Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Graduate Success - Sarah Graley

Sarah Graley, Illustration alumni from 2014 has been in touch. Sarah is now represented by literary agent Curtis Brown ltd and has been nominated for the emerging talent category for the British Comic Awards 2015 for her RentQuest, PizzaWitch and Our Super Adventure. “it's an honor to have made the shortlist” said Sarah.

“Yesterday 'Lil' Poopy Superstar' was announced, which is a spin off comic from Cartoon Network/Adult Swim's property Rick and Morty. I am both the writer and artist, and the comic will be published through Oni Press.”

Sarah ran a Kickstarter campaign in late 2015 “to fund a hardcover book collecting 200 strips from my diary comic Our Super Adventure." It
remarkably received over 400% funding. "


Well done Sarah
To see more of Sarah's work visit here

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Kiss Exhibition

Third year Visual Communication Students are exhibiting work in the Bessant Gallery of the School of Art, on the theme of the Kiss. In visual culture the kiss has evolved from ancient narrative, legend, propaganda, ritual and myth, to become subject of interpretation and re-interpretation.  

Responses to the theme on display include research into occurrences of the kiss in pulp romance, extracted and represented; the anticipation of spontaneous affection in the iconic photo kiss is re considered in public places through the constructed absence of affection; social media campaigns to re promote the kiss and encourage awareness of International Kissing Day; the reflective language of hand made endearment is recrafted using the instant messaging symbols of the emoji; virus micrographs as works of art, highlight the darker side of press reports on bacterial studies conducted around the act of kissing whilst in a play on the emotionally explosive moment the surface graphics of fireworks are appropriated to convey reality accounts of the first kiss.
The show is open until 18th March 2016

This exhibition will form part of Artsfest in June

For more information about this show visit the shows blog.

Dr Rina Arya - Abject Visions: Powers of Horror in Art and Visual Culture

The latest book of Dr Rina Arya, Reader in Visual Communication is to be published by Manchester University Press in May. 

This volume brings together leading international scholars to debate the continuing importance and relevance of the concept of abjection for the interpretation of modern and contemporary culture. This interdisciplinary collection includes important new essays that draw on the work of Georges Bataille, Judith Butler, Julia Kristeva and other key critical thinkers to provide innovative readings of works of art, film, theatre and literature. The clear and accessible essays in this volume extend the existing literature on abjection in exciting new ways to demonstrate the enduring richness of the concept.

Rina has edited this book with Nicholas Chare, Associate Professor of Art History in the Department of History of Art and Film Studies at the Université de Montréal

Find out more about Rina's book here and read about her previous research here

Monday, 14 March 2016

Just Have to Share - A 3D Printed Sundial Displaying Time as a Digital Clock

Using a mix of 3D printing and a few well-placed shadows, this sundial designed by Mojoptix projects the actual time as if displayed on a digital clock. The plastic component that casts the shadow—called a gnomon— is printed with tiny holes that create pinpoint dots of light in the form of digits as the sun shines through. 

Friday, 11 March 2016

Just Have to Share - New Instrument by Martin Molin Makes Music with 2,000 Marbles

Swedish musician Martin Molin has experience with esoteric instruments like the glockenspiel, and Theremin. His new invention is the Wintergatan Marble Machine, a hand-cranked music box loaded with instruments including a circuit of 2,000 cascading steel marbles. As the devices cycles it activates a vibraphone, bass, kick drum, cymbal and other instruments that play a score programmed into a 32 bar loop comprised of LEGO technic parts. The marbles are moved internally through the machine using funnels, pulleys, and tubes.

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Just Have to Share - Embroidery-Inspired biscuit Decorating by Mezesmanna

Previous posts on this blog have highlighted some captivating illustrative baking (see here and here). This post shares embroidery inspired biscuit decoration from Hungarian cake decorating shop Mézesmanna, a small studio with a giant social media presence because of the incredible photos and videos they share of their decorative confections.

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Graphic Designer - Lyreco, Telford

Lyreco is one of the world’s leading providers of Workplace Solutions for business, with a global presence across 44 countries, over 10,000 employees and with a 2.2bn turnover. Ethical, forward thinking and award winning are some of the words that describe us and our long-term success is down to the fact that our customers and employees are at the heart of everything we do.
We are seeking a Graphic Designer to join our dynamic Marketing team at our UK and Ireland Head Quarters based in Telford, Shropshire. Offering an excellent salary of £20,000 – 25,000 per annum this is an opportunity not to be missed!
If you are an experienced and talented all round graphic designer with an eye for great designs and a desire to create stand-out marketing and digital communications we want to hear from you!
This graphic designer role is an excellent opportunity to join our friendly team environment, work in a fast paced creative environment and apply your graphic design skills to a variety of on and offline projects.
Daily duties and responsibilities:
• Production of promotional and corporate materials (flyers, graphics, exhibitions and event materials, catalogues, emails, and social media)
• Production of our annual catalogues using In Design ensuring accurate and effective product presentation for all our product categories
• Management of your creative jobs from cradle to grave (booking onto design tracker, obtaining quotes, designing and sending to print)

The ideal candidate will:
• Possess a strong working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite particularly InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator
• Have experience designing for both print and digital media 
• Relish the challenge of coming up with new design concepts and being part of a team creating marketing campaigns or digital solutions for the UK and Ireland subsidiary
• The ability to work quickly under pressure with constant attention to detail
• Have a positive 'can-do attitude’ 
• Be highly motivated, enthusiastic and proactive
• Be flexible, open and a team player 
• Have knowledge of evolving technologies and ideas in the creative industry
• Be comfortable with a fast-paced working environment
• Have excellent communication skills in order to interpret and review creative briefs

To be successful as a Graphic Designer in this business, you will need to have a creative flair, originality and strong visual sense and possess the ability to work on several projects at any one time.

If you’d like to join our team, please apply directly by emailing Marketing Communications Manager, Hannah James (, a copy of your CV, and a link to your portfolio before 28th March, 2016.

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

In-House Graphic Designer - Keswick, The Lake District

Millican are building a small in-house design team and we are looking for a full-time Graphic Designer to add to the creative team. Positive, independent in your thinking and looking for a life that is a little different to being in the city and the grind of 9 to 5. We are an independent brand and we put creativity at the heart of our everyday life. This role is for someone creative, dedicated to the detail and looking for an adventure in the mountains.

– Proficient in InDesign, Illustrator + Photoshop
– Confident knowledge and experience in layout + typography
– Be able to see a project from concept to completion
– 1-3 years experience
– Adaptable in your day to day role
– Prior experience in Marketing/Communications/Project Management roles would be beneficial
– Creativity is at the heart of who you are
– Live the brand ethos

– Savvy storyteller with content and upholding the brand values
– Forming part of the online marketing team to effectively communicate content across all platforms
– Support the Creative Director on a variety of projects and campaigns (photoshoots, films, product development)
– Managing print production and creation of print material
– Adaptable and hands-on within a team of doers
– Proactively progress your role

– Reflective of experience
Please send a CV and portfolio to (max 8mb):
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