Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Just have to share - Jazzberry Blue

Just have to share abstract city maps by Jazzberry Blue (watch out for the audio). while you are at their site, be sure to take a look at their other work too.

Monday, 29 July 2013

Graduate Success - Lena Matthies

Visual Communication MA graduate Lena Matthies has been in touch from Berlin to share some of her wonderful achievements since graduation. 

"Having moved to Berlin, My first job was with a small organic cookie firm.

I worked there for 4 months and gained experiences designing many different things including webpages, newsletters, shirts, flyers, corporate designs, and taking product pictures.

Since the beginning of June I have been working for mymuesli! I love what they produce: organic muesli, coffee, tea and orange juice. My new job is rich and varied. It is a great young team of 200 people (mainly working in the production) but in the office in Berlin there are 12 people. I design everything that is needed for the company - Websites, newsletters, flyers, packaging, cards, advent calendars, advertising banners and I take photographs too.
I even have my own "baby". A new tea brand 'tree of tea' that will appear on the market this month and I am the only designer for this project. I love it! 

I also like Berlin very much! The city is full of energy, creativity and freedom. The people are cool, a little bit crazy, very straight, but always candid and pleasant. 

Berlin is also awesome because of the "culture mix". Here are so many different people from all over the world, so that you have to speak English every day!

In my spare time, I have also been working freelance for a fashion design school in Berlin" says Lena

Congratulations Lena

See some of her design at:

Friday, 26 July 2013

Just have to share -

Chandler O’Leary has been recording her travels in sketchbooks for years. She realised she had literally hundreds of drawings hidden away, and only a few close friends had ever seen them. She runs a small business as an illustrator and lettering artist, but somehow her travel sketches just didn’t…fit…with the story she had been weaving through her other work. 

She travels a lot always with a sketch book. is a collection of what Chandler has seen along the way, in no particular order. Just like sketchbooks, this site is a work in progress.

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

International Placement Opportunity

The University of Wolverhampton has been awarded funding to send a group of UOW graduates to China to take part in an International work placement programme. Are you interested?

Successful applicants will be teaching English to Chinese nationals and graduates from all degree subject areas will be considered.

Flights, accommodation and travel insurance will be arranged and paid for and participants will also receive a small subsistence allowance to help with living cost.
What next?

This is a fantastic opportunity to experience a different lifestyle in a foreign country.

For further information and questions, please contact:

David Edwards
Tel: 01902 321687

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Designer - Conservative Campaign Headquarters

Position: Designer

An exciting vacancy has emerged in the Creative and Digital Department of the Conservative Party, which will see the successful applicant become a crucial part of the team responsible for delivering the advertising, posters and other creative and digital communications in the run-up to the 2015 General Election.

It is a high profile role, which will see you working across a wide range of formats, both online and offline, as part of nationwide campaigns.
Generating posters and images for major online and offline campaigns
Advising on party branding, working with the in-house design team to help develop the party's visual identity
Creating infographics for use online
Web design, including web pages and banners, taking into account usability
Generating campaigning materials, including leaflets, brochures and policy dossiers
Liaising with printers and organising the production process
Working with photographers and photography to produce consistent and effective imagery for use in campaigning literature

Essential skills required:
The ability to create impactful images across a range of styles 
The ability to break down large chunks of information and present them in a way that is simple and easy to understand
Thorough knowledge of the print process/production
The ability to work and think digitally
The ability to respond to feedback and work as part of a team

Technical skills required:
Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign
Web design, including html and Flash

Experience/qualifications required:
A degree in Graphic Design or equivalent
Experience working in a similar role

If you have the skills required to succeed in this role, please download the application form here. Please submit this to or send to Fiona Allmett, CCHQ, 30 Millbank, London, SW1P 4DP, by midday on Wednesday 31 July 2013. Please submit a pdf of recent work along with your application.

Closing date:
31 July 2013

Monday, 22 July 2013

Just have to share - my vintage book collection

If you are interested in vintage illustration you will love My Vintage Book Collection (in blog form). The site has a fascinating, colourful archive that covers many topics and styles of work.

The examples shown here are from Numbers - by John J. Reiss (1971).

Friday, 19 July 2013

Screen printing

Screen printing evening classes will be available within the School of Art and Design this autumn.

Experienced tutors will demonstrate the key skills required for creating your own designs for a three colour screen print that could be adapted for a number of uses, for example, fine art, graphics, illustration and textiles.  Under the expert technical guidance of your tutor, you'll learn how to break images down into separations, combine stencils and overlay imagery to produce multi-coloured designs.
For more information click here

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Life drawing

Life drawing evening classes will be available within the School of Art and Design this autumn.

The life drawing short course has been specifically devised to advance and enrich all students at any level of experience who wish to engage with the act of drawing. With specific tutorship repeat participation will enable further development of a widening variety of drawing skills. The course can enrich absolute beginners first venturing into the world of life drawing or confirm and progress the skills of a seasoned practitioner.

For more information click here
Places are limited so if you are interested, book early!

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Freefont Exo

Exo its geometric sans serif font family available in 18 styles. Designed and generously shared by Natanael Gama, a portuguese graphic and new media designer
Download Exo here
To see more of Natanael's work visit here

Monday, 15 July 2013

Design Intern - Verb, Hampshire

Design Intern

Ever come across a poorly designed marketing campaign and thought ‘I could do that better’... We want you! VERB are looking for a design intern from August, to work in our exciting business. We're young and we're growing, so we don't just want someone for the summer but someone on a permanent basis. You'll get to help build elements of the company from the ground up, and we can guarantee you will come away from this job having gained loads of skills, a real sense of entrepreneurship and probably a few sleepless nights.

Your responsibilities will be far reaching as you immerse yourself within the workings of the company. These will include brainstorming and input on executing branding and marketing as well as designing and implementing clients digital assets. We are based in Mattingley, Hampshire near Reading and would expect you to be in the office with us, or liasing with clients. Work hours are from 10am till 6pm, Monday to Friday.The Interview will be the clincher and will demonstrate to us whether you are right for VERB.
Why work with us?

If you want to spend time with young people, enhance your career and have fun while taking part in some amazing projects, we’re the place to be. We work extremely hard and are very passionate about building a business which we can truly be proud of. Satisfying our customers is our number one goal. This is a great opportunity to become involved with a growing company, work with big brands and have fun while doing it.

The Intern will be involved in the following areas:
Developing business concepts alongside our Creative Director
Produce branding assets from guidelines & from scratch
Working within the design team to build websites page by page
Input on marketing campaigns
Brand social media assets

A strong portfolio of prior work (we will also set a design test as part of the procedure to assess your skills and innovation)
Extremely hard working
Strong written English
Preferred 2:1 in your chosen degree (but we could overlook this)
Strong Microsoft Office Skills (PowerPoint, Word, Excel)
Proven interest and capability with understanding and utilizing social media platforms and their respective participants (Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin, Google + etc.)

How to apply
Put together your relevant CV, work experience and portfolio.
Write a cover letter based upon how you can help the business.
Title your email 'Design Intern Application - [NAME]'
Send your email to
Be different.
Be ready to interview, we work quickly.

Look forward to hearing from you!

Full-Time Design Intern - One Big Company, London,

Full-Time Design Intern

One Big Company is a small, full-service design agency who deal in big ideas based 5mins from Farringdon Station.

We’re offering a paid internship (£100pw) for up to three months to a talented graphic designer who’ll bring bags of enthusiasm, common sense and a good knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite.

A decent sense of humour is a must along with a willingness to drink beer from 4pm on a Friday – don’t worry, we’re buying!

If you think you fit the bill send a PDF of samples of your work and an email detailing whether, if you were a Bond villain, you would choose to have a moon-base or underwater lair and why to:

Closing date for applications is Friday 26th July with the internship beginning 5th August

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

The Heath Town Project iTunes book

The University of Wolverhampton, Dr Peter Day, Senior Lecturer in Art and Design, and photography students, Jack Nelson and David Shepherd have collaborated with Heathfield Park Local Neighbourhood Partnership in creating the Heath Town Project.

The Heath Town Project is a photographic archive of some of the people living and working in Heath Town, Wolverhampton in 2013. The Heath Town Project explores the idea that individuals in any  one community are inextricably linked to and judged alongside the people whom they live with and amongst, and aims to create an alternate view.  These images and their accompanying stories are an introduction to the personalities and identities of the individual inhabitants of Heath Town, a small yet diverse area of Wolverhampton.  Rich in migrants and the inner city working classes, Heath Town is home to people from no fewer than 46 countries, as well as a deep and vibrant community of elders.

The project is part of the work undertaken by the Heathfield Park Local Neighbourhood Partnership, which is producing a Neighbourhood Plan for the area and photography projects created by the University of Wolverhampton.  The initial stages of the Plan included undertaking a Household Survey, the findings of which identified that the image and identity of the neighbourhood are deemed crucial to the area’s development and regeneration in the future.

This book is available for download on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with iBooks and on your computer with iTunes. Books must be read on an iOS device.

Check out the link to download a free sample:

Other related links are:

Just Have to Share - Smart Ideas for Smarter Cities

IBM and Ogilvy & Mather France are working together to spark positive change with the “People for Smarter 
“If cities were smarter then life in cities would be better“

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Junior Graphic Designer - Caroline Gardner, London

Junior Graphic Designer wanted by Caroline Gardner in London

Contact Kathryn if you think your handwriting suits our ‘house’ style. Temp to perm - recruiting to start September.

Folios to

Illustrators wanted by Crisis Charity in London

The design team at crisis (Homelessness charity based in Spitalfields) are looking for talented illustrators to help bring our brand and communications to life.

Sunday, 7 July 2013

Visual Communication students at New Designers

This week visual communication students have been at New Designers. 

After 2 days setting up the display, the private view took place on Wednesday evening and was attended and enjoyed by almost 2000 visitors and exhibitors.

The first full day of opening was also very busy and lots of interest has been shown in student work with many good contacts being made and student promotional cards being snapped up quickly.

Well done to all those exhibiting.

Thursday, 4 July 2013

Designer - Hillside Agency, Edinburgh

Hillside Agency are looking for an inspired and talented Designer to join our team. We need someone with a great portfolio and solid understanding of design for both print and web. Experience in web development would be advantageous, but not essential.

You must show a passion for developing interesting, creative design solutions, and be able to work under your own initiative as well as part of our team. We take pride in delivering quality projects so a genuine interest in our clients’ marketing needs is essential.

Please email your CV and a link to your folio:
(closing date 22 July 2013)

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Junior Designer - BBH Zag, London

Junior Designer

You are a creative individual, eager to work in a fast paced creative environment. We work with experimental tech startups, established global brands and challenger brands wanting to make a mark.
We’re looking for
- A talented junior designer with 0-2 years graphic design experience.
- A portfolio with a balance of creativity and craft, a great eye for typography, colour and layout.
- The ability to communicate ideas clearly and comfortably.
Please apply with your latest CV and portfolio samples to
Only successful candidates will be contacted. Salary dependent on experience.
Zag was set up by international advertising agency BBH.

Graphic design internship - Oldbury

We have an opportunity available for a student looking to work on a new and exciting online project. The job role will include extensive creative graphic design work, working closely with UK and internationally based teams. The project is a new innovative online recruitment platform introducing brand new features to the industry. We are seeking a student looking to gain hands on experience in a professional environment with a chance to add a great project to their portfolio. 
  • Department: DESIGN, MARKETING
  • Start Date: IMMEDIATE
  • Length of Contract: 2 MONTHS (negotiable) + With a view to permanent employment
  • Location of Role: OLDBURY, BIRMINGHAM
  • Hours: NEGOTIABLE (min. 20 hours per week)
  • Salary: STIPENDS/BASIC PAY (negotiable, min. travel expenses will be covered)
  • Role: Extensive online graphic design.
  • Key Skills: Photoshop, Illustrator, Excel.
Ideal candidates would be creative, innovative, passionate about designing, punctual and efficient. 
For any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch, 
Any replies should be addressed in the SUBJECT field as:
'Att: Jeevan Singh - Graphic Designer' to 

Monday, 1 July 2013


THE OUTNET.COM is the most fashionable fashion outlet. Since its launch in April 2009 by the people behind the award-winning website NET-A-PORTER.COM, THE OUTNET has quickly established itself as the chic, go-to destination for the global, style-conscious shopper looking for the best designer brands at a discount price.
"….essentially like visiting the best outlet ever" Lucky
"Your fashion fairy godmother" Grazia
"Everything is chosen with the same good taste and trend-conscious eye that has made NET-A-PORTER such a hit" Sunday Times Style

The Role: 
We have a fantastic opportunity for a bright, eager and creative Junior Designer to join the THE OUTNET Design team and help in delivering all of our marketing assets to life through the use of high quality, innovative and eye catching design and thereby improving the customer’s experience at THE OUTNET.  We need an individual who is highly creative with the ability to take projects from the initial concept stages through to completion.  A large part of this role will be to support our Designers with a focus on email, banner & marketing design projects.

  • To produce innovative, user-focused designed assets produced in adobe creative suite (Photoshop, illustrator, indesign) based solutions that are multifaceted and incorporate all of the elements of a great experience while being within style guidelines.
  • Sophisticated sense of typography and an understanding of its relevance to a good design both online and offline.
  • Should be aware of trends and new ideas and should be able to interpret those into fantastic creative.
  • Meet stringent deadlines while having the ability to adapt quickly to changing priorities.
  • Ensure that image jpeg quality is at maximum on all pages designed as well as fonts and type are all readable on a range of web design requirements.
  • Confident and happy working on and designing HTML emails and promotional emails, banners and promos this will be a large proportion of the role.
  • A basic understanding of HTML is ideal, but not essential as you will not be producing code. You will be working closely with email code producers to see assets through to final state.
  • Sourcing images as required
  • Development of technical skills to stay abreast of software changes.
  • Basic retouching images re-sizing and colour adjustments as required.
  • Supporting the Art Director
  • Any other ad hoc duties within art dept/editorial when needed.

Essential Skills & Requirements:
  • Proven design experience for a fashion brand or retailer prefered.
  • Solid experience of working across a range of web design projects from websites to new media, email and print.
  • Ability to work quickly from concept creation to finished product
  • Must be detail-oriented, deadline driven, and able to multi-task with solid organizational, time management, and follow through.
  • Proven ability to work to stringent deadlines
  • Excellent Photoshop and indesign skills
  • Proficient knowledge of Illustrator
  • Pro-active and able to show initiative/ideas to constantly improve the editorial quality of the site.
  • A flexible working attitude, someone who is willing to go the extra mile to contribute to great team work.
  • Self-motivated.

To Apply:
Please apply click here

London, W12