Friday, 20 December 2013

Just Have to Share - Things Organised Neatly 2

In April this blog highlighted 'Things Organised Neatly'  one of those simple Tumblr sites that will change the way you look at things forever.  If you haven't  experienced this site yet take look By simply showing pictures of things organised neatly, it is a fantastic way to show off products, art, or simply just to give visual serenity and bring out everyone’s secret OCD.
Take a look at:

Thursday, 19 December 2013

Just Have to Share - The Richard Balzer Collection

Richard Balzer has been collecting for more than thirty years, and his collecting wanders around the theme of visual entertainment - almost totally dating from before 1900. You will find magic lanterns, peepshows, shadows, transparencies, thaumatropes, phenakistascopes and a variety of other optical toys.

Monday, 9 December 2013

Creative Artworker - Bulldog Skincare for Men

Creative Artworker Job Specification
Salary – Competitive
Contract – Full Time
Location – West London
Meet The Bulldog
Bulldog Skincare For Men makes award-winning skincare products that are purpose-built for men using natural ingredients that really work.
Bulldog is available in 10,000 stores worldwide and is one of the fastest growing FMCG brands in the world.
The Role
As the brand continues to grow and establish itself globally, our challenge is to build the Bulldog brand through a clear visual language across all of these markets.
Bulldog is looking for a talented Creative Artworker to develop inventive, inspired and creatively excellent communication across a variety of media platforms (print, online, in-store etc.) that will help support our growth and maintain brand consistency.
Working as part of a small, creative and enthusiastic team, the successful applicant will show creative flair and have a strong appreciation of typography, and an excellent understanding of layout in print and online.
In return you will not only become a huge asset to the Brand and have an enviable portfolio of global work, but also the person who influences the brand’s creative direction and really moulds this role around them.
What We Are Looking For
• Able to work in a fast-paced environment and adhere to strict deadlines
• Confidence in laying out all sorts of print and online including: newsletters, brochures, product packaging, adverts
• Very strong InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop skills
• Have a knowledge of the print process from brief through to final output
• Be proactive and take responsibility for accuracy, quality and delivery of work
Indicative Projects
• Pack design, visualization and artworking
• Development of online creative assets for the brand website, online ads, brand e-newsletter and e-commerce special offers
• Seasonal Gifting concept development, design and artwork
• POS design, visualization and artworking
• Sampling collateral design, visualization and artworking
• Retouching pack and lifestyle photography
• Artworking of print advertising and other brand collateral
How To Apply:
Email CVs and Portfolio to

Friday, 6 December 2013

Graduate Success update from Richard Braham

In autumn 2011 this blog posted details about Vis comm Graduate  Richard Braham and his company Mocha Dick's see here.
Since this time Richard's company has changed and is now called Whale Submarine.

"The Whale Submarine is a little design studio & apparel workshop located in the back streets of Newquay town, Cornwall, UK. Here we design and manually print all of our own apparel, produce our own artworks as well as working with some other interesting companies and artists too." says Richard

You can find The Whale Submarine workspace / shop at THE OLD BAKERY to the rear of 33 Crantock Street in amongst a great little community of local businesses with handmade jewelery and clothing from HOBO , wetsuits by Elsie at NEON, surfboards from W.E. , creative works from MACKIE STUDIO and photography from ADJ BROWN. The kettle is always on so pop by if you fancy a cup of tea or coffee!

"I grew up in the Midlands, originally in the west and then my folks up and moved over to the east with my fathers industrial steelworks job.
I enjoyed growing up in the heart of England. There is so much heritage and culture back home from all the historical buildings, canals and waterways of the industrial revolution to the choice in so much worldly food and restaurants. The people are great and I have a lot of friends and family back there. That said Cornwall has been my home for years now and I am grateful of the views and lifestyle I have here and the new friends I have made."

There is a strong graphic element to your work – do you enjoy being able to use these tools, like illustrator and photoshop, to transform an image?
"I find the more you do with pencil & pen the better, even the mistakes you make add their own element to the piece. I like to use parts of the creative suite later on, mainly to experiment with colour more than anything."
Extract from Richards recent interview with Daisy Campbell for Hickory News to read the full article click here 

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Letterproeftuin - The Smallest Printing Company

Tired of desktop printers then take a look at a new miniature printing press designed by the traveling open source design studio Letterproeftuin from the Netherlands. The presses were created for the International Poster and Graphic Design Festival Chaumont earlier this year, specifically to allowing Letterproeftuin to produce smaller prints while on location. For more detail see, Printeresting

Monday, 2 December 2013

Michael Salu - New Curzon Film World Animated Ident

Visual Communication graduate Michael Salu has just released a new animated ident created with Jess Kanda for the new Curzon Film World brand identity. This ident appears at the beginning of Curzon Film World films and trailers.

"I've developed and implemented a multi-faceted brand for the various activities of Curzon from arthouse cinema venues, on demand video and film production and distribution. It’s an update of the original Curzon brand identity I created a few years ago." says Michael

"The square brackets are a playful and versatile feature of the identity, that can be applied in myriad ways as demonstrated by the brilliant Kanda."

More of Kanda’s work:

The original Curzon identity concept: 

Level 5 Visual Communication Students

Are you interested in a paid one year Sandwich placement?

Kyrstina Nosek from the University Placement Unit will be talking to Visual Communication students about a range of placements they have available and how you can take a paid year out working industry. 
Thursday 5th December Room MK312 1.00pm - 1.30pm