Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Gemma Oldfield - Graduate Success

Congratulations to Visual Communication Multimedia student Gemma Oldfield, who graduated with first class honours in 2011, and won The Sheaffer Prize for Outstanding Work on Live Commissions in Graphic Communication for projects with the Higher Education Academy and West Midlands Fire Service.

Gemma is currently studying the Masters in Digital and Visual Communication at Wolverhampton, and has landed an educational multimedia development job with RTITB, the largest lift truck training accrediting body in the UK and Ireland. http://www.rtitb.co.uk

"Studying Visual Communication at Wolverhampton gave me the opportunity to work with real clients on live projects, and this has given me the experience and confidence required for work."

We wish her every success.

Andreas Olymbios - MA Student

Having firstly completed my bachelor studies at the University of Wolverhampton, the fulfilling, creative profession of Graphic Design has consumed me. I have been a freelance designer since 2007, which gave me the opportunity to work on range of varied of projects. I have decided to undertake a masters degree in Digital and Visual Communication (Design for Advertising). 

The main thing I have learned, during my academic and working experience, is that, to meet the needs of creative industry, a graphic designer must be multifaceted, and constantly updating their knowledge. I am always seeking ways to improve my skills by utilizing a wide array of sources, ranging from academic literature to contemporary works. I especially take pride in my published works, as appraisal from my peers inspires me to invest further in my profession. 

Choosing a subject for my MA project has helped me to concentrate on an area of design that is new to me. I will be creating a new brand of energy drink and examining the effect of different approaches to advertising and promotion for this new product. The target market is an adult audience aged from 18 to 40 of both sexes. My product will be different from other energy drinks, which are mainly aimed at young consumers with a specific way of life. This product is based on natural ingredients, for consumers with an awareness of health issues. My target audience are busy people with a hectic routine who may feel tired or stressed during the day. 

I am looking forward to continuing my MA. studies and to testing the results of different forms of advertising focused on consumer’s interests and lifestyle.

Monday, 30 January 2012

Edible poster design from Anna Garforth

Anna Garforth works with a diverse range of materials and skills to create unique and experimental work. So far her artworks have been used for public events, community projects, workshops, campaigns, publications and exhibitions both nationally and internationally.

With a strong background in design and illustration, her nifty fingers work moss into beautiful lettering, cookie dough into edible posters and rubbish into typographic wonder.


Saturday, 28 January 2012

Nick Stapleton - graduate success

I can’t believe that I’ve gained 14 years experience as a graphic designer, since completing my graphics degree at The University of Wolverhampton. In this time I’ve been lucky enough to work on designs involving a variety media, as well as art directing and shooting photography. I’ve designed for organisations including De Montfort University, Norwich City Council and many other companies. 

Since graduation I have really enjoyed developing my skills and I am now not only responsible for creative output, but I also control marketing and advertising budgets. I particularly enjoy working on re-branding projects that help to raise the profile and boost sales for my clients. 

Moving to a work within a small agency, led to fresh challenges including the excitement of promoting music festivals and theatre productions. I particularly enjoy music, having sung and played in a band for along while. 

My current position allows me to enjoy building on the skills of my previous experience. I work in areas including web design, branding, advertising and design for print. My designs need to capture the essence of the company I work for and help the organisation relate better with its audience, creating a stronger brand that sells more proactively.

Friday, 27 January 2012


If you are unfamiliar with these things, tart cards are the means by which London prostitutes advertise their services. Step in to any Central London call box and you can contemplate up to eighty cards inviting you to be tied, teased, spanked or massaged either in luxury apartments, fully-equipped chambers or the privacy of your own hotel room.

So pervasive are these things, and so curious is their typography, images and copy writing, they are now regarded as bona fide items of accidental art and have something of a cult following. Once on the periphery of design, the cards have influenced the work of many mainstream artists including Royal Academician Tom Philips and Sex Pistols designers, Ray and Nils Stevenson. The aim is to create witty graphic designs, whilst highlighting the serious issue that lies at the heart of the world of tart cards – the plight of trafficked women in the sex industry.

We would like you to design a tart card either for a typeface or a letter of the alphabet, to ‘find the tart hiding in every type’.

