Thursday, 25 May 2017

The Craft of Cursing - exhibition from Louise Fenton

Dr Louise Fenton, Senior Lecturer Visual Communications, has curated this year’s exhibition at the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic in Boscastle, Cornwall. Titled ‘Poppets, Pins and Power: The Craft of Cursing’, the exhibition brings together Louise’s research over the past few years. It is displayed in sections to consider the social history behind the use of the poppet, the doll with pins in, as well as more everyday objects such as shoes and clothing. Louise has been researching these objects to find out their stories and the hidden tales they have to tell. The exhibition is open until October 31 2017 and then on occasional weekends until early January 2018.

Louise will be giving two talks at the Museum in August (5th and 26th, small cost) and a guided tour of the exhibition on Friday 25th August 2017 (museum entrance fee applies).

For further details of the exhibition and the Museum can be found here

Thank you to Marc Austin, Course Leader Graphic Design, who designed the marketing material and the panels for the exhibition this year.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

#TurnUp


Inspired by the power of the vote and the upcoming snap General Election, please visually interpret our tagline ‘Turn Up’. You can be as funny, serious, irreverent, or off the wall as you like - there’s  just a few caveats:

• You must include the tagline  ‘Turn Up’. Use it however  you like - integrate it in your  illustration or typographically, whatever works for you!  We just need some space left  in the layout, on the bottom  right hand side, for us to add  the #TurnUp logo and the  relevant call to action to vote. 
• Your artwork should be an A3 portrait size (either vector or 600dpi jpg), plus square for Instagram. 
• All artwork will be credited where possible, especially on social media. Please include your details and handles alongside your submission
• There is no restriction on the colour palette. 
• You should be party-neutral where possible. 
• You should not include any nudity or profanities (unless you insist, which is OK! However, please note that we cannot run these in any outdoor media).

How to submit 
Please send us your finished artworks to: turnup.campaign@gmail.com 

Deadline 
Time is of the essence! Anything you can have complete ASAP, please send right away. The absolute final deadline is 22nd May 2017. 

T&Cs 
By submitting artwork, you kindly agree use of your image in any media we can get our hands on in the run up to June 8th – please let us know if you’d prefer online use only. Copyright remains yours, of course. We’re all joining forces for this cause and pulling in friends and favours. If you think you can help, or know others that could, please get in touch ASAP!


Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Young Package Competition Success: Tom Lavin


Model Obaly a. s. has announced the shortlist for the 22nd year of the Young Package competition. More than 700 students and young designers from 57 countries competed this year, and BA (Hons) Graphic Design student Tom Lavin is shortlisted for one of the 8 prizes.

The theme this year was ‘Open & Play’, and the project idea that Tom developed certainly lives up to expectations. In discussing his approach to the project, Tom says:

“For this project I wanted to explore concepts of reusability, sustainability and recycling. The Re:Play kit is designed to allow the user to make models, toys and sculptural forms by recycling packaging materials. Starting with the ‘pop-out’ elements included in the package alongside the supplied tools, Re:Play users are encouraged to use creative thinking and playful experimentation as they explore materials and get inspired by their own creations.”

Graphic Design Course Leader Marc Austin said, “Tom deserves recognition for his hard work and innovative approach to problem solving. The Graphics team have seen Tom go from strength to strength during his 3 years with us, and we are delighted with this news.”

Tom will find out which of the prizes he has won when he flies out later in May for the award ceremony taking place in the DUP 36 club in Prague.

Good Luck Tom!


Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Typefaces can encourage healthy food choices

The Times newspaper has published the work of Wolverhampton Visual Communication, Special Visiting Lecturer, Sarah Hyndman, on responses to typefaces for tinned food labelling and discusses Hyndman's ideas on the influential role of type in making food choices. Typefaces used for food packaging can help towards healthy eating and cutting obesity says Kat Lay, health correspondent of the Times. Read Hyndman's ideas below: