Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Karikaturum international contest

Karikaturum is an international contest of ironic arts held once every two years.
There are two main categories:

• Cartoon - theme ’Beauty’
• Poster - theme ’The beauty will save the world’

Techniques: painting, graphics, printed graphics (etchings, lithography, xylograph and linocut), collage. 

The cartoons must be original, and the copyright remains to the participant. Photocopies, printouts and works sent by e-mail will not be evaluated. The works that have won awards earlier have to contain information where and when they were awarded. Both individuals and teams of artists can participate in the contest. Any number of works will be accepted from each cartoonist.

There is no entry fee.


Karikaturum is an open contest, where both professional and amateur artists can take part, regardless of their education, age, sex and nationality.
For more information visit:


• First Prize: 100,000 Rubles (approx. 3,200 USD)
• Second Prize: 60,000 Rubles (approx. 1,900 USD)
• Third Prize: 30,000 Rubles (approx. 970 USD)

Moreover, the works sent to the competition may be exhibited in Surgut Fine Arts Museum, other museums, galleries and exhibition halls. The works can also be displayed on the Museum website.

The catalogue will be published after the contest. All authors, whose works will be included into the catalogue by the jury decision, will receive a free copy of the catalogue.

Monday, 29 April 2013

GERMAN SPEAKING Social media intern from 13th May London

Mindshare Worldwide media agency are looking for graduates with an interest in media to start ASAP full time for three month internships.

Internships at Mindshare are unpaid but interns can expense lunch (up to £7.50 per day and we have a delicious onsite canteen and a bar!) and travel to and from the office in the London and surrounding area. 
Usually internships are for three months in one department. 
Please send your CV through the IPA website and include details in the email about when you are available from and for how long.
We look forward to hearing from you!

Company description

Mindshare Worldwide

Package description

It is essential that the candidate can speak German fluently.

Ideal candidate:
• Eligible to work in the UK full time
•Business/marketing background desired but open to other fields
• German speaker 

Join the worldwide social media team at Mindshare for a three month full time internship
Work across a variety of challenging social projects and global clients with an international team
Examples of activities include:
• Assisting with the development of presentations and proposals
• Contributing to creative brainstorms and social media marketing plans
• Carrying out social media research and blogger identification 
• Gaining exposure to social media tools such as Visible Technology and Sysomos
• Meet and learn about key media vendors and social platforms

• A business / marketing / journalism background is preferred though not mandatory
• An active social media profile, languages
To apply click here

Metropolis: reflections on the modern city

23rd March 2013 - 23rd June 2013
Metropolis, visions of the modern global city, brings together stunning work by 25 contemporary artists of the highest international standing to Birmingham and includes digital projection, painting, sculpture, photography and mixed media installation. 
Metropolis: Reflections on the modern city is a major showcase of international contemporary artwork jointly collected by Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and the New Art Gallery, Walsall and developed in partnership with Ikon Gallery, as part of the £1 million Art Fund International initiative. Now shown together for the first time, these works represent an ambitious and nationally-significant new collection for Birmingham, Walsall and the West Midlands. 
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Gas Hall. Free admission.
(Image: Storyteller by Nicolas Provost)

Friday, 26 April 2013

Free font - Quicksand

Quicksand is a contemporary, rounded, Sans Serif font designed by Andrew Paglinawan. It is available in a very useful 7 styles, including an unusual dash version. Quicksand can be downloaded here

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Just Have to Share - Things Organised Neatly

This blog just has to share Things Organized Neatly tumblr. This site features daily updates and showcases some amazing collections, beautifully organised and photographed by a great range of enthusiasts. Designers are well know for their love of collecting and organising and the images shown here, some of the highlights from Things Organised Neatly, are by Portland-based photographer Jim Golden.

You too can submit images for consideration - find out more at http://thingsorganizedneatly.tumblr.com/submit/photo

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Internships - Cog Design, London

We're a small, happy team and it's rare that we need to look for new people to join us.
We try to take on at least a couple of paid internship places, each year. As you might imagine, we get a little swamped by applications. We do read them all. The best received are from people who are enthusiastic in their desire to work here, and who consider their audience when putting together a (brief) email.


Library of Lost Books preview 3

The Library of Lost Books Exhibition in the Bessant Gallery of the School of Art and Design opens to the public tomorrow, and will showcase a fascinating selection of reworked books by an impressive selection of artists and designers, including Maureen Duke, Les Bicknell, Paul Henry and Freya Pocklington. A full list of participating artists can be found here 

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Design & Digital Intern/Junior - Gong Communications, London

Design & Digital Intern/Junior
We require a junior designer and developer to join us initially as an intern for two weeks, with a view to a more permanent role, to work with our integrated in-house design function on everything from client web sites and brand development to corporate videos. This person must have a passion for design, branding, digital communications and developments in social networking. This is a varied and exciting opportunity for someone who is ambitious and keen to work in a smaller agency.

As a global boutique PR agency we are always looking for talented people to join our diverse team. If you would like us to keep your details for future roles please send your CV to info@gongcommunications.com.

Library of Lost Books preview 2

This post is the second in a series of previews of the Library of Lost books exhibition that is about to begin in the Bessant Gallery of the School of Art Design. This arts project is being kindly sponsored by Sheaffer and is already attracting much interest with tickets for the curators talk, booking fast. 

The entire Library of Lost Books project will be on display this autumn with the opening festival of the New Library of Birmingham.

Monday, 22 April 2013

Design Intern - Edge Design, London WC1

Design Intern

Work experience and internships can be a great way to get a taste of different careers and see what suits you.

Here at Edge we are looking for a new Intern right now.

Interns who will get the most from working with us are creative and hard-working. Of course, we don’t expect you to know everything before you come here, but if you show us that you want to learn and make an effort to ask questions and try new things, we’ll all get on like a house on fire.

Our interns are asked to carry out a number of different tasks ranging from making cups of tea (Steve’s is with milk, no sugar) and popping round to the shop, to sitting in on meetings, helping out with projects and contributing your own ideas.

If you are passionate about graphic design and are looking for an opportunity to gain some experience in this field, email us at intern@steve-edge.com

Junior Designer - Boxed Red, Knutsford Cheshire

Junior Designer 
Boxed Red is a full-service marketing agency with a strong client list specialising in leisure & tourism and property & construction, but we service a wide range of clients across multiple sectors. We understand the work/life balance and are all driven individuals with an unrivalled enthusiasm and passion for what we do.

We are looking for a talented graduate with an insatiable love for design and a strong portfolio to join our team. The perfect candidate will be expressive, bursting with fresh ideas and have a good grasp of working commercially.

If this sounds like you, we have a great opportunity for you to work with other talented creatives and develop your skill set while you work on live briefs for our fantastic clients.

We are not looking for a brew maker but for someone who wants to challenge themselves in a fun and relaxed environment while growing as a creative designer.

You will be working on an array of conceptual work from branding and printed material to design for digital and will have the chance to work on briefs from initial conception through to implementation and delivery, so an understanding of production methods is advantageous.

We would require that you not only have great ideas but also good technical skills when it comes Adobe Creative Suite. In particular InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop.

Good banter, a great taste in music and the willingness to laugh (often at rubbish jokes) are also important traits but not essential.

Support the creative team to deliver high quality client work
Assist in creating and preparing for pitches
Maintain the brand image of Boxed Red through preparation of web content and printed materials
Participate in generating ideas with the team
Develop a strong understanding of artworking and production methods
Understand and maintain established working processes

Qualified to degree level in a relevant subject
The ability to interpret creative briefs from senior members of the team
Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite, particularly InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop
The ability to work independently on a creative brief
Strong typography and layout skills
Excellent time management to accommodate day to day challenges of varied job tasks
A strong team player
Works well under pressure and to tight deadlines

Email your CV and portfolio to careers@boxedred.com

Library of Lost Books preview 1

Over the next few days this blog will be offering you a selective preview of some of the pieces from the forthcoming Library of Lost Books exhibit within the Bessant Gallery of the School of Art and design.