SPECIFICATION• A6 (105 x 148 mm) landscape or portrait.
• Typographic, illustrative, photographic: or a combination of techniques of your choosing.
• Hand or machine made
• Single - or full-colour
• Side 1 – image and text
• Side 2 – sign and date
• Supply hard copy and, electronic versions if possible.

All entries will be exhibited in the TypeTarts Exhibition at MediaCity 16th-25th February 2012
After which the collection will be included in the St Bride Library permanent collection.
The deadline for submitting your card (email or physical) is Monday 6th February

You can email submissions direct to John Rooney at j.rooney@salford.ac.uk

Hard copies to be sent to John Rooney, Centenary Building, University of Salford, Peru St, Salford, M3 6EQ.

Feel free to tweet us your submissions too at @createatsalford using the hashtag #typetartsalford and take a look at some examples of the cards that have already been submitted on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/createatsalford

The Caparo Prize for Creative Enterprise

Every year one of the prestigious awards offered to students graduating from the School of Art and Design, is The Caparo Prize for Creative Enterprise. The prize is present during the graduation ceremony, in front of an audience of family and friends.

The competition which offers a £100 prize, is open to final year students. If you would like to be considered for this award, you will need to put together a written document that explains and illustrates your achievements in the area of 'enterprise, initiative and or entrepreneurship' within art and design. This should include information about commercial, or 'public faced' activities that you have been involved with. For more information please contact John Clementson or Jeff Leak. The Visual Communication staff team are looking forward to supporting a number of applications from students

Entries To: 
Dean of School, MK505

Thursday, 26 January 2012


Getting a job in the creative industries is hard enough. But add the downturn, recession, depression – call it what you like – and securing an entry level role in marketing, design, PR and digital has become even more challenging.

B-Hive can give you a head start – by bringing together Birmingham’s leading creative agencies and big brands we are giving you the chance to present to the industry’s most successful PR, Marketing, Creative and Digital professionals. Impress them and you will secure one of the 30 paid work experience placements on offer at some of the most high-profile players in the Midlands.

B-Hive 2012 has started and is offerring a range of exciting briefs, that focus on marketing, public relations, advertising, graphic design and web design – so there will definitely be something to get your creative juices flowing!

The competition, now open to art schools in the West Midlands – is no longer not just Birmingham centered, but competition will be fierce and it is important that interested Wolverhampton students make an early start. 
For more information and to view the briefs visit:


PAPERGIRL - Birmingham

P A P E R G I R L is a non-commercial art project which aims to take art distribution out of galleries and into the streets via bicycle. It aims to broaden the public consciousness of both local and global artists and provide them with a wider, more liberal venue to exhibit their work.

The project was founded in Berlin by Aisha Ronniger.

Since 2006 Aisha’s idea has inspired like-minded folk from around the globe into organising a Papergirl project in their city.

The concept begins with an open call for art, welcoming anyone creatively minded to submit their work. Drawings, paintings, screen prints, photographs, textiles, stickers, poems, zines… anything that can be rolled up and transported with ease.

Art is collected, exhibited for free, and then distributed to an unsuspecting public, via an atmospheric array of honkingly exuberant and ravishingly roadworthy Brummies on bicycles.

You don’t have to be a girl to be involved in Papergirl. If a blend of cycling, art, and random acts of kindness speak to you, then get in touch to be a part of Birmingham’s first Papergirl.



Studio4 Gallery, The Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Digbeth, Birmingham, B9 4AA,
United Kingdom.


47-49 Station Street, Birmingham, West Midlands,
B5 4DY, United Kingdom.


❖ THE IDEA of the project is to open the art world to people who often don’t instinctively or actively seek it out; to surprise people and bring them into contact with art in their everyday life.

❖ The initial impulse for this project came about due to a tightening of a law in 2005, associating postering in public places with graffiti-spraying. The idea of distributing art by bicycle emerged during the search for new ways to bring art straight to society, and have more fun doing so than out of fear of possible punishment.

❖ The project is all-inclusive and there are no restrictions on medium, nor on participants’ age, education, gender, location or background. Both emerging and more established artists are welcome to take part. This means that all levels and styles of prints, stickers, posters, photos, stories, illustrations, zines, drawings, paintings, fabric, t-shirts come together in one unique roll.

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Packaging Designer - Leeds

Packaging Designer

We are looking for a packaging designer in our Leeds studio. You ideally have 3-5 years’ experience working in an award-winning brand design company, full of ideas and enthusiasm and enjoy working as part of a team. Please send examples of your work (titling the pdf attachment with your name) to: packaging.design@elmwood.co.uk

Graduate Designer - Leeds

Graduate Designer

Elmwood are looking for a graduate designer for our Leeds studio. We are looking for someone who not only likes a creative challenge, but will challenge us too. We want you to be bursting with ideas, and not afraid to voice them. You must be passionate about design and creativity. You must always be hungry to learn. You could have recently graduated, or due to graduate this summer. You’ll get the opportunity to work on all sizes of branding projects so you’ll need enough technical skills to hit the ground running, and thrive in a team environment. Please send examples of your work (titling the pdf attachment with your name) to: graduates@elmwood.com

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Viral Videos and the Changing Nature of Audio-Visual Relations

CADRE Lecture Series
Free Public Lecture by
Professor Anahid Kassabian 
(James and Constance Alsop Chair of Music and Departmental Director of Postgraduate Research
at the School of Music, University of Liverpool)
Tuesday 31st January 2012, 6.00pm, WH123 (Walsall Campus)

As new forms of media expression are developing, the relationships between the auditory and the visual are undergoing significant changes as well. In this lecture, I will focus specifically on short 'musical films' as one example of a larger shift that includes everything from smartphone apps to smart home environments.

Anahid Kassabian's research and teaching focus on ubiquitous music; music, sound, and moving images; listening; disciplinarity; music and new technologies, especially games, virtual worlds, and pervasive computing; and music and media scholarship drawing on feminist and postcolonial theories.

Anahid is a past editor of Stanford Humanities Review, Journal of Popular Music Studies, a co-founder of Music, Sound and the Moving Image, and past chair of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music. In addition to publishing widely in the areas of film music and ubiquitous music, she has also written numerous articles, with David Kazanjian, on Armenian diasporan film, and she has curated several Armenian film festivals in San Francisco and New York.

Monday, 23 January 2012

Posterheroes competition

“The problem is that, as generations elapse, we, as occidentals, got convinced that wealth and technology were ”natural”: obvious as the sun rising, free as the rivers flowing. And on this belief, scientifically absurd, irrational as the most archaic superstition, are based all or almost all of our everyday life, all or almost all of our politics. We were sadly able to occult the costs, the risks and the failures of a development based, actually, on a reckless and massive taking of limited resources”
Michele Serra

Posterheroes is the creative showcase of the proactive debate about consumption’s present and future, and of the energetic and material resources’ aware fruition. After the contest’s rst edition, which was centered on the energies’ production, the second edition proposes the issue of consumption, underlining the user’s rhole as an important actor in the consumption/saving global equilibriums, and not merely as a spectator of broader mechanisms. The contest is a way for young people and for the creative community to express their opinion about the resources’ fruition for a sustainable future.

Which kind of consumption model do you propose?
Which kind of scenarium do you imagine for an aware fruition of the
energetic and material resources?

The sensitization to action of the single person can be useful to the entire community. The water, soil, goods, fossil fuels, (as oil and methane), consumption meets our basic needs, and is the way that allows us to perform our daily activities. fondamentali, quali ad esempio lo spostamento, l’igiene, il nutrimento. Il consumo indiscriminato diviene anche consumo di sé, del proprio tempo e del proprio spazio.

Which kind of ideas, choices and actions can be proposed and concretely applied to improve or revolution a reckless and obsolete consumption scenarium?

Through a 50 x 70 poster imagine suggestions and new solutions for the aware resources’ aware fruition’s future. Open new horizons, suggest and promote new perspectives, enhance debate, exchange, awareness and participation, and give voice to the individuals’ and consumers’ social value.

The works consignment, via uploading on our website, will start on the 15th of november, 2011, and will be nishing on february the 15th, 2012, at midnight (GMT + 1).

For more information visit:


Designer - Atalanta, Glasgow


Atalanta are looking for a Designer to join our studio in Glasgow.

We work with serious brands, both here in Glasgow and in our studio in London, so we do need someone with sound experience who knows the value of creativity.

The length of your experience isn’t important. The depth of your talent is.

Please send your CV and some of your best work to Stewart Hall, our Creative Director in Glasgow.


Looking for new talent for new magazine!

TWOFOLD are currently working on a new magazine and on the hunt for artists and designers to showcase! 

At TWOFOLD Magazine we love illustration and typography so much we decided to make it into a magazine to share our passion for all the amazing pieces of art that are being created by showcasing some of the world's best talent! TWOFOLD is created out of love and passion for everything illustration and typography. We love creativity! We love quirkiness! And we would love to see what everyone has to offer! We are not looking for any styles or techniques in particular, we want to see anything and everything that people have to offer. Whether its created using paint, pen, a mouse, the humble pencil, crayons, Wacom pen, fingers, paint brushes, fineliners, tea, felt tips pens, paper, your best friend's face or even your cat's tail - we want to see it! 

We are also proud to be an independent magazine, which means there are no big companies dictating our content and telling us what we can and can't print and showcase! As well as no adverts! 
We hope that the publication and website will provide people with a platform to showcase their skills and gain recognition, furthermore as a place to gain inspiration! Regular readers of this blog may remember a post about Blair Frame and his contribution to the first issue of TWOFOLD.

Please feel free to check out the TWOFOLD website for more information on submitting as well as current issues http://www.twofoldmagazine.com/index.html

Friday, 20 January 2012

Lena Matthies - MA Student

My name is Lena Matthies and I am 21 years old. I first studied Communication Design at the Kunstschule Wandsbek in Germany and I am now beginning an MA Digital and Visual Communications within the School of Art and Design at the University of Wolverhampton. 

I have a special, personal interest in design and music. Corporate Design, Illustration, Typography and Photography are parts of the studies which I have particularly enjoyed. My passion for design reflects my keen interest in many diverse kinds of art. Music is also a favourite leisure activity. I have been playing the piano since I was five years old. Since 2007 I have played the piano in public concerts or at private events and compose I my own songs. 

In my MA I am aiming to combine my two favourite passions to make a link between sound and graphics.
I think it is exciting to learn more about music‘s meaning and how it can affect people negatively and positively. Some of the questions I will be addressing in Masters study include: What is music and how can you feel it without hearing it and how does it become a more impactful sensory experience? I would like to analyse music from different perspectives in order to that put together a body of knowledge concerning new practical uses for music. I am interested in people who experiment in the area of this topic, with the aim of presenting my findings in the form of a creative book design, which will also include aspects of my own work. It will be a book which inspires a different approach to thinking about life, employment, design, music and leisure, as well as creating an interest and exciting anticipation for experiencing all things new. This book will bring modern design and music together, nearer to the reader.

The images of Lena's work featured here, include her work for CD packaging and magazine design.

Mr Smith's Letterpress Workshop

This is the week of the letterpress workshops at the Black Country Living Museum and each day a fortunate, small group of visual communication students and alumni have been visiting the print shop to learn more about this exciting form of print. Photographs of the workshops will follow soon.

If you have an interest in typography and or letterpress you will be interested to see the following Creative Review film of 'Mr Smith's Letterpress Workshop' in Kennington, London. The workshop is run by Kelvyn Laurence Smith and is chiefly concerned with all things typographic, good practice and quality workmanship. He creates exquisitely crafted contemporary typographic printed matter using traditional wood and metal type. 

Thursday, 19 January 2012


Kodak, the company that invented the hand-held camera, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in New York early Thursday morning, after the struggling, 131-year-old photography icon ran short of the cash needed to fund a business turnaround. 

For many designers, photographers art students, the name Kodak, is synonymous with the earliest foundations of their creative interests and endeavours

Placement - Thompson Brand Partners, Leeds


We have a great opportunity for an enthusiastic and talented graduate to come and work with us for a while at Thompson Brand Partners. If you’re passionate about branding and design, a happy person, have some interesting additions for our jukebox and like to be challenged on your biscuits tastes then get in touch. Email richard@thompsonbrandpartners.com with “placement” in the subject line and some tasty work samples.

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Senior Magazine Designer

Senior Magazine Designer
Starting Jan-Feb 2012

Company and overview:
Runwild Media Group is a dynamic, independent publishing house and a leader in the luxury magazine industry. In adhering to the highest standard of editorial content and utilising stylish, modern design, Runwild Media Group has carved out a niche in its field.

