Saturday, 30 April 2016

Sounds Of the City Competition - The Prize for Illustration 2017

Illustration by Eliza Southwood, Bronze Winner, Prize for Illustration 2015

Sounds of the City
Deadline 26 September 2016
The Association of Illustrators (AOI), in partnership with London Transport Museum (LTM), is delighted to announce that submissions are now open for The Prize for Illustration 2017. This year the theme is Sounds of the City - an illustrated interpretation of urban sound.

The aim of the competition is to attract artwork for display in an exhibition at London Transport Museum, held from May - September 2017, that is colourful, inspiring and celebrates the sounds heard in the hubbub and quiet spaces of the UK’s vibrant, diverse, multi-layered cities.

Impress the judges with illustrated interpretation of the common, the curious, the persistent and the distinctive chorus of sounds we hear around us day and night and be in with a chance of having your work displayed at the famous London Transport Museum and winning the top prize.

Prizes will be awarded in three levels:
First prize: £2000 and display of the winning image on a London Transport Museum poster to be displayed on the London Underground.
Second prize: £1000
Third prize: £750

There is also the possibility that shortlisted images will be featured on merchandise sold in London Transport Museum’s shop.

The competition is open to illustrators and students of illustration throughout the world. The top 100 entries selected by a panel of independent judges will be displayed in an exhibition at London Transport Museum that will open in May 2017 and run until September 2017. The winners will be announced at a private award ceremony that will take place in May 2017.

The deadline for entry to The Prize for Illustration 2017 competition is 26 September 2016.

For more information look here

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Web/Graphic Design, Sandwich Placement - Topcashback, Stafford

TopCashback is a fast moving and agile business with ever changing requirements and a passionate team. We are driven to produce the best website to support our unique business model. 

We are the UK’s number one cash back site. Established since 2005, we are growing rapidly and have been listed for three years running in the Sunday Times Fast Track companies in the UK.

Due to this expansion, we are looking to expand our Design team based in our Stafford office.

Junior Web / UX Designer (12 Month Placement) TopCashback is the UK’s most generous cashback website. Having been established in 2005, TopCashback has previously featured as one of the fastest growing private companies in the UK for 3 consecutive years by the Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100 and has recently been awarded Cashback Site of the year by Consumer Moneyfacts Awards 2016.

We are looking for a talented Junior Web Designer with a passion for design to join our company during their undergraduate work placement year. We are flexible in deciding the daily work hours and duration of this position – but ideally we are looking for full time hours for 1 year.

*Please note this is a predominantly a design focused role. 

The RoleThe successful applicants will work closely with our busy production team to help manage and maintain our websites for the UK, USA and India. This will involve helping carry out website design, production of internal and external marketing material, including the design and production of email and social media campaigns. You will get to work on big name brands such as Pizzahut, Nike, ASOS, eBay, Amazon to name just a few. 

In discussion with the successful candidate, we hope to set aside 2 ½ hours per week during which time the candidate can work on side (fun) projects of our mutual choosing, perhaps employing the very latest technologies.

Key Responsibilities
A keen eye for detail
Strong interest in design and typography
Knowledge of HTML, CSS
A good working knowledge of the Adobe Creative Suite
A love for all things digital
Enthusiasm for their work
Be able to use your own initiative

Desirable Skills
An innovator who will actively pursue opportunities to develop new skills and extend expertise
Knowledge of the Agile development methodology is highly desirable
Outgoing and lively personality
Excellent communication/interpersonal skills
Ability to work well within a team and to obtain co-operation and adapt to change

Competitive salary
Contributory pension
MediCash plan
Fantastic career prospects
Energetic office culture
Christmas Bonus
Performance Bonus
Attendence Bonus
Easy motorway access, free parking
Cycle to work
Travel Loan
Discounted Gym membership
Childcare Vouchers
Xbox and games area
Relaxed dress code
Two grand annual socials

For more information click here

Monday, 18 April 2016

National Trust: Packwood House - Conservation Assistant Volunteer

Looking for a new experience or to enhance your C.V? Fancy working in a beautiful Warwickshire Tudor house, park and garden?

Why not volunteer in the Conservation department at Packwood House, National Trust?

Volunteer Conservation Assistants help to care for our collections and keep up presentation standards in our houses as set out in the National Trust Manual of Housekeeping.

Working with conservation staff, you will learn how to protect historic items so that our visitors can enjoy them for as long as possible.

If you would like to find out more details and join the team please email 

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Design internship - Kastner & Partners, London

About the Agency:
Kastner & Partners is an advertising agency in Farringdon, London. We opened our doors in 2001 and since then we’ve been delivering innovative and exceptional brand communications for global brands like Red Bull, amongst others.

