Thursday, 30 April 2015

Just have to share - 9 Squares

9 Squares is a collaborative motion graphics project where 9 designers are given a 350-pixel square, four colours, and three seconds to create any kind of animation they like. The results are brought together as a single GIF. 9 Squares is organised by Skip Dolphin Hursh, David Stanfield, and Al Boardman who intend to post new collaborations every few weeks.

For more details and gifs visit

Friday, 24 April 2015

The Visual Communication final show is part of Artsfest 2015

The first University of Wolverhampton Artsfest is about to commence. Celebrate the creative and cultural life of the region, it will also acknowledging the huge impact that the arts have on everyday life. 

There is an extensive range of events on offer, including exhibitions, performances, the impressive fashion show of The School of Creative Arts and Design as well workshops. Artsfest offers something of interests for everyone 
and runs between May and June. 

Plan your visit by looking at the Artsfest calendar here 

The Visual Communication final show is part of Artsfest 2015

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Zone Bristol - Graduate programme 2015

Zone is growing – fast – and we’re turning heads in the industry. We were named the Independent Agency of the Year in the Drum’s 2014 census, and this year have been nominated as Agency of the Year for the Brand Republic digital awards.
We work with the biggest and best brands in their sector, who rely on us to innovate, push boundaries and create ambitious, award-winning solutions that keep them at the top of their game.

With offices in London, Bristol and Cologne, we believe the strength of our team is one of our biggest assets, and are looking for talented graduates to join us on an 18-month programme beginning in September 2015 and based in our new Bristol offices.

We’re offering a unique opportunity to sample life in one of the three following areas:
• Technology – rotating between front-end, back-end development and quality assurance
• Creative – rotating between UX, editorial or design and strategy
• Client Delivery – rotating between project management and client services.

Your chosen career stream will have a structured path for learning and development, and we will provide you with access to a variety of exciting training opportunities along the way.

What are we looking for?
Must have, or be expecting, 
• a degree in a relevant subject classed 2:1 or above
• Live within commutable reach of the Bristol office – it sounds obvious, but we thought we should clarify this
• Ability to demonstrate your ambition and how working for Zone will further these ambitions.

In return we will offer a competitive salary, free fruit and a proper fancy coffee machine. That’s not to mention perks such as a 4pm finish every payday and access to our pension, healthcare and gym membership schemes.
How do I apply?

If you would like to be part of the Zone team then send your CV, covering letter and a few lines telling us about your ambitions to

Social Media Intern - Ralph Creative,London

Ralph is a well-established, BAFTA winning creative agency based in Shoreditch and, well, we make loads of fun stuff for exciting clients. We’re looking for a Social Media Intern to work with our team across a range of digital projects and help with research, ideas and ideally, some design too.
If you’re a student/graduate looking to gain (expenses paid) experience, with a love of all things social then get in touch. Creative Suite skills are a big bonus.


Design/Photography Intern - Razorfish, London

Razorfish London a full service digital agency are looking for a Design/Photography intern to work in our office in central London on some well known clients. 
Ideally you would have already had experience with the Adobe Creative suite and have a flair for photography. 

John Baskerville: International Man of Mystery - Lecture by Professor Caroline Archer

Tuesday 26 May 2015, 6.00pm 

Room MK045, City Campus

This talk is about John Baskerville – the complete printer, who did so much to progress the industry of his day. 

He created a typeface which bears his name; improved the printing press; helped produced the first wove paper; reconsidered the production of printing inks; and took a wholly new approach to the design of end papers. But he was much more than that – Baskerville was the embodiment of an Enlightenment man.

Caroline Archer is Professor of Typography at the Typographic Hub, Birmingham City University and Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham where she works to promote the history, theory and practice of printing history and culture. Caroline is the author of three monographs and a frequent contributing author in the academic and trade press.

To book your free ticket email:

Friday, 17 April 2015

International Olympic Committee - medal design competition

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is currently hosting a medal design competition for the Lillehammer 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games – an elite sporting event for young people from all over the world.
Participation in the YOG Medal Design Competition is open to everyone, with only one submission per participant allowed.

The creator of the best design will win a visit for two persons from 11th to 15th February 2016 to the Lillehammer 2016 Youth Olympic Games. Also, the winner will receive a souvenir set of the official medals of the Lillehammer 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games and a Samsung tablet. Prizes will be awarded to the creators of the second and the third best designs.

Please note that, by entering the competition, you assign all your rights to the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

The Lillehammer 2016 Youth Olympic Games will be held in Lillehammer, Norway from 12th to 21st February 2016.
No Entry Fee!

It's free to enter.

To find out more and download an application details visit here

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Segunda Llamada International Poster Competition

With the aim to raise awareness over the current environmental situation, Segunda llamada, Greenpeace Mexico and Autonomous Metropolitan University extend the invitation to participate in their 4th International Poster Competition.

This year's theme is: Processed foods: Do you really know what you eat?.

The fast pace of modern life in cities and the bombing of misleading advertisement full of omissions, has made us believe that fast and processed food gives us comfort and practicality, even when it endangers our health and is based on a harmful model that only benefits big companies.

Transnational corporations control the industrial agriculture model; spend billions of dollars to exert political pressure and convince us we need all the processed products and foods in our diet and lifestyle.

Organic farming instead shows that it is possible to enjoy healthy eating, and we all have the power to make this a reality. This model protects the soil, water and climate, promoting biodiversity. In turn, it doesn't pollute the environment with agrochemicals and transgenic crops; and allows a world where producers and consumers, and not corporations, control the food chain.

Participants can upload a maximum of 3 proposals (single or conforming series). 

There is no entry fee.

Participation is open to professionals and students all over the world within the areas of design, visual communication and related careers.

The Pre-Selection Committee will select 100 finalists who will be evaluated by the international jury. The jury will select 40 finalist works to become part of a poster itinerant exhibition and the publication of a catalogue.

Three first awards and honorary mentions will be granted upon the jury’s decision.

Download the Competition details and application form here

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Summer School: How to apply

Summer School is back!
It’s an annual agency invasion/work experience placement for students looking to make it in the creative industries. We offer two weeks of real work on live jobs, resulting in work ready students with healthy CVs. And that’s just for starters.

Summer School is always competitive, but we’ve kicked things up a notch this year and we’re open to students and recent graduates interested in (deep breath now)…

art direction, copywriting, design, digital (coding and design), animation,content marketing, account handling, planning, and media research.

If two weeks in our capable hands sounds good to you, here’s what you need to do:
Creatives, content and digital types, please complete our creative Summer School application.
Account handlers, researchers and planners, should fill in the accounts Summer School application.
Email your completed form to to, or drop a hard copy at our front desk.
If your application is a good’un we’ll bring you in for an interview with the relevant team and arrange the best time for your placement if you’re successful.

To put your mind at rest, there’s advice and reassurance below from our lovely mentors.

And if numbers excite you, we made a Summer School infographic, with every possible detail of our program since 2012. Numbers everywhere.

That’s it! See you in the summer.
For more information and advice visit

Digital Designer - J. Walter Thompson, 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 and Microsoft.

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 Digital Designer with an artistic heart, a creative mind, skilful and talented in crafting in diverse visual styles and knowledgeable in the digital environment. If you have a portfolio that showcases sophistication and attention to detail, we are looking for you.

In return, we’ll offer exposure to outstanding clients, the opportunity to be part of one of the greatest agencies worldwide and to be part of a friendly and collaborative team.

Passion and commitment
Great designer hands
Collaborative and positive attitude
Sound knowledge of digital platforms

To find our more to apply email

Graduate Success - Harriet Leith

Visual Communication graduate Harriet Leith is about to start work as a designer at Shrewsbury based design, marketing and events company Yarrington. Since her graduation last summer Harriet has been undertaking a design internship with the University of Wolverhampton Marketing Department.

Congratulations Harriet

Junior Web Designer ( HTML/CSS) - Yarrington, Shresbury

Due to the growing demand for our services, we are currently looking for a Junior Web designer to join our Digital team on a full time permanent basis.
The role
The ideal junior web designer will be experienced in front-end build, with good HTML5 and CSS skills. Must have a creative/problem solving and a methodical approach to Web site design. This role is a very pro-active and creative role.

The web designer must have experience and extensive knowledge of:
• Creative design.
• Designing Websites in Photoshop and illustrator.
• HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, jQuery
• Responsive web design methods and frameworks – Bootstrap or other frameworks
• Open Source CMS – WordPress preferred, Drupal, Joomla or other
• Ready to work in a fast paced web design environment
• Good team player
• Ability to provide accurate design estimates
• Good communication skills
• Excellent team player
Desirable skills (not essential):
• Responsive web design methods
• Magento
• Basic understanding of SEO
• PHP frameworks
• JavaScript Ajax
No Agencies.

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Just Have to Share - Hole Punch Flip Books by Scott Blake

Artist Scott Blake, recently began experimenting with a humble hole puncher. By punching different patterns in slightly different positions from page to page, he creates short animations that twist and rotate as you flip. At the moment has four different versions available through his site

Monday, 13 April 2015

Macmillan Prize 2015

Encouraging and supporting UK illustration

The Macmillan Prize was established by Macmillan Children’s Books to stimulate new work from young illustrators in art schools, and to help them take the first steps in their professional lives. This coveted award, which is currently in its 30th year, has discovered such talent as Sara Fanelli, Lucy Cousins, Emily Gravett, Cat Rayner and Gemma Merino, amongst many others.

Entries may be submitted between:
Tuesday 5th May and Friday 8th May 2015.
Please note that entrants may submit their work digitally.
If shortlisted, hard copies suitable for exhibition must be supplied.


THE BRIEF All entrants must submit:

1. Pencil roughs or sketches for a children's picture book – cover to cover – including text or a clear indication of the story line.

2. Finished artwork for at least four double-page spreads, or at least three spreads and a front cover.

Entrants should bear in mind what is appropriate for the child reader.

THE FORMAT Length: Picture books should be 32 pages long, including the front and back endpapers, a title page and a copyright page. Books with novelty elements (e.g. flaps, fold-out pages) should not exceed 24 pages. Pop-up books should not exceed six double-page spreads.

Size: The page size of the finished book should not exceed 300mm in width or height

THE TEXT The book may be fiction or non-fiction. The entrant may:

a. devise their own text/story or
b. collaborate with a writer or
c. use a traditional story (e.g. a fairy tale)

N.B. A published text that is in copyright would not be eligible.

The text may be typed or clearly handwritten.

THE ARTWORK Size: Artwork may be prepared either to the same size, or up to 30% larger than the page size of the finished book. Corner marks to show the trim (i.e. the edge of the final printed page) should be clearly indicated outside the area of the actual artwork.

Bleed: Allow at least 5mm extra (after reduction) outside the trim if the artwork is to come to the edge of the printed page. Avoid putting important details within 5mm of the edge of the page, or where illustration crosses the spine.

Medium: Any medium may be used, but it is advisable to avoid luminous paint, fragile collage or other media that will not reproduce well.

Lettering: Any lettering should be in black, and should be put onto a transparent overlay, not directly onto the artwork.

Entrants should bear in mind that extremely fragile artwork may be damaged.
While every care is taken with all submitted work, Macmillan cannot be held responsible for any loss or damage.

WHAT THE JUDGES ARE LOOKING FOR The competition is for a series of outstanding illustrations that show that the artist understands how to match pictures to text. The pictures should also demonstrate the entrant’s grasp of narrative, pacing and characterisation.

The judges will focus on the quality of the illustrations rather than the standard of the writing. Good stories are welcome, but the text will not be the main criterion for judging.

Entrants should supply a well-produced rough dummy, which clearly shows how the style and layout of the illustrations contribute towards the development of the story and characterisation. It is important to avoid monotonous layouts with little contrast in composition or colour. Too many words can overwhelm the illustration.

The judges are ultimately looking for high-quality illustrations, suitable for children’s books, which are considered to be an original contribution to the field.

For more information and submission details visit