Friday, 30 October 2015

Graduate Success - Briege Letham

Visual Communication graduate Briege Letham has been in touch to share her recently illustration for Made Magazine, a publication for parents in Edinburgh. Made comes out every two months and is full of information, events, news, reviews, competitions, articles and advice - it's available free from shops, leisure centres, cafes, libraries, clubs and classes around the city.

Congratulations Briege

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Centre for Printing History and Culture - Launch

The launch of the Centre for Printing History and Culture, a joint initiative between Birmingham City University and the University of Birmingham is taking place between 6 and 8pm in the Nicholson Building in Winterbourne House, on Wednesday 25 November. The event includes an exhibition and talk on Leonard Jay (1888-1963), head of the Birmingham School of Printing and one of Birmingham's most eminent printers. Refreshments will be provided.

Book your free ticket for the event via here 

We very much look forward to seeing you at what promises to be an enjoyable event.

The Centre for Printing History and Cultures exists to: 

• Stimulate, support, publicise and disseminate knowledge of printing history and culture; 

• Provide a local, regional, national and international means of exchanging information, skills and expertise in printing history and culture; 

• Engage in and support ground-breaking interdisciplinary research into printing history and culture; 

• Seek partnerships between universities, heritage organisations, independent scholars, businesses and practitioners to sponsor and encourage the investigation and understanding of printing history and culture; 

• Promote transfer and exchange of knowledge of printing history and culture amongst individuals and within communities and institutions.

The National Student Survey 100% satisfaction

The National Student Survey (NSS) annually gathers students’ opinions on the quality of their courses. Every university in the UK takes part, as do many colleges. Since the survey’s inception in 2005, response rates have been consistently high, with over 300,000 final year students participated in 2015.

Visual Communication are pleased to announce that third year students within the division have overwhelmingly endorsed the course. In this years survey, Graphics students registering 100% satisfaction and Illustration students in excess of 89%.

“The University results have improved by two percentage points overall, a number of courses have achieved 100% - well done” says Professor Geoff Layer, Vice Chancellor of the University of Wolverhampton

The results referred to in this post have been disaggregated from the KIS data shown on Unistats. KIS data reflects the combined NSS scores of courses within the Faculty of Arts at the University of Wolverhampton and number of franchised institutions. 

Monday, 26 October 2015

V&A Illustration Awards 2016: Student Illustration

The V&A Illustration Awards are held annually to highlight the best book and magazine illustration published in the UK.

The awards have been running since 1972 and have included a student category since 2005. All entries, including past winners, can be viewed on the main V&A Illustration Awards page. Each year, the winning books are added to the holdings of the National Art Library and may be read in the Library’s Reading Rooms in the V&A.

Entry into the Awards is free
This award is open to anyone who has attended an illustration course in the UK during 2014 or 2015.

How to enter
Entry is via the online entry form only found here. One entry per student only. Entrants may submit up to three images to accompany their entry.

You will need to register here before submitting your entry. To do so, use the link in the Submit an entry box on the right hand side of this page and select the Create new account tab. Once you have registered you can log in following the same link. If you have previously registered, but have forgotten your username or password, please re-register.

Once you have uploaded your entry, it will appear in the grid of entries on this page. Please note that you will NOT receive a confirmation that the entry has been received.

Please read the Terms and Conditions carefully.
The closing date is 10 December 2015

The Prize
The winner of the Student Award will receive £3,000 and a trophy. The Student Runner-Up will receive £2,000 and a trophy.

The winning work will be shown in the V&A Illustration Awards gallery which opens on 23 May 2016. Winners must be prepared to lend some or all of their original artwork for the display.

Friday, 23 October 2015

Blueprint's Ones to Watch - 2015 Graduates

Congratulations to Visual Communication graduate Katarzyna Wozniak, who has been named one of Blueprint magazine's One to Watch graduates of 2015.

Blueprint highlight Kat's powerful image using text on the life and work of Bauhaus designer Lázló Moholy-Nagy. This piece was designed as an introduction page on the constructivism and simplicity of Moholy-Nagy's work.

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Junior Graphic Designer - Creative Graffix, Dundee


We work on a number of creative projects from brand identities to wee print jobs. As we are getting bigger & better we are looking for a new graphic designer to work with our creative team.

