Thursday, 26 February 2015

Designer - The University of East London

The University of East London is a dynamic, diverse and rapidly expanding university at the heart of Europe’s largest regeneration area and close to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Canary Wharf, City Airport and Docklands. UEL is the leading University in London for civic engagement. It is also in the top ten of modern universities for research and has one of the most diverse student bodies in the UK with a 150 nationalities.

We are looking for a bright, inquisitive designer with excellent typographic and conceptual skills to join our new team. They must have a keen interest in current design trends and significant experience working as a junior or middleweight designer.

You will be working on the re-development and continuous upkeep of UEL's in house brands including activities such as: brand creation and development, magazine design and production, events and exhibitions design, design for print, website & email layouts & digital marketing and advertising activities. You will be required to develop exciting ideas and create stunning pieces of design using industry standard software. This is not a coding role, although an understanding of basic html & css is certainly beneficial. Experience in producing digital publications, email templates and wireframes would be a huge advantage as one of the tasks will include working on the new web design and brand image.

You will be reporting and taking guidance from a studio manager however on many instances you will be tasked with running your own projects from start to finish and therefore must be a professionally driven and forward thinking individual that possesses the ability to take a brief all the way from concept through to delivery whilst maintaining the clients expectations and working to deadlines.

In return, the University of East London offers a diverse, creative and supportive working environment, generous annual leave, the local government pension scheme and a strong commitment to your ongoing personal development.

Applications from overseas applicants who have the right to work in the UK without a visa are welcomed.

CVs and portfolio submissions without completed application forms will not be accepted. If successful you will be notified of a possible interview date.

Apply here

Closing date March 10 2015

Laydeez Do Comics in March

I have an opportunity for artists and fans of comics to get their work seen. Please forward this e-mail to your students if you think they would be interested in becoming a guest blogger for Laydeez Do Comics in March.

LDC is an international forum where artists and fans of the graphic novel meet up to discuss, share and connect over autobiographical comics. The main website is

For every meeting we invite in a guest blogger for the event. This will involve documenting the presentations of the evening with words and images. Examples can be seen on the blog section of the main website.

The first Birmingham based meeting will be held on 23rd March at the Green Room CafĂ© (opposite the Hippodrome) from 6pm until 8:30pm. Presentations will be given by Asia Alfasi, Sally Jane Thompson and Laura Howell.

If you are an interested student, please e-mail me ( with a sample or link to your work and I'll either invite you to document the one in March or add you to a list of potential guest bloggers for future meetings.

All the best,

Charlotte Bailey
Birmingham Coordinator for Laydeez Do Comics

Junior Designer - Method Agency, Birmingham

We are on the look out for a Junior Designer to join our creative team on a 6 month contract. This is an exciting opportunity for a recent graduate (or someone with a limited amount of industry experience) to gain some valuable learning and help progress there career.
The successful applicant will be working across all design disciplines from design for print, brand identity, website design (and build), email campaigns, packaging and more.

You will need to be educated to at least Degree/HND level in Graphic Design and have a portfolio of work that demonstrates your creative ability. You must be fluent on a Mac and have experience of using software packages such as: InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator. Experience of web design software such as Dreamweaver and knowledge of HTML/PHP would be an advantage but not essential.

Please email a CV that includes examples of recent work (or provide a web link)

Salary negotiable depending upon experience.

(Sorry we can only reply to successful applicants, closing date 31.03.15)

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Internship - One Big Company, Clerkenwell

One Big Company is a small, full-service design agency who deal in big ideas.

We’re offering a paid internship (£175pw) for up to three months to a talented graphic designer who’ll bring bags of enthusiasm, common sense and a good knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite.

A decent sense of humour is a must along with a willingness to drink beer from 4pm on a Friday - don’t worry, we’re buying!

If you think you fit the bill send a PDF of samples of your work and an email telling us what your super power would be and why to:

Closing date for applications Monday 2nd March with the internship beginning on or around Monday 16th March

See what we do here -

Monday, 23 February 2015

The Golden Thread - Type Talk by Professor Ewan Clayton

The Golden Thread

Ewan Clayton is a calligrapher and teacher. He grew up near the village of Ditchling, Sussex, home to the calligrapher Edward Johnston. His family worked as weavers in the Guild of craftsmen on Ditchling Common founded by Eric Gill in 1921. Ewan was the last member to join the Guild before it closed in 1988. He trained as a calligrapher at the Roehampton Institute with Ann Camp and subsequently assisted her with the teaching there. For a few years in the mid 1980's Ewan lived as a Benedictine monk at Worth Abbey in Sussex. After leaving the monastery he was hired as a consultant to Xerox's Palo Alto Research Laboratory (PARC). Today Ewan is Professor in Design at the University of Sunderland where he co-directs their International Calligraphy Research Centre. In 2013 he was named Craft Champion of the year for his contribution to educating others in the Crafts in the first National Craft Skills Awards. He is a Trustee of the Crafts Study Centre, Britain's University Museum for contemporary craft. He was awarded an MBE in the 2014 New Year's Honours List.

More information to follow

12 March 2015: 1730-1930: Birmingham City University, P350 Lecture Theatre, Parkside Building, 5 Cardigan Street, Birmingham B4 7BD

Book a FREE ticket 

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Designer - JWT, London

Introducing JWT
JWT London is a creative agency that prides itself on its ability to deliver highly imaginative ideas in an interconnected fashion, globally or locally. Our heritage of innovation, our scale and experience of the world, along with the quality of our people defines who we are.
We believe in ideas borne out of sound intelligence; those that combine strategic and creative excellence to deliver commercial effectiveness for our clients.

JWT delivers a broad range of communication solutions for an outstanding client portfolio, brands include: Puma, Canon, Heineken, Kit Kat, The Army, HSBC, Lego, Hovis, Microsoft and

JWT London is one of the jewels in the WPP crown and is one of four key global hubs in the JWT network.

The Role 
We are looking for a creative Designer to join our growing team. Successful candidates will currently be working in an advertising agency or similar environment and be able to work on all stages of projects from initial briefing to finished product. You will be required to produce both agency and client presentations such as book and document designs.

The ideal candidate will have:
• An experienced Designer from an advertising agency or similar environment.
• The ability to work on all stages of projects from initial briefing to finished product.
• The ability to work well within a team but also be self-motivated and capable of working productively without supervision.
• An extensive knowledge of the Adobe Creative Suite, along with an appreciation of typography and an interest in digital and new media design.
• A skillset that enables you to produce both agency and client presentations such as book and document designs.
• Good communication skills and the ability to listen and learn from all aspects of the design department and other all-agency activities.

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Poster for Tomorrow Competition

Poster for tomorrow announces its 7th annual call for entries for social communication poster designs. The project has been running its yearly contest since 2009 and every yearposter for tomorrow chooses a basic human right to address. In 2015 it's the universal right to healthcare.

Healthcare is a major issue even in the world’s richest countries. Millions of people around the world suffer from diseases that simple vaccinations, antibiotics and education could prevent. Yet for either financial or logistical reasons, people are denied access to the treatment that could save their lives.

As healthcare is such a vast issue, poster for tomorrow will tackling the issue in three areas:

• Universal access to healthcare now!
• Eradication of preventable Diseases
• Access to clean water

An entry to the competition consists of a portrait format poster addressing the proposed creative brief. Posters may be designed by a single author or by a team. Designs submitted to the contest must be original artworks previously unpublished. Designs must consist entirely of the authors' own work and must not include any copyrighted material. Participants may submit up to 10 different posters. 

Designs must be presented in vertical format. Entries must be submitted as JPG files of 2953x4134 pixels at a resolution of 150dpi (corresponding to 50x70 cm in printed size) saved in RGB colour space.

There is no entry fee.


Open to designers and design students from all over the world.


Poster for tomorrow will reward the best 100 designs (as selected by the jury) by including them in the "Open Up!" exhibition, as part of an event called "a day for tomorrow", that will be held in a series of cities around the world on 10th December 2015 to celebrate the anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights.

A book about the exhibition will be published. The selected participants are entitled to a copy of the book free of charge, but are asked to cover the postage costs at their own expense.
More information can be here

Monday, 16 February 2015

Just Have to Share - The Norwegian Passport

A competition to redesign the Norwegian passport has been won an Oslo design company that has created a modern, bold document already winning praise for capturing the national identity

"If the passport is a symbol of national identity, then the new design for Norway’s travel documents has undoubtedly cemented the country’s reputation as a land of sleek, minimalist beauty." says the Guardian

Norway’s National Police Directorate announced the winners of a competition launched in February to find a new design concept for the nation’s passports and ID card.

The winning entry, by Oslo design studio Neue, features beautifully simplified depictions of Norway’s natural landscapes drawn with fine lines in pastel shades. The cover features a modernised version of the national crest, stamped in gold on unusually bold colours: either white, turquoise or red for immigrant, diplomat and standard passports respectively.When shone under UV light, the landscapes within the pages transform to show the northern lights in the night sky, a magical touch that adds a deeper sense of intrigue to the already striking document.

For more information read the full guardian online article here

Friday, 13 February 2015

Just Have to Share - Canadian Passports

New Canadian passports have been hiding a whole series of design gems between their looking pages; you just need an ultra-violet light to see them...

While the new-look passports have been in use since July 2013, there's one aspect to their design that has not been celebrated until very recently.

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

CAB Studios - Junior Designer Placement

CAB Studios are looking for bright and driven students who want to begin a career in the Creative, Marketing & Digital Development industry and become a part of this exciting Agency in the heart of Warwickshire. There are over 40 industry leading minds at CAB, sharing their knowledge with an amazing array of clients, who are looking to go on a journey of discovery and growth to become their best in the field. The professional development vision at CAB is to craft and curate a generation of remarkable media-neutral minds for the marketing industry; making ‘CAB’ the most sought after education for candidates to have on their CV.

Having been nominated for a ‘Talent Development’ award (to be decided in February 2015); the time, money and effort CAB put into developing their people is second to none. However this must be seen as a partnership, individual learning is expected from ‘Cabbies’ to further their own careers and bring knowledge back to the rest of the team.

In 2014 CAB were voted a UK Elite Top 10 UK Agency by the Drum, they were also voted #2 as the agency most respected by industry professionals. This is the 3rd year of CAB’s highly successful work placement program with all previous candidates going on to continue their kick-started careers with CAB after University. If you are passionate about driving your own career, are looking for a company to help you advance quickly but aren’t afraid of hard work then CAB could be for you.

Role: Junior Designer
As a junior designer you will work within the Craft team with support from senior designers and the marketing team. You will creatively contribute to the design and development of new and existing advertising and marketing campaigns for a range of clients, as well as developing concepts and artworking to technical specifications for various projects.

Daily Job Responsibilities will include:
• Hands on experience designing and updating interfaces.
• Assisting with the design and production of regular marketing and communication materials.
• Working to a brief and within the parameters of brand guidelines.
• Artworking creative work for print.
• Maintain brand consistency throughout your work.
• Conceptualise new marketing material.

Required skills and expertise
• Knowledge of Adobe Creative Cloud Illustrator, PhotoShop and InDesign.
• Able to design eye-catching graphic designs for sales and marketing.
• Layout skills with an exceptional eye for detail.
• Impressive portfolio of visual design work.
• Able to work on numerous projects simultaneously in a fast-paced environment with frequently changing priorities.
• Confident using an Apple Mac.
• Ability to communicate and rationalise design.
• Understanding of cross-platform/device UX, mobile, mobile app, responsive design.
• Good administrative IT skills (including Excel, Word and PowerPoint).
• Enthusiasm and knowledge for latest trends.
• Excellent team player, with a strong and positive attitude.
• A thirst for learning and expanding your knowledge

Desirable attributes:
• Print/production knowledge
• Ambitious
• Enthusiasm to help out the creative team wherever you can
• Good understanding of typography.

If you think that all sounds like hard work, this probably isn’t for you. If this sounds exciting and exhilarating and exactly what you’ve been looking for, then we want to hear from you!

Any applications should send a CV and cover letter to in Careers and Employment Services.

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Strategy/Copywriting Intern (paid, part-time) - ORB, Birmingham

ORB is growing and we’ve got loads of great new business coming our way. We’ve just won The Birmingham Post Communications Award, we’ve been RAR rated, and we’re doing some really great work and making clients very happy indeed.

We’re looking for a bright intern looking to gain experience in branding, advertising, comms, and marketing. This will be a paid internship, working on real brands and live projects, in different industries. It’s a part time role (2 or 3 days per week), over 6 months, where the chosen candidate will be able to come in, do a lot of research for different brands, help to put presentations together, find out and share new interesting stuff in the world of branding and advertising, and generally help with work, thinking, ideas and copywriting.

We have a strategy department of 3 friendly geniuses, interested in strategy and copy for brands and advertising. We’re busy helping brands stand out and be better at what they do. We read the brief they give us, research what they do and what their competitors do, articulate what makes them relevant, create strategy, propositions, taglines, and write great copy to bring the brand to life and have fun in the process.

This is a really great opportunity for a final year university student or recent graduate who is smart and ready to help a busy but really creative and fun agency, to do even better. Working days are flexible to your requirements and will be discussed during the interview process.

Ultimately, the role will provide fantastically good experience, be a lot of fun, and could even lead to a job with us here.

If you are interested, email us your CV and a very short covering letter about yourself, with why you’d be good for the internship, and any relevant info, and we’ll meet anyone who might be suitable for the role.


Applications close 28th February. Successful applicants will be contacted to arrange an interview.

Junior Designer - Union, Edinburgh

The Union, a multi-discplinary agency based in Edinburgh, is on the lookout for a Super Duper Junior Designer. Untalented designers need not apply. If you have a fantastic eye for composition and mastery of the Adobe suite then please email

Edinburgh is very nice.

Just Have to Share - ‘Faust’ Draws Calligraphic Messages on Snow-Covered Cars in New York City

For the last few years  Faust has been putting everyone’s handwriting to shame with his impromptu works drawn on snow-covered cars in New York City. Faust is known worldwide for his fusion of calligraphy with graffiti in both murals and art projects. Follow him on Instagram and see more of his snow pieces from the last few years on Behance.

Thursday, 5 February 2015

TYPE TALKS: Gordon Young

Words and stuff

12th February 2015

Gordon Young is one of the UK’s leading artists in the field of public art. With over 20 years experience he has created projects as diverse as a series of 20m sculptural/climbing walls in Blackpool, a forest of typographic trees in Crawley Library, a Wall of Wishes in a Bristol school, and a cursing stone in Carlisle. Gordon’s latest and most ambitious project to date is the Comedy Carpet, an 1,880m2 granite typographical pavement made up of jokes, songs and catchphrases of comedians and writers which will be permanently installed on the new promenade in front of Blackpool Tower. Gordon has a collaborative approach to working and has built up over the years strong and fruitful relationships with a diverse range of people from architects, landscape architects, graphic designers and engineers to foresters, cyclists, librarians, ornithologists, historians and code breakers. Public art is not only about ideas and concepts, it is also about delivering on time, in budget and of the highest quality. Gordon has a close and committed team of artists and producers and together they have a proven track record in realising ambitious projects of the highest quality within given timescales and budgets.

Gordon Young will be speaking on 12 February 2015: 1730-1930: Birmingham City University, P350 Lecture Theatre, Parkside Building, 5 Cardigan Street, Birmingham B4 7BD

Book a FREE ticket here

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Junior Art Director Placement - ABOVE+BEYOND - London

Above+Beyond is looking for a Junior Art Director to team up with one of our junior copywriters to form a temporary team on a couple of new business pitches. Stu, the writer in question, has been with us around 8 months and has about 6 months of placements prior to this. The AD we’re looking for wouldn’t feel intimidated by this; we’re happy to talk to recent grads but would prefer someone who’s done one or two placements already and is used to agency culture - so is ready to dive straight into the work!

The contract will be a placement, on a rolling weekly basis but with the possibility of extending to 4-6 weeks. And, possibly beyond…if all goes well.

Ideally our candidate will be ready to start straight away. We will pay £300/week. We are based in London W1.

Please provide links to portfolios and CVs to ASAP. Closes Thursday 5 Feb.

Grad/Junior Art Director - McCann - Bristol

McCann's  are looking for a strong conceptual Art Director to partner with a Junior Copywriter in a Bristol Agency.
Must be available to come in for a trail soon.

Send portfolios to

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

New University craft group

The new craft group will run the first and third Tuesday of each month between 1-2.00pm in the Chaplaincy