Designs of the Year 2014

aving been at the briefing for the new ‘Design Factory’ at the museum’s tutor brunch—a briefing for an annual Higher Education competition—my colleague and I were then invited to take a look at the current exhibition: Designs of the year 2014. As ever, the work was a mixture of the fun, the utilitarian, a mixture […]

Design Museum Visit—Design Factory

oday my K College colleague and I, who also teaches on the HND and BA programmes, took a trip to the Design Museum to attend the tutors’ brunch and to receive the briefing for the forthcoming ‘Design Factory’ brief 2014/15.  Now in its fourth year K College students have managed to rise to the occasion […]

Lettering: Objects Examples Practice at The Letherby Gallery

For those interested in type and lettering, a visit to the Letherby Gallery at Central St. Martin’s should be on the ‘to do’ list.  Along with some relatively recent work the “exhibition explores the rich history of lettering through a selection of key historic books and manuscripts from the college’s Museum & Study Collection and Central Lettering […]

Graphic Design Graduation at Canterbury Cathedral 2013

nother year passes and another successful cohort of Graphic Design students graduate at Canterbury Cathedral. This year saw the small cohort gain two firsts, seven 2:1’s, three 2:2’s and no 3rds. Most of the students pictured here have secured work or placements with the design industry, including freelance design, book cover design, and one has […]

“What I wish I had known when I was a design student”

arely, if ever, can education mirror precisely what is happening in industry. Consequently, there is an ongoing challenge to identify workable solutions to help bridge the gulf between the two. One such way is by asking guest speakers from industry to come in and talk to and work with the students and staff, and yesterday […]

The AOI Illustration Awards 2013 at Somerset House

ast week I took my HND and BA Graphic Design students to the ‘AOI Illustration Awards 2013′ held at Somerset House.  Overall, I found the work of this year’s exhibitors as equally impressive as last year’s. The awards are “the only independent jury selected illustration competition in the UK…that recognises exceptional work ” and which […]

Graphic Design at K College (University of Kent) Summer Show 2013

nce again the HND and BA (Hons) Graphic Design students of K College (University of Kent) have done themselves proud by putting together yet another great show. The show was well received by those in industry as well as the general public. Students were being approached by industry representatives, and positions look to be gained […]

CS6 Screencasts

I’m a big fan of screencasting as a means of reusable instruction. This is a link to recent screencasts that I have made for Adobe’s CS6 Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop. They are largely generic software instruction movies but were made with modules in mind for The Interactive Design Institute‘s BA (Hons) Graphic Design. There are more to be […]

Graphic Design student work at the University of Kent (K College)

his week I have finally begun to collate much of the great work produced by my students at K College. Since the BA (Hons) began in 2007 we have seen the work, and the approach to designing, constantly improve on both this programme and the HND.  Year in, year out we have had fantastic feedback […]