Runwild Media Group specialises in producing monthly luxury titles, bespoke publications and a host of media solutions which produce remarkable commercial results. The company has many exclusive business partnerships, including those with Canary Wharf Group, British Land and exclusive retail destination The Royal Exchange.

An extensive monthly portfolio includes The Mayfair Magazine,
Canary Wharf, The City, Vantage and London Homes & Property.
These titles are all aspirational, luxury lifestyle magazines which target various affluent consumer and corporate audiences.

This is pivotal role in which you will be fully responsible for the layout and visual appearance of our various titles. Other projects, and/or contract publishing may be assigned by the Head of Design. Adhering to and following style sheets and templates to maintain the magazine’s brand, the ideal candidate should be knowledgeable, smart and professional for pitches if and when they occur.

We are an innovative and forward-looking company providing an ideal career platform for high-quality design professionals.

The environment:
Operating from the heart of Canary Wharf, our culture is lively, friendly and informal but extremely professional and hard-working.

Scope of work:
-Design/layout magazines, brochures and print-related artwork, to a high, creative standard
-Reporting and liaising directly to the Head of Design to take a brief and any feedback. Also at time directly with clients
-Ability to come up with various solutions/concepts to move forward and design more effective layouts and artwork (consistently meeting the brief)
-Working with Editors, Sub-editors and production to tight deadlines to ensure the magazine goes to print.
-Check, export, and upload hi-res Pdf’s of editorial to the printers.

-A strong portfolio displaying magazine design, a range of graphic design and ideally some experience in brand design
-A strong conceptual approach to designing magazines/print artwork as well as the final execution itself
-Ability to take briefs and deliver creative solutions/concepts.
-A strong knowledge of In-Design, Photoshop, Illustrator and Acrobat (CS4) working on PC’s
-An in-depth knowledge of current graphic design trends and techniques.
-A flexible and dedicated attitude with proven experience of working within a team, as well as independently
-Excellent communication skills and attention to detail.

Software Knowledge/Experience:
-In-Design (CS2/CS3/CS4)
-Photoshop (CS2/CS3/CS4)
-Illustrator (CS2/CS3/CS4)
-Acrobat (7 and upwards)

Please apply by email with CV and samples of work to

Part-time Graphic Designer

Designer – Leeds (part time)
Busy advertising agency design team needs another designer either on 2/3days a week job share or 10-3 on three four or five days a week. You must be conversant with Indesign, Photoshop and preparing press advertising and web banners and buttons. Clearly you must be in commuting distance of our Leeds office (near j46 M1) to be considered. Please send a detailed cv and salary expectations to andrew.batty@cmsadvertising.co.uk

Graphic Designer - Voice, Leicestershire

Junior Graphic Designer
Voice is a small, highly focused creative agency based in rural Leicestershire. By combining high level creative delivery with expert business thinking, we apply a ‘real world’ methodology to ensure that our clients products and services achieve their goals. We have an international mix of clients and our disciplines range from brand and marketing strategy, design for print, on-line, mobile, high end image retouching and art direction.

We are looking for a very talented junior designer to join our team. You will have a design degree and/or up to two years experience working in a deadline-driven agency environment. You should be confident working as part of a team and have the aptitude to take on projects from concept through to delivery. Your attention to detail must be flawless and you should possess a passion for print and digital projects.

You should be extremely proficient at using Adobe CS including Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. A knowledge of HTML, CSS and web technologies would be a bonus.

If you are interested, please email your CV and some of your best work (PDF, no more than 7mb) over to tim@voicebranddesign.com – stating why you are the individual that can make a difference. Strictly no agencies.

Placement - Ranch

Design placement

Ranch is a small creative agency specialising in branding, and design for web and print. We are looking for a placement to assist on several projects. Duties will include inputting on creative stages, design development, and simple artworks.

Please send samples of your work to Paul@ranchdesign.co.uk

Placement - Further, Covent Garden

Further are an agency specialising in branding, reporting and employee engagement across a wide range of clients.

We’ll give you:
A studio full of lovely people
A chance to shine
Real work on some really big clients
Four weeks paid work

In return for:
Good ideas
A great attitude
Willingness to get stuck in

Please send five pieces of work (and only five!) and something interesting about yourself to clare.holmes@furthercreative.co.uk

Typography conference Birmingham

A two-day typographic conference
14–15 March 2012

This years Birmingham type conference is entitled Variations. The event will examine the changing roles of typography’s past; examine the nature of typography’s present; and play soothsayer into typography’s future.

For more information visit:

Speakers this year include Wolverhampton Graphics lecturer Jessica Glaser and also Graphics alumni Evripides Zantides.

Booking for this event is now open. Future posts about this event will follow.

Exhibiting your work at White Tree Studios and Gallery

White Tree has been established for three years and is well known in the art community. White Tree held over 30 exhibitions to date. The private views are always well attended prompting many sales of artworks from the premises. They have a large contact base and are part of the Junction Festival, Wolverhampton society of artists and the Wolverhampton Contemporary art forum.

Hire space £70.00 per week or £100.00 for two weeks.

White Tree will be open from 10.00 – 4.00 Monday to Friday on week days of exhibition not including Saturdays which will be charged at £25.00 extra.

The gallery space can be hired daily at a charge of £35.00 per day for the use of photography or workshops. 

Wall space for rent

White Tree are offering artists the chance to display their work in the gallery space on the third floor £10.00 per piece for 20 days with 25 per cent commission if sold. 

They are also offering artists the opportunity to display their work along the stairs of the White Tree building, Artworks have again been sold from this location. This space will be £10.00 for 40 days per artwork. Please ensure that all artwork is mirror plated and provide a label with the title of artwork, media, price and name of artist. There will be a 25 per cent commission if sold.

Please contact us for further details.

Tel: 07921814161

Address: 21, Chapel Ash, Wolverhampton, WV3 0TZ

Tuesday, 17 January 2012


Take a look at 'Desearch', postgraduate journal of art and contemporary culture. The first issue, from spring summer 2011, is available online and contains an impressive array of articles, including Pictorially Abstract: The Illusion of The Real, by Simon Harris and Soundscape and Abstraction: Exploring the Relationship Between Environmental Sound and Language, by Marcus Leadley.

Desearch is a peer reviewed postgraduate journal of art and contemporary culture, based in Wolverhampton.

In addition to offering publishing opportunities to postgraduate students Desearch is setting out to provide aspiring artists/writers with the technical advice required for writing and publishing, as well as providing a place to debate issues.

Issue one can be seen at:

The Roads

Fancy developing a cutting edge website that will be seen daily by thousands of people?

The Roads www.theroads.net is one of the fastest growing Urban culture magazines to spread across the web and soon to be in most major music providers (HMV), newsagents (WHsmith) and urban clothing stores as one of the sole existing urban music PRINT magazines.

The Roads is currently going through a huge re-structure and we are in need of a passionate and skilled web developer to re-create a digital platform that will be viewed by fans, musicians, bloggers and fashion heads around the UK. 

Distinct advantages of the Role potentially include free press passes to major festivals, free music, free merchandise and tag lines/ credits on the website and magazine which will entitle you to include your experience and work in your portfolio and CV.

To get involved and be a web developer for The Roads all you need is an excellent eye for building websites (Wordpress, Dreamweaver, Flash) and a professional approach and attitude.

The ability to develop mobile apps and a passion for urban music (Hip-hop/Grime/R&B/Dubstep) are desirable but not essential to gain this fantastic opportunity. If your a starting web developer this could be one of your first crucial steps on the ladder as, anyone involved in this project will benefit from Tag lines and credits on the website, that will be professionally marketed by a major International PR company. 

To be a part of one of the most exciting and innovative media teams in the UK simply reply to the relevant email addresses and become a member of a young creative organisation with a passion for showcasing urban music scene.

Monday, 16 January 2012


Call for Entries for: Ascension
Octagon Gallery, London
Deadline: 28 February, 2012
Fee: none

Ascension is an art show at the Octagon gallery, Hackney on the theme of the transformation of the ordinary into the celestial or transcendent. Works submitted can take either a spiritual or a non-religious interpretation of the theme.

Artists are invited to submit work by email or post. Works submitted should be no bigger than 60 centimetres (24 inches) at their longest dimension.

Send up to 3 Jpgs of work, a current CV and a brief statement about your work (no longer than 150 words) to:

ASCENSION, 14 Linscott Road, London E5 0RD
or email: antmanbeeart@yahoo.co.uk

Open for entries from 1st week of Jan to 28th Feb 2012

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Friday, 13 January 2012

Ten Drawings by Leonardo da Vinci: A Diamond Jubilee Celebration

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery are hosting one of 2012's, sure to be, most popular free exhibitions.

To celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen, ten of the Royal Collection’s finest drawings by the Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci will travel to five museums and galleries across the United Kingdom. Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is the first UK venue to show this exhibition.

13th January 2012 - 25th March 2012
For more information visit:

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

PT Sans available from Font Squirrel

It is always worth keeping a look out for free fonts, if they are available in an extensive variety of weights. Enter PT Sans is a free font from Font Squirrel and is to be found with an impressive range of 8 different weights.
for more details visit:

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Drop by Drop Competition

Drop by Drop is an initiative of the UN Regional Information Centre (UNRIC), in partnership with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and with the support of the Nordic Council of Ministers.

The purpose is to create a print advertisement that inspires others to preserve water, now and for future generations. The competition calls on professionals and non-professionals to design a newspaper advertisement, using the competition logo, which inspires the European public in a positive way.Text or slogans used in the advertisement can be in any of the official languages of the 48 European countries of eligibility. However all submissions must be translated into English, should they be in another language. Entries submitted without translation will be disregarded.The European ad competition is part of The Future We Want, the UN’s global campaign leading up to the Rio+20 Conference in June 2012. This global conference could change the way we think about our world in terms of economic, social and environmental matters, and that’s why the UN is engaging all citizens to put forward their ideas. Initiatives and competitions like this one from all corners of the globe that will form part of a global conversation about The Future We Want.


The competition is open to all citizens and residents of the 48 UN Member States in Europe: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and United Kingdom.Participants must be 18 years of age and over.


Selected by our distinguished jury, the overall winner of the 2012 ’The Future we Want: Drop by Drop’ competition will receive a $6500 cash prize from the Nordic Council of Ministers. A "youth prize" will be provided by Fabrica for participants that are 25 years old or under. The winner, chosen by Fabrica, will receive a two week trial period, which if successful could lead to a full year grant and internship at Fabrica. The two-week trial includes tutoring, facilities, work station, hospitality in a shared apartment in Treviso (30 minutes from Venice) and lunch at the Fabrica restaurant. UNRIC will cover the round-trip travel costs of the trial winner.A public vote prize will be offered by the Portuguese Government to the entry receiving the most votes from the public. Although the competition is only open to Europeans, everyone from around the world can vote for their favourite ad.

For more information and to see a selection of existing submissions see:

Monday, 9 January 2012

Gift Packaging Competition - Tigerprint

Tigerprint, are the sole supplier of greeting products to high street store Marks & Spencer. They run several monthly design competitions throughout the year, including this competition is this Gift Packaging Competition. Tigerprint are asking designers to think about originating packaging for a special occasion gift, with a chance to win £200 and a possible placement. The 3D design element is growing from strength to strength within the greetings product market and this competition presents Tigerprint with a great opportunity to spot new design talent in this discipline.

For more information see:

Saturday, 7 January 2012

D&AD Student awards 2012

The D&AD Student Awards have been helping students break into the industry since 1978. Winning truly marks you out as one of the very best. You get noticed. In fact, 76% of graduating Student Awards winners walk into a job or placement in less than three months.
Entry to the Student Awards is open to anyone in full or part-time education. Whether you’re a copywriter or Illustrator, a digital specialist, graphic designer or something in-between - there’s a category for you.

And to make sure that all new talent gets a chance to shine, They have added a new brief this year: Make Your Mark. As well as all full-time students, it’s open to anyone under the age of 26 or to all recent graduates who finished their course within the last two years (see the entry info for details on dates).

For more information visit:

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Derwent pencils - samples

The Cumberland Pencil Company, manufacturers of Derwent fine art pencils, is the leading, and now the only, pencil manufacturer in the UK. Derwent has a long and distinguished heritage, stretching back to the discovery of graphite in the Borrowdale area in the early 1500s. Pencils have been made in Cumbria since 1832 and generations of local craftsmen have used their unique skills to perfect the art of pencil making.

