Monday, 30 March 2015

International Award On Scientific Illustration

Organised by the Catalan Association of Science Communication, Il·lustraciència, now in its third edition, aims to disseminate the importance of science illustration and pushes it in all its forms, supporting science illustrators and rewarding them through the convening of the International Award on Scientific Illustration.

There are two categories:
• Professional
• Student

Each participant is able to submit only a single work. The work must have been created between January 2014 and April 30th, 2015. The subject of the illustrations must be related to science or nature and the technique is free. The proposals must not include watermarks. 

The proposals shall enclose a description of it of about 150-200 words in Spanish, Catalan or English.

There is no entry fee.

All work teams or individuals aged over 18 years old may participate in this Award regardless of the country of residence.

From among all received proposals, the jury will select for their scientific accuracy, clarity, originality and information capacity the 40 works that will take part in the exhibition of the third edition of Il·lustraciència.

The jury will also select the winning proposal, the winners of the training awards and up to five special awards to the most outstanding works. The Audience Award will be made through popular vote on the official website of the award.

The author of the winning illustration will receive 600 EUR (approx. 635 USD), while the author of the work selected by the audience will receive 200 EUR (approx. 210 USD).

The participants in the student category, in addition to access to the cash prizes, could get one of two Wacom tablets (Intuos Pro M and Intuos Pen & Touch S); or one of five training awards.

For more information visit the award site here

Friday, 27 March 2015

SOTA Catalyst Award - Call for Entries

The Society of Typographic Aficionados is pleased to announce the sixth annual SOTA Catalyst Award. The award is targeted at young people who have created original work in type design, type history, or other areas related to typography. It recognizes a person 25 years of age or younger who shows both achievement and future promise in the field of typography. The purpose of the award is to act as a catalyst in the career of a young person who does not yet have broad exposure in the profession.

The recipient will be awarded up to $2,000 USD in reimbursement for transportation and lodging expenses to attend the TypeCon2015 conference in Denver, CO — August 12th to 16th. They will have their conference registration fee paid for and will be required to give a 20-minute presentation during the main conference program. Recipients should be available to attend the conference from Thursday to Sunday.

The SOTA Catalyst Award is fully funded by The Society of Typographic Aficionados, an international not-for-profit organization dedicated to the promotion, study, and support of type, its history and development, its use in the world of print and digital imagery, its designers, and its admirers.

Judging Committee
John Langdon
Zuzana Licko
Kamal Mansour
Jan Middendorp

Submission Deadline: April 6th, 2015

Notification of Award: May 4th, 2015

You must be 25 years of age or younger on December 31st, 2015 and must attend TypeCon2015 in Denver, CO — making a 20-minute presentation during the conference.

The following materials must be emailed to by the submission deadline. A single PDF file (may be multiple pages) containing the following information is preferred:
Visual samples of a specific project or related group of work to be the topic of the presentation
A brief description of the presentation (100 words or less)
A letter explaining your involvement in typography (300 words or less)
Optional: Online links to additional work or background information

Contact Information
Include your name, date of birth, postal address, organization or university affiliation (if applicable), email, and phone number with area code. Applicants from outside the U.S. or Canada should also include their country dialing code.
For more information  visit the competition site here

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Free font Franklin Gothic FS

Originally Franklin Gothic was designed in 1902 by Morris Fuller Benton for the American Typefounders Company. This FS version is byFontsite Inc and is available in 4 different styles. This Sans Serif classic can be downloaded free here

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Junior Creative Artworker - Mesh Marketing, London

Want to get your first (or maybe second) step on the artwork ladder and really learn your craft? Want to work on some of the biggest brands in the world? Want to work with some amazing people on awesome projects?

Well, you’re in luck.

We are Mesh Marketing, a shopper marketing agency based in Farringdon, London. We do everything from design and shopper marketing to experiential and digital, and we work on some of the biggest brands in the world.

And we’re on the hunt for an artworker (with anything from no experience up to about 18 months) to be part of our growing team. You need to be eager to learn, prepared to pitch in on anything, happy to listen and keen to learn from great people – and have a portfolio that really shows what you can do. We really don’t mind if you don’t have much experience – for us it’s more about having the right attitude and being hungry to excel (plus we’ll train you up anyway).

