Friday, 31 January 2014

Free Font Canter

Canter is a contemporary sans serif free font and is an all caps, condensed typeface available in six different weights. It has been designed for use as a display type in titles, headlines, and posters.

Designed by Christopher J. Lee, New York, USA.

Download your copy here from Font Fabric

Thursday, 30 January 2014

Free Font Bebas Neue

Bebas Neue is a sans serif font family based on the original Bebas Neue free font by Ryoichi Tsunekawa. 

Now the family has four new members – Thin, Light, Book, and Regular – added by Fontfabric Type Foundry.

The new weights stay true to the style and grace of Bebas with the familiar clean lines, blend of technical straightforwardness and simplicity which make it useful for web or print.

Bebas was originally designed by Ryoichi Tsunekawa, Dharma Type Foundry.

Download your Bebas Neue here

Monday, 27 January 2014

Just have to share - Loving Vincent, BreakThru Films

Currently in production at Oscar-winning studio BreakThru Films, Loving Vincent will be the first feature-length animated film made solely through hand-painted canvases. The movie will examine the life of post-Impressionist painter Vincent Van Gogh and the circumstances surrounding his violent and mysterious death some 123 years ago. Understandably, the production for Loving Vincent is no easy task and requires the help of 70 (!) painters who will help create the numerous hand-painted oil canvases required to bring the story to life. The team is currently appealing to the public on Kickstarter to help raise funds to complete the movie.

Friday, 24 January 2014

Junior Artworker - PMA Marketing, London

Junior Artworker @PMAMarketingLtd in London

We are PMA Marketing - a 21-year-old multi-discipline, below-the-line marketing agency.

We’re looking for a full-time Junior Artworker to join our young, creative team. You will be working on digital and print campaigns for our existing clients.

Experience of Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop is essential. Indesign is a plus.
We will provide you with a Mac to work on and Adobe Creative Suite.

This is an entry-level, paid position.

Please send your CV and examples of work/link to your portfolio to

No Agencies.

Junior Designer/Artworker - FOR- LONDON

Junior Designer/Artworker - Fashion

Salary: 20K FOR- LONDON

A preppy, British fashion & lifestyle brand are looking for a Junior Designer/Artworker with a super creative portfolio that shows passion for design, branding and typography.

Supporting their fast-paced team and delivering their projects, you will also have an interesting and varied workload to challenge yourself autonomously. With briefs coming from several different departments and regions, this is an excitingly versatile role!

-Turning design files into polished, print/web ready artwork
-Jumping on ad hoc briefs as required
-The support and roll out of a wide range of projects over a variety of media including: marketing collateral - fliers, posters, stickers, windows, lightboxes, POS and packaging

Essential Skills:
-Relevant degree in graphic design
-Strong skills in Creative Suite
-Experience in generating print ready artwork
-Ability to work on multiple projects and to make last minute amendments
-Ability to work under pressure and to deadlines
-Acute attention to detail
-Strong initiative

A fantastic opportunity for the right individual to make their mark, working for a well-established brand, within a friendly and enthusiastic team.

Please send your URL/pdf folio to for immediate assessment.

Please note that due to high volumes only successful applicants will receive a response.
How to
Graphic and Web Design Intern, St Margaret's House
We are currently seeking a Graphic & Web Design Intern to join the team in our busy main office. The successful applicant will work with us to develop our branding and online appearance.

Key duties:
• Development of overall design and branding of St. Margaret’s house and The Gallery Cafe in line with existing artwork
• Design and development of our website and The Gallery Cafe Wordpress site
• Layout and design of marketing material for community, live music and arts events
• Editorial design for St. Margaret’s House publications
• Contribute to the smooth running of the main office and deal with queries by phone and in person
• Contribute to the maintenance of administrative systems and procedures
Person Specification
Essential:• A sound knowledge of Adobe Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator
• A sound knowledge of publishing platforms such as Wordpress
• Highly organised with excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Self driven and confident working under own initiative
• High level of accuracy and attention to detail
• Proficient with Microsoft Office, especially Word and Excel
Desirable:• Web design knowledge
• Photography and camerawork experience
• Knowledge of visual merchandising or an eye for presentation of shops/ interior spaces
To apply for this position, please send your CV, covering letter and examples of relevant work to  Please use your covering letter to give clear examples of how you meet each point of the person specification. Applications submitted with no cover letter or examples of work will not be considered.
London Closes Friday 7 February 2014 Paid (£10k-15k pro rata) (paid internship) Part time Artform: visual arts   Contact: Douglas Dare

Design Intern - BrandCap, London

Design Intern wanted by @TalkBrandCap in London
BrandCap is a strategic brand consultancy that combines, creative thinking and entrepreneurial spirit to build high-performing, brand shaped businesses. Design is a complementary element to our rapidly growing business. As a new edition to the team you will be working closely with both the senior designer and strategy throughout the design process.
We work on a range of diverse corporate brand identity and design projects across industries - from retail, luxury and hospitality to media, financial services and education.
We are looking for a Design intern to work with us for a 1-3 month paid internship.
Skills and Experience
  • Excellent skills in Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign & Microsoft Office
  • Any additional skills in web or digital would be a distinct advantage
  • An ability to understand/interpret brand/corporate guidelines and provide artwork within these guidelines
  • Recent graduate with approximately 1 year post-graduate experience
Person Specification
  • Efficient and takes pride in all work created
  • Maintains a positive work ethic, and integrates well into the team
  • Has an interest in strategy and understands the importance of strategy throughout the design process
  • A good communicator thrives in a dynamic and lively working environment
Will be a member of a small but growing creative team led by a senior designer
The team is responsible for branding and design work, website (design only), and print including back end from brand books to PowerPoint presentations to front end stationary and brochures.
There will be continuous requirements for in-house infographics, creating mood boards and charts, as well as ensuring that booklets and boards get printed on time and to spec.
You will also be responsible for working on small design projects creating hand made stationery requiring a good eye for detail.
Everyone contributes happily with general office admin.
Our internships are aimed at developing candidates’ design skills and strategic capabilities. Candidates will gain experience on live client work in conducting research, clarifying strategy, designing visual identity, implementation through various touch points and managing assets.
Interested? email your stuff to

Thursday, 23 January 2014

The Young Illustrators Award is one of the most internationally renowned competitions rewarding creativity and innovation in personal contemporary illustration and graphics. It encourages and supports designers in their artistic practice and offers them an internationally recognized platform from which to launch their careers.

Young", in this context, does not refer to the age of eligible participants but to the works that can be submitted: in the sense of "current and fresh". There’s no age restriction.

The main goal of the Young Illustrators Award is to present the partly undiscovered and vivid scene of creators from all over the world to the public and to encourage the creative exchange. These works are important statements of contemporary aesthetics, demonstrating the current visual power of the international illustration scene.
For more information  click here

Three different categories are awarded:

Illustration (including Pattern Design)
Book Illustration / Book Art

There is no entry fee.
Open to anyone worldwide.
The nominees will be awarded by an international jury consisting of leading art directors, experts and editors.

The short-listed artists will be announced on the Illustrative website in the beginning of 
September 2014.

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Just have to share - Letters of Note

Letters of Note, edited by Shaun Usher is a website and book that bring together and sort fascinating letters, postcards, telegrams, faxes, and memos. 

The example highlighted here is 'I like words', written by Robert Pirosh who arrived in Hollywood in 1934, eager to become a screenwriter, he wrote and sent the following letter to all the directors, producers, and studio executives he could think of. The approach worked, and after securing three interviews he took a job as a junior writer with MGM.
Pirosh went on to write for the Marx Brothers, and in 1949 won an Academy Award for his Battleground script.

Dear Sir:

I like words. I like fat buttery words, such as ooze, turpitude, glutinous, toady. I like solemn, angular, creaky words, such as straitlaced, cantankerous, pecunious, valedictory. I like spurious, black-is-white words, such as mortician, liquidate, tonsorial, demi-monde. I like suave "V" words, such as Svengali, svelte, bravura, verve. I like crunchy, brittle, crackly words, such as splinter, grapple, jostle, crusty. I like sullen, crabbed, scowling words, such as skulk, glower, scabby, churl. I like Oh-Heavens, my-gracious, land's-sake words, such as tricksy, tucker, genteel, horrid. I like elegant, flowery words, such as estivate, peregrinate, elysium, halcyon. I like wormy, squirmy, mealy words, such as crawl, blubber, squeal, drip. I like sniggly, chuckling words, such as cowlick, gurgle, bubble and burp.

I like the word screenwriter better than copywriter, so I decided to quit my job in a New York advertising agency and try my luck in Hollywood, but before taking the plunge I went to Europe for a year of study, contemplation and horsing around. 

I have just returned and I still like words. 

May I have a few with you?

Robert Pirosh
385 Madison Avenue
Room 610
New York
Eldorado 5-6024

Digital Designer - Bonito, Birmingham

Bonito are after a digital designer with a good portfolio of work and experience in web and mobile design.
Bonito is a growing digital agency with a nimble team of designers and developers. We are carving out our niche with e-commerce and third sector clients, ranging from national charities to smaller local businesses. Based in the centre of Birmingham, we aim to help people understand and communicate through various digital channels.

We are looking for a digital designer with at least 2 years professional experience to join our team and help drive the company into the next stage of growth. You must be a pro active individual who is committed, hard working but have a social edge and enjoys life. You’ll be a team player who clearly communicates their ideas to the team effectively and able to take criticism in order to make the project better.
This is a digital design role, encompassing web sites, web applications and mobile design. You will understand user experience and how simple changes can affect conversion rates and improve a users journey through a website. A good understanding of responsive design is key; realising that it isn’t 3 PSD’s of different sizes but a whole experience.
You will play a key role in designing websites and applications for our clients. This will involve understanding a brief and communicating this back to clients visually. We will expect you to be able to put together wireframes and turn these into polished final designs, working towards executing all design deliverables unaided. 
As part of the design team, you will be involved in the initial conversations with our clients to understand their business goals. You will use your keen design eye to interpret a clients brand online, delivering the correct file structures to our front-end team when needed. You will be able to justify your design decisions with clients and team members. 

Skills and Experience

  • A degree is not a necessity, but a good portfolio of digital work is.
  • Ability to understand and communicate a written brief visually 
  • Understanding of Photoshop, Illustrator
  • Mobile/app design knowledge
  • Self Motivated 
  • Can work to deadlines
  • You are approachable, responsive and flexible
  • Understanding of HTML and CSS (not to production quality but enough to know the limitations for design)


  • Yearly training budget
  • Free gym pass
£25k - £28k Salary per annum DOE.
To apply send your CV and your portfolio (links, zips and screen shots all OK) to

Monday, 20 January 2014


GRADUATE PAID PLACEMENT: Customer-Facing Creative Artworker (STEP - open to vis comm graduates from within the last 3 years) required by Jones & Palmer Ltd, creative design agency, Birmingham.  CLOSING DATE TOMORROW A great opportunity for a Graphic Design Graduate to join an established agency on a 12 week paid (£215 per week no deductions) placement. More details at  if you can’t view this page please contact James McGlone, The Workplace, University of Wolverhampton on 01902 321688 and quote vacancy number WOL140120/1

Just Have to Share - music from a bicycle

Johnnyrandom | Bespoken from Johnnyrandom on Vimeo.
Composer Johnnyrandom just released a new track recorded entirely by sampling sounds from a bicycle and its components. Titled Bespoken, the track was created without the aid of synthesizers, samplers or drum machines (if you’re skeptical he even provided every sound broken down into component parts over on SoundCloud). 

Friday, 17 January 2014

Vis Comm Wolves New York trip

The Vis Comm Wolves New York trip is now available to book!
Click the link here to book your place or find out additional information.

The trip will be leaving early on Saturday 22nd March 2014, travelling by coach to London Heathrow where you will then fly with BA to New York. You will be staying at the Hotel Pennsylvania opposite Madison Square Gardens. Breakfast is included which consists of a pastry, coffee and orange juice. You have almost 5 full days in the city before being collected on Wednesday 26th March for a night flight back to London, arriving on Thursday 27th March.

The total cost is £860, payable on booking, non-refundable.

We look forward to welcoming you on the trip!

This  trip is available to students, friends and relations of students as well as Alumni

Graduate Success - Jonny Costello

Jonny Costello is also one of a number of visual communication graduates who have recently contributed work to be showcased within Jessica Glaser's latest book 'The Graphic Design Exercise Book 2' being produced by RotoVision. 

Jonny very much enjoys working in the realm if Design for music and is kindly sharing some of his recent designs in this blog. Jonny's cover for Annie mac presents is a concept design produced with Illustrator Charlotte Audery Owen Mehan

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Graduate success - Daniel Westwood

Daniel Westwood is one of a number of visual communication graduates who has recently contributed work to be showcased within Jessica Glaser's latest book 'The Graphic Design Exercise Book 2'. Daniel, who now runs Studio Family frequently works in the realm of design for music. shown here is a selection of his design. To see more of Studio Family click here

VEGAS Light On. Vegas are a small independent electro group formed in the London. The band approached us to design their debut album, which was released on CD and LP 

Hustle & Cuss was a successful underground club night based in Birmingham between 2010 and 2012. The identity, graphic language and imagery were formed around the dark atmospheric music the night was known by.

VS. is a solo project and pseudonym of  a French Electro DJ and producer, who approached us to create a limited edition, die cut album cover and reverse for his remixed debut album

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Grayson Perry at BMAG

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery is proud to be the first venue in the Midlands to present ‘The Vanity of Small Differences’ by Turner Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry. The exhibition, open 14 February – 11 May 2014 is comprised of a series of six large tapestries (2m x 4m) which tell the story of class mobility and the influence social class has on our aesthetic taste.

Inspired by William Hogarth’s A Rake’s Progress, the six tapestries chart the “class journey” made by the fictional Tim Rakewell and include many of the characters, incidents and objects that Grayson Perry encountered on his own journeys through Sunderland, Tunbridge Wells and the Cotswolds for the television series ‘All in the Best Possible Taste with Grayson Perry’.

In the television series Perry went “on a safari amongst the taste tribes of Britain”, to gather inspiration for his artwork, literally weaving the characters he meets into a narrative, with an attention to the minutiae of contemporary taste every bit as acute as that in Hogarth’s 18th century artworks.

For more information click here

Monday, 13 January 2014

Free Font Playfair

Playfair is a transitional design that stems from the late 18th century when broad nib quills were replaced by pointed steel pens. This influenced typographic letterforms that become increasingly detached from hand written forms. Developments in printing technology, ink, and paper making, made it possible to print letterforms of high contrast and delicate hairlines.

Designed by Claus Eggers Sørensen Playfair is available free in a staggering 12 weights

As the name indicates, Playfair Display is well suited for titling and headlines. It has an extra large x-height and short descenders. It can be set with no leading if space is tight, for instance in news headlines, or for stylistic effect in titles. Capitals are extra short, and only very slightly heavier than the lowercase characters. This helps achieve a more even typographical colour when typesetting proper nouns and initialisms. Languages, like German, where nouns are capitalized, particularly benefit from this lower contrast between lower and upper case glyphs.

To download your fee font Playfair click here

Friday, 10 January 2014

Free Font Fira Sans

Extending this blogs existing collection of quality free fonts, why not take a look at Fira Sans. Designed by Mozilla, Fira is available free in a very useful 10 styles. To download your free font click here