Thursday, 31 January 2013

SOTA Catalyst Award

Call for Entries
The Society of Typographic Aficionados is pleased to announce the fourth annual SOTA Catalyst Award. The award is targeted at young people who have created original work in type design, type history, or other areas related to typography. The award recognizes a person 25 years of age or younger who shows both achievement and future promise in the field of typography. The purpose of the award is to act as a catalyst in the career of a young person who does not yet have broad exposure in the profession.

The recipient will be awarded up to $1,500 USD in reimbursement for transportation and lodging expenses to attend the TypeCon2013 conference in Portland, Oregon — August 21st – 25th. They will also have their conference registration fee paid for and will be required to give a 20-minute presentation during the main conference program. Recipients should be available to attend the conference from Thursday to Sunday.

Judging Committee

Tim Brown
Carolina de Bartolo
Craig Eliason
Ivo Gabrowitsch

Submission Deadline
March 1st, 2013

Notification of Award
April 1st, 2013

You must be 25 years of age or younger on December 31st, 2013 and must attend TypeCon2013 in Portland — making a presentation during the conference.

The following materials must be emailed to by the submission deadline. A single PDF file (may be multiple pages) containing the following information is preferred:
Visual samples of a specific project or related group of work to be the topic of the presentation
A brief description of the presentation (100 words or less)
A letter explaining your involvement in typography (300 words or less)
Optional: Online links to additional work or background information

Contact Information
Include your name, date of birth, postal address, organization or university affiliation (if applicable), email, and phone number with area code. Applicants from outside the U.S. or Canada should include their country dialing code as well.

Sponsorcraft crowdfunding

Do you have a particular arts project in mind and are you in need of sponsorship or support? If so, take a look at Sponsorcraft crowdfunding site, specifically created to help you raise funds for your coursework, degree show, or even a personal project.

Last year, Sponsorcraft reportedly helped over 50 students raise funds for their degree shows, and many more for other creative projects.

To view last year’s student projects and learn more about crowdfunding, please visit

The Sponsorcraft team gives advice and support at every step of the process, but if you have any specific questions, please get in touch with Sponsorcraft’s Marketing Director,

Design Intern — Prophet / Figtree London

Design Intern
Prophet | Figtree are an ambitious international brand consultancy with clients including BMW, Cisco, McDonald’s and Visa.

We have a great opportunity for an enthusiastic graduate to join us for a four week, paid placement in our Clerkenwell office. We need someone that is full of ideas, is inquisitive and can articulate ideas verbally and visually. Strong design skills are a prerequisite, whilst previous experience in branding is not. You will be working alongside the designers of our team, gaining experience in a busy and exciting studio working on a variety of live projects.

A good knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite is essential.

If this sounds like you, come and introduce yourself by sending your CV, portfolio and a brief message explaining why you would be suitable for the role. Send your application to

Junior Designer — Turquoise Branding, London

Junior Designer
We have an exciting opportunity for a Junior Designer to join the studio at Turquoise Branding.

We are looking for team-players who take pride in all aspects of their work and have the desire to learn more about all aspects of a successful branding design agency, including; Strategy, Marketing, Internal Comms and PR.

Junior Designers are given a variety of responsibilities and contribute creatively across all projects including: identity design, branding and strategy for clients both on and off-screen.

A lot of our Junior’s time is given over to the development of strategic and creative presentations for our current and prospective clients, we want people who are absolutely meticulous in their approach and are able to deliver visually engaging solutions that convey information with the greatest clarity.

We are looking for candidates who possess a relevant degree and are Mac-literate, proficient in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and AfterEffects as well as having a working grasp of Keynote and Powerpoint. Animation skills are a welcome bonus, but not essential.

If you are eligible to work in the UK and can tell the difference between Design and Branding: we want to hear from you.

Please send your application

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Funded PHD

AHRC Doctoral Award in Art and Design 2013/14
Birmingham City University - Birmingham Institute of Art and Design
Birmingham Institute of Art and Design (BIAD) is a leading centre for research in the creative arts, architecture and design. As holders of an AHRC Block Grant Partnership Award, we have one AHRC Doctoral Studentship in Art and Design available for an October 2013 start.

Doctoral awards provide support for a minimum of one year and up to three years of full-time study, or between two and five years of part-time study, leading to a doctoral degree. A full award includes tuition fees and a maintenance grant. The maintenance grant will meet the National Minimum Doctoral Stipend level set by the UK Research Councils.

We welcome applications and enquiries from well qualified candidates wishing to pursue projects which align with our areas of research strength. The Typographic Hub particularly welcomes proposals in the areas of printing and typography both historical and empirical.

For further information about the availability of awards, eligibility and the application process, contact:

The deadline for applications is: 12 April 2013

Monday, 28 January 2013

Design the Official Counting Crows Tour Poster

Counting Crows, rockers from California, are set to embark on a world tour this spring in support of their latest release, Underwater Sunshine.

Design the official poster to celebrate the Underwater Sunshine tour. One winner will receive $500 and a Counting Crows prize pack. 

Suggested Theme & Style Guidelines

Last year, Counting Crows asked our Allies to create the Underwater Sunshine album cover. There were a ton of fantastic entries and the winner, "ivan", designed a killer album (shown above).

Be inspired by this design and the rest of the entries from the Editors' Picks Gallery from the Underwater Sunshine contest to get a feel for the band's aesthetic preference.

Use these designs as a guide ONLY and make sure to engineer your own unique and original design.

IMPORTANT: You must use the font provided in the Contest Support Files.
See the competition site here

Things You Need To Include
The winning designer should be able to submit a layered file (.psd, .eps, .ai) of the winning design.
All submissions must be original art/illustrations.
You MUST use the provided font in the Contest Support Files.
Required text: "Counting Crows".
Optional text: "Underwater Sunshine Tour".

Things You Should Avoid
DO NOT use stock images or clip art.
Respect copyright. DO NOT submit copyrighted work.

Read the terms and conditions plus the FAQ section of the official site, before entering.

Intern- A-Side Studio, Falmouth, Cornwall

Design Intern

A-Side are searching for an intern for a 3 month paid placement.

We are an independent creative agency, based in the coastal town of Falmouth, Cornwall.Your input will be required on a variety of projects spanning print and digital media.

Closing date for applications is 01.02.2013 @ 12.00 pm

Please send a covering letter, CV, 3 examples of your work that demonstrate your skill set, and link to your website to:

Interviews will be 08.02.2013 | Proposed start 18.02.2013

Internship - Raconteur Media, London

Design Internship

Raconteur is a special-interest media company and publisher of high quality special reports exclusively for The Times, The Sunday Times, with additional distribution through The company also produce custom projects, industry surveys and digital publishing solutions such as microsites and tablet apps. We cover a vast range of pertinent topics; business, technology, sustainability, lifestyle and the arts.

In partnership with one of London’s best creative agencies, The Design Surgery, we are currently recruiting a design intern for our London office, with competent design skills, the ability to put ideas together quickly and accurately, energy and enthusiasm. The internship would have a flexible calendar created by us, with time divided between Raconteur and The Surgery’s office in Shoreditch.
Main skills required are Adobe Creative Suite, including InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator, high levels of attention to detail and have a great attitude to work.
You will be responsible for producing design solutions with high visual impact, across a range of publications. You will be working on an array of different tasks including helping with workload on editorial projects, creating artwork for web and print, visualizing designs and creating concepts.

The internship is paid and the terms are:

• Minimum duration of 3 months
• Working Monday – Friday 9am – 6pm
• £1000 per month allowance
Please send a copy of your CV including an outline of your technical skills and a current portfolio of your work.


Thursday, 24 January 2013

Free Font - EXO

Take a look at Exo, a contemporary sans serif font by Natanael Gama. Exo is an impressive text face that is available in an amazing range of 18 weights. Select from thin and extra light, right through to black. Each weight is also available in italic.

Exo is available to download here

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Dorothee Schmidt - graduate success

It is always great to hear from past Visual Communication students and MA graduate Dorothee Schmidt has been in touch. Since finishing her Masters in September, Dorothee has been working as a freelance graphic designer with projects including leaflets for the Scout movement and a website for the next German Scouting jamboree. Quite unusually Dorothee has combined this work with her love of travel as she explores New Zealand.
Dorothee undertook her masters degree at Wolverhampton University having previously studied at Kunstschule Wandsbek, Hamburg.

Rick Poynor public lecture - REMINDER

A date for your diary - On Tuesday 12th February at 6.00pm, Rick Poynor will be coming to give one of this years CADRE public lectures. Save the date, as this promises to be a really interesting event. Location MK045

For more details see here

Free font Amble

Readers of this blog will be aware of posts that highlight free fonts. Recently featured typeface have included a number of useful display fonts. However the most interest is created in the showcases of very useful and flexible faces that have multiple weights. One such family is sans serif font Amble. It is designed by Punchcut and available in an impressive number of weights, including condensed options, light, regular and bold as well as italic.

All 8 styles of Amble can be downloaded free here

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Poster for tomorrow - competition

Poster for tomorrow announces its 5th annual call for entries for social communication poster designs. The project has been running its yearly contest since 2009 and this year topic will be the right to housing.

‘Home’ means something different to all of us. The place where we grew up, the place where we live at the moment, the place we come to relax or entertain our friends after work. But for far too many people home remains a distant dream, a place to aspire to, as they try to eke out an existence in sub-standard accommodation or sleep rough on the streets because they have nowhere else to go. 

It doesn’t have to be this way. The United Nations has enshrined the right of every man, woman and child to a place to live. Not somewhere to shelter from the elements, but a place to live in safety, security and ‘in peace and dignity’. 

This is what poster for tomorrow is campaigning for in 2013: the universal right to housing. It’s a huge issue, which is why we’re going to be approaching it slightly differently this year. There’ll be one central brief as usual, but every month from February until June we’ll release a new brief addressing a different aspect of the issue: causes, facts, consequences and solutions. But for now we’d like to invite you to concentrate on one thing: the right to housing. 

Contest's website will be open to receive entries starting 10 March. 
There is no entry fee.

Open to designers and design students from all over the world.


An international panel of 100 online jury members will shortlist received entries, while our 12 jurors will meet in Paris next October to judge the 100 best posters entries.

These will make up the exhibition and catalogue that will be displayed worldwide next 10 December, International Human Rights Day and third edition of 
A day for tomorrow.

Friday, 18 January 2013

Design Internship - Satzuma, South East London

Design Internship
We are recruiting for an In-house Graphic/Packaging Design internship for a 6 – 12 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.

Passion for packaging, print design and creativity (essential)
Photo treatment skills (essential)
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. 6 – 12 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 6 – 12 weeks.
Please send you CV and portfolio to:

Laser Cut Paper by Eric Standley

A number of readers of this blog have an interest in working with the University laser cutter. If this is you, enjoy looking at the amazing work of Eric Standley who, inspired by Gothic and Islamic architecture, constructs intricate stained glass windows from numerous sheets of laser cut paper. His most recent work, Either Or Arch 5.1 is made from over 100 sheets alone. See much more of his work in his artworks gallery.

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

3D type from Japanese artist Ham

Quite a few of our readers have an interest in hand rendered and 3D type. Take a look at the painstakingly detailed work of Japanese artist Ham. In response to the recently published sheet music by the artist Beck Hansen, Ham has created a quilled, paper reproduction of the original cover design by Typographer Jessica Hische
( Film by Ham, music performed by Max Miller.)

Monday, 14 January 2013

Design Intern - Doctor Wellgood, south of Guildford

Design Intern (Paid)
Doctor Wellgood is a start-up web business all about young adult health and wellbeing. We are currently working on a Beta site and are keen to have a design intern, preferably with web skills, to help move the project to the next level. You’ll be working directly with the Creative Director in a small team based just south of Guildford.

The ‘need to haves’ are competent design skills, the ability to put pages together quickly and accurately, energy and enthusiasm. The ‘nice to haves’ include a knowledge of web design and basic html, a good sense of humour, plus an interest and willingness to learn about young adult health and wellbeing.

In return we’ll pay you £160 a week, give you the chance to get in on the ground floor of an exciting new idea, learn about business start-ups and, if it the idea goes the full distance it could turn into a full time job.

Please send a CV, an interesting letter and a web link if you have one to

Design Internship - Further, Covent Garden

Design Internship
Further are an integrated agency specialising in branding, reporting and employee engagement. We are currently offering four week paid placements, which would be a great chance to get your foot in the door.

What we’re looking for:
– A great attitude
– Brilliant ideas
– Someone who wants to get stuck in

What we’ll give you in return:
– A great place to learn
– A chance to get involved in real jobs
– Print and digital work
– Some really big, and some not so big clients across a variety of sectors
– A paid placement

If you’re interested please send your CV and some examples of your work to

Graphic Design Intern - Blackbridge Communications

Graphic Design Intern
Blackbridge Communications is one of the fastest growing communications agencies in the UK. Based in the heart of Shoreditch our office bustles with over thirty full-timers. From the big challenges in brand and corporate comms to the latest pioneering developments in social media, we pride ourselves on tackling projects with fine minds and lots of fresh thinking.

We are looking for enthusiastic and creative graduates to come and work with us in our studio for 2-4 weeks, with the potential to earn a permanent role within the creative team. You’ll bring some new thinking to the table, along with a desire to learn and develop your potential within an agency environment.

You will be working across print and digital media on a variety of live design projects for some big brands. Any experience/interest in social media, app design, video or photography would also be useful.

Your travel costs and expenses will be covered and we’ll buy you all the beer/wine/spirits you can drink on a Friday (after work).

Please apply to with your CV and a PDF showing 3 recent examples of work, or a link to your online portfolio.

Junior / Mid Weight Designer - Meri Media

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

The role
We’re looking for a junior / mid weight designer to join our design team.
You will mainly assist our art director on one of our larger accounts.

Skills required
General interest for digital/new technology
Fashion/luxury aesthetic
Strong Portfolio
Attention to detail
Highly motivated

Please send your contact details to or

Junior Designer - MAMA Group, Shoreditch

Junior Designer – fixed term contract
The MAMA Group is one of the UK’s leading music companies with a portfolio which includes 4 music festivals: Lovebox, Global Gathering, Wilderness and The Great Escape and 8 music venues across England and Scotland.

We are seeking a Junior Designer with a strong portfolio including work within the music industry, press, poster, and web assets with an excellent understanding of printing, repro and photographic processes. You will need to be able to conceptualise, work to high standards of detail and be ideas driven with an exceptional sense of design.

The role will involve: editorial based layout, good typography,conceptual design, promotional pieces, window graphics, signage design, event design, flyer design, invitations, magazines, new product launches, illustrations and more…

The main focus is on good typography and editorial across print and digital. You will report in to our Senior Designer on a day to day basis and you must have your own Mac to work from.

It is essential you hold a growing appreciation of UX & online marketing and have solid experience of executing a series of On and Offline design projects. Understanding social media and how a campaign rolls out through the line is essential.

If this sounds like you and you are a designer that wants to move up and has commercial experience in these areas then please get in touch.

In order to be considered for the role of Junior Designer you must supply your CV and PDF Portfolio. Please email

At present this contract is offered from 04/02/13 – 07/06/13 with the possibility of extension. Salary is £22,500 on a pro-rata basis

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Free font Moonshiner by Mattox Shuler

Mattox Shuler has designed a new typeface called Moonshiner. It comes in uppercase regular and italic, with a few alternate characters when you type in lowercase. Click here  for a link to download

Monday, 7 January 2013

Anne Karen Stokke - graduate success

After spending two great years England, I graduated with a degree in Graphic Communication from the University of Wolverhampton. I moved back home to Norway and got a job as an in-house designer for one of Oslo’s leading law firms, Wiersholm. I spent three years there reinventing their profile and producing all their marketing material. This gave me an opportunity to gain even more experience with regards to the diversities of paper quality, formats, what works and what doesn’t. Working the same design profile for so long has its advantages as you’re time is spent solely reinventing and reinvesting within set limits. You have to get really creative for it not to look boring, while (in this case) still maintaining the professional look of a serious law firm. 

After three years, though, I felt I had gotten as far as I could at Wiersholm and felt I needed more of the challenges that comes with designing for new clients. I quit my job with a heavy heart because of all my wonderful colleagues and also because this job now was safe and comfortable to me. But in our line of work that is often another reason to switch jobs

I now work at Annografen, a smaller company that works for one of the largest media companies in Norway, Amedia (previously A-pressen). Several of the largest (and some of the small) newspapers are our clients and we produce all their adds, magazines, add-ons and various other marketing material like stands for events etc. I also take on special assignments whenever they present themselves, which gives me a great extra creative challenge.

One of the things I like most with the change in employer is the incredible diversity I now have in clients. I work with several design manuals every day, now, and sometimes make new ones for them. My work is creative, fulfilling, incredibly frustrating and exciting all at the same time. I can see myself working here for several years to come.

In addition to this I also undertake freelance work. I think these other jobs are important as they sometimes provide even more creative freedom and often allow you to go a bit wild, so I’ll keep that up as long as I have the energy to spare.