Thursday, 17 December 2015

Just Have to Share - This Book is a Camera by Kelli Anderson

Artist and designer Kelli Anderson latest book is This Book is a Camera, a pop-up book that turns into a fully functional pinhole camera. The book acts as a simple educational tool to help explain how photography worked before we all had camera phones in our pockets. Anderson points out that making a simple camera obscura really isn’t too difficult and provides instructions on how you can make one yourself.

This Book is a Camera comes complete with a starter pack of B/W Ilford photo paper and instructions on how to use the camera to take photos. You’ll still need to pick up some developer fluid and have a dark room to develop photos in. 

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Craftspace website designed by Graphic Design students

Craftspace is a development organisation and promoter of craft commissioning exceptional, world-class contemporary craft, connecting creative practice with diverse communities, and promotes the cultural, social and economic value of craft within society.

Craftspace celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2016. Made in the Middle, a selected, touring exhibition of contemporary craft from the Midlands began as the ‘West Midlands Crafts Open’ in 1998 and has been the main constant element in Craftspace’s programme across these 30 years. Some makers have taken part once, some several times.

In the lead up to the next Made in the Middle, to take place in 2016, Craftspace are looking back at the history of this open exhibition and the people involved in it, through an online exhibition. 

Craftspace approached the University to help to design and create the website that will host this history and resource; telling the story of Made in the Middle through its exhibitors from 1988 to the present.

Second year Graphic Design students studying 5VC015 were asked to consider, resolve and visualise the website, launched with a live briefing by Emma Daker from Craftspace and Louise Taylor, an ex-director of Craftspace and also one time director of the Crafts Council. Joined by web design consultant, Tom Mayman they returned to review and judge the student designs.

“We were very impressed by the diversity of approaches and level of ability of the students which made the judging an interesting and enjoyable experience. There was a lot to commend but in the end there could only be one successful design” said Emma

Jeavan Tagger’s design was judged the best and he’ll now be involved in working with Tom to develop and code his work for publication online. He will work alongside Tom learning new skills from an industry perspective and will also spend time working at Craftspace’s offices at The Custard Factory in Birmingham.

Module leader Jeff Leak said,

“It has been a pleasure to work with Craftspace (again!). I was confident that our students would rise to the challenge of such a demanding live brief and am really happy that Jeavon’s design was chosen. There were a lot of very good submissions and it’s been great to work with the students on a web-based assignment and see them flourish.”

We’ll post again when the website goes live!

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Just Have to Share - MAGCULTURE THE SHOP!

After five years online, magCulture are opening a bricks and mortar real life shop in London. 

The Shop will stock over 500 different titles from around the world in a 400sqm space devoted to magazines. Regular magCulture Journal readers will know exactly the type of magazines to expect – a strong mix of contemporary indies alongside the best from the big publishers.

Situated at the base of one of London’s first sixties tower blocks, the original sloping ceiling and terrazo floor have been restored and bespoke furniture designed and built by South London Makers.

‘Other cities have great magazine shops with generous stocks and knowledgeable staff,’ says magCulture’s Jeremy Leslie, ‘I felt it was time London had that too. We have some good shops already, but they tend to also be bookshops or gift shops.’ 

The magCulture Shop will stock only magazines, aside from a few natural extensions such as books about editorial design.

The magCulture Shop
270 St John Street

Wednesday–Friday 11am–7pm
Saturday 12–4pm

Design / Creative Artwork Internship - MHP Communications, London

A fantastic opportunity to work with our design team based in-house that work on both external client work and support the practices internally. As an intern your role will sit alongside and support the Design team on pitch work and presentations, so helping to generate best solutions to problems is key.

170 strong with four offices worldwide, MHP Communications is an award winning agency that excels at delivering focused and impactful communications strategies and campaigns. We are part of The Engine Group that provides clients with best-in-class communications expertise under one roof. Engine is a new kind of creative communications group, here to help businesses understand, navigate and create change. For the people they employ. The customers they serve. And the stakeholders they answer to.

Good technical skills in both Office and Adobe design packages are required, and the successful candidate will be highly self-motivated and have the ability to work well independently and within a team.

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If you think this sounds like you please send your CV and portfolio to

Monday, 14 December 2015

Free font Now

Now is a sans serif typeface designed by Alfredo Marco Pradil. It is available in 6 useful weights - thin, light, regular, medium bold and black - that will help to create contrast and in any situation. 

Find out more about the type designs of Alfredo Marco Pradil here and here and download your free copy of Now here

Thursday, 10 December 2015

Graduate Success - Michael Hill, Illustrator

Illustrator Michael A. Hill arrived at Wolverhampton Poly in 1980. Straight out of a very traditional grammar school, the foundation course was a hugely creative experience for Michael. He took every opportunity to try out new artistic techniques and processes. He realised that graphic design could offer him the kind of career he was looking for and went on to study it at Bristol Poly. During his degree he also spent time on printmaking and illustration. After graduation he worked as a designer at the Brighton Museum and whilst there gradually began to move into illustration. Soon he was able to go freelance and has never looked back.

“I have now been an illustrator for thirty years,” Michael told us. “My work has developed as technology and the publishing industry have changed, and I’ve been fortunate to see a growing fashion for illustration.”
 These days the bulk of his commissions are hand-painted bespoke maps for both commercial and private clients. “I’ve been all over the world without leaving my desk,” he said from his studio in London. Amongst his clients are Vogue, Tatler, The Telegraph and Taschen. He has a US agent who handles his American commissions. Right now he is busy with projects for magazines in Colorado, Pennsylvania and Chicago. He also has private commissions for Christmas, and a property map for the National Trust.

He credits Wolverhampton Poly for giving him the confidence to experiment in his work, and to enjoy the creative process itself. 
 “Studying at Wolverhampton helped me find a career that I still enjoy today,” Michael says. 

A few examples of Michael’s work are below and you can see more at his websites and

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Just Have to Share - Beatrice Warde's Dress is Lettered

Beatrice Warde during her tour of South Africa in 1957. Dotman Pretorius Studio of Photography. The researcher welcomes contact from copyright holders

Jessica Glaser's latest post for the Centre for Print History and Culture is all about Beatrice Warde, renowned typographic theoretician and publicity director of Monotype, and her promotional tour of South Africa and Australia. Leaving Britain in the summer and returning in December, her lengthy trip involved numerous speaking engagements, interviews and receptions, throughout which she was impeccably presented. Find out more about this tour and Warde's lettered dress here

Monday, 7 December 2015

The Centre for Printing History and Culture

The Centre for Printing History and Culture has been recently launched and has received much interest. University of Wolverhampton School of Art staff hold membership of the centre, including from Visual Communication Dr Rina Arya, and Jessica Glaser, and from Applied Arts, Dr Jane Cooksey. The consists of researchers, heritage professionals and librarians and has been established to seek to encourage research into all aspects and periods of printing history and culture, as well as education and training into the art and practice of printing.

For information about members of the centre visit here

For detail of research projects connected to the centre see here

A number of resources have been collated and provided for users of the Centre's website. These resources are divided between archives and museums and private presses and will continue to be developed as the Centre expands.

Thursday, 3 December 2015

Graphic Designer - Brightwave Brighton

Brightwave, the leading global provider of learning content, products and services, is recruiting to support its expansion plans.

Brightwave holds a unique position in the market and its brand has been built on its core values of quality, innovation and creativity. Our clients come to us because they know we're experts in learning. Our people are passionate about being part of an award-winning learning agency that looks different to any other. We are looking for people who share that passion.

This is an exciting and rare opportunity for a committed, enthusiastic and skilled graphic designer to work in central Brighton with an award-winning e-learning development company that values creativity, innovation and expertise.
The role

You may have recently graduated and are looking for your first real job - here's a chance to turn your passion into your career. Or you may already have some commercial experience under your belt and are now looking to develop and grow your skills and career in a fantastic digital agency.

Your responsibilities include:
• taking a brief and realising appropriate, imaginative and engaging visual solutions for our clients
• working with a team to produce graphics that are consistent with existing styles, standards and specifications
• sourcing visual assets from online libraries and resources.

Skills and experience:
• Expert in Photoshop and Illustrator and will need to demonstrate proficiency in HTML, XML and other web technologies.
• Experience of working in a PC-based environment essential.
• Experience of e-learning or other relevant commercial website development is desirable.
• An understanding of User-Experience and User-Centred Design principles.
• Knowledge and experience of other relevant technologies such as video production, animation and photography are advantageous.
• Comfortable working as part of a multi-functional team.
• Able to work under pressure and meet challenging deadlines.
• Great communication skills - visual, written and spoken.

Your skills and experience are important but the right attitude is what really matters to us. We value your enthusiasm, your commitment and your desire to do a great job and delight your clients and colleagues.

For more details or to apply visit here

Just Have to Share - Monotype Recorder

Monotype launched their first issue of Recorder Magazine last year – a bi-annual magazine which uncovers the world of Typography and graphic design. Monotype is an international type house that publishes and designs new typefaces, as well as bespoke type. The Recorder was designed by graphic designer & art director Luke Tonge, and it could definitely be declared as being one of the most aesthetically beautiful editorial print magazines devoted to the art of type in circulation.

Since the initial launch and success of the first issue of Recorder amongst typenerds & typophiles - art director Luke Tonge and ( Editor ) Emma Tucker have recombined their talents for the secondary type & illustrated issue – featuring a broad range of subjects. For this issue of Recorder, topics such as sport branding to the continued resurgence of sign writing are covered. The content is once again divided into four sections – features, profiles, opinions and essays – each one appropriately balanced.

Type infiltrates almost every aspect of our visual culture. Whether it’s on our screens, in our books, or on the streets we walk; the letters that surround us play an integral role in our lives. To celebrate and explore this further, we’re relaunching the original Monotype magazine, The Recorder. Taking on a new editorial remit, and a complete redesign courtesy of Luke Tonge, the twice-yearly magazine will focus on the wider implications of typography and how it contributes to a broader cultural context. Monotype

more information can be found here