Who we are looking for:
We are looking for a talented young designer to join us for a one-month internship. You will be working with the design team, assisting day to day on a range of projects from branding to advertising campaigns. We’ll offer guidance on how to answer briefs and how to operate within brand guidelines, as well as an analytical and helpful eye on all your work.

Our commitment:
We want to give you exposure to an advertising agency and all that that entails. You’ll learn the process from start to finish. We want you to come out of the experience with a solid understanding of what to expect from the industry.

Skills required:
— Degree (imminent or received) or equivalent qualification in Graphic Design.
— Good knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite (After Effects is a plus).
— Knowledge of the print production process
— Passion for high quality graphic design and typography
— Good attention to detail, and an eye for good composition and layout
— Ability to take instruction and listen to feedback.
— Strong communications skills and a friendly, open and positive attitude.

Location: London, United Kingdom
Time: 1 month internship
Salary: Travel Expenses + breakfast (and beers on Friday)
Category: Creative/Design
Type: Internship
Level: Student/Graduate
Deadline: April 22, 2016

How to apply:
If you read the above and thought “That’s me!” then all you need to do is pull together:
— A short paragraph of 150 words to introduce yourself
— 3 examples (maximum) of strong, relevant work
— 3 examples of work you’ve seen and why you like it. (Or perhaps even don’t like it!?)

And pop an email over to

Unfortunately given the large number of applicants, we’re not going to be able to respond to everyone!

Junior Designer - Scope, London

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join our in-house Design team at our head office as a junior designer.

About the role
We’re looking for a creative and enthusiastic individual to join our busy team and contribute to building an excellent brand experience on print and digital materials.

As a junior designer you’ll have the opportunity to develop your technical and creative skills by supporting the team on a range of projects, assisting on all aspects of the design process from generating ideas to final artwork.

If you’re passionate about using your skills to contribute to social change and willing to go the extra mile, we would love to hear from you.

As a junior designer, you will support the design and development of print and digital materials to fulfil marketing and communications objectives in response to individual briefs.

You will assist in building and developing our brand as well as ensuring that all creative outputs achieve the correct application of the brand and are accessible to our audiences.

About you

You have:
• A good knowledge of design fundamentals including typography, colour, layout and illustration.
• A good portfolio of work demonstrating the ability to respond to a brief creatively.
• Ability to communicate rationales behind creative work.
• A strong interest in graphic design and a knowledge of current trends.
• A willingness to contribute to group discussions about their own and others’ work.

How to apply
To find out more about the job, please call Hannah on 020 7619 7749 or email

For more information on this role and to apply see here

We're sorry we can't confirm the outcome of all applications. If you've been shortlisted, you'll hear from us within four weeks.

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Graduate Success - Chris Fonseca

Smirnoff's "we're open" ad. campaign profiles Chris Fonseca, Wolverhampton Graphics graduate and deaf dance teacher. 

The documentary-style ad, which was made by 72andSunny, introduces Chris who teaches other deaf dancers. He explains that, there are other ways to enjoy music beyond hearing it and shows how dancers can still feel the beat on the dance floor. The campaign runs online from 18 March and on TV from 21 March. Outdoor posters will run from 28 March. 


Yashima Yadav - exchange student

Yashima Yadav, exchange student from  Mumbai in 2015, has been in contact to share some of her latest work. After completing her exchange in Wolverhampton, Yashima returned to Mumbai and to an internship with Ogilvy and Mather. "While I was on my placement I worked within teams brainstorming projects for clients including Google maps, Tata, and Sky. I also worked on story boards for tv commercials and mocking up visuals for projects" said Yashima

Her latest project is called ARTiculation. "This work is about written script and the story that has been communicated ". Yashima said, "while making this work, I used a lot of brainstorming and visualising techniques I picked up from the meaningful lessons and conversations with tutors in Wolverhampton".

See more of Yashima's work here

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Just Have to Share - Overlooked, by Pentagram

Overlooked is the 45th self published Pentagram Paper, highlighting the quirky or vernacular design. Pentagram London partner Marina Willer wanted to “celebrate the gatekeepers” to the world beneath London’s streets - hence the manhole covers.

Rubbings of various forms of this type of street furniture were taken, including coal hole covers, cast iron discs covering sewer access points, and gas mains.

Their intriguing patterning is shown in fluorescent colours, reproduced as a series of life-size prints featuring the location and name of the foundry that produced them - some of which emanate from the foundries of The Black Country.

“Our hope is that this collection of street covers can serve as a reminder that a city’ beauty isn’t limited to art galleries or grand architecture, and that intricate design is everywhere,” say Pentagram.