The Company is offering students free sample packs of Derwent Eco Sketching pencils, perfect for drawing or visualising. This offer is available until 31 March 2012. For more information, download a copy of Derwents Artscene magazine at:http://www.pencils.co.uk/artscene.aspx 

Junior Graphic Designer - Voice, Leicestershire

Junior Graphic Designer

Voice is a small, highly focused creative agency based in rural Leicestershire. By combining high level creative delivery with expert business thinking, we apply a ‘real world’ methodology to ensure that our clients products and services achieve their goals. We have an international mix of clients and our disciplines range from brand and marketing strategy, design for print, on-line, mobile, high end image retouching and art direction.

We are looking for a very talented junior designer to join our team. You will have a design degree and/or up to two years experience working in a deadline-driven agency environment. You should be confident working as part of a team and have the aptitude to take on projects from concept through to delivery. Your attention to detail must be flawless and you should possess a passion for print and digital projects.

You should be extremely proficient at using Adobe CS including Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. A knowledge of HTML, CSS and web technologies would be a bonus.

If you are interested, please email your CV and some of your best work (PDF, no more than 7mb) over to tim@voicebranddesign.com – stating why you are the individual that can make a difference. 

Artworker - Baber Smith London


Baber Smith is an award winning creative agency based in Camden Town, with clients including American Express, Brent Cross Shopping Centre and PCWorld.
We have a great opportunity for an artworker to work on both print and digital campaigns across our portfolio of clients.

With a minimum of 5 years agency experience, the ideal candidate will have a traditional artworking background with advanced skills in CS5 – InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator.

Basic HTML and CSS are also required to work on emails, banners and microsites.
Mac based server experience would be advantageous.

A sharp eye for detail, taking art director scamps to Mac visuals and the ability to work independently as well as part of a team is a must.

Email your CV/examples of work with your salary expectations toiwannawork@babersmith.co.uk
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Middleweight Designer - Bandstand London

Great opportunity for a Middleweight Graphic Designer to join a thriving new integrated agency in Central London. A strong conceptual designer, you should be at home designing and thinking for digital platforms, print and advertising. You should be full of ideas as there’s never a dull moment with clients including luxury goods, retail, charities and property.

A true creative thinker you will be able to take a brief from concept through to completion and impress with your visual identity, eye for photography and strong layout. When it comes to web you need to complement your stunning designs with a true understanding of the web and how it works.

Strong mac skills are essential although the best ideas usually start on paper. You’ll get help with artwork but you need to be fully conversant in Adobe CS (Photoshop, Illustrator and Indesign) and whilst web programs (Dreamweaver, flash etc.) aren’t essential they would be an advantage. You will also be educated to degree level in graphic design or a related subject.

This is your chance to make your mark at a new agency with big ambitions.

Please email work@bandstandlondon.co.uk with your portfolio, CV and salary expectations

Creative Graphic Designer

Creative Graphic Designer – South London 
Salary: £23-25k
Commitment: Full or part time

Calling all graphic designers!

Do you have creativity in your soul? Do you want to further develop a highly successful B2B brand?

Creative Education are the country’s largest provider of on the job teacher training and are looking for a talented, enthusiastic and – yes – creative designer to help make our brand beautiful.

As the company’s sole specialist you’ll need to be something of an all rounder. The vast majority of the work will be print based, supporting our very successful direct mail to schools, but other related skills including flash, web, and other online disciplines will all be to your advantage.

Your role will be to design and manage of the production of all our creative material. We want your opinion on the brief and you can help shape them with your own creative input and ideas.

Whether you’re looking for a full or part time role, we’d be delighted to hear from you. Part time applicants should be able to commit at least 3 days a week.

We’re looking for a real creative thinker, who can work independently and to a brief. You should be a strong communicator and also be able to get under the skin of our customers, producing work that will really appeal to them.

This may be your 1st post, it may be your 31st, but relevant prior experience and a strong portfolio of work is essential. Your artwork will be produced on Adobe Creative Suite so you must be completely comfortable with Photoshop, Illustrator and Indesign (and ideally Dreamweaver as well).

What’s it like working for us? As a growing family business there is precious little of the baggage or hierarchy associated with working for a larger firm. Generally speaking, if you have a great idea – you can pursue it.

You’ll be part of a small, but friendly team of about 20 in the office, with a large group of educational consultants spread across the country.

We’re located in Croydon, South London near Sanderstead and Purley Oaks stations – just 25 minutes from London Bridge and Victoria, and minute’s walk from a large bus terminus.

Contact: tom@creativeeducation.co.uk