Thursday, 23 March 2017

Freefont Kanit

Kanit means mathematics in Thai, and the Kanit typeface family is a formal Loopless Thai and Sans Latin design. It is a combination of concepts, mixing a Humanist Sans Serif motif with the curves of Capsulated Geometric styles that makes it suitable for various uses, contemporary and futuristic. A notable detail is that the stroke terminals have flat angles, which allows the design to enjoy decreased spacing between letters while preserving readability and legibility at smaller point sizes.

In Thai typeface design the formal loopless Thai typefaces have more simple forms than the conservative looped Thai designs, and this simplification has to be done properly in order to preserve the essential character of each letter. Sizes and positions of vowels and tone marks need to be managed carefully because they are all relevant to readability, legibility, and overall textures. 

Kanit is available inn 18 styles and can be downloaded free from here

The Kanit project is led by Cadson Demak, a type foundry in Thailand.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Embracing Our Differences Competition 2018

Art is a powerful tool to evoke social change. Without uttering a single word, artists can enlighten, educate and effect change around the world. Embracing Our Differences invites you to participate in creating a world where differences are embraced and individuality is celebrated.

The mission of Embracing Our Differences is to use the arts as a catalyst for creating awareness and promoting, throughout our communities, the value of diversity, the benefits of inclusion and the significance of the active rejection of hatred and prejudice.

The centerpiece of Embracing Our Differences is an outdoor juried international art exhibit featuring 45 billboard size images (16 feet wide by 12.5 feet high) created by local, national and international artists, writers and students. The display reflects the artists' interpretations of the theme "Enriching lives through diversity".

Your original art may be any size and in any medium; however, you must create or scan and submit it as a high-resolution (minimum 300 dpi) digital file (JPG, TIFF, PDF, PSD, EPS, GIF, PNG, or AI). Your digital art must measure exactly 12.8” (325.12 mm) wide by 8.8” (223.52 mm) high. Art must have a horizontal orientation.

There is no entry fee and there is no limit on the number of entries.

Artists, photographers, professionals, amateurs, teachers and students are eligible. National and international submissions are welcome.

A total of 3,000 USD will be presented in the form of three separate awards: 1,000 USD each for Best-in-Show Adult, Best-in-Show Student and the People’s Choice. Both Best-in-Showawards will be granted by a three-judge panel of art professionals. The People’s Choice award will be determined by visitors to the exhibits.

The exhibit is displayed during April and May each year in Sarasota's Island Park in Southwest Florida (USA).

Deadline January 9, 2018

More information can be found here

Friday, 10 March 2017

Information Overload Exhibition

Information Overload is an exhibition of work by third year Visual Communication students, produced in response to Alvin Tofflers 1970’s book Futureshock which pointed to the effects on decision making resulting from excessive quantities of content.

The work on display explores themes of data excess, fragmented decision making and graphic malfunction in the 24/7 information economy. Headline statistics such as 90% of the worlds data has been generated during the past few years and contemporary views of neuroscientists, learning researchers, marketers and creative artists, contribute to voices supporting the debate about the effects of informational multitasking. The evolving data economy has also been an influence for artists and visual communicators. Information Overload is on display in the Bessant Gallery of the School of Art and Design until 17th March. This work will also be exhibited with Artfest 2017

Collectivism Magazine

Visual Communication technician Julian Gwinnett has been working with colleagues on the design for 10th edition of Collectivism Magazine. Focussing on the arts, community and social action, this issue of Collectivism honours International Women's day and the inspiring women of Wolverhampton.
"This is an opportunity to celebrate the many female led initiatives and projects throughout the city that are positively impacting our communities and changing perceptions of Wolverhampton" said Collectivism Editor Kate Penman.

"International Women's Day publicises the unresolved, global issues affecting women directly. Wolverhampton's independent charities do fantastic work supporting women and families affected by these issues." she continued.

Collectivism is crowd funded. You can collect your free copy at the School of Art and Design, Lighthouse Wolverhampton Art Gallery and from other outlets in the city.

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Little Riot Press - Post Merz Post Haste workshop

Little Riot Press
Post Merz Post Haste workshop
Phil Eastwood and Chris Dunne visited the University yesterday to run a workshop for students with an open mind, enthusiasm for experimentation, scissors and a glue stick. The work that Visual Communcation students produced will form the contents of an edition of the Little Riot Press magazine - POST MERZ POST HASTE. The theme of the Wolverhampton edition of POST MERZ POST HASTE Magazine will be POST-TRUTH

Post-truth has been designated the word of 2016 by The Oxford dictionary.
Post-truth can be defined as : ‘Relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.’

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Norton Canes School Visit School of Art

Staff and students from Norton Canes School have been welcomed by the Visual Communications department.

Visitors met Maggie Ayliffe who discussed the importance of arts graduates to the UK economy and life at University.

After lunch in the University refectory visitors from Norton Canes went on to undertake workshops linked to their interests in art and design, including, a Visual Communication printmaking session, with subject leader of Visual Communication, John Clementson, Andy Roberts and Josh Grice, Fashion and Textiles with Sharon Watts and the Fashion and Textiles team and Ceramics with Paul Mcallister. Examples for Norton Canes fashion designs are shown here.

"Our students really enjoyed sampling life at University, learning about different art and design disciplines and were particularly fascinated by the technical aspects of printmaking. We've all had a great day at the School of Art and are looking forward to returning to see the Degree Show in June." said Alexina Evans, Art teacher at Norton Canes School. 

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Sketchbooks Showcase and Screen-print Workshop with Dudley College Students

The Visual Communications department has welcomed Dudley College students. 

Inspired by Visual Communication student sketchbooks, visitors discussed a range of work was including narrative illustration, editorial pieces, design with typography, collage, drawing, painting and three-dimensional designs. Dudley College visitors went on to undertake a screen-printing workshop with subject leader of Visual Communication, John Clementson, Visual Communication Artist in Residence Josh Grice and expert screen printer in charge of the print rooms, Andy Roberts.

Dudley college students also enjoyed workshops in Fine Art, Photography and Fashion and Textiles.