Friday, 27 July 2012

Junior Designer - SWP, Wilmslow, Cheshire

Junior Designer
SWP are on the lookout for a talented Junior Designer to join our friendly and expanding team in an exciting full-time role. Being primarily an advertising and marketing agency, you will have the chance to work on projects such as advertising concepts, artwork and brand collateral including brochures, flyers and direct mail for our enviable client portfolio.

As a junior designer, you must have a wide range of creative and design skills; a good grasp of typography and layout, great conceptual thinking and most importantly an eagerness to learn.

You will need to be proficient in the main Adobe Creative Suite programmes, including InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop. Other Creative Suite programmes would definitely be an advantage.

To apply for this position, please send your CV and work examples to

Visual Designer - Ergo, London

Visual Designer
We’re looking for an experienced and talented creative to work with us on an exciting project coming up, and more in the pipeline.

We’re Ergo – a Branding and Strategic Consultancy. Our clients include; Speedo, Carlsberg, The Coca Cola Company, and more.

We’re Brand Strategists, thinkers and innovators – in the business of ‘ideas’. We’re looking for someone who can bring our ideas to life, and translate our thinking (words), into visuals (creative) – our ideas and your talent are responsible for transforming the brands we work with!

We’re looking for a freelance visual creative to work with us on a semi on-going basis. Our thinking is multi-disciplined, as you will be able to tell from the breadth of clients we work with, so we’re looking for someone who is visually multi-disciplined also. We maybe working on a Logo design one day, an app the next or a even a retail design = The key is ‘visual translation’.

We have a great studio space, which we’re happy to share with you.
Send your details across to us (portfolio and CV), and lets go from there.


Graphic Design Placement - Glasgow

Summer Placement Graphic Designer – Glasgow
Kayak are looking for a talented and enthusiastic Graphic Designer who is looking for agency experience over the summer, and possibly longer.

The ideal candidate will have an interest in all things design and ready to hit the ground running from conceiving ideas and designing, artworking, researching and running errands. You will be working across a wide selection of briefs. The work will be very varied from branding and brand guidelines to working across a range of printed literature.

Your portfolio needs to demonstrate you are an ideas generator, strong executor of design, clear communicator and understand strategy and how it benefits the creative process.

- Conceptually strong portfolio
- Ability to work under own initiative and in a team
- Attention to detail and considerate design
- All-rounder with ability to manage your own projects
- Appropriate technical skills in AppleMac technology (CS5 Creative Suite)

Please send your CV and (reasonably sized) folio or folio link to

Unfortunately, we will only be able to contact successful applicants.

Creative Design Internship - Satzuma, London

4 – 8 week internship starting ASAP LONDON
We are recruiting for an In-house Graphic/Packaging Design internship for a 4 – 8 week period. You will gain a wealth of experience from a creative, fun and dynamic environment. You will be working with a small but energetic team, being immersed in the creative process from start to finish. Responsibilities will include designing and amending packaging, stationary design, product photography, image treatment, product videos, print material and other ad hoc jobs.

Requirements :
Passion for packaging, print design and creativity
Photo treatment skills
Software skills in Photoshop and Illustrator (essential)
Brand awareness
Design qualification (FDA, HND, BA hons,)
Great team player
Willingness to listen and take instructions
Willingness to contribute ideas
(tea making skills)

No commercial experience is required. 4 – 8 weeks. Basic expenses covered with the occasional perk.

Please only apply if you have the relevant skills for the position (Photoshop and Illustrator) and or can stay in London for the duration of 4 – 8 weeks.
Please send you CV and portfolio to:

Library Of Lost Books

Congratulations to the Library of Lost of Books, who are now receiving kind support from Sheaffer, sponsors of 2 University of Wolverhampton Graduation awards.
LOLB artists will be receiving pens and ink from Sheaffer to help with the creative reinterpretation of their books.

LOLB artist Melanie J.Alexandrou has been in touch to express her love of pens and to share this 'League of Gentlemen' pens sketch.

Ben Pritchard - graduate success

Graduate Ben Pritchard has been in touch to share some of his experience of undertaking an internship at Ubiquitous, Manchester.

"I'm having an amazing time and really enjoying myself. I'm learning so much, and have been working on some massive bands like Bacardi, Kiddicare and Bentley." says Ben 
"I'm mainly working on a range of web stuff but also print ads and a solo branding project for a new client".

Find out more about Ubiquitous at:

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

How can great creative ideas make a positive difference in the world?

Creative conscience is a platform for innovative ideas encompassing world changing creativity. This is a visionary concept that uses creativity as a catalyst for positive change to benefit ethical, moral and worthwhile causes. The Creative Conscience Awards: UK calls upon creative students whose conscience has encouraged them to build a passion for a certain ethical, moral and worthwhile cause. This competition is a fantastic opportunity for individuals to utilize their creative talents to make a positive change for a cause they are passionate about.

The competition opens to students on the 10th September 2012 with a carefully considered repertoire of creative experts to judge a multitude of communication and design disciplines. The top 3 winning students from each category will be invited to an exclusive award ceremony, with a one off opportunity to network with highly sought after professionals and award winning judges from the creative industry. In addition, internships, placements and bursaries will be offered to the students of the winning concepts. A vision of a world changed by creative genius is an idea born by the Creative Director of LFH and is endorsed by the Design Council.

Opening date: Monday 10th September 2012
Entry Deadline: Thursday 28th February 2013

Monday, 23 July 2012

The Gentletude Design Award

The Gentletude Design Award is an international award for typhographic design students. The Award is run by the NGO Gentletude, a not-for-profit organization founded by Cristina Milani. The award aims is to encourage a new generation of designers to be creative and consider a term known but often not used: kindness.

Using the alphabet to create a message, students are asked to elaborate on a message inspired by the term "gentletude" and including the words "Kindness" and "Attitudes". 

The message they design will later be shared via smartphones, so it is important to keep in mind technological constraints when creating your design. The idea is that the recipient of the message will reflect on kindness as an option for a better life.

There is no entry fee.

The Gentletude Design Award is open to students at the university level (or graduates within 4 years after graduation), who study or studied in the following countries: Italy, England, Switzerland, USA, Singapore, Argentina, Japan.

1 International winner:
• 1,000 Euro per student or team (up to four members)
• Gentletude Award Certificate

2 International runners-up:
• 500 Euro for each
• Gentletude Award Certificate

10 international finalists:
• Gentletude Award Certificate

More details to be found at: 

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Annie and Lee - Studio opening

Graphics graduate Annie Miles and her fiancé Lee Hughes have been working hard preparing for the launch night of their photography studio at Shelton Enterprise Centre, Bedford Street, Stoke-on-Trent. 
“Our opening celebrations include an exhibit of over 50 pieces of work from areas including portraiture, fine art and many types of commercial work” says Annie

To read testimonials and see a selection of their work visit:

Studio opening takes place on July 20th contact for your invitation.

Monday, 16 July 2012

Matthew Jones - E17 Art trail success

MA Student Matthew Jones has been in touch with news of his latest success.
"My work has been selected for the E17 Art Trail Collectconnect HideBird Magnet Exhibition 2012, which is running from 1st to 16th September 2012. The brief was to submit 2 pieces of Artwork based on the theme "BIRDS". says Matthew
"Last years exhibition ran between London, Manchester, Nottingham and Brighton with all art work being in magnet form and exhibited on the city streets for the public to collect plus it was also exhibited as a stand alone show.
Here is a link showing a list of all the Illustrators chosen to exhibit in the Exhibition including myself."

The 2 images shown are Matthews submissions for E17. 
Congratualtions Matthew

Packaging Designer - internship, WOW London

Packaging Designer (internship)

WOW is a West London based toy company creating the most loveable but durable preschool toys in the world. After a recent rebranding exercise we are now looking to roll out a new style of packaging across our existing range of over 50 products.

We therefore have a very exciting position available to join our design team on a 3-4 month placement starting in September to take part in this process where they will learn how to design packaging using existing brand guidelines that will be sold in over 50 countries across the world. The candidate must have good Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop skills and be confident to take product photos using our in-house photo studio. Please note that this position is only suitable for undergraduates and recent graduate based in London so please do not contact us if this does not apply to you.

If you feel you are the person we are looking for then please send a letter of introduction and a few samples of relevant work (no more than 2Mb) to

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

MAKE-SHIFT, Ideas to change Wolverhampton

What is MAKE-SHIFT? 
MAKE-SHIFT is a two-day event intended to surface good ideas and to attract mentors and champions who can take these forward.
We hope to draw a wide audience, from grass-roots community members and university students to local business leaders, innovators and change-makers. MAKE-SHIFT will be open to anyone who lives in and cares about Wolverhampton. 

Over two days, facilitators will help participants develop project ideas that will build social capital and give communities the confidence that they can change things and make a difference in the city. 

Day 1 will be spent developing concepts in teams. Day 2 will be spent working up projects to take away at the end of the event. 

An important aspect of MAKE-SHIFT will be the sourcing of community ideas in advance, so that no time is wasted in ‘starting from cold’. A marketing campaign prior to the event will stimulate contributions from across the city. In particular, we want to find ideas champions who can source ideas from their individual communities. 

We positively encourage contributions from people who would like to hold workshops and other sessions on either or both days of the event. We will also be hosting a market-style skills exchange where people can make informal connections with other individuals and groups. 

What will MAKE-SHIFT do for Wolverhampton? 
We believe that Wolverhampton has uniquely valuable resources to draw on – the strengths, passions, capacity, knowledge and potential of its communities. 

MAKE-SHIFT will unlock this potential, helping local people to take an active role in improving their own lives and communities, re-imagining their own public services and community resources. 

However, it’s not just about empowerment and independence for individual people. By encouraging people to ‘make their own connections’, it will help build greater resilience within communities and across the whole city. 

MAKE-SHIFT – when and where? 
The core MAKE-SHIFT events will be held at The Lighthouse in Wolverhampton city centre on Friday 21 and Saturday 22 September 2012. 

Who should I contact for more information? 

Ring Sam Axtell, Wolverhampton City Council’s Consultation And Community Involvement Officer on 01902 554 918 or e-mail or visit our website - you will be able to submit your ideas online from 13th July.

Friday, 13 July 2012

Jeff and Jess get misty eyed…

Ah….to be a young graphic designer sitting in the design studios at the Poly, leafing through a copy of the latest design inspiration in paper format – the internet was just a twinkle in Sir Tim Berners-Lee’s eye.

Apart from Creative Review, one of the most collectable and eagerly thumbed was U&lc, The International Journal of Typographics, first published in 1974.
It was art directed for ITC by renowned design guru Herb Lubalin and was both trend setting and award winning over it’s 26 year run.
U&lc was a greyscale (mainly) large format tabloid and was released quarterly to a typography hungry design community

The modest 24-page first issue declared:
“U&lc will provide a panoramic window, a showcase for the world of graphic arts – a clearing house for the international exchange of ideas and information.”

Now those friendly folk at are re-releasing the magazine.

“Every month, we will make one volume (a year’s worth of publications) available through the blog. There are, however, a couple of caveats. First, the files are big – as in “way big.” The low-resolution files can be as big as 18 MB and the high-resolution files are downright huge at over 85 MB in some cases. Second, they are not perfect. The original documents were sometimes faded, cracked or torn. That combined with a semi-automated scanning process (over 9,000 pages scanned) resulted in some unavoidable “character” traits. The final caveat is that the above plan could change depending on audience interest level (or lack thereof). So, if you love it, let us know.”

So get downloading for a retro treat! And if you see the tutors a bit misty eyed you know they’ve being doing likewise…

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Library of Lost Books membership - How it works

We have received a number of enquiries about how the Library of Lost Books membership works. As you may remember from previous posts this arts initiative has been set up to creatively repurpose and reinterpret a number of fascinating, vintage, discarded books . The resulting art works, all produced by artist from around the UK, will be exhibited for the first time within the opening festival that accompanies the inaugural celebrations for the new Library of Birmingham.

“The Library of Lost Books currently receives no cash funding. So, to get our lovely, old and rather decrepit books magically transformed and re-made we need a whole cadre of Fairy Godmothers and Godfathers, also known as Library Members. Our Library Membership levels are named after famous librarians” says Susan Kruse, project founder

The entire initiative is voluntary and is being funded by donations, sponsorship and by selling 4 different levels of membership package. Prices can be found at

Each level of membership entitles the purchaser to different ‘library’ benefits.

Casanova Members will receive a beautiful membership card, a hand-printed bookmark, and a regular email newsletter, plus your name on the Supporters Page.

Duchamp Members will receive a beautiful membership card, a hand-printed bookmark and a pass to the members only website with regular updates, artist interviews, some sneak previews of the re-worked books and more. Plus your name on the Supporters Page.

Dewey Members will receive a beautiful membership and bookmark, pass to the members' only website, invitation to attend a private members-only Meet the Books Day (when you may handle some of the books), your name on the Supporters page and on the Patrons list in the catalogue.

Pearl Membership will receive a beautiful membership and bookmark, pass to the members' only website, an invitation for you and a partner to attend the Opening Party, a special edition copy of the exhibition catalogue, your name on the Supporters page and on the Patrons list in the catalogue.

Funds raised through the membership scheme will also help to achieve the library ambition of touring the finished project around Britain and beyond, as well as sharing the art and books with communities up and down the UK.

We have previously posted about memberships cards designed and made by visual communication staff and students. If you missed these posts see:

It has been great to hear from delighted recipients of these designs and track membership cards quite literally around the world.

Visit To see learn more about one delighted supporter of this initiative.

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Why subtle typographic choices make all the difference by Jessica Glaser and Carolyn Knight

A strong understanding of how designers control meaning is essential for anyone interested in graphic design or typography.

In their previous article for Smashing Magazine, Jessica Glaser and Carolyn Knight discussed how sophisticated and complex visual and verbal language can get, examining instances that show how type can be used to effectively take control of meaning. For more information on this article visit:

In this second article they look at the reasons why subtle typographic changes can create considerable effect. Referring to one or two linguistic and semiotic examples, as well as design case studies, They gets to grips with why subtle changes can make all the difference.
This second article can be read at:

Sunday, 8 July 2012

Free font Simonetta

Brownfox, an independent type foundry in Moscow, describe their font Simonetta as "named in honour of Simonetta Vespucci. She was considered to be the most beautiful woman in Renaissance Florence and was nicknamed ‘La Bella Simonetta’. She was a model for Sandro BotticelliХs painting ‘The Birth of Venus’ and many others of his female characters.

The Simonetta font is inspired by Italian Humanistic typefaces, but it’s a contemporary font with a lot of original features. It has one-sided serifs and soft drops. It’s slightly slanted (some two degrees) and the Italics have the same slant. The Romans and Italics differ from each other only in the shapes of the characters. The Italics are much more calligraphical and angular."
Download it for free from Brownfox and available in 4 weights.

Friday, 6 July 2012

Graduate Digital Designer - The Church of London, Old St

Graduate Digital Designer

- Central / East London location (Old Street)
- Start asap
- Salary dependent on experience

The Church of London is a creative agency motivated by passion – for publishing and design, for writing and filmmaking, for hosting events and engaging with communities of like-minded people. From our studio in East London, TCOLondon’s in-house team works alongside a vibrant network of contributors and collaborators on Huck, Little White Lies and a wide range of projects for clients around the world.

We’re looking for a graduate level digital designer to join the digital team at TCOLondon. You will be a passionate, multi-disciplinary skilled (design and web development) individual who can excel working on internal projects such as our Little White Lies and Huck websites.

Working on these projects will require you to have intermediate knowledge of the WordPress CMS and the latest front end technologies, HTML5 and CSS3. A good eye for design and web design layout is also a necessity.

Essential Skills
– Graduate level education or equivalent work experience
– WordPress
– CSS3
– Photoshop or equivalent
– Illustrator or equivalent
– Javascript / jQuery (highly desirable)

How to Apply
Send your CV and portfolio via PDF or your website to, addressed to Severin Furneaux. (No agencies please.)

Junior Copywriter - The Beautiful Meme,York

Junior Copywriter
The Beautiful Meme is a small creative agency working internationally with clients you’ll have heard of. The Drum have just named us as one of the top 25 UK agencies to emerge in the last two years and we’re starting to pick up awards. Things are going well and our creative director really hasn’t got the time to write this advert.

Junior copywriter wanted.

Designer - Hello, Bath

We are looking for a designer to join out small team, working on brand identity, printed collateral, digital and environmental projects. Happy to consider any experience level – salary agreed according to experience. We need to see good typographic skills, attention to detail, a decent knowledge of print, understanding of design for web – and you do need to be able to deal with your clients face to face, as we don’t have account handlers. Please email CV and folio to – Thanks.

Junior Designer - Turquoise Branding, London

Junior Designer
An exciting and challenging opportunity for a Junior Designer to join the design team at Turquoise Branding.

The role will include creative contribution and responsibility across all projects including identity design, branding and strategy for both on and off-screen clients.
A major part of the role will be developing strategic and creative presentations for international clients and new business opportunities.

You must be a stickler for detail and have the ability to digest information then assist in developing visually engaging and creative solutions to present this content with maximum clarity and simplicity.

Other responsibilities include supporting the design team with creative concepts, visualising and other ad hoc creative tasks.

Must be a team player with the confidence to ask questions and a desire to learn about all the aspects that must work together with the creative team to make a successful design agency, including; Strategy, Marketing, Internal Comms and PR.

Must have relevant degree and be proficient in Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign. Basic Keynote and PPT an advantage but not essential. Any animation skills are a bonus but not essential.

Must be able to work in the UK.

Applications must be received by Monday 9th July.
Please send your application to:

Design intern - Edge and Barrett, London

Design intern
Edge and Barrett are now on the look out for a full time design intern to work in the studio for a minimum three-month period. The ideal candidate will be hyper about all things design and ready to hit the ground running; pitching ideas and working on a wide-variety of briefs as well as keeping the tea flowing, running errands and contributing to the production of Station Magazine. If you are interested in getting on board please email your CV and PDF Folio (under 5mb) or portfolio link to by 12th July. Unfortunately, we will only be able to contact successful applicants.

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Dan Muir@NewBlood 2012

Featured here is some of the work by Dan Muir from this years New Blood exhibition at Spittalfields.

The Illustrated Periodic Table of Elements
Chemistry was never my favourite subject at school. I always remember struggling with the periodic table & elements in particular.
The names are particularly hard to remember, and some the the symbols do not match the name of the elements, for example Fe for Iron.
This Periodic Table makes it clear for young students to identify an element, by using simple images relating to their use commercially.

In life we try to resist temptation everyday.
But as a designer I believe these temptations become harder. To walk through a super market and not want to put everything straight and forward facing is a particular struggle.
The posters I've created gives the user a little taster of the struggle designers face. Do you keep the posters in perfect condition, or resist temptation and follow the subtle instructions to make the plane fly...

Pencils Before Breaktime
Pencils. We all use them; we all lose them just as easily. How many times to we go to our bags, pencil case, or desk tidy and not find our pencil. The many uses of pencils are endless and we use them more than we realise in our everyday lives. This short film is a focus on how we use them and how from an office block to a building site, the pencil is a universal tool and all trades.
The pencil is the jack-of-all-trades, and master of them all too.

Brad Ankers@New Blood 2012

Featured here is some of the work by Brad Ankers from this years New Blood exhibition at Spittalfields.

Garment care symbols redesign
A campaign aimed at challenging the design of garment care symbols found printed on the labels of clothes. I wanted to create a system which acts as a recommendation to the user rather than a ‘you must wash it like this’. I decided to ruthlessly and critically expel lots of the symbols used today and narrow it down to just 2 symbols. The 2 symbols symbolise the only information that the consumer needs to know in a clear and understandable way, which doesn’t need to be supported by text. The first symbol symbolises ‘wash at 30, with colours’ and the second symbol symbolises ‘wash at 40, with light colours’. My research told me that colours can be washed at 30 and not only come out feeling just as fresh and clean but also saving you money. Also my research told me that whites can be washed at 40 and also save money with out taking away the fresh and clean feel to your clothes. The symbols hope to change peoples ways in which they wash their clothes so that co2 emissions are kept down and saving energy is kept up.

Milk Packaging
Low carbon footprint milk packagingThis was my response to a packaging design competition brief set by ‘starpack’. The brief’ was to design a new and low carbon footprint way to package milk.

'RecAPPe' smart phone application.
A smart phone application that I designed called ‘RecAPPe’ – an application that allows users to scan the bar codes of food products and then view recipes that match the ingredients that were scanned.

Hannh Foy@New Blood 2012

Featured here is some of the work by Hannah Foy from this years New Blood exhibition at Spittalfields.

A project to produce posters around our personal manifesto on our thoughts about design.
Lastly there is a video Bound - was a quick stop motion video created as a way to promote books over e-readers.

Monday, 2 July 2012

D&AD New Blood 2012

Another venue and another great experience. While those at home endured flooding, Graphic Communication students (From left to right: Hannah Foy, Dan Muir and Brad Ankers) enjoyed the glorious London weather and heat of Spittalfields Market to show their work alongside students from Universities all around the country.

Blair Frame and Jayde Essel from the Illustration course also attended what proved to be a busy and packed schedule of events, folio reviews and openings.
Both Print and Multimedia work was on display and thanks to the hard work of the students, staff and technicians the exhibition was well received and good industry contacts were made as a result.

You can see more about the exhibition and see Hannah, Dan and Brad’s online work here: