Thursday, 26 September 2013

Junior Designer - Momentum Worldwide, Manchester

We are growing at Momentum and as a result our Manchester office is looking to add to it's already hugely talented team of Designers. We are looking for someone who has an appetite to learn and the talent to help roll out global marketing inititaives for some of the world's top blue chip organisations. To join our team you will need to be able to:
• Bring concepts to life with conceptual and technical design skills
• Deliver high standards of design output through a great eye for detail, impeccable design skills and the ability to visually conceptualize
• Continually seek out and apply new design techniques and trends to the agency’s output where appropriate
• Be able to effectively articulate design concepts to internal stakeholders
• Create materials and assets as instructed by Senior Designers, Art Directors, Creative Directors and Executive Creative Directors
• Adhere to brand guidelines where applicable and display clear brand knowledge of Momentum’s key clients
• Demonstrate full understanding of creative brief to deliver exceptional design output
• Constantly seek to learn and understand more about Momentum, its business, its clients and their individual businesses
• Continually increase and develop personal skill-sets
• Make a positive contribution to the wider agency and live the Momentum values 

Desired Skills and Experience
• Evidence of exceptional design and delivery with a top class portfolio
• Exceptional Adobe Creative Suite skillset essential
• Degree in design or similar discipline desirable
• Enjoys being part of a team and working towards team and individual goals
• A stickler for detail

Momentum Worldwide ( is in the business of co-creating currency for the modern consumer on behalf of some of the world’s best brands. To provide the currency people need to tell their stories – in the form of entertainment, connection, participation and information –we need the ability to create almost anything, so we’re home to some of the industry’s brightest talent in events, sponsorship, promotions, strategy, advertising, shopper marketing, music, entertainment, social, content, design and beyond. Our approach to marketing is rooted in the knowledge that only through co-creating with brands and people – instead of for people – can you guarantee authenticity and value. Part of the Interpublic Group of Companies (NYSE:IPG), we operate in over 50 countries for partners including American Express, Coca-Cola, Kraft, Microsoft, William Grant & Sons, Subway and many more.
For more details of to apply visit here

Junior Graphic Designer - Grin, Birmingham

You’ve just started out. You’re the next big thing. You’re hungry to prove yourself. And your mum still isn’t exactly sure what you do. You’ve already got a few months or so experience under your belt, and you’re ready to unleash those huge talents of yours on an unsuspecting world.

Now all you need is the scope and freedom to do just that.

You’ve found it. We’re GRIN, a young, ambitious and a rapidly growing team that thinks like you. We believe in great design. We want to plaster our walls with fantastic work. Most important of all, we want to spend our days with brilliant people who live to create.

Join us and you’ll get the chance to design for print, digital and more. But we don’t just want your Mac skills and knowledge of Adobe software. It’s the raw creative stuff we’re really interested in, so we’ll want to see your ideas and original design concepts too.

If that sounds like the kind of thing that’ll float your boat (did we mention our lovely canal-side location?) then the next step’s easy.

Just drop your CV and portfolio to and let’s talk.

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Free Font - Nobile

Nobile is contemporary sans serif font that is available in a very useful six weights. Nobile was designed by Vernon Adams and can be downloaded free here

Friday, 20 September 2013

Junior Designer Cre8te Design - London

Junior Designer
Cre8te was established 4 years ago and continues to grow. We specialise in commercial property marketing but will regularly be instructed on a broad range of design projects. We are a small, busy team with big ambitions.

We are looking for a versatile, highly creative Junior Designer to join our team of designers. You must be curious, energetic and full of fresh, exciting ideas. 

The role will involve working both within the team and individually often to meet tight deadlines. You will be liaising directly with clients and taking direction from them. You will need to be patient and meticulous when it comes to attention to detail.

If this sounds like you, please apply with a cv and portfolio/work examples. Make sure you attach these with your application. Please note word documents will not be considered.

You must have a strong understanding of Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator, with a knowledge of html being beneficial. You will be proficient with typography, iconography, composition, colour and layout. Experience within a design role would be beneficial but not essential.

Cre8te are a marketing and design agency that specialises in branding, marketing literature, corporate communications, interactive media and print management.

Our aim is to provide effective solutions that are creative and that get the right results for our clients. We have a strong reputation for being efficient and adaptable.

For more information or to apply see here

Thursday, 19 September 2013

A first look at 'Bringing Back the Book'

Bringing Back the Book is the title of the Library of Lost Books forthcoming publication. Susan Kruse of LOLB and Jessica Glaser have been writing this book that will be published later in the autumn.

"With 171 beautiful images, including photographs of the artwork taken by Professor David Knight and articles from outside contributors about lost libraries, typography and much more, we're very proud of the book and can't wait to share it with you. In the meantime here’s a little taster to whet your appetite" says Susan

Some of our favourite authors has given an endorsement including Neil Gaiman and more recently Joanne Harris, author of Chocolat and LOLB favourite Runemarks, has emailed curator Susan Kruse with a quote, adding that she is looking forward to seeing the finished project

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Graphics teacher- Halesowen College

Graphics teacher

Halesowen college are looking for a graphics teacher to work with teach Level 3 and Level 2 BTEC students.

Candidates should have a graphics degree and knowledge/experience of print graphics. Also knowledge of screen-based design for web and devices is desirable.

Email your CV and examples work or link to online folio to:

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Font - Mission Gothic

Co-created by Trevor Baum.
Mission Gothic is a relic; a ghost from an era where letters were hand-painted on wood and glass. Made up of five weights and two styles, Mission Gothic is one of the most expansive type families available from Lost Type Co-op.

Mission Gothic is available fromThe Lost Type Co-Op is a Pay-What-You-Want Type foundry, the first of its kind.
Founded by Riley Cran and Tyler Galpin, originally in a whirlwind 24 hour adventure to distribute a single typeface, Lost Type has blossomed into a full fledged foundry, distributing fonts from designers all over the world, with its unique model.
Users have the opportunity to pay whatever they like for a font, you can even type in '$0' for a free download.
100% of funds from these sales go directly to the designers of the fonts, respectively.

Lost Type takes no cut of sales, and holds no funds.
Find out more  or download here

CONFERENCE: Resurrecting the book

CONFERENCE: Resurrecting the book
15-17 November 2013 
The Library of Birmingham, Centenary Square, Broad Street, Birmingham
Full conference £230  | Day- and session-rates available

To celebrate the re-opening of the largest public library in Europe and its outstanding special collections, The Library of Lost Books, The Typographic Hub, The Library of Birmingham and Newman University College, and have united to host a three-day conference on the theme of 'Resurrecting the book.'
Jessica Glaser will be speaking  on Saturday 16th. her paper deals with the use of drawing to stimulate ideas with type, in the context of page layout

Bookings are available:

Monday, 16 September 2013

TYPOGRAPHIC WALKING TOUR of Baskerville’s Birmingham

WALKING TOUR: Baskerville’s Birmingham
Baskerville Society
11 October 2013  |  1300 hours
Baskerville House, Centenary Square, Birmingham
Members £5:  Non Members £10

Birmingham tour guide Ben Waddington leads this ninety-minute walk around the city, visiting locations and artifacts associated with Baskerville’s life and work, including a visit to the catacombs in the Jewellery Quarter where his remains are buried.

Friday, 13 September 2013

Junior Creative - Crush Creative, Brighton

We are looking for a talented creative individual to join team Crush by the seaside in sunny Brighton. You might be a recent graduate or have a couple of years experience under your belt. We don’t mind where you have come from, it’s where you want to go & we are looking for an outstanding creative all rounder. So if you fit the bill then we will make it happen & the salary will be based on experience. 

Ideally you will be…- someone who lives and breathes design
- passionate about working on projects from concept to pencil sketches to final delivery
- an excellent creative thinker that is hands on with all the usual design packages
- have excellent communication skills 
- a fresh and original thinker
- able to work across both the digital and print environments
- confident, enthusiastic and proactive
- quick to learn and ability to think on your feet

A bonus would be if you have fantastic illustration skills and/or a flare for photography and film!

About Crush CreativeWe are a small team with an impressive client list from around the world, including Greenpeace, Nickelodeon, Siemens, Universal & Disney to name a few . We also create projects for all the major publishing houses in the UK & US such as Penguin, Harper Collins & Faber & Faber.

Because we are a creative led agency, this means everything we do has to look amazing and have a solid idea at its core. We are lucky enough to often work from a blank canvas and create work for clients in many different sectors from entertainment to education. 

As we are a full service agency, you could be working on a website one day, an animation the next or a bit of printed collateral the day after. We are always busy so you need the adaptability to juggle from one thing to the next.

Please send a covering letter, CV, examples of your work & salary expectations to:

How to apply:

Junior Designer - Future, Warrington

Junior Designer
We're looking for an ambitious Junior Designer with a passion for creativity. You must have a good working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite, be able to make a cup of tea and enjoy listening to 6music. Any additional skills in the digital Web field would be a distinct advantage. Please send a CV and work samples to
More information here

Beautiful Games: psyched for sport - Illustrations by Blair Frame

The Guardian has recently published Beautiful Games: psyched for sport that highlights the work of talented graduate Blair Frame. His work explores "the realm of professional sports psychology from positive mentality to self-awareness".
To view Blairs designs in the Guardian and learn more about this project click here

Monday, 9 September 2013

The Library of Birmingham is open

The £189m Library of Birmingham, which houses a collection of one million books, has opened.
The library has more than 200 public access computers, theatres, an exhibition gallery and music rooms.

It was officially opened by Malala Yousafzai, the teenager shot in the head in Pakistan by the Taliban for championing women's rights.

She was treated at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham and now lives in the city.

The library has been built to replace the previous Central Library, built in the 1970s,

Library director Brian Gambles, said the building had 
"echoes of the traditional round reading room with a modern twist".
"A fusion of the digital and the traditional is absolutely essential to the vision of the library we have," he said of the project, which he has led for seven years.

The building also contains the Shakespeare Memorial Room, home to a collection of 43,000 books, including copies of the Bard's First, Second, Third and Fourth Folio editions.

The four month opening season for the Library of Birmingham runs from Tuesday 3 September – 31st December is produced & curated by Capsule, supported by Arts Council England.

The Discovery Season programme is inspired by the Library’s internationally-important archives and special collections, and draws on content as diverse as one of the world’s largest books, Victorian children’s games and toys, and even train and bus tickets. The Season will bring to life the Library’s stunning new spaces, from the studio theatre to the towering rotunda and the outdoor garden terraces, and will play host to installations, events, performances and workshops for every age and interest. Events encompassing literature, art, film, illustration, food and debate will be enjoyed under one golden roof in the city’s newest social space.

More details of the excitement in store during the Discovery season (which includes the Library of Lost Books exhibition in November) can be found here

Graduation 2013 preparation

Many thanks Julie Green Visual Communication's wonderful administrator for photographing staff during the preparation for graduation

Friday, 6 September 2013

Jnr/Midweight Graphic Designer - London

A London based creative agency are on the lookout for a talented junior – midweight graphic designer to join their expanding creative team. You will be working with an array of retail and fashion brands as well as premium brands on print, digital and environmental projects at both concept and delivery stages. You must have 2+ years’ experience working in a similar position. This is a fantastic opportunity to progress your career and join one of London’s top design agencies and learn and develop your skills.   The ideal candidate will have an excellent portfolio of projects that demonstrates good typographical and layout skills and a great eye for detail as well fresh ideas and creativity. Solid artworking skills is a must as this as a hands on role. This is a contract position that will be reviewed after an agreed period. Please send through your CV, work samples and cover letter detailing salary expectations and availability.
 for more information or to apply visit:

Graduation 5 September 2013

This years graduation was an occasion to remember. Many Visual Communication graduates returned to help celebrate with family and friends in the Grand Theatre. Here are just a few of the familiar faces present during the day.

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Junior Designer - With Fashion Exp. London

The agency is a rapidly growing, flexible, media neutral and hard working business who manage the account for a famous chain of fashion outlets across Europe.

The role is for a junior designer to work alongside the senior creatives and account team to develop all the communications for the brand including advertising campaigns, advertorials, POS and corporate brochures. The right candidate is a fashionista passionate about design, type and graphics who is self motivated and can demostrate the ability to respond to briefs. You must have exceptional attention to detail and commercial interest in fashion.

You will also need to be expert in Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign as occasionally you may have to produce print ready artwork.

If this is your ideal role, please send your details in as the role is available right now!

Please note that due to number of applications only the successful candidates will be contacted. Thanks.
For more details or to apply visit:

Creative Coordinator - London

Become Stylish ...
We are looking for a super junior to join a successful and prominent high-street fashion brand within the role of a Creative Co-ordinator.
This role, which sits within the marketing team, will be very much involved with all graphic design. You will be responsible for making sure that all collateral - print and digital - are on brand and adhering to brand guidelines.
Specific responsibilities are:
- Support the web designer with weekly emails and website banners
- Execute artwork to spec
- Window vinyl’s & other instore VM material
- Packaging, signage, invitations, brochures, some DM layout
- Working with the web coordinator to make sure all online design is in line with the brand
- Occasional retouching
We are looking for a real people person, who is as much at home designing and artworking as well as dealing with printers and other departments. We need a strong communicator who has a real desire to work within the fashion industry and is interested in trends and great design.
Skills required:
- CS skills - Indesign, Illustrator, Photoshop
- HTML/CSS/Dreamweaver skills would be advantageous.
Get in touch today to hear more about this amazing junior design position …
To apply visit:

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Many congratulations

Back in June this blog was delighted to announce 3 forthcoming Visual Communication 'family' weddings. Here we are showcasing Mr and Mrs Marc Austin's wedding.
Many congratulations Marc and Tracey

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

780 million people still have no regular access to clean water, and 2.6 billion have no access to basic sanitation. With rapid population growth, climate change and the naturally unequal distribution of water, rainwater harvesting is an alternate ‐ and effective ‐ way of increasing the availability of water while also reducing the risk of flooding. Rainwater harvesting can decrease the impulsive and wasteful use of water by individuals and businesses alike. It has the double benefit of preserving natural resources while helping to mitigate against climate change.

International Rainwater Harvesting Alliance (IRHA), ever concerned with highlighting the benefits of rainwater harvesting, is launching the fourth edition of its international competition that links art to development. Rainwater harvesting has been used to provide a supply of safe and sustainable water for centuries, but in recent generations, it has been forgotten. Through this competition we aim to reintroduce this concept and make the public aware of the various advantages that rainwater harvesting offers.  

It is in this context that the IRHA invites artists - professional and amateur alike - to create a poster that presents their vision on the benefits that this resource can have for both humans and nature.
Posters can cover any aspect of rainwater harvesting, for example: domestic use, groundwater recharge, agriculture, or risk reduction. The artist should keep in mind that the aim of the competition is to make the general public aware that rainwater can be (and is!) an essential resource.

The poster must be remarkably good quality to enable printing up to 
A0 size (841 x 1189mm), with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi. Its format can be jpeg, pdf, indd, eps or ai. There is a limit of three posters per participant. Posters can be both horizontal (landscape orientation) and vertical (portrait orientation).
There is no entry fee.


The competition is open to all who wish to participate, without reference to age, nationality or profession.


The creator of the winning poster will be awarded CHF1000 (approx. 1,080 USD). The second place poster will receive CHF600 and third place CHF400.

The best posters will also be used to help us in our important task of promoting the use of rainwater harvesting around the world. This will include 
exhibitions in the Geneva area and further afield, as well as on our printed media and website.
For more information visit:

Monday, 2 September 2013

Creative Anarchy - call for submissions

A new graphic design book being published by HOW books is now accepting submissions. Selected work will be featured in Creative Anarchy due for release in late 2014. 

Creative Anarchy will explore when to follow the rules and when to break them. Learn to throw design caution to the wind with tips, trends, designer stories and creative exercises. This is a book about great design and great ideas.

Submit your best rule-following and rule-breaking designs for this new book by Denise Bosler and HOW Books. Show us your best designs and tell us your story. We are looking for posters, brochures, logos, stationery, annual reports, web sites, apps, magazines, book design, advertising, packaging, t-shirts, custom type, guerrilla marketing.

Entries have to be 300 dpi resolution (or vector), CMYK. Minimum size 4 x 5 inches (8 x 10 inches preferred). Only TIFF, EPS, JPEG and PDF files accepted (Illustrator,InDesign and Quark native files are not accepted). Any font included must be vector (outlined). For web sites, apps or other interactive work, screen shots are acceptable.

There is no entry fee.


This Call For Submissions is open to professionals and students worldwide.


If your entry will be chosen it will be included in the book, and you'll receive a sizeable discount for the book.
For more information visit: