Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Hand painted type

Take a look at the trailer for A brand new documentary titled 'Sign Painters' looking at the resurgence in hand painted signage. The film Follows two dozen sign painters working in cities across the USA.

Monday, 25 March 2013

Irving Harper : Works on Paper

A few weeks ago this blog posted about the wonderful Irving Harper. Today we show another glimpse in to his creative world. The new title 'Works On Paper' is now available from Skira Rizzoli

" Encompassing influences as diverse as Picasso, Egyptian hieroglyphs, the art of Oceana and Africa, the architecture of Paris, and the American beech tree that shades the Rye, New York home he has lived in for over 50 years, the artist’s private meditations reveal an informed aesthetic consciousness expressing itself as pure joy. Harper’s private work delivers on the promise of modernism: humble materials elevated by brilliant design and craftsmanship, and integrating the natural world to create objects in a universally understood language."

Friday, 22 March 2013

Jessica Glaser - latest typography article for Smashing Magazine

Jessica Glaser's latest article for online web design magazine Smashing is out now. 
This time she is writing about the power of typography to create exciting and unusual hierarchies. This piece is full of inspiring examples, including the work of Oxford based designer Rebecca Forster.

To read more of Jessica's articles for Smashing see here, here and here

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Free font Alegreya

Alegreya is designed by Juan Pablo del Peral and was chosen as one of 53 “Fonts of the Decade” at the ATypI Letter2 competition in September 2011, and one of the top 14 text type systems.
You can down load your free font Alegreya - in 12 weights - here

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Junior/Mid-weight Graphic Designer - Drummond Central, Newcastle upon Tyne

Junior/Mid-weight Graphic Designer
We're looking for a Junior/Mid-weight Graphic Designer to join the ranks. Interested?

You must have top-notch typography skills, a keener than keen eye for detail and the ability to take work right to the finished product.

As part of Team Design/Art Direction, you’ll be able to put your skills to logos, print, posters and digital projects too. And get this, you can even have a go at TV if you like - we have plenty of opportunities to do so.

Adobe Creative Suite experience is super essential and an avid interest in Photoshop would score you bonus points.

Sound like the role for you? Send your CV and covering letter to info@drummondcentral.co.uk with Junior Designer or Middle Weight Designer in the subject line and if we like the sound of you, we'll be in touch to find out more.

Closing date for applications: Tuesday 2nd April 2013

Monday, 18 March 2013

Junior graphic designer – Thynne Design, Ilkley, West Yorkshire

Junior/middleweight graphic designer – Liquid, Liverpool

Junior/middleweight graphic designer
Salary: competitive, Application deadline: 31st March 2013 
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a creative and enthusiastic Junior or Middleweight Graphic Designer to join our award winning creative communications agency in the heart of Liverpool. At Liquid you will have the opportunity to work in a busy environment on big name brands across a variety of disciplines including advertising, branding, creative design, digital and social media, strategic marketing and web design.
This is a fantastic opportunity for a passionate, ambitious individual to take the next step in their career and become an integrated part of a vibrant creative team.
As part of the design team you will be responsible for:
  • - Design and development of a wide range of communication materials / client projects ensuring standards of excellence across all jobs.
  • - Adherence to production schedules and deadlines.
  • - Providing excellent client care and support.
  • - Acting as a project leader / client liaison on allocated projects.
  • - Keeping abreast of and sharing knowledge of design trends, ensuring Liquid's output is cutting edge.
  • - Investigating developments in design and sharing information with the Liquid team.
  • - Researching sectors / markets for client projects.

Public lecture Michael Salu

Michael Salu Artisitic Director at Granta Publishing, was at the University on the 14th March to give a public lecture in the series of 'from Graduate to Great'. 
Michael talked to a packed theatre on topics including developing a creative career, the importance of conceptual development underpinning design, and his belief that theoretical and literary awareness is vital to design practice. 

Thursday, 14 March 2013

RSVP - handwritten exhibitors statements

The RSVP exhibition has been open to the Public for a week and students have been receiving great acclaim. Many comments have been made about the hand written exhibitors statements that have been created using Sheaffer fountain pens.

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Design Internship – Confederation Studio, London

Design internship – Must be able to swim
Thought that might get your attention.

We are currently on the look out for fresh new talent to come and join our studio. We’re a small but efficient team who believe in big ideas and clever solutions to creative problems.

If you are a geek about all things design, full of ideas and happy to get stuck in where possible then we would love to hear from you. In return we can offer experience in a fast paced studio (that’s the swimming bit), the opportunity to own projects and an exciting, creative environment to learn from. A good knowledge of the usual Adobe suite is required.

No weirdos, you know who you are!

Email your portfolio/CV to:
Please keep all files under 5MB

Design Intern - The Barn, London

The Barn are a creative agency producing work for a range of great clients in the fashion and luxury sector. Our work takes a variety of forms; from websites, apps and social media campaigns to packaging, in-store experiences and everything in-between.

We are looking for a bright, enthusastic, and self-motivated designer to join us initially on a work experience basis, but with the real opportunity for it to turn into full-time junior position. Naturally you’ll be passionate about digital design, not afraid to contribute ideas, but keen to help out around the studio wherever possible. We’re a small, busy team and as such you’ll be expected to manage you’re time effectively to meet deadlines.

You’ll have an excellent understanding of Adobe Indesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator, and ideally you’ll have some experience with HTML, CSS and front end development. We’re looking for someone who isn’t just concerned with making things look pretty, you’re also interested in how to build things, and understanding how people use them. You should enjoy keeping up to speed with the latest trends and technologies, be up for a challenge and keen to learn. If this sounds like you, then we’d very much like to hear from you!

How to apply:

Please send the following through to kim@thebarnagency.co.uk with the subject line ‘Design Intern’

-No more than 100 words on why you’re the person we’re looking for
-A link to your portfolio / a PDF of recent, relevant work (under 5mb in size)
-Your CV demonstrating past experience

Monday, 11 March 2013

RSVP Opening

The third year RSVP exhibition is now open to the public after a successful, well attended private view. The show will be up for 2 weeks in the Bessant and Foyer Gallery spaces of the School of Art and Design. the growing, online gallery can be seen at http://rsvpprojects.blogspot.co.uk

A big thank you must go to exhibiters and everyone involved

Thursday, 7 March 2013

B-Hive Success for Mike Leek

Regular readers of this blog will recall previous student success in B- Hive, the annual competition designed to give students a head start in Marketing, PR, Advertising, Graphic Design and Web Design. 

The competition is open to second and final year undergraduates, as well as MA students and offers participants the chance to win one of 30 paid placements and this year’s competition is even greater.
Details of previous visual communication student success can be found at

Final year graphics student Mike Leek is one of this years finalists and next week he will be presenting solutions to judges. Mike will be showing his designs for the launch of the first 4G academy, a virtual finishing school for the creative industries. His solutions include a new ‘mark’ to work across all forms of media

Well done Mike

Friday, 1 March 2013

A gallery of free display fonts

If you are interested in adding to your collection of free fonts display fonts, take a look at FreeTypography.com. It's a round-up of some of some striking free fonts thoughtfully contributed by designers worldwide.

Concert Live - Competition

Concert Live, is looking to expand into the fashion world. Currently, Concert Live enable fans all over the world to relive the experience with instant audio recordings of live gigs available within minutes of the last note being played. Concert Live are dedicated to providing high quality collectable items featuring band commissioned artwork, exclusive content and premium sound quality. 

We are a vibrant company looking to add more designs to our music inspired limited edition t-shirts already available at www.concertlive.co.uk and are on the lookout for talented artists.

We are looking for students with a strong portfolio of designs that can be transferred to a t-shirt – this could be graphics, photography or illustrations. As these t-shirts will be limited edition, they need to look edgy, unique, quirky and stand out.