If that sounds like you, please send a short covering email saying why you’d love to join us (please put ‘ARTWORKER in the subject header), your CV and a link to your website (if you send a PDF, it must be smaller than 2mb or won’t be opened) to:

Thanks and good luck!

Design Internship - Elwin Street Productions, London

We are looking for a junior designer to work with us across a range of non-fiction illustrated titles. You will be working alongside the Publisher and Creative Director on a range of publishing projects working on initial presentations through to designing final integrated layouts.

You will be involved in many aspects of book design including picture research, page layout, preparing files for pre-press, reviewing proofs for colour, working with production on covers for clients and organizing files on the server.

We are looking for design candidates who are organised, highly computer literate and able to handle a busy and varied workload.

Internships last for a minimum of 4 weeks full-time, and hours are 9.30-5.30pm. Travel and food expenses of up to £75.00 per week will be reimbursed on approval of receipts. Permanent position may be offered at end of internship.

• Proficient at using InDesign, Photoshop, Adobe Acrobat Pro, and Illustrator
• Confident working on Apple Macs with good general computer knowledge
• Understanding of four-colour illustrated book production for print
• Strong typography
• Knowledge of web-based design
• Knowledge of QuarkXPress
• Some previous experience of preparing files ready for repro
• Be able to manage projects independently and meet deadlines

If you would like to submit an application, please send a covering letter and your CV to Silvia Langford:

Please note due to the high number of applications received, we only reply to applicants invited for interview.

Pictures of my Father

"That day when I entered the house, 27 Devon Way, Bailiff Bridge, Brighouse, Yorkshire, that day, 29th July 2009, eight months after my father’s death, I wasn’t really sure what I was looking for or expecting to find: evidence maybe of a life lived, of our Book of Lives - a life lived somewhere in the now-empty house, a house cleared from decades of clutter and functionality. Evidence maybe then, or truths - photography after all deals with truths - since I had spent the biggest part of my life so far, inhabiting and living in these rooms and that is true. They were truths then or evidence of the truth, something authentic and tangible - not the imaginary realities we invented and told."

Jeff Leak recently designed this art catalogue to accompany Dr. Peter Day's recent Arts Council funded exhibition 'Pictures of my Father', at The Surface Gallery, Nottingham. The 96 page catalogue was realised collaboratively proving to be "a thoroughly enjoyable process". Reworked spreads from the book were eventually chosen as the final artwork that was framed for the exhibition itself.

Monday, 23 March 2015

The 11th International Poster Triennial in Toyama, 2015 Call for Entry

This exhibition of posters chosen from throughout the world is intended to provide a review of the current state of international poster design.

This exhibition of posters chosen from throughout the world is intended to provide a review of the current state of international poster design.

The 11th International Poster Triennial in Toyama, 2015 (IPT2015)

The Museum of Modern Art, Toyama

Kazumasa NAGAI, Mitsuo KATSUI, Shin MATSUNAGA, Katsumi ASABA, Koichi SATO, Koji YUKIYAMA

Japan Graphic Designers Association (JAGDA)
Tokyo Art Directors Club (TOKYO ADC)
Tokyo Illustrators Society (TIS)
Tokyo Type Directors Club (Tokyo TDC)
‘Poster Town Toyama’ Organizing Committee

September 19- November 23, 2015

The Museum of Modern Art, Toyama

All entries must be the work of the entrant. 
Entries should be no smaller than 36.4 cm ×51.5 cm (14.3 inches×20.3 inches) and no larger than 180.0 cm ×120.0 cm (70.9 inches×47.3 inches), and must fall into one of the following two categories:
( A ) Printed and published posters on or after January 1, 2012
( B ) Original self-produced and unpublished posters
    B- ① Unpublished poster on the theme of “LIFE”
    B- ② Unpublished poster on a theme of the artist’s choosing
(Entries for category B, the poster must contain the credit line “IPT2015”.)

No more than three per an artist or a group in each category. 
A single set of up to three posters may be submitted as a single work.
However, prizes may be awarded on a partial basis to one or two of the posters in a set.