The show runs for a month from 25th April to 23rd May and is open daily to the public between 10.00am and 4.00pm.

Tickets for the curators talk are free and can be reserved here

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Freefont - Borgia

If you have have been collecting the free fronts reviewed by this blog, take a look at Borgia Pro from Fontspring, an elegant serif font available free in 4 weights from here and here

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

University Employability Award

The final workshop for ‘Employability in SAD’ takes place this Thursday, 1-2.00pm in MK045. The topic is ‘Converting Employability in the Creative Industries to the University Employability Award’

In this session find out how you can use this work to gain the Wolverhampton Employability Award. We will be going through the requirements of the award, detailing any additional tasks you need to complete and explaining how and when to submit your folder of evidence.

Remember that the Wolverhampton Employability Award is your chance to gain university recognition for your skills and experience as well as a means of enhancing your job prospects. We hope to see you on Thursday at 1.00pm

Kayleigh Hadley - Blog and Buy Sale Wish List

Vis comm graduate Kayleigh Hadley has been previously featured on this blog. Kayleigh's  prints are now being featured on Blog and Buy Sale, Wish List.

The BlogAndBuySale Wish List is a curated list of the very best creative products available online.

You can easily Make sure that you get what you really want this year by browsing the Wish List, sharing with friends and family the products you can’t live without.

There are so many designer items sold by independent artists and designers, but the problem is the public doesn’t always stumble upon them. It is the job of Blog and Buy to point you in the right direction to help you find that perfect gift, while also making sure the artist / designer fully benefits from every sale!

To find out more and see Kayleigh's designs click here

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

The Beauty of Letterpress

The Beauty of Letterpress, a new site from Neenah Paper has been launched. If you're a letterpress fan, you might enjoy this online gallery of modern letterpress prints and resources. The site posts selections from a new curator each month.

You are welcome to submit your own letterpress work.

Find out more at http://thebeautyofletterpress.com/

Monday, 15 April 2013

Mirja Peters - graduate success

Many Congratulations to Mirja Peters, visual communication MA graduate, has got a job with DDB Tribal Hamburg.

Be a shoe-per star!

As part of Green Week and the University's 21 & Proud celebrations, the Students' Union is aiming to collect 1992 shoes (996 pairs) to donate to the British Heart Foundation.

It's time to de-clutter your wardrobes, cloakrooms and under the bed. Liberate your loathed loafers and wonky wellies! Donate your too-tight trainers, snazzy slippers or hilarious heels!

Ladies and gentlemen, we call on you to give your un-loved (and possibly un-worn) shoes the chance to fulfil their footish fortune, hopefully raising one in the meantime, for the British Heart Foundation.

Please donate your shoes from Monday 15 to Friday 19 April at any Students' Union reception point. More information.

Graduate Success - Rachel Collinson

Many Congratulations must go to Rachel Collinson Director of Knowledge Sharing and Innovation, Engaging Networks. Rachel is a graphics graduate who for the last 13 years has been running her own company, Rechord, a web agency specialising in developing websites and campaigns for non-profits.

In your new role at Engaging Networks Rachel, what do you do day-to-day ?
" I spread the word about how best to use our platform for fundraising, campaigning and generally changing the world for the better. This might be by tweeting away furiously, presenting at conferences, advising clients directly or writing courses and blog posts. I also drink way too much Pepsi Max." 

Rachel's first piece for The Guardian newspaper's fundraising hub can now be seen hereShe will be discussing this article and more in her workshop at one-day campaigning conference, People Power, on 24 April.

Friday, 12 April 2013

STEP Placement - Marketing Account Executive, Planet 9

Planet 9
Job title
Marketing Account Executive
Closing date
Salary range
Additional salary info
£215 per week (No tax or national insurance contributions)
Job description
This is not a normal Account Executive job. You will be learning and running far beyond your own job title learning from the companys two founders with whom you will be working on a day to day basis.
You will be involved in social media analysis, digital strategy, website development, project execution and creative ideas. You will be shown how our tried and tested 6 pillars of Social Media methodology works and will be given the support and freedom you need to help deliver amazing work for the companys clients.
You will also help with new business and agency marketing and will be shown how to plan and run an effective marketing campaign, send out bulk emails via MailChimp, update the company website and Social Media networks with new content, visit events to network and much more.
This placement will lead to a permanent role with the company for the right candidate.
Person requirements
This is a really important and varied role, so we'll need you to have skills and attributes like:
· Knowledge of online platforms. Experience in stuff like WordPress, Hootsuite and Mailchimp is important. If you don't know your way around these dashboards yet, an ability to learn fast will be even more important.
· Experience of desktop software. Here we're talking PowerPoint, Word and Excel - you'll need to have used all of these.
· Good knowledge of the digital landscape. Do you know Twitter from Pinterest and could you tell a client what a meme is?
· Some financial awareness / experience - invoicing, quoting and all that.
· Good presentation skills - we’ll help you grow them of course
· Excellent communicator. We need people who know the difference between your and you're and can explain ideas, processes and tactics really simply and effectively in writing, plus communicate with clients and partners on the phone and via email.
· Highly motivated - we’re growing fast
· Strong interpersonal skills – we’re a very tight team so you’ll need to get on with all of us, clients included
· Excellent organiser – you’ll be managing your workload, diary and deadlines so you’ll need to have everything together.
· Most of all you have to have a great sense of humour (god knows you’ll need it!)
Company information
Planet 9 is digital marketing agency based in Birmingham. We provide digital marketing expertise – whether thinking, doing or both - to clients of all shapes and sizes, from Save the Children and Marshall Aerospace through to Leamington & County Golf Club. We also work with smart agencies such as Key Parker and McCann.
Planet 9 is nearly 4 years old and we have a wealth of experience gained over the last 15 years in agencies big & small and client-side businesses too. Since the start, we've lived and breathed 9 values every day:
In 2013 we're forecasting growth of 200% or more, so if you'd like to come along for what's sure to be one hell of a ride, get in touch with us!

Placement - Happy Sofa (The Sofa Store UK), Social Media/On-line Marketing

Happy Sofa (The Sofa Store UK)
Job title
Social Media/On-line Marketing –GA Voluntary Scheme
Closing date
Salary range
Additional salary info
Travel Expenses Paid
Job description
Ref: GA
New, funky, on-line retailer Happy Sofa is looking for someone with the expertise to drive their brand via social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, Google and Pinterest)
Person requirements
The ideal candidate will have an interest in interior design or fashion. This is one of the most important roles within the business as you will be the human online voice of our brand.
  • Familiar with all social media platforms
  • A degree in Journalism, Marketing or business
  • A passion for the written word
Company information
Happy Sofa love making sofas just as much as our customers love snuggling down on them. Our team has been making sofas for over 25 years, and in that time they’ve continually supplied the biggest names in retail with many of their flagship sofas- in fact there’s a good chance that you could be sat on a sofa that has been designed and crafted by us right now!

STEP Paid Placement - Trainee Graduate Advertising/Marketing Executive

McCann Erickson
Job title
Trainee Graduate Advertising/Marketing Executive (STEP)
Closing date
Salary range
Additional salary info
£215 per week (No NI or tax to be paid)
Job description
We have an entry level opportunity for a Trainee Graduate Advertising/Marketing Executive to work within Client Account Groups where you will learn all aspects of advertising. The duration of the contract is 48 weeks.
Working for McCann you will gain the following:
  • How to develop advertising campaigns
  • Manage projects following internal processes
  • Understand the background to different media and how it is used to reach the target audience
This position is only available to graduates from the University of Wolverhampton.