Thursday, 25 June 2015

Lucie wins Puffin Prize 2015

Very well done to Visual Communication graduate Lucie Williams who has won the 2015 Puffin prize presented last night at the offices of the Penguin Random House Group.

Lucie will get the opportunity to work with the Puffin design team and gain some valuable experience along with a cash prize and trophy. The competition attracted over 1200 entries from art schools across Europe. "Lucie's well deserved win is truly great news" says John Clementson, subject leader for Visual Communication. "This has been a remarkable year for the Visual Communication subjects, having now won both the Puffin prize and also the winner and runner up in the Orion Book prize, on top of all the other good news stories coming out of the division" he continued.

Lucie Williams is also the recipient of this years Sheaffer graduation Prize for Use of Language in Graphic Projects.

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Free Font Comme by Vernon Adams

Free font Comme is an elegant sans serif font designed by Vernon Adams. Comme is available in a very useful 9, different weights, from thin to extra bold and heavy, making this ideal for hierachically complex designs. Download  free font Comme here

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Student Designs Awards for Midlands Award ceremony

Jordan Kendall, who studies Illustration has designed the trophies for the West Midlands Institute of Directors’ award ceremony, at Edgbaston cricket ground. 

Jordan, was selected to design the award for the ‘IoD’ by the University of Wolverhampton’s Faculty of Arts course leader, John Clementson. 

John said, “Jordan has responded well to a broad range of challenges this year and was a prime candidate for the commission.

“The staff team are delighted for him; the experience gained will be of immense value in his final year.

“Jordan's approach was fresh, thoughtful and very professional throughout.”

The dedicated student took on the challenge to design the award and was himself rewarded with a number of job offers, one of which he has accepted

John Phillips, Regional Director for the Institute of Directors said. “This was an important project for us. Our director awards are very important as many of our members have achieved great things sometimes under difficult circumstances and they deserve to have their achievements rewarded.

“We were delighted to commission Jordan to make our trophies and he was a pleasure to work with and quickly became involved in the detail and spirit of the project. It was great to have individual art pieces as trophies and much more personal than buying an ‘off the shelf’ product.
I am sure 
Jordan will have a great future as a commercial artist and we will do our best to give him a lift along the way.
The IoD very much values its relationship with the University of Wolverhampton, School of Art.”


Well, if you fancy finding out what life is like in a London Creative Agency why not join us at Cubo Grad Day?  This is our third year in a row and it’s looking to be bigger than ever with heaps of chances to show off your creativity and critical thinking with many paid placements up for grabs.
For more information look here

Junior Designer - BBD Perfect Storm, London

BBD Perfect Storm are looking for a talented, polymath junior designer to join our team.

Initially starting as a paid Internship (so that we can get a feel for you) with a full-time job in a growing, passionately creative department for the successful candidate.

Interested? email your CV and Portfolio (either PDF under 10mb or Website) to jacob.hill-gowing@bbdperfectstorm with the subject line ‘Junior Designer Needed'

We look forward to hearing from you!

BuzzFeed - Creative Internship, London

The Creative intern will work with and learn from members of the BuzzFeed Creative team. This is the perfect internship for someone interested in pursuing a career in online advertising and new media who is fascinated by the web and human psychology.
Duties include:
  • Assisting in brand research to support the pre-sale process.
  • Writing copy for branded posts.
  • Supporting the team in photo research and other post-creation duties.


  • Basic understanding of Photoshop or other image-editing software.
  • A proven ability to create engaging content on the web, that will resonate with UK audiences.
  • Passion for advertising, with the ability to write, edit, and champion ideas to a client.
  • The ability to work as part of a team under tight deadlines and adapt to the ever-changing digital landscape.

How to apply: 
First: Create a profile on BuzzFeed and publish at least one post that shows off your internet chops and writing prowess. How well do you get the BuzzFeed voice and style? Check out these posts to see what kinds of things perform the best on our 
Then, and only then, send an application through Greenhouse with a link to your profile, your resume, and a cover letter with a paragraph or two about you, why you’re interested in BuzzFeed, and why you think you’d be perfect for the position. Please include links to other projects, writing, or fun stuff you've done online in your cover letter. 

About BuzzFeed
BuzzFeed is the social news and entertainment company. BuzzFeed is redefining online advertising with its social, content-driven publishing technology. BuzzFeed provides the most shareable breaking news, original reporting, entertainment and video across the social web to its global audience of 200M.
For more information click here

Friday, 12 June 2015

Congratulations Sian Powell

Congratulations to Sian Powell, soon to be visual communication graduate, who has won the Ed Bird Memorial Award for the best dissertation in the School of Art.

Sian has written an excellent essay on Naziism and degenerate art and is well deserved of the award.

Congratulations to Paul Tovey too, who was her tutor for her dissertation.

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Final Show Open

Visual Communication final show has only a few more days to run. Come along until 13 June to see graduating students displays.

Just have to share - Sisyphus Machine

Timelapse Sisyphus 1 from Bruce Shapiro on Vimeo.
Bruce Shapiro has invented the Sisyphus Machine, an elaborate kinetic drawing machine that uses magnets to drag rolling steel marbles through a thin layer of sand to create complicated mandala-like patterns. Shapiro, has spent 25 years experimenting with computerized motion control and many of his Sisyphus Machines have been installed in locations around the world including a large device in Switzerland back in 2003 and at Questacon in Canberra, Australia in 2013. The artist is currently working on a tabletop consumer version.

Monday, 8 June 2015

A Selection of Final Show Highlights

Visual Communication final show is open to the public until 13 June come along to see graduating students displays. This post highlights a few exhibits but there are many more to be seen  in this years show

Friday, 5 June 2015

Visual Communication Final Show opening

The visual communication final show has opened to high acclaim. Visitors have enjoyed viewing the work of graduating students. This year’s show, also part of Artsfest was preceded by Drinks reception and piano recital.

The show is open to the public from 6-13 June.