You’ll work on a number of design, branding and individual projects, producing creative work for clients and for Creative Graffix. You’ll need an understanding of branding and strong layout & typography skills are a must. A high level of enthusiasm will be required to develop your existing skills whilst keeping up with our fast paced studio.

• To create, develop and implement creative responses to briefs
• To accurately proof and prepare jobs to print
• To successfully manage and organise your workload to meet tight deadlines
• Strong written and verbal communication skills
• An understanding of PDF creation for proofing and print
• To develop creative ideas for different levels of the business
• Proficient in Adobe InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop

Bonus points: 
• Work experience in a creative role
• Web design experience
• Photography skills
• Experience in social media marketing
Fancy joining our team? Send a cover letter, CV and examples of your work to Richard Smyth, Director.

Creative Graffix
12b Riverside Court, Dundee DD2 1XD

01382 660099

Design intern - Lowe Profero, London

Lowe Profero are a digital agency, with a mix of inspired creative, media, technology and strategic talents, part of the Mullen Lowe Group network.

We are looking for a Design Intern to come and support our amazing team! Contact;

Junior Copywriter and Junior Art Director - TBWA, Manchester

We are looking to recruit a Junior Copywriter and Junior Art Director to challenge, to inspire, to surprise and to create an unfair advantage for our clients.

You’ll need the creative muscle to think fast, to flex your thinking across a range of clients and media, to bounce between briefs big and small, to challenge convention. Or as we like to say in the agency, to sting like a Manchester Bee. Your portfolio of work will demonstrate your ability to translate ideas into distinctive, brand building campaigns that will get people talking.

What we want you to bring:
• conceptual experience and an obvious aptitude for creating ideas and translating the brief into specific executions and great advertising
• a clear understanding of the industry we work in and the media available to us
• a passion for copy, art and design
• a good knowledge of the latest technology and a full understanding of how to communicate with consumers in a digital age 
• excellent communication and presentation skills
• excellent attention to detail and a high level of accuracy
• the tenacity and resilience to make concepts a reality
• the ability to work constructively with others

If you are a talented Junior Copywriter, Junior Art Director or Junior Creative team, please send your CV, your portfolio and salary expectations to:

Only those with a disruptive spirit need apply.
Close date; 26th October 2015.

Monday, 19 October 2015

Annual Recruitment Fair

For Students and Graduates

If you are a student or recent graduate of the University of Wolverhampton and are looking to develop your career, then you need to attend our Recruitment Fair 2015 being held on Wednesday, 21 October and Thursday, 22 October 2015 at Wolverhampton Campus, 11-3 pm. On the Wednesday, 21 October the event will be hosted at the Harrison Learning Centre and the Student's Union. Thursday, 22 October meet with a range of organisations in the Harrison Learning Centre.
This event will be a great opportunity to get ahead of the field in a highly competitive jobs market.

Opportunities available

Opportunities on offer at the Recruitment Fair 2015 will include:
  • The chance to meet with local, national and international employers, recruitment agencies and support organisations
  • Access to the latest graduate, placement and seasonal job opportunities
  • Free advice on job applications, interview techniques and career planning from our careers advisers 
  • Enterprise and self-employment resources
Organisations attending are from a variety of sectors. Large multi-nationals will be represented, as will small and medium sized local companies and the public sector. They will be offering local, national and international opportunities in a wide range of occupations. For a full list of organisations attending the event click here.
Attending the event is the only way to make sure you can access all these opportunities.

Plan your visit

There is no need to book and it is free to attend.  All you need to do is plan to spend about a couple of hours at the event to make sure you get the most from it.

Keep up to date

Our website will be updated regularly with the latest news and information about the Fair, so bookmark this page now

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Graphic Designer - Raconteur, Covent Garden, London

Location: Covent Garden, London
Type: Permanent
Salary: £24,000

Raconteur is a premium publishing house and brand publishing agency. Raconteur produces 60 different special reports for The Times and The Sunday Times per year, as well as content marketing solutions for brands and bespoke market research. Raconteur combines first-class journalism, imagery and graphic design with a commitment to high-quality executions in print and online across all of our services.

To view our content, please visit

Graphic Designer:
We are currently looking to hire a Graphic Designer for our special reports in The Times and The Sunday Times team.
The Challenges:

Raconteur is a premium publishing house, which places first-class design as one of the pillars of its publishing strategy. Furthermore, our first and most important corporate value is “commitment to excellence”. The successful applicant will, therefore, have to display a strong passion for our publishing approach and have the track record to back it up.

Only people aiming for awards and recognition need apply!

The Position:
Working in a vibrant and growing creative department, you will be responsible for developing initial concepts, adding value and crafting the art direction of the publishing projects, and creating a range of stunning, below-the-line communications.

Candidates should be able to show a portfolio that demonstrates outstanding editorial design ability, a keen eye for typography and that quirky "little something extra" which will catch our eye!

You will be proactive and hungry for success, with an infectious enthusiasm for design and the desire to be brilliant.

Skills & Qualifications 
Great design skills with a curiosity for all sort of multi-platform interactive content
Mastery of Adobe CS Suite
A keen eye for detail
Experience with editorial and layout work
Well executed work with typography
Excellent ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously
Ability to work quickly and effectively to tight deadlines is a must
An outstanding, versatile portfolio that demonstrates the ability to create clean, corporate design

What we offer
Basic (first year) salary of £24,000. In addition, Raconteur offers healthcare and dental insurance. 20 days holiday per annum.

Only successful candidates will be contacted. Please email your CV and portfolio to Natalia Rosek, Head of Production,

Designer - Practical Publishing International, Stockport Cheshire

PRACTICAL PUBLISHING IS LOOKING FOR CREATIVE PEOPLE. A superb opportunity has arisen for a Designer to join our highly skilled design team based in our Stockport office.

As a Designer, you will be tasked with working on hobbyist consumer craft titles sold in all major supermarkets and retail outlets. You will support the Art Editors with cover design, packaging, internal page layouts (both new and restyling) and advertisements. As such, this role requires someone who is passionate as well as being deadline-driven and able to interpret briefs and the vision of others.

To be considered for this position you must have:
• Experience of using InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop
• A portfolio of work that demonstrates your design skills
• Experience of working on magazines is beneficial but not essential

When applying, applicants must provide examples of their work or a link to their online portfolio.

Monday - Thursday 9.00am to 5.30pm. Friday 9.00am - 4.00pm.

Depends on experience

20 days holiday per year
To Apply:
Please send a CV and covering letter using PPARTDES15 as the subject to

Monday, 12 October 2015

Just Have to Share - Alexandre Dubosc’s Animated Zoetrope Cakes

Melting POP from Alexandre DUBOSC on Vimeo.
French director and animator Alexandre Dubosc has made a number of quirky animated zoetrope cakes including his latest Melting POP. Watch and enjoy, the mix of design, animation, illustration and cake

Friday, 9 October 2015

Placements - Dutch Uncle


We represent and source talent for companies looking to commission creatives such as illustrators, designers, data visualisers & animators. 

We focus on management, nurturing the artists we represent by encouraging and supporting their personal development and projects. We help coordinate and produce fine art projects including exhibitions, products and publications.

2-3 WEEK PLACEMENTS - For our short term student placements we cover travel expenses for London/New York based interns as well as lunch and other day to day expenses. We generally have 2 x 2-3 week interns in the studio at the same time. 

3 MONTH PLACEMENT - This is a paid internship. We offer 3 month placements in both the London and New York offices. If you are interested in finding out more please get in touch with your CV/Resume and some information about yourself.


Due to a high level of applications we are unable respond to all applicants. We do however keep all applications on file for future openings. 


Helping with workload on projects
Liaising with international freelancers on project tasks
Researching new projects
Visualising designs and creating concepts for projects
Assisting on commissioned assignments
Refreshing portfolio's and social news

Strong organisation skills and ability to work on your own initiative to meet deadlines
Have a good knowledge of social media platforms
Computer literate (Adobe Suite. Web design, animation & programming skills a plus)
Strong verbal and written communication skills
Fun, easy going and good with people
A great eye for detail
A real enthusiasm and knowledge of contemporary illustration, art and animation.

"Enabled for Disabled" - poster competition

Skopje is inviting all students worldwide on BA, MA and PhD studies of fine arts, design, visual arts, to enter the 8th International Student Poster Competition.

This year's theme is "Enabled for Disabled". Its goal is to create and promote concept of enabling equal right for disabled people. As designers you are asked to act toward intolerance and injustice.

Disability is not just a health problem. It is a complex phenomenon, reflecting the interaction between features of a person's body and features of the society in which he or she lives. Overcoming the difficulties faced by people with disabilities requires interventions to remove environmental and social barriers.

"Enabled for Disabled" represents a base of cultural interchange where to foster the importance of tolerance as a major goal in society.

Submit your poster as printable PDF, EPS or JPG in B3 format (350x500mm) with resolution of 300 dpi with CMYK color setting. All used fonts should be in outlines or rasterized.

There is no entry fee.

All students worldwide from faculties/academies/colleges of fine arts, design and visual arts are invited to enter.

Two poster winners will be awarded with:
• Participation as part of the jury of the 9th Skopje Poster Festival
• Poster exhibition in 2016 at MKC Gallery in Skopje (Republic of Macedonia)
• ICOGRADA Certificate

For more information look here
Deadline 20 November 2015

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

13th International Triennial of the Political Poster Show

Now in its thirteenth edition, the International Triennial of the Political Poster Show aims at comparing the best political poster designers from all countries with a view to encouraging a means of expression which is also a weapon or a testimony.

Each artist may submit a maximum of 5 political posters (provided they have been designed after October 1, 2013), which illustrate political events, social struggles or any social facts. Posters concerning political pictures or theatre pictures are also accepted.

Each artist is requested to enclose a short biography with his sending and each poster will obligatory include a small text explaining the creation context and its political impact.

The selection of the posters will be made by a selection committee made up of graphic artists, critics and social movement leaders.

There is no entry fee.

Open to poster designers from all over the world.

The overall winner will receive 3.800 Euro (approx. 4,300 USD). Three other prizes will be also offered.

The 13th International Triennial of the Political Poster Show will be presented from October 2016 in Mons, Belgium.

More information can be found here

Deadline January 31 2016

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Free font Cabin

Free for commercial use, The Cabin Font is a humanist sans inspired by Edward Johnston's and Eric Gill's typefaces, with a touch of modernism. Cabin incorporates modern proportions, optical adjustments, and some elements of the geometric sans. The weight distribution is almost mono line  although top and bottom curves thin slightly. Counters of the b, g, p and q are rounded and optically adjusted. The curved stem endings have a 10 degree angle. E and F have shorter centre arms. Cabin comes in 8 styles: Regular, Medium, Semibold & Bold, with their corresponding italics. cabin has been designed by Impallari and can be downloaded free here

Monday, 5 October 2015

Student Union Design Assistant & Student Promotions Assistant

The University of Wolverhampton Student's Union is in need of A Graphic Design Assistant and A Student Promotions Assistant. The application deadline is Monday 19th October.

For more details visit

This position is open to University of Wolverhampton Students only.

Friday, 2 October 2015

InkTober - 31 days 31 drawings

Every October, artists all over the world take on the InkTober drawing challenge by doing one ink drawing a day the entire month.  InkTober  as created by Jake Parker in 2009 as a challenge to improve his inking skills and develop positive drawing habits. It has since grown into a worldwide endeavour with thousands of artists taking on the challenge every year.

Anyone can do InkTober, just pick up a pen and start drawing.

Inktober rules
1) Make a drawing in ink (you can do a pencil under-drawing if you want).

2) Post it on your blog (or tumblr, instagram, twitter, facebook, flickr, Pinterest or just pin it on your wall.)

3) Hashtag it with #inktober

4) Repeat

Note: you can do it daily, or go the half-marathon route and post every other day, or just do the 5K and post once a week. What ever you decide, just be consistent with it. Inktober is about growing and improving and forming positive habits, so the more you’re consistent the better.

For more about InkTober visit here

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Just Have to Share - Quinntessential Baking by Frances Quinn

Former Great British Bake Off winner Frances Quinn has just released her first book, Quinntessential Baking.

In this film Frances discusses her love of designing and illustration and how this combines with her passion for baking. Heavily involved with all aspects of the book, Frances has produced all the illustrations herself.