Friday, 20 March 2015

Creatives - Uniform, Liverpool

We’re looking for ambitious, world class creative talent with a passion for branding to join our team in Liverpool. You’ll be working across a range of sectors from sport to property, retail & consumer goods with some amazing British brands including Mitre, Unilever, Belling and LFC. 

You’ll be joining a dynamic and multi faceted team of 40 at one of the top 5 fastest growing agencies in the UK. We’re highly respected in the industry as well, in 2014 The Drum ranked us at number 8 in their peer poll, and 15 in the clients poll.

People who join Uniform come for a career not a job - we are an agency where everyone can make an impact and has the opportunity to develop and progress. We are committed to R&D and innovation and support the on going development of our team, and we offer a very competitive salary package and benefits programme.

And if quality of life is high on your agenda you’ll find a city full of beautiful architecture and house prices well below the national average. We’re close to the coast and the mountains with Snowdon and The Lakes within easy reach. There’s a great cultural offer on your doorstep with many museums and galleries, spectacular large scale city wide events, two premiership football clubs, a great music and nightlife scene, and a world famous waterfront. It’s so good we were in Lonely Planets top 10 places to visit in the world this year.

The Package
We offer a competitive salary ranging from £20,000 - £36,000 for junior to senior roles (dependent on qualifications and experience). Our benefits package includes a performance related bonus scheme, 22 days holiday plus bank holidays, flexible working, regular social events, cycle to work scheme, child care voucher scheme and more.

How to Apply
If you think you fit the bill and you have the ambition to be part of our growing team, then please send your CV and portfolio to stating salary expectations and whether you're applying for a Junior, Middleweight or Senior role.

Congratulations to WE ARE PARK Exhibitors

Many congratulations to all Visual Communication students exhibiting within WE ARE PARK in the Bessant Gallery of the School of Creative Art and Design. The show is now open Monday to Friday until 16th April. To find out more details  visit:

Monday, 16 March 2015

We Are Park - Exhibition

We Are Park is an exhibition of work by final year Visual Communication students from The University of Wolverhampton, responding to the theme of the public park. 

The Show will take place in The Bessant and Long Galleries of The University of Wolverhampton, School of Creative Arts and Design and is open to the public from Friday 20 March - Thursday 16 April. Entrance is free from 10.00am - 4.30pm during weekdays only.
An online exhibition showcasing preliminary work that underpins this exhibition and describes the concept of each exhibit can be found at

Promotional material designed by Lucie Williams

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Dave McKean public lecture - March 26

Thursday 26 March 3-5.00pm 
location MC001 (MC Building Lecture Theatre)

Dave McKean was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Design from the University of Wolverhampton in 2011. As a guest of the Department of Visual Communication, Dave McKean will be presenting highlights of his career in a public lecture on March 26.

Tickets are free and can be booked here

Maps and directions can be found here

Friday, 6 March 2015

Just Have to Share - The Hungarian Euro design

For her MA degree project at the University of West Hungary, Budapest-based graphic designer Barbara Bernát devised this concept for the Hungarian euro. The project involved five denominations of increasing scale, each made with a set of copperplate etchings; animals of increasing size on the front and related plants on the back. The security feature that reveals the skeleton of each animal under UV light, is not unlike the new Canadian and Norwegian passport we posted previously

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Jonathan Barnbrook talk

Previously this blog has posted about Jonathan Barnbrook and his talk in Wolverhampton - see here for more details.
Barnbrook is about to give another talk this time at We_are_feed Studio part of Birmingham Metropolitan College. The talk will take place at 6.00pm on March 26th. There are a limited number of free tickets still available from

Monday, 2 March 2015

Blogger Sans - Free font

Blogger Sans was designed by Sergiy Tkachenko as the FirstSiteGuide’s custom typeface, created primarily for the use in headlines of the website. Blogger Sans draws inspiration from the clarity and legibility of the popular font Dosis with an additional support of the lost Cyrillic languages. The bolder weights are lighter and softer. The following elements (-b-d-h-k-p-q-y-) are shorter, thus the headlines and subheads could be put in the dense line spacing. In addition the outline of the Blogger Sans is more smooth with better eligibility.
Blogger Sans comes in 4 incremental weights with total of 8 different outlines.  It also contains extra currency symbols, error signs, and dingbats.
Download your free copy here