Friday, 27 June 2014

Glug Birmingham - poster competition

To celebrate our upcoming ‘Glug Birmingham: Midland Masters’event and showcase the creative talent of the city, we’re inviting local students, recent graduates and young professionals* who live and work in the Midlands to design a poster inspired by the ‘Midland Masters’ theme.

Taking inspiration from your experience of living and working in the Midlands to create a poster that truly celebrates the great city of Birmingham, your illustrated poster design might include: famous landmarks, significant places of interest, hustle and bustle of city life, markets, museums, outdoor activites, local heritage, well known words & phrases, famous faces – anything goes!

Be Playful. Be Fun. Be Inventive.
Poster designs will be printed using Risograph techniques using our Glug Birmingham brand colours: dark blue & hot pink!

Deadline for entries: Midnight on Friday 11th July

First Prize
The artist who creates the most standout poster design will see their winning artwork printed as an A3 risograph poster on the reverse of our fold-up Glug Birmingham flyer! 3000 of these will be printed and distributed to design firms, creative agencies, industry professionals and local businesses to promote the event and get people excited about Glug Birmingham!

Our lucky winner will also be invited to take the stage for a 10-minute slot to present their work to the Glug Birmingham audience – giving you an unrivalled opportunity to get your work in front of a hotbed of potential future clients.

Runners Up
Two runners up will each receive a pair of tickets to attend all three Glug Birmingham: Midland Masters talks in August, November and March respectively.

As an extra incentive to take part in the project: We’ll be exhibiting 25 of the best entries at the Illustration themed edition of Glug Birmingham: Midland Masters on November 20th, 2014.

Find out more and Download your Glug Birmingham ‘Poster Competition’ entry details here!

Just Have to Share - Glug Birmingham: Midland Masters. 21.08.14

Glug is a series of events for the design and creative community. Their showcase events are held in London, Birmingham but there are now 5 other events around the world.

Based around a series of talks and informal networking, Glug has become one of the most exciting, credible and well attended creative events around.
Inkygoodness and Created in Birmingham present ‘Midland Masters’ a series of three events featuring talks by local designers, illustrators and design studios celebrating the creative talent of the Midlands and beyond in association with Glug.

For the first edition of Glug Birmingham presents a series of engaging, energetic and inspiring evening events,  talks, live drawing, stalls & more. Taking place at Fazeley Studios in the creative quarter of Digbeth, Glug is 2 minutes from The Custard Factory and a short stroll from the Bullring and Birmingham New Street station.

Tickets on-sale shortly,

Early Bird £7.50
Glug Pass £20 (one ticket pass gains entry for all three ‘Midland Masters’ events)

Find more information here

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Graduate Success - Salu

Since completing his studies, visual communication graduate Michael Salu has kept in regular touch with the University. Michael has recently launched his own creative venture, 'Salu' and one of his first major creative challenges has been to provide creative direction for the Abraaj Group Art Prize 2014. The prize recognises exceptional mid-career artists from the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia and uniquely rewards proposals rather than completed works of art.

"The result is Garden and Spring, which takes as its title that of the canonical Urdu text Bagh O Bahar - the tale of a king without an heir. The exhibition is a garden that presents itself both visually and thematically, allowing for a loose affinity, a momentary accord. By weaving five literary responses to each of the five artists’ work, we seeded a conversation about the work of each artist." says Michael.

To find out more visit

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Buy Your Student Design University Hoodies Now

The winners of the competition to design University hoodies were announced and prizes presented at the degree show. The designs by Visual Communication students Philip Atkinson-Walker, Katherine Blower, and Megan Taylor can now all be purchased online. Each garment also features the logo design by Dani Bearman.

Congratulations to all the winners

Designs are available in sizes ranging from small to XXL at £24.99.

Buy your hoodie here

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Just Have to Share - Homeless fonts


Just Have to Share Homelessfonts. A new charity project in Barcelona takes signs made by the city's rough sleepers and turns their handwriting into a downloadable font.

Homeless fonts is a joint venture between the Arrels Foundation, which works with nearly half of Barcelona's homeless population, and advertising agency The Cyranos McCann, hopes individuals and companies will buy the fonts and use them to communicate on social media or as part of their corporate identity on stationery and packaging.

For more information about this wonderful initiative visit

Just Have to Share - the notebooks of Frances Quinn

Frances Quinn, the winner of the Great British Bake Off designs her amazing cake an biscuit creations firstly within the pages of her note books.

"My creative process always starts or ends with an idea, design or concept that I often find easier to express by ‘drawing’ on my imagination. Sketching up designs and pairing them with a recipe helps to feed both mine and other people’s creative appetite before I even reach for a spoon. It’s the impact, response and buzz that comes from baking that makes it fun. To surprise, inspire and bake memories and experiences for people is for me the icing on the cake!" says Frances

To see more of  her work visit

The designs shown here are for her work for Blue-berry Nude Cheesecake, inspired by Matisse and created for the Art Fund as part of their Edible Masterpieces. Edible Masterpieces is a fundraising initiative which encourages art lovers and keen cooks to make edible creations inspired by iconic works of art.

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Wolverhampton Grammar School - design opportunity

705 STUDENTS 7-18

Marketing Officer Design, Web and Multimedia

Salary: £18,495 - £19,774 per annum.

We are offering an exciting and unique opportunity for a dynamic, talented, qualified and experienced graphic design professional to join an interdisciplinary marketing team.

Working alongside our Director of Marketing and Communications the successful candidate will take responsibility for the production and continuing improvement of all our print, web and multimedia communications.

For details of the post and the application process, contact our HR Administrator, Mrs Julie Caswell either by phone on 01902 421326 or by emailing

The closing date is 12 noon on Thursday 24th July 2014 Interviews to be held on Thursday 7TH August 2014

Wolverhampton Grammar School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children; this post is subject to an enhanced DBS disclosure.

Registered Charity Number: 1125268

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Alex Steer - Graduate Success

Visual Communication graduate Alex Steer has been in touch. Alex now works for Edge Design.
"I’m a Front-end Developer At Edge – My responsibilities include designing and building sites with particular focus user functionality for interfaces.

I work alongside specialist branding designers who take my wireframe designs and style them according to clients design guidelines. I then build, and adjust sites, bringing them to life and integrating them with various web technologies.

You can learnt more about Edge Design here"

Alex has recently been working on Designs for Visit Beer. His complete design can be seen here

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Graphic Digital Designer - TVF Media group, London

Graphic Digital Designer wanted in London

Open Creative Communications – part of TVF Media group – is a dynamic digital creative agency working with educational publishers, public bodies, broadcasters and charities.

Specialising in web and app development and design, and video and podcast production, we provide our clients with a holistic approach to digital strategy. For more information, and examples of our recent projects and clients, please visit our website at

We are looking for an exceptional Graphic and Digital Designer to join our dynamic and rapidly expanding multimedia group in a creative, design-based role. Based in central London, you will be working within our innovative digital communications agency, contributing to projects for not only Open Creative Communications, but across TVF Media’s divisions.

As a member of our award-winning creative team of Developers and Designers, you will be integral to our aim to push the forefront of both print and digital design platforms.

From the outset you will be given a remarkable level of responsibility and will be actively encouraged to develop your own ideas and creative proposals. As well as working on high-profile projects spanning a multiplicity of professional sectors, you will receive one-on-one mentoring to progress your skills and career further. This is a challenging and varied role, which will enable you to push design boundaries and work within a vibrant and creative environment in which your opinions are highly valued.

Candidates should have an excellent educational background and relevant design experience (1+ years), along with the ability to show an inventive approach to the current new media design landscape.

You must have strong creative vision and technical skills, including Photoshop, CSS, Illustrator, InDesign and HTML.

If you think you have what it takes to join this exciting company, please send your CV, Cover Letter and examples of your work to, stating ‘Graphic and Digital Designer’ in the subject line.
Closing Date: 17/06/14

Hoodies - competition winners

First year Graphics & Illustration students worked on the Hoodies live brief to design a limited edition collection of University of Wolverhampton hoodies.

The winning designs were created by Philip Atkinson-Walker, Katherine Blower, and Megan Taylor. The logo design was created by Dani Bearman. Many congratulations to all those who took part.

The hoodies are now on sale in University shops at The George and MD Concourse at £24.99.

The Faculty of Arts are working with the University Estates Department to display and sell student art and designs, with students and alumni pieces already on sale in The George, with more to come in the new academic year.

Monday, 9 June 2014

Final Show Private View

The Final show private view has been a great success in showcasing student work and providing the opportunity for students, family, friends and visitors to celebrate graduate achievement.

The show is open to the public daily until June 14th.

Graphic designer - IDM Design, Wolverhampton

Vacancy reference number

iDM Design
Job title
Graphic Designer
Closing date
Salary range
Additional salary info
Negotiable, depending on experience
Job description
Ref: ELT
A position is available for a Graphic Designer within this rapidly-growing agency. You’ll report directly to an account manager and may be required to work off-site at times.
Duties will include:
  • Conceptualising and creating a wide range of online and printed marketing collateral
  • Taking a project from brief stage to completion
  • Working on external and internal projects including all marketing material - brochures, branding, websites, electronic media, exhibition, point of sale and signage
  • Producing and finishing printed literature to a high standard
  • Provide all-round studio support
Before being accepted onto the paid contract, successful candidates should expect to be invited in to conduct some work to demonstrate their abilities.
Person requirements
Necessary skills:
  • The successful candidate will have a thorough knowledge of Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver and Mac OS
  • A moderate understanding of the processes involved in design for print is required
  • A moderate understanding of design for web and mobile devices
  • A keen interest in 3D design, video editing and digital photography & lighting would be an advantage, though not essential
  • You will be required to produce artwork on brief, accurately, and within a pre-determined timeframe - and also be estimate the time to complete a piece of artwork in advance
  • The ability to write copy would be a distinct advantage, excellent spelling and grammar is essential.
Essential Software Skills:
  • InDesign
  • Photoshop
  • Illustrator
  • Dreamweaver
  • Microsoft Office
  • HTML/CSS knowledge
Accepted degree subjects
Working hours
Application information
Please email your CV to and address your email to James McGlone.
Please remember to include the job title and organisation name in your email.

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Final show - See whats on display

The Final Show opens on Saturday - come and see what's being prepared for the exhibition.

A big thank you to everyone who is working to make show a success.

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Final Show Preparation

The finals show is coming together and work is being set out ready for the end of the week opening and private view

Public opening
Saturday 7 June, 10am-4pm (closed Sunday)
Monday 9 June-Friday 13 June, 9am-5pm
Saturday 14 June, 10am-4pm

Tel: 01902 322 058