Friday, 28 March 2014

Just Have to Share - Ghostsigns

What are Ghostsigns?
Ghostsigns are the often faded remains of advertising that was once painted by hand onto the brickwork of buildings. They can be found in cities, towns and villages throughout the UK and across the world. They advertise many different products and services, some familiar, some less so.

The key to finding Ghostsigns is paying attention to the buildings you pass and looking up, as they are often situated high on the walls.

Many signs have survived until today but many more have been lost due to weathering, being over-painted or their host building being destroyed. Ghostsigns exists to create a permanent record of their existence for the benefit of our own and future generations’ understanding of this important but often overlooked part of our commercial, craft and advertising history. The work of pulling this together is co-ordinated among photographers, researchers and other volunteers via the web.

Ghostsigns was started by London resident Sam Roberts in 2006, the project has undertaken a number of initiatives over the last seven years and continues to inspire amateurs and professionals alike to appreciate the painted history found on walls around the world.

Ghostsigns is part of the History of Advertising trust and can be viewed at:

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Just Have to Share - Outdoor advertising replaced by classical paintings

In this series of photos from the streets of Milan and Paris, artist Etienne Lavie thinks about how the world might be if on-street advertisements were to be replaced by classical paintings. You can see much more of the series here.

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Art Director - Different, Newcastle


According to our Creative Director “we’re just too damn busy” and so we have an Art Director job going to help our busy creative team.

> We need someone who can:
> concept create
> art direct the hell out of posters and press
> understands how to get the best out of digital

contact details
To apply for this position, please email your CV and covering letter to Mark Martin:

closing date

Graduate Designer - Different, Newcastle

We’re after a promising 2014 design graduate who’s passionate about design. You’ll be working as part of a busy creative team, so if you think you can handle it, take a look at the spec below (and send some work samples if you can.)

We’re looking for someone who has:> proficiency in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign
> a relevant degree
> an eye for detail
> a passion for design
> the ability to work under pressure

contact detailsTo apply for this position, please email your CV and covering letter to Ian Millen:

closing date

Monday, 24 March 2014

Poundland competition success

Design by Christy Guan

Two students from the School of Art and Design have won a prestigious competition to re-design summer 2014 and 2015 ‘bags for’ life for Poundland. 

The students, Christy Guan, final-year Graphic Design student and Charlotte Ellery, final-year fashion/textiles student have generated two original designs to be used by Poundland for the next two summers. 

The competition was open to students from the School of Art and Design and the brief was to produce designs that could be used throughout the summer months, the initial plan was to produce one design but the client was so pleased with the quality of the submissions that they decided to use two, there were also two runners up Sarah Collins from Graphics and Naomi Hague from Fashion and Textiles. 

The winning students will be credited on the designs, with a conservative estimate of thousands of bags printed, each one will become an advertisement for the work of the school’s students, Charlotte and Christy will be working with Poundland’s in-house design team, seeing their ideas through to production thereby gaining valuable experience. 

Sharon Watts, subject leader for Fashion/Textiles said it is so important for students to undertake live industry focused projects, it gives a real sense of deadlines, market and client issues and sharpens students problem solving skills. The fashion and textiles students really rose to the challenge in designing bags for Poundland and produced some exciting dynamic designs that were very fit for purpose. 

John Clementson course leader for Visual Communications is delighted that the students have produced such a wide range of quality artwork for the competition: 

"The students engagement with this competition from Visual Communication and Fashion/Textiles has been fabulous, there were some really strong designs for the client to choose from. I would like to congratulate all who took part for producing a number of high quality, artworks."

Pavan Riyat-Ward Marketing Controller said:
“At Poundland we like to ensure the design of our reusable bags are new and exciting for our customers. This year we decided to work with the local talent of the Graphic Design and Fashion & Textile students at the University of Wolverhampton and invite them to submit designs for our new reusable bags with a summer theme. We were so impressed with the quality of the submissions that we have decided to progress with two designs created by Charlotte and Christy for 2014 and 2015.

We’d like to thank all the students who got involved with the project – the high calibre of designs made for a very challenging selection process! Charlotte’s design will be in Poundland’s stores nationwide from June.”

Friday, 21 March 2014

REMINDER - Type Talks the Symposium

On Wednesday 26th March Type Talks Symposium will be taking place. Participants include Jessica Glaser and Jeff Leak. For more details and to book your free ticket click here

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 sans serifs

The event begins at 2.00pm at the Parkside Building BIAD

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Smith Milton are Hiring!

We're looking for designers of all levels to join our London studio. If you're passionate about finding strategic and creative solutions for a wide range of clients, and enjoy working as part of an ambitious, award-winning team, then please email your portfolio, CV and salary expectations to
Only successful applicants will be contacted for interview.

Account Management Internship - CheethamBell JWT, Manchester

Account Management Internship 

CheethamBell JWT are looking for a bright, enthusiastic graduate to work within their Account Managment team.

Please send your CV to

Monday, 17 March 2014

LOLB update and talk to second year students

Many thanks to Susan Kruse of the Library of Lost books for giving second year visual Communication students a fascinating talk this week. Susan  focussed on may important themes - the value of working collaboratively, the importance of motivation, money matters and fundraising as well as enhancing communication skills. After giving students the opportunity to examine a selection of works first hand (including  the books of Oliver Flude and Ian Pyper) Susan shared some unaltered manuscripts and books from the Library of Lost Books collection for second year students to reinterpret and reinvigorate.

Library of Lost Book by Oliver Flude

The Library of Lost books is now on exhibition at Oxford Brookes University until March 29th in The Richard Hamilton Building

 Book by Les Bicknell

Book by Ruth Shaw-Williams

Friday, 14 March 2014

Creative intern - Don’t Panic London

A new exciting creative intern role has arisen at Don’t Panic London.

The role will include some or all of the following:

- Assist the creative team in market research and idea generation
- Present ideas to fellow creatives with a possibility of presenting to clients
- Research advertising landscape and creative design to help inspire the team
- Adobe creative suite skills would be ideal especially InDesign to help with pitch documents and internal communications.

The role is for 3 months minimum.

We have an excellent marketing organisation and the successful candidate will gain a huge amount of experience working with a diverse team.

All CVs must be sent with a cover letter explaining why you are suited to the role and portfolio.

Please email the above documents

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Just Have to Share - Baseline Overprints

Baseline have re-discovered many amazing overprints from their magazine production.

These ‘make ready’ sheets are used to run the colour up to optimum level before the paper runs through the press. Accidental and random overprints create unique and exciting imagery on these waste sheets. Each one is unique. Similar sheets are used to produce the ‘Specials’ and the Scribble books.

Read more about the Baseline ‘Specials’ here. Read more about Baseline Scribble books here.

Monday, 10 March 2014

Havas Worldwide London 2014 Graduate Programme

Are you good on paper?
To some, the application process will look easy...
Others will see it as virtually impossible. 

The task is simply to use one side of A4 (or its digital equivalent) to demonstrate why we should choose you for our graduate programme.
Make an ad, formulate a thesis, doodle a storyboard.
Or none of the above.The space is yours. 

The only rule is to email, post, or otherwise convey your submission to us so that it arrives on or before the 14th March 2014.

A number of applicants will be invited in for an interview. A smaller number will then be selected to spend next summer with us on a paid, six-week internship. Interviews take place in April, Internships start in June. If you like us and we like you, we offer you a job at Havas Worldwide London.

Like the blank sheet of paper now staring up at you, nothing could be simpler. Or more terrifying.

Address: Graduate Applications, Havas Worldwide London, Cupola House, 15 Alfred place, London, WC1E 7EB

Design Intern wanted by @Page_Tiger in London

Design Intern possibility with PageTiger Publishing based in Richmond. 3 months, travel expenses paid, up to 5 days per week depending on availability. Would suit a Design graduate/3rd year student (with good knowledge of Indesign and Illustrator). Great opportunity to learn an online design tool.

To start as soon as possible! Our last two interns were taken on as full timers.
PageTiger Intern role description
  • Learn PageTiger’s bespoke online design tool TigerDesigner
  • Assist team with design within the PageTiger system
  • Create templates for use in TigerDesigner
  • Assist design team with design and repro tasks
  • Take on capsule publication design activity
  • Carry out ad-hoc design/illustration tasks
  • Assist with TigerDesigner development activities
PageTiger is a multi-platform contract publishing company (traditional print as well as online publications). As well as Creative Services which provides full client publishing services, PageTiger offers any client the facility to ‘self-publish’ magazines, brochures and marketing materials.

Clients include traditional print clients across a varied range of products including: internal company communications, consumer facing magazines, product catalogues, training materials etc. Current clients include Jaguar, Land Rover, Lloyds TSB, BUPA, Joico, beauty & hair product companies, property developers & estate agencies, art galleries and society publications.

TigerDesigner is an online design tool which enables the conversion of pdfs into interactive online publications, as well as enabling creation of original online designs from scratch.

In many cases, PageTiger produce both a print version and an interactive online version of each product, requiring ‘conversion’ from a print to a bespoke online product.
Please send email with covering letter and examples of work to

Graphic Design Intern - Stone Creative Design, London

Company Description: 
Stone Creative Design is a Graphic Design agency, based in the Farringdon area and working on a growing number of exciting projects for various clients.
What we can offer: 
We are looking for an ambitious and talented Graphic/ Web design intern who wants to cut their teeth with some exciting projects and gain some valuable corporate experience.
You will be required to work closely with one of the directors where you will be taught how to create exciting design campaigns, ranging from brochures, advertising online and offline, websites, signage and much more. Also knowledge in print production, web design and implementation will be passed on.
This is a varied role and will give you the opportunity to develop your CV and Portfolio.
Please note this internship is EXPENSES ONLY (lunch & travel £300 per month). This is for a maximum 3 month period, at the end of which the candidate will be evaluated and there may be the opportunity of a full time position.
• Good working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite
(Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator especially).
• Experience of web design, including the ability to understand some basic coding, especially on WordPress sites.
• A design related degree.
• A portfolio of work viewable online is desirable or alternatively a PDF no larger then 5MB.
• Any printing experience would be helpful.
• Strong creative thinking, design and visualisation skills.
• A willingness to learn and develop new skills.
How to apply:
Please send your CV, cover letter and design portfolio (PDF or online link) to Eamonn Foy on the email address provided. 

Friday, 7 March 2014

Now consume opening

Third year visual communication students show, 'Now Consume', is open to the public after a successful private view. 
Many thanks to all students with work on display. 

Karl Marx, The Economic and Philosophical Manual of 1844


Paul A. Samuelson

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Now Consume - online

Many congratulations to all Visual Communication students exhibiting within the 'Now Consume' show which opens in the Bessant Gallery, The School of Creative Arts & Design at the University of Wolverhampton. The exhibit opens to the public on March 7th and also has an online presence at: