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