made to a high standard

· Be of a scale that the work can hold its own in a large interior space such as a foyer or Learning Centre

The artist’s fee will cover the purchase of the artwork by SAD. The artist and the University will both have the right to reproduce the artwork in perpetuity and without mutual consultation.
The work must be ready for installation between late April and May 27th 2013.

Monday, 19 November 2012

The Berlin trip update!

The details of next Semesters Berlin trip are now available.

The total cost is £325, this includes return coach transfers to the airport from the University and to the hotel in Berlin, flights, bed and breakfast accommodation in multi-bedded rooms (with private facilities), checked in luggage and insurance. We will be travelling early on the morning of Saturday 9th March 2013 returning on the evening of Tuesday 12th March 2013 (4 days / 3 nights). Single and twin rooms are available at a supplement, please contact me for costs.

We have 40 places available and these will be allocated on a first come first serve basis. Friends and relatives are welcome and can book via this link too. Berlin is a vibrant and exciting city to explore, our accommodation is centrally located so easy to get around.

If you wish to come on the trip you will need to book your place by paying a NON REFUNDABLE deposit of £125. This has to be paid by 30th November 2012 (balance to be paid by 14th January 2013). We cannot accept late payments as the system will close.

You will need your passport details to book, and those of anyone wishing to book with you. You can pay by debit or credit card. If you are an overseas student you will need to check if you need a VISA to travel to Germany.

To book you need to click on the following link, this takes you to the store - then click on 'conferences and events' and then scroll down to the School of Art and Design section, Berlin - Visual Communications Deposit Payment is listed.
If you have any questions then please contact

Friday, 16 November 2012

Sky Arts Ignition: Futures Fund

The Sky Arts Ignition: Futures Fund, is offering £30,000 bursaries and mentoring for five emerging artists aged 18-30 to fund their creative practice for a year. The fund is open to applicants from the fields of visual arts, music, dance, performing arts, and creative producing. 

The fund is designed to help the winners to develop their creative practice and take their work to the next level. In addition to the prize money, winners will be paired with a mentor by Sky to help develop their networks, skills and knowledge. For further information or to apply visit

Monday, 12 November 2012

Junior Graphic Design position

Junior Graphic Design position at Birmingham based Caramba Marketing Ltd. 

This position is advertised by The Workplace and offered as a Paid Graduate Scheme for 12 weeks in the first instance, with the possibility of extension for the right candidate. Follow the link to the WLV Jobs & Events database for full details of this position - if you have difficulty viewing this page then ring The Workplace on 01902 323400 and ask for Kunal Swani

Digital Designer - Midland Computers, Telford

Digital Designer Requirements
Job Role 

Recruiting for a web digital designer. 80% of role focuses on digital side including designing websites, creating banners, branding (including logo design). Role also includes printed material design including brochures, flyers, stationery, etc.

Person must be highly creative, self-motivated, enthusiastic, dead-line aware, and a team player. Excellent attention to detail and good time management.

Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver, Acrobat)

Microsoft Office

PHP, XHTML, CSS, Flash (inc. ActionScript)
Experience of the following an advantage:

Client side JavaScript libraries including AJAX, JQuery, Scriptaculous.


Mobility (Responsive Design)

Basic understanding of SEO principles 

please email your CV to

Saturday, 10 November 2012

Internship - Soho, London

We’re a creative innovation consultancy, delivering game-changing products, propositions and services with some of the world’s biggest brands across technology, food, media and retail. We co-create solutions with our clients, and all our propositions are rooted in creativity and focussed on commercial delivery.

What we need:

We want people who are liked minded, smart and passionate. We’re not just looking for experience, training or qualifications, we’re looking for a mindset. We’re looking for people that are constantly thinking of opportunities to make things happen.
• Relentlessly curious and creative
• Entrepreneurial, proactive and driven
• Visionaries who want to make an impact
• Analytical problem solvers
• A hunger to work across different sectors
•Focussed on consumer behaviour and market trends

What you get:

• A chance to work on real, live projects with some of the world’s biggest brands
• Work collaboratively with creative and strategic minds
• An opportunity to see the innovation process (creative, strategic, commercial)
• Gain great client exposure
• More responsibility and hands-on experience than any other internship

If you are interested please get in touch with Tom Wood on

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Design Sponge Scholarship 2012

Since 2007 Design Sponge has been organising an annual scholarship as a way to celebrate and support the next generation of up and coming artists and designers. Applications are welcomed from young artists and designers from across the globe. The Scholarship is there to help turn ambition and enthusiasm into reality.

This year, with the help of sponsors, Design Sponge is offering $10,500 in no-strings-attached financial awards to Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students and….High School Students! If you are interested in making an online application details and the form can be found here. The deadline for applications is November 27.

Friday, 2 November 2012

Junior designer - TurnbullRipley, London

Junior designer
TurnbullRipley is Creative Solutions Shop, based in Westbourne Grove, London and we are looking for a junior designer to join our team.

