Friday, 30 August 2013

Designer - Propaganda, Leeds

We’re a little different. We don’t respond to briefs, we write them. We don’t just work for brands, we create them. We refuse to pitch, and we change the way sectors think. We’ve built reputation as an agency that produces market leading creative work, mixed with innovative and market changing strategic thinking. We’re specialist at creating, rescuing, and building brands.

We’ve done it in the past, creating some household names and ‘CoolBrands®’ along the way. And we’re in the process of doing it again, but this time it’s a brand of our very own, conceived an built solely by Propaganda. In 2009 we launched Illamasqua into a sector that many said was impossible to crack. In four short years our premium beauty brand has been labelled a ‘cult’ brand by British Vogue, has become an acclaimed global phenomena within it’s sector, and is giving the market leading leviathans a run for their money. It’s just one of our success stories, and proves how solid our creative work and thinking is.

We’re looking for a designer to join our team in Leeds. So if you’re a skilled designer who’s great at working in a team, you understand the value of brand strategy, and you like the sound of the above, then please get in touch. We’re looking for a portfolio of work that demonstrates great creativity, ideas, and craft across print, brand, identity, illustration, digital, and packaging, in a range of different styles from corporate, to consumer to fashion. Video experience is a welcomed bonus, as are awards.

Please send your CV and work samples to:

Free font Idealist Sans by Elena Kowalski

Idealist is designed by Elena Kowalski and is sans serif with attractive discretionary ligatures. It's available free in regular and light weights at Behance. Use the download link at the bottom of the page below the type samples - or download from here

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Graduate Success - Phil Rainey

Phil Rainey, BA (Hons) Graphic Communication graduate (1997), is now Creative Director at Cuckoo Design in Manchester.

In this role, which he has held since 2008, he’s worked on projects for prestigious clients including The Co-operative, BUPA, GE and Manchester United.

Phil credits his time spent at the University of Wolverhampton as having had a great influence on his career.

“The degree I did at Wolverhampton helped shaped my career in design enormously. We were always challenged to push the boundaries and think differently. I still try to apply this thinking today. Also the web was really just in its infancy back then, but when I look back on some of the digital projects we produced still stand up today.

“I enjoyed really getting underneath a project. Researching it fully (in the library as opposed to internet!). Challenging thinking and perception. As long as the idea worked and it was on brief we had free reign to do, and use, whatever media we wanted.” said Phil

For further information, visit:

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

The Happy Show by Stefan Sagmeister

The Happy Show by graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister is ​Filling the Institute of Contemporary Art's (ICA) entire second-floor galleries and ramp. The show blurs the boundaries between art and graphic design with a great mix of installations, imaginative typographical displays, and interactive artworks. The large exhibition is punctuated with social data gathered from Harvard psychologists Daniel Gilbert and Steven Pinker, anthropologist Donald Symons, psychologist Jonathan Haidt, as well as several prominent historians. 

Images above courtesy Stefan Sagmeister.

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Just have to share - The Human Body by Tinybop

The Human Body (stop-motion!) from kellianderson on Vimeo.

Just have to share, The Human Body.This is the first release from design studio Tinybop as part of their Explorer’s Library series that seeks to “help children develop a foundational understanding of the world.” 

The captivating anatomy app for children features some great artwork work from illustrator and designer Kelli Andersen who over created 200 illustrations of bones, veins, muscles and other components that comprise the interactive environment as well as the stop motion video shown above. 

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

University Almni Volunteering

Did you know that over 800 University of Wolverhampton alumni have said they're interested in volunteering their time to the University?
Its great that so many graduates are willing to support your University and the University has been busy putting together an exciting new volunteering programme starting in September.

There will be a variety of ways to volunteer matching what you do against your personal goals, interests and skills.

You can choose from three types of volunteer - casual volunteer, alumni ambassador, or why not help our final year students prepare for life after graduation as a student mentor?

Whatever you choose, our flexible approach means you can fit your volunteering around your other commitments.

If you'd like to get involved in any of our activities, simply complete our volunteering registration form.

More information
You can find all the information about volunteering at the University
Or if you have any questions, drop Amy and Sam in the Alumni & Development team an email at: or tel: 01902 323 056.
We look forward to hearing from you! 

Monday, 12 August 2013

Library of Lost Books exhibition in Morag Myerscough pavilion

The Library of Lost Books will be exhibiting this autumn in the new Library of Birmingham, within the amazing pavilion designed especially for the opening festival by the renowned graphic designer Morag Myerscough.

The image shown here from Supergroup, gives an exciting preview of the pavilion housing  the exhibitions to come. 
To find out more about Morag's work click here
To read more about the exhibitions  coming up in this pavilion click here

Friday, 9 August 2013

Many congratulations

Back in June this blog was delighted to announce 3 forthcoming Visual Communication 'family' weddings.

Many congratulations must now go to Mr and Mrs Michael Stewart

Very best wishes to Mr and Mrs Phil Wynne

Well done Mr and Mrs Marc Austin (photo to follow)

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Junior Graphic Designer - Links of London

Location: London
Department: Creative Studio
Position Reports to: Head of Creative

Purpose of Role/position
To support the Creative Team with artworking requirements across a diverse range of projects to include in particular (though not exclusively) all press and online advertising requirements and customer emails. Reporting to Head of Creative and also working closely and directly with the Studio Manager and various other departments to deliver materials on time and on brand.

Key Result Areas:
Manage and produce artwork for ads including tactical, wholesale, display adverts, banners, large format posters, trams and buses as well co branded advertising for wholesale/corporate, emails and other marketing collateral.
Produce artwork for customer emails ensuring that all emails conform to the template and are on brand.
Produce artwork across various other marketing collateral and in-house projects as required.
Responsible for relationships with the repro houses to ensure LOL supplies all artwork to publications on deadline and on spec, including managing production departments at magazine and newspaper publishers as well as artwork through the repro house
Maintain the consistency of our brands visual identity across all collateral (logos, packaging, labelling, bags, store fascias, ticketing, typography, sub-branding, co-branding and web).
Overhaul and manage image library. Manage and supply all of the marketing department images, including product shots and campaign photography to all relevant internal departments.

Qualifications / Knowledge / Experience
Significant art working experience with an impressive portfolio demonstrating your work.BA (or equivalent) Design qualifications desirable
Demonstrable experience within a fashion or retail environment
luxury brand experience is desirable
Advanced skills in Photoshop, Quark, Illustrator, InDesign
Experience with working with repro houses, publications, agencies and printers

Competencies / Personal Attributes
Self motivated and enthusiastic
Exceptional organisational and time management skills
Ability to work under pressure
In-depth understanding of print and production processes

Closing Date: 16 August 2013
To apply click here

Illustration/Design Intern required - London

Shotopop is looking for a kick-ass intern! So spread the word.
SHOTOPOP is a devout team of visual zealots who pride ourselves on conjuring the new, the unimagined and the fantastical. In our offices, furiously snipping silver scissors give birth to a thousand paper feathers, crazy caffeine dreams turn into flashing pixel rainbows and the most ambitious flights of fancy, become our proudest moments.

We’ve got micro brewery beer in the fridge, Cannes Lions in the window, Broadway market down the road and our very own surprise blend of coffee every day. We’ll even let you stroke our skull-in-a-jar.


You’ll be helping out with whatever we’re currently doing in the studio. This could be Typography, Illustration, Graphic Design, Character Development, Sketching ideas, Thinking, Inventing cocktails, etc. Have a look on our site to see the type of things we do.

Payment will be depending on experience and portfolio.

Apply by sending a short bio and a link to your folio to

Monday, 5 August 2013

Just have to share - The Photo Man

Mark Kologi is also known as “The Photo Man. He has sold over 3 million photographs at the Melrose Trading Post, however he didn’t take a single one of them himself.