Friday, 28 February 2014

Countdown - 'Now Consume' exhibition

Now Consume is an exhibition of work by visual communication students developed in response to issues around consumerism and material culture. Themes for discussion and visual enquiry include consumer debt, independent retailing, recycling, brand deconstruction, and over packaging.

The show will be open to the public from March 7th - 21st in the Bessant Gallery on the ground floor of The School of Art and Design, University of Wolverhampton. Daily opening 10.00am - 4.00pm

Private view is March 6th - 4.00 - 6.00pm

An online version of this exhibition will be live soon

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Junior designer - Liven Creative, Surrey

Looking for a talented junior designer 

We are seeking a Junior Creative Designer to join a creative design agency based in Send, Surrey. This dynamic and evolving design and marketing agency work with businesses large and small in producing identities, branding guidelines, brochures, websites and a variety of different print material. 
As a Junior Designer with loads of potential you should be a highly creative with a desire to grow and be nurtured. Your portfolio must show your potential and will need to demonstrate strong graphic design and digital design skills, but most importantly it will give glimpses of your future brilliance. 
Whether you are brainstorming concepts, or creating final printable files, you will use your natural enthusiasm that bring ideas to life. 
To qualify… You should be a Creative Designer / Junior Designer with a CV and portfolio that highlights the following: 
 A natural creative flair with plenty of ideas; 
 Excellent Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator skills; 
 An understanding of HTML and designing for the web; 
 A degree in graphic design; 
 An excellent design portfolio; 
 A strong desire to learn and develop. 
What’s important to us is finding the right person whose fits in well with ours small and friendly creative agency, we offer a competitive salary, a rural location (own transport is essential) and the chance to play an important role on design projects.
Email us your CV and portfolio to

Design Intern - Spindle Magazine, London

Intern required as Design Assistant to the Art Director.

We are seeking an enthusiastic intern who would like to assist the Art Director with day-to-day design and illustration work.

Would suit a recent graduate with a decent understanding of Adobe Photoshop and InDesign – Adobe Illustrator would be a bonus. A basic knowledge of Excel and Word is also required.

Tasks would include sourcing/creating images for the website, some online formatting, and assistance with other design and illustration required for both print and web. Guidance will be provided regarding design style and technical questions.

The intern will be required to work remotely at times so must have access to a suitable computer – working hours will be flexible.

Please contact with a CV and bit about yourself!

PR internship - Citypress Birmingham

PR intern wanted by @CitypressBirm in Birmingham

We’re on the hunt for a bright, enthusiastic intern in Birmingham. Looking for a career in PR? We offer a limited number of internships at our Manchester, Birmingham and Edinburgh offices for university graduates interested in starting a career in public relations. These are full-time paid positions that typically last between 3-6 months, while outstanding candidates may also be given the opportunity to apply for a permanent position. If you would like to be considered for an internship, complete the application form here

TYPE TALKS : The Symposium

Type Talks Symposium is taking place on 26 March at the Parkside building BIAD and will present the work of the postgraduate research community in the School of Visual Communication. 

Speakers include:

JEFF LEAK whose presentation will focus on projections in the environment: an investigation into and the creation of projected graphic interventions

JESSICA GLASER who will speak about research into the role of typography within gendered graphic communication.

Other speakers include:
SAM ROBERTS - Ghostsigns in the community
GERALDINE MARSHALL -  A taxonomy of urban letterforms: Birmingham
DAVID OSBALDESTIN - William Calson IV and the rise of the sansserifs

This event is a must for anyone with an interest in typography - tickets are free but should be booked in advance here
The Symposium begins at 2.00pm and more information can be found here

The location of the Parkside Building can be found here

Wednesday, 26 February 2014


Congratulations to third year student Jess Pritchard who has just got engaged to Dan Clarke.

Monday, 24 February 2014


Popup-WM is a popup art shop on the pedestrianised part of West Bromwich High Street, close to Queens Square. Visual communication students and graduates who will be participating include Christy Guan, Maria Forrester, Catherine Shinton, Sangita Kumari and Michael Watson
Maria Forrester

The aim of the shop is to:- 
• Promote the cultural life of our vibrant area and highlight the quality and diversity of local creative talent across the West Midlands. 
• Create an opportunity for new and established artists to be able to exhibit and promote themselves and sell their work through the shop. 
• Work with the local art community both artists and volunteers. 
• Demonstrate the need for a permanent gallery in West Bromwich. 

A call out to artists has resulted in a fantastic response from photographers, painters, illustrators, craft makers and graphic designers and fashion designers.

It is not easy for artists to promote and sell their work. Galleries tend to programme their exhibitions up to three years in advance, which for new talent or artists looking to get their name out there right now is a long time. The art shop is another way for artists and designers to be able to sell their work and gain exposure. 
Christy Guan

Popup-WM are also working with a number of local charities that support people with disabilities, including Active Arts from Oldbury. Their artists produce work of a fantastic quality, variety and inventiveness; Glass fusion jewellery, clay masks, pottery, hangings and paintings. We have a large number of items for sale produced by the group. Ideal for All is a Sandwell based charity located in Smethwick with over 3500 members that supports the rights of people with disabilities. Promoting a social model of disability, where all people can take their rightful role in society and take an active part in creating a better future. They will also be providing volunteers. 

Sandwell Volunteer Bureau is supporting Popup-WM.

The closure of The Public in West Bromwich has had a huge impact upon the cultural life of the local arts community. It was a place where artists were able to meet and have their work shown. It also provided a focal point for community interest groups. Popup-WM will be speaking to members of the public that attend the shop and in the busy walkways outside to canvass opinion on the the need for a permanent gallery in West Bromwich. 

Popup-WM launches on Tuesday 25th February between 6pm and 7pm, so be sure to go along and support.

Friday, 21 February 2014

Poundland competition

8 visual communication students are amongst those shortlisted for the well contested Poundland competition. Designs have been produced for application to a new Poundland bag, to be made from 100% recycled plastic. The selected winning design will be available in Poundland stores nationwide throughout the summer.
Laura Masters

Christy Guan

Hannah Dawes

Zoe Westwood

Abi Irwin

Hannah Cooper

Dan O'Gorman

Sarah Collins
Well done to all students who have entered.

Just have to share - Visuals by Vignellis

An exhibition with relevance to all Vis Comm Wolves students with an interest in drawing for visualisation is Sketches for Ciao Italia, The Audubon Society and Chanticleer by the Vignellis. It has been on display in Booth Hall at the Rochester Institute of Technology USA. These artifacts emphasize how important sketching is to the design process. Take a look at the review here

This exhibit ended August 2013. and featured intricate and amusing sketches of animals, shopping bag concepts and book designs; all formed with meticulously considered typography and grid systems. All artifacts are housed in the Vignelli Center archive.

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Just have to share - The Letterform Archive

The wonderful Letterform Archive collects inspirational analog artifacts to digitise in high fidelity - it's 'a must' for anyone who loves type.

The Archive, located in San Francisco is curated by Rob Saunders, who has been collecting for over 35 years while pursuing a career as a designer, teacher, publisher, and consultant.

This site is intended for inspiration, research, and teaching. All photographs and text are original (unless otherwise noted).

To visit the archive click here

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Junior Designer - Pitch Consultants, Evesham

New Worcester based creative branding agency is looking for a sharp Junior Designer to join their team.

They are looking for a Designer who can apply themselves across all disciplines, good creative flair but also able to artwork and prepare presentations to a high standard.

You'll be getting involved across a broad mix of work whilst working closely with the creative team in their London office. So… they're looking for a portfolio which shows how you can take a concept and carry it through to artwork. The role is a mix of offline and online and you'll be working on ad-hoc projects to large international brands so you'll need to stay calm under pressure and enjoy the buzz of a fast paced agency environment. To be considered you'll need some agency experience even if it's in the form of a few work placements or internships.

They're a small team and must be up for getting stuck in, working to deadlines but have fun whilst doing it! Please send over your CV and work samples to be considered for the position.

Applications close 28 Feb 2014

for more information or to apply click here

The Fix Creative - Creative Artworker, Surrey

A small but perfectly formed Marketing Agency in Surrey are recruiting for a Creative Artworker. Our client specialises in design and production for marketing collateral for high end property marketing.

Our client is looking for someone with beautiful Typography and layout skills. You would be a team player but also motivated to disciplined to work on your own. Great attention to detail is essential as well as great communication skills. Ideally you would have some understanding of property sector or working on brochures. 

The role and skillset:
The role includes artworking and layout for floor plans, brochures, signage, booklets etc as well as concepts and ideas for spreads.

Due to small team the role is very hands on and you would have a chance to have your creative input and develop and grow within the agency.

You need to be proficient in the Adobe Suite (ideally would know Quark) and be able to provide some recent work samples in order to be considered. If you have samples of work across Property sector as well as Brochure work that you have done then that would be an advantage.
For more information or to apply click here

Friday, 14 February 2014

Junior Digital Designer - Empire Design, London

Junior Online / Digital Designer (London)

We are looking for a talented and ambitious junior digital designer or recent graduate to join our growing online team. The ideal candidate should be a lover of film and all things digital, have a keen creative eye, strong animation and layout skills and have excellent attention to detail. Experience of working with Flash and Photoshop is essential, video, motion graphics, social media & mobile advertising is a bonus.

If you think you’ve got what it takes to work on high profile international film campaigns and are willing to learn from an extremely talented bunch of people to expand your knowledge and skill set, then please send your CV and portfolio to:

Junior Designer -FRS London

Junior/Middleweight Graphic Designer
FRS is seeking a talented, creative and engaged all rounder with a minimum of one year of agency experience.

The successful candidate will have a high level of competence across the Adobe creative suite (particularly InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop), a sound grasp of typography and excellent problem solving skills.

FRS is an 8 person agency in West London with a broad range of clients from different industries, as such the successful candidate should be able to demonstrate their abilities across Print, Branding and Digital.

To find out more about us and the kind of work we do visit:

To apply, please submit your CV, work samples (pdf or link to online portfolio) and salary expectations to:

NO RECRUITMENT CONSULTANTS PLEASE - We'll call you if we need you!

Friday, 7 February 2014

Free font Blenda script from Seniors Studio

In 2011 this blog reviewed the popular free display font lobster - see here. If you liked Lobster then you also might be interested Blenda Script by Seniors Studio. It's inspired by Lobster and comes with swashy OpenType alternate characters. Blenda Script is free for personal and commercial use. Download your free copy here

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

We are looking for a logo!

The Media Diversity Institute (MDI) is launching a Logo Design Competition for students and young professionals.

This is a great opportunity for young designers not only to practice their skills, but also to gain visibility on an international level, for a European Elections project that will be prominent in Italy, Greece, and Hungary, as well as in the UK, tackling racism and xenophobia.The project “Our Europe, Our Elections!” – The principal goal of the project is to engage young people in Greece, Hungary and Italy around an issue that will be key to the 2014 European Elections: migration, and the importance of fighting xenophobic speech and promoting inclusive attitudes around this. This project will run a social media campaign from February to May 2014, targeting young people in the three countries, encouraging their participation in elections, promoting inclusive attitudes, diffusing positive stories about migration, and exposing the attitudes, misrepresentations, and manipulation of xenophobic politicians through humour and drama. The objectives of the project are: i) raising awareness and countering xenophobic politics in times of European (and other) elections; ii) promoting positive messages about migration to counter misinformation spread by extremist groups; and iii) engaging young people active in social media to become more aware of these issues and to participate in elections.

The logo We need a logo for our online presence. It must be the right size to use it as a profile picture on Facebook, Twitter, as well as on our websites in Italy, Greece, Hungary, and the UK. The logo should capture and represent the project. All ideas are welcome!

For details of how to enter click here
Deadline 21 Feb 2014

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

The Gap: A Typographic Interpretation of Ira Glass’s Quote About the Creative Process

THE GAP by Ira Glass from frohlocke on Vimeo.
This visual accompaniment to Ira Glass’ quote about the creative process has been created by Daniel Sax. To see more of Daniels work visit:

Monday, 3 February 2014

Free Font Marta

Marta is available free from Font Fabric in three weights, normal, bold and italic.

The typeface includes the old calendar figures, ligatures, ordinals, and alternative forms of signs to help extending the use . Extended Cyrillic and Latin. Contains over 650 glyphs.
Designed by Michael Chereda, Ekaterinburg, Russia.

Download your copy from Font Fabric here