Our existing team is made up of extremely strong creatives, and our client list is very broad, so we are looking for someone to complement this.
Your portfolio should include a strong range of work, covering digital, print and branding and demonstrate versatility.

You’ll need excellent Mac skills, obviously, be happy working as part of a busy team and as comfortable dealing with clients as you are work colleagues. In return, we offer a lively working environment, interesting projects across a wide range of business sectors and a competitive salary.

Interested? Then please send your CV and examples of your work to telling us about your strengths and weaknesses and what makes you right for us.

Junior designer - Wire, London

Junior designer
Wire Design is on the lookout for a talented designer to join our creative team. The successful applicant should be well rounded, self motivated individual with great attention to detail and a keen interest across branding, digital and print design.

This position is ideal for a recent graduate or someone just starting out looking to get excellent hands on experience in the creative industry.

If you think you’re the right person for Wire, please forward your portfolio, CV and covering letter explaining why you’re the right candidate to

Source Sans - from Adobe

Typefaces with multiple weights are really useful for adding dynamism to any project involving type. A free font that fits this description admirably is Source Sans from Adobe.

Source Sans Pro was designed by Paul D. Hunt as Adobe’s first open source typeface family, conceived primarily as a typeface for user interfaces. Source Sans Pro draws inspiration from the clarity and legibility of twentieth-century American gothic typeface designs. it is available here in 12 weights, from extra-light to black

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Free font Aller

This blog regularly posts about free fonts - here is the latest in this series of must have finds:
Sans Serif font Aller comes in a very useful 7 weights. It has been designed by Dalton Maag Ltd and can be downloaded free here

New West Midlands Fire Service award

There will be a new Graduation Prize next September for one lucky student from the Visual Communication Division.

Due to the quality and profile of ongoing work with the West Midlands Fire Service Academy across the past two-and-a-half years, Jim Marriott and Mike DiBernardo (from the WMFS Emergency Response Training Support Team) will be presenting  the 'West Midlands Fire Service Prize for Live Projects with Social Impact'. 
Thanks must go to Jim and Mike for organising this graduation prize.

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Junior Designer - Creative Lynx, Manchester

Junior Designer 
Creative Lynx is a leading digital design agency – ranked highly in both the Design Week and Marketing Week top 100, we’re multiple award winning and have a sociable, friendly and extremely talented creative team based in the heart of Manchester City Centre. Due to our continued success, we are looking for a Junior Designer to join our studio. We would love to hear from recent graduates with a good degree, or Designers who have already gained some experience in an agency environment.

Our existing team is made up of extremely strong creatives at a range of levels and we are looking for someone who is flexible and broad ranging in their approach to complement this dynamic. We are looking for a junior creative who is ideas led and who has either worked on digital projects, or who can demonstrate a passion to work within the sector – you need to show you can think of innovative concepts and apply these through various mediums. Here you will have the opportunity to apply your ideas across the full range of digital and print media; from iPad and smartphone applications, to websites and brochures.

We work with an extremely broad range of clients, from global pharmaceutical businesses through to public sector organisations, local restaurants and universities. What we would love to see in your portfolio are great ideas and an ability to hit the right tone in a variety of styles and approaches. It goes without saying that you’ll also need excellent mac skills and that you’re happy working as part of a fast paced, busy team.

In return, we offer an excellent working environment, we’re centrally located, extremely busy and your appointment will be part of planned expansion across the business as a whole. Interested applicants should apply to Sophie Jackson via; sending a copy of your CV, a covering letter and most importantly, your portfolio.

Creative Lynx is proud to be part of the Havas network

Friday, 26 October 2012

Graphic Design Intern - Motilo Ltd, London

Graphic Design intern
Launched in April 2011, is an online community where you can shop together in real time with your friends. Motilo offers an interactive fashion-focused social network fused with a unique e-commerce platform. is looking for a Graphic Design intern with digital/web design skills. The main duty will be assisting senior designers and helping with day-to-day tasks in the studio. The candidate must be competent in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator and have experience in creating web banners as well as a basic knowledge of HTML.

Whilst creativity and knowledge of the latest fashion and design trends are a must, good efficiency, organization skills and experience working in a design studio environment are essential.

The length of the placement is four weeks with a view to extend. This is an ideal opportunity for recent graduates living in London.

How to apply:
To apply for this position please email, with your CV and examples of your work attached.

Design Intern - Sectorlight Marketing & Design Ltd, London

Design Intern
Sectorlight, an independent, multi award winning Marketing and Design agency offer a 3 month internship for graduates looking to gain solid creative agency experience with which to progress their careers.

Successful applicants should expect to work across a range of job requirements, assisting both artworkers and designers in our busy studio. The Studio intern is an integral part of our team, you will work on live accounts and pitches and learn to manage your time and work with the studio to produce creative campaigns from initial brief to final delivery.

The post is unpaid – but we do cover travel expenses (within London) and daily lunch.

Applicants should have a relevant design degree and be able to use InDesign and Photoshop.

Please send a covering email, CV and design portfolio & web links to:

Junior Designers/paid placement - Meri Media, London

Junior Designer at Meri Media
Meri Media is a digital publishing company mainly working in the field of art and fashion. Alongside POST, our self initiated iPad magazine, we are working for clients including; Gucci, Lancôme, Comme Des Garçons, Stella McCartney,…

We are looking for a junior designer with a great attitude and attention to details to assist our creative team. This is a paid placement but this could eventually become a full time position if you fit the role.

How to Apply
If you are interested, please send us your work

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Berlin trip

We are organising a trip to Berlin in March next year, family and friends are also welcome.
The total cost is £315, this includes the following;
  • 3 nights / 4 days bed and breakfast hotel accommodation (multi-bedded rooms with private facilities, twin and single available at £60 supplement)
  • flights from Luton
  • Transport from University to airport and return
  • Transport from airport to Berlin hotel and return
  • Insurance
We will be travelling on Saturday 9th March, returning on Tuesday 12th March 2013.
The total cost may go down slightly depending on flight costs, these cannot be confirmed until we make the payment.
Berlin is an exciting city with lots of culture and art to explore. This trip will not impact on your studies and it would be great if you could come with us!
Places are limited to 40, however, if there is enough interest I may be able to book more.
Deposits of £120 will be due in 3 weeks time, on or before 16th November and the remainder due by the end of December. Details of how to make payments will be issued early next week.
If you are interested in coming then please can you email me, just put BERLIN in the subject, 
If you have any questions then please get in touch.

The iF Concept Design Award

The iF Concept Design Award is one of the world’s most important design competitions for young design talent - with approx. 11,000 entries in 2012 alone.

To reflect the range of contributions, the iF concept design award accepts entries in four categories with several sub-categories. The main categories are:

• product design / industrial design
• communication design / multimedia design
• fashion design
• architecture / interior design

Furthermore there are five fields of change, the trend roots:

• Social Change
• Cultural Change
• Economic Change
• Ecological Change
• Technological Change

They indicate a change in society that the entry is most likely to achieve. When registering, every entry has to be assigned to one category and to one trend root. The jury reserves the right to assign the entry to a different category or trend root.

Moreover, for the third time there will be a special prize as part of the iF Concept Design Award: the "Hansgrohe Preis 2013: Efficient Water Design", calling for entries on the theme of "My Open Shower Space".

All entries to the iF concept design award 2013 that relate to this theme, can also be submitted to the Hansgrohe Preis.

The intellectual property rights of all submitted designs remain with the participants. The organizers will not implement any concepts submitted to the iF Concept Design Award.

There is no entry fee.


The competition is open to students and graduates in the fields of design, architecture, marketing and engineering from all over the world.


The iF Concept Design Award has a total prize money of EUR 30,000 (approx. 38,500 USD).

The Hansgrohe Preis 2013 comes with a total prize money of 5,000 EUR (approx. 6,500 USD).

For more information visit:

Compost Awareness Week Poster Contest 2013

The International Compost Awareness Week Committee of the US Composting Council invites you to get involved in ICAW 2013 Poster Contest.

Compost is the recycling of organic materials to create a valuable soil amendment. Using it provides plants with essential nutrients, protects soil against the threat of erosion, and increases soil health without the use of chemicals and reduces water pollution.

The poster must include the words "International Compost Awareness Week May 6 – 12, 2013" along with the poster theme "Compost: Nature’s way to grow!". The concept and images of the poster should be based on "compost use" or address the "benefits of recycling organic residuals". We will especially look for images that demonstrate that compost is not limited to a specific use, but has many uses. Compost is used for both commercial and residential applications and in a variety of industries such as landscape, nursery, agriculture and horticulture. For example, compost can be used in vegetable and flower gardens, for tree and shrub planting, for sod production and roadside projects, in wetlands creation, soil remediation and land reclamation, sports fields and golf courses, and for erosion control and stormwater management. When creating your poster, please remember that the winning poster will be reproduced and distributed nationally.

All entries will be reviewed by the judges and the best three identified in each division. The divisions are:
• Grades 3 to 7
• Grades 8 to 12
• College students and adults

There is no entry fee.


The contest is open worldwide to anyone who would like to help celebrate composting and promote the benefits of composting and compost use.


The Poster Contest Winner will have his/her poster reproduced and distributed nationwide. It will be the official 2013 International Compost Awareness Week poster and featured on the US Composting Council Web site. The winning “poster artist” will have his/her name posted on the USCC website and will be included on all print material and in any USCC press releases in association with our Annual ICAW Celebration.

Moreover, the successful poster winner will receive a $500 savings bond prize. The winners of the other two divisions will each receive a $100 savings bond prize. All participants will receive a certificate of participation.

For more information see: