Friday, 28 November 2014

Sarah Hyndman: Thinking outside the font

Typefaces are both functional and evocative. They trigger memories, evoke associations and prompt multi sensory responses. We readily identify their personalities but, just like other forms of non-verbal communication, they can reveal a great deal about us. Sarah will talk about her interest in typefaces from the type consumer’s point of view; how she combines her experience as a designer of almost 20 years with her own research and the results of studies by neuroscientists. Her research takes the form of games and surveys that are designed to be thought provoking for participants and she is working on collaborative projects with the Crossmodal Research Lab in Oxford. Sarah will review how type is ‘hidden in plain sight’. She will share projects done by a range of people which reveal the typeface considered most ‘believable’ that type can make food more enjoyable and which typefaces look sweet or bitter.

Sarah Hyndman was a graphic designer for several years, working in agencies before setting up her own design company a decade ago with regular clients ranging from the Philharmonia Orchestra to Coutts bank. She studied an MA in Typo/Graphics at the London College of Communication and was subsequently invited back to set up and run the yearlong Experimental Typography evening course, which she did for six years alongside her commercial practice. Sarah launched Type Tasting in February 2013 as a focus for her typographic explorations. Since the launch she has organised and curated a creative typography exhibition at the V&A with the London Design Festival, been interviewed on Radio 4’s Today, spoken at Eye Magazine’s Type Tuesdays and ran a Type Tasting workshop at SXSW earlier this year. She is currently creating a typography workshop with the D&AD, writing a Type Tasting book and will be giving a TEDx talk in November 2014.

11 December 2014: Doors open 1730, Lecture starts 1800
Birmingham City University, Main Lecture Theatre, Parkside Building, 5 Cardigan Street, Birmingham B4 7B

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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Graphic Designer - Birmingham City Football Club

Graphic Designer

Term: Permanent Full Time
Location: St. Andrew's Stadium, Cattell Road, Birmingham, West Midlands, B9 4RL
Application closing date: 07/12/2014
A fantastic opportunity has arisen in the Brand and Marketing department to fulfill the role of graphic designer. The role includes managing and producing all design work along with the following:

  • To assist the Brand & Marketing department with all graphic design projects
  • To produce artwork for all projects in line with the brand style for each area of the business including retail, ticketing, memberships, commercial events
  • To develop seasonal styles for all areas of the business that are creative and in line with the targeted audience
  • To produce artwork for the website include flash banners and buttons, headers and home page takeovers
  • To produce email templates for all areas of the business
  • Any other duties as reasonably required
  • To be the brand guardian for the club, through the creation and enforcement of the Clubs brand guidelines
  • Effective time and work load management to ensure all tasks are completed
  • Be active in the planning and creation stage of projects
  • Confident in pitching and presenting ideas to senior staff
  • The scope of these duties may be extended as dictated by the changing requirements of the organisation and relevant regulatory bodies, and therefore, the role may require additional ad-hoc duties as reasonably required
  • This job description sets out current duties of the post that may vary from time to time without changing the general character of the post or the level of responsibility 

  • For more information and to apply click here

Just have to share - MACE

MACE is the Media Archive for Central England and is home to wealth of vintage films on a wide range of topics. Step back in time to the 1950's, 60's, 70's or 80's and take a fascinating glimpse into the society of the day. The film highlighted here dates from 1972 and deals with the 'controversial' topic of eating on buses. It is from ATV Television News and shows John Swallow talking to Birmingham Councillor Gladys Andrews on a double decker bus, re her objections to people eating on buses.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Just Have to Share - Japanese Flip Books

These flip books made in Japan feature a number of unexpected designs that make use of negative space and secret 'compartments' that gradually reveal as you flip through the books. There are several in the series published by Mou Hitotsu no Kenkyujo that can be bought on Amazon. Here’s the bug one.

Monday, 24 November 2014

Just Have to Share - Yusuke Oono, 360° Laser-Cut Paper Story Books

Japanese graphic designer and architect Yusuke Oono has released a trio of laser-cut storybooks including depictions of ‘Jack in the Beanstalk’ and Mount Fuji. The books made up of 40 images bound together so that they can be fanned out at 360° forming a narrative to be explored from multiple angles. While these pieces are one-off's, Oono has several other folding books and lights available through Artechnica.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

The form of the book:printing, publishing and production in the regions

A Book History Research Network Study Day
on print and manuscript culture in British and European towns and cities

The Typographic Hub, Birmingham City University
Friday 5 December 2014

Reservations to be made in advance here by 1 December
The first book written by Samuel Johnson, an abridgment and translation of Father Lobo's voyage to Abyssinia, was issued from London in 1735. However, it had been written in Birmingham and printed there two years earlier by Thomas Warren a bookseller, printer, publisher and founder of the town’s first known newspaper, the Birmingham Journal. This brief anecdote serves to highlight the dominance of the capital’s press over its regional counterparts. But whilst the book trade - and its historians - may focus on the productions of the first city, every provincial town also has its own literary and typographic history embedded in its ephemera, pamphlets, newspapers and books; and every regional town has designed, produced, published and printed material of both interest and value. This symposium considers the productions relating to, and of, the regional press.
£10.00 cash on the day for lunch and all refreshments

• Caroline Archer (Birmingham City University) Items from the archives: printed in Birmingham

• Rob Banham (University of Reading) William Gye: printer of Bath

• Lucy Collins (University College, Dublin) To Russia with love: a poetry pamphlet from World War II Belfast

• Jenni Dixon (Independent scholar, Birmingham) Dealers in curiosity: how print promoted Birmingham wares

• Mike Dring (Birmingham City University) Projecting the technocratic city

• Andrew Kulman (Birmingham City University) Promoting the new Birmingham, 1964-80

• Persida Lazerivic (Universit√† Chieti-Pescara) From Rome to ‘Little Rome’ all over Rumelia

• Ian Montgomery (University of Ulster) Printing and books on the edge of the Union

• David Osbaldestin (Birmingham City University) Birmingham’s nineteenth century printers and the use of the sanserif

• Ines Vodopivec (Independent scholar) Book culture in [non]existence of printing

• Ian Horton (University of the Arts, London) Where did hard Werken get Rotterdaon?

Monday, 17 November 2014

‘We Few’ by Lisa J. Wilson

Second year Visual Communication student Lisa Wilson has recieved considerable interest in her project 'We Few'. Originally created during her Foundation Course at Wolverhampton University, she chose the theme, World War One. Lisa wanted to create a piece to commemorate the First World War centenary and honour all those who lived, fought and gave their lives; in particular, the unsung heroes and heroines, the anonymous faces in a photograph, the nameless and the forgotten. She wanted to create a piece of work that would portray hope amidst the devastation of war.

The ten subjects of Lisa's piece, The Calpin brothers, have been referred to as the largest ‘Band of Brothers’ ever to go to war. Originally from York, the Calpins fought in the trenches of France and Flanders and with the British Navy. Amazingly all came home alive. When Lisa learned of their remarkable, yet relatively unknown story she chose to depict The Calpins through a series of hand-crafted paper cut portraits.

"Using layers of coloured paper cut with a scalpel, working intimately with each face, bringing life to their eyes, intricately rebuilding and finally reuniting the brothers as one, pays tribute to their patriotism amongst many, and offers viewers an interesting and hopeful insight into a small, yet significant World War One story" says Lisa

"A typographic companion piece, listing each brother’s name and age at the time of the war, adds a personal and informative insight. Paper cut poppies accompany the piece, both in the typography and simply rested on the floor beneath the portraits. Their inclusion gives emphasis to the theme of the piece, as a recognisable symbol of Remembrance and hope." she continues

The film shows Lisa with  Mick Caplin, the grandson of Ernest Caplin at the exhibition of her work at the University.

Lisa's artwork has recently been on display at Qube Gallery, Oswestry as part of their Open Art Exhibiton, from September to November. 

The artwork is about to find a permanent home in York with the granddaughter of John Calpin - the eldest brother.

Junior Designer - Stocks Taylor Benson, Leicester

The role
As a Junior Designer you will:

Be a very creative and intelligent designer, with an exciting portfolio. Have a serious passion for design and a hunger to succeed. Be ambitious and proactive, always using your initiative. Be able to communicate and present your work effectively to our team and our clients. Be able to thrive in a busy commercial environment – able to turn work around to tight deadlines and chop and change between projects. Be a team player and ready to work together to make things happen.

The person We’re looking for a first-class Junior Designer with a folio that’s full of big ideas, ready to bring a big burst of creativity to our studio team. You’ll need to put those ideas down on paper, so it would be great if you were pretty handy with a pencil. And of course your good craft skills will then create the beautiful designs we can all be proud of. We’ll need you to be able to make an impact from day one, so you’ll be hard-working, mature and self-reliant - the kind of person that we’d confidently put in front of a client early on. In return we’ll be on hand to mentor you, help you develop your creativity and hone those design skills along the way. So get ready to work on some of the biggest brands around.


Thursday, 13 November 2014

Junior Graphic Design Internship - Shared Experience, London

Junior Graphic Design Internship 
Shared Experience is looking for a zealous young designer to join their hard-working and highly dedicated team. You must be prepared to work long hours on challenging projects, to tight deadlines and have a can-do attitude, alongside this you will need a strong ability to follow directions on a single briefing, attention to detail and a good note-taking proficiency will support this. Above all, we are looking for a team player to support our senior designers and absorb their skill, knowledge and expertise. You will be expected to work on a variety of projects, ranging from exhibition conceptualisation to storyboarding for animation/short films to app design to email marketing. You should have the confidence, maturity and faculty to partake in conference calls and meetings with global clients and the aptness and desire to want to build brilliant relationships with them.

Other particulars:Fundamental Software Knowledge:
- Photoshop CS6
- Illustrator CS6
- Indesign CS6
- Dreamweaver CS6
- Powerpoint

Basic Fundamental Skills:- Textual layout and typographic understanding
- Identity design and branding
- Web design
- Idea generation
- Organisation + Tidy working practice
- Attention to detail
- Multi-tasking
- Airbrushing/photo-manipulation
- Notation
- HTML/CSS (would be beneficial)
- Copywriting (would be beneficial)

In Summary:We’re looking for a star person to work with us, so to get in-touch, send us your portfolio (PDFs are easier), along with a link to your website (if you have one) and a CV. Good luck, don’t send us any ugly MS word CVs, you are designers and we won’t even acknowledge a poorly designed resum√©, of course.

For more information and to submit an application send emails to: shared(@)shared-experience(.)com

Note: We do prefer that applicants have a (BA) Hons degree or higher, although we will consider otherwise, all depending on the level of capability that you have.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Global Entrepreneurship week (Mon 17th – Fri 21st Nov)

As part of Global Entrepreneurship week (Mon 17th – Fri 21st Nov) we have a packed schedule of events which are open to students, graduates and staff, including our ‘Enterprise Trade Fair’ which will give you the opportunity to peruse and potentially purchase some of the products and services from our SPEED Plus start-up businesses. It will also be a great opportunity to learn more about the project and the opportunities available to students, graduates and staff through the SPEED Plus programme.
Details on the week’s events are below:
Monday 17th November 2014
Workshop: Starting your own Business.
Student Union Boardroom - 10am - 12pm

Tuesday 18th November 2014
Workshop: Setting up a Social Enterprise.
Student Union Boardroom - 10am - 12pm

Tuesday 18th November 2014
SPEED Pitching: Pitch your business idea to our panel of judges to win a prize.
Student Union Boardroom - 1pm - 3pm (You must book to take part in this event)

Thursday 20th November 2014
Survival of the Fittest: A 12 hour marathon of enterprising activity
Student Union The Venue - 8.30am - 9pm. (You must book to take part in this event)

Friday 21st November 2014
Enterprise Trade Fair: An opportunity to purchase products and services from SPEED Plus businesses.
Student Union The Venue - 12pm - 2pm
During this event we will be announcing the winners of
SPEED Pitching and The Beer Mat Challenge.

To book onto events and further details:

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Just Have to Share - Who Are You? Portraiture by Grayson Perry

Turner Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry turns his attention to portraiture and British identity for this display of new works, including a self-portrait and a tapestry, made during his Channel 4 series Who Are You?
Fourteen portraits of diverse individuals who are all trying to define who they are - families and groups, including politician Chris Huhne, a young female-to-male transsexual, Northern Ireland Loyalist marchers and X-Factor contestant Rylan Clark, have been inserted into the National Portrait Gallery’s nineteenth and twentieth century rooms on Floor 1. Admission is Free from 25th October to 15th March 2015.

Grayson Perry: Who Are You? is a series of three sixty-minute films broadcast this autumn on Channel 4. Find out more about the series here.

Monday, 10 November 2014

West Midlands Open - Julie Green Exhibits

Print making by Visual Communication Administrator Julie Green is featured in the 2014 West Midlands Open At Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. The show brings together artworks by practising and emerging artists from across the region.

The exhibition showcases a stunning array of work, including painting, sculpture and photography, selected by a panel of judges, including Turner Prize nominee, Roger Hiorns.

Start your own art collection with a piece from the exhibition. Much of the work will be available for sale.

Free entry. The exhibition is in the Gas Hall.
The Gas Hall entrance is on Edmund Street. There is a lift next to this entrance. The exhibition is on Level 1. Last entry is 4.45pm.
More information can be found here

Many congratulations Julie

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Greys Blueprint - Entry Level Talent Scheme, Advertising

Blueprint is Grey London's entry level talent scheme for people who want to take charge of their career and break into advertising.
There are 2 routes in, weekly internships and annual opportunity

Applications for our 2015 intake are now open. They close on the 14th November.

There are opportunities in Account Management, Planning and Creative

More information can be found here

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Just Have to Share - Peter Dahmen

While studying graphic design, German artist Peter Dahmen had assignment to create a 3D object out of paper. Regardless of what he designed, there was no easy or safe way to transport his creations to class on his daily commute. Instead of risking damage, Dahmen devised a way to make his paper sculpture fold flat like a pop-up book, a decision that changed the course of his life.

He enjoyed the challenge so much that be became obsessed with creating more elaborate designs, eventually leading to a full-time career as a paper engineer.

Filmmaker Christopher Helkey recently filmed Dahmen as he demonstrated some of his more incredible paper sculptures, many more of which you can see on his YouTube channel.

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Just Have to Share - One Hundred Patterns

One Hundred Patterns is a site building daily to contain, as it says, 100 patterns - check regularly to view the expanding collection here

Graphic and Digital Design Internship - @blurGroup Exeter

Graphic and Digital Design Internship

blur operates at the intersection of technology, media and innovation as it delivers on its s-­commerce promise and disrupts industries. We think and act differently, celebrating individuality, change, creativity, global reach and diversity: standing up for radical, new and improved methods for business to discover suppliers and partners, trade and collaborate.
We are looking for a sharp-minded creative candidate who would like to join our dynamic Digital Design Team. You need to be passionate, enthusiastic, interested in user interface and have your own portfolio of design and multimedia.
The role:
  • Working on a range of desktop, tablet and mobile design projects
  • UX/UI and Visual Design of blur web pages and trading platforms
  • Participating in user experience research and testing processes
  • Attending business and scrum meetings in Agile Methodology
The ideal candidate:
  • Recently graduated in graphic design or similar - studying or towards one
  • Strong knowledge of Mac OS, Photoshop and Illustrator
  • Understanding of HTML and CSS is desirable but not essential
  • A good eye for detail and work on own initiative
  • Understanding of commercial design and able to research creative trends
    Apply here

Monday, 3 November 2014

The World of Ben Kelly

Ben Kelly’s latest show ‘The World of Ben Kelly’ has been one of his most eagerly anticipated exhibitions. He has had four major shows of his work in the last two years and in each case he has sold out weeks before the opening night. This has been Ben’s biggest one-man show to date and as soon as it was announced, he was inundated with interest.  

“In each painting Kelly is able to render the atmosphere evocatively, imparting a strong sense of seasonal shifts and nature sublime that chimes with the moods of life. And in each we get the equanimity of activity and poise, a sense of timelessness and particularity, bustle and solitude. 

Throughout his oeuvre Kelly’s landscapes have progressed in nature and range. They have broadened out both geographically and emotionally. They are commemorative in most cases of the unique appreciation of human encounters, between each other or the poignant moments shared between man and his dog. They are markers of specific events, of the celebratory atmosphere of the Queen’s Jubilee or the dark underside of gang culture.

Kelly’s great gift remains the ability to filter the essence and simplicity of human nature and present it in a contemporary idiom.” Says Dr Rina Arya