Saturday, 28 June 2014

K College Summer Shows 2014

O'Reilly's Whiskey flavoured drinks design by Jamie O'Reilley
O’Reilly’s Whiskey flavoured drinks design by Jamie O’Reilly

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s ever the HND and BA (Hons) Graphic Design students of K College pulled off yet another another successful end of year show. The show was well attended and the feedback was great, with some students getting interviews for jobs and internships. Some of the work can be seen on our Pinterest page. One  of our BA students, Alex Greenhead, put together a good little review that cab be read here.

Well done to all and best of luck for the future.

Book of quotations by Liz Owen
Book of quotations by Liz Owen
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Some of this year’s student sensing the relief of a job well done!

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Saturday, 21 June 2014

Typeface Design

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Recently I was asked by the Interactive Design Institute (IDI) to put together a series of short pieces concerning typography and typeface design. Rather than the series being a ‘how to’, it focuses on aspects for the beginner to consider. These include looking at how established designers approach design; the terminology; seeking inspiration, as well as a brief overview of some of the technologies that are available along with notable texts and resources.

The series can be read here.

 

 

Monday, 16 June 2014

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Designs of the Year 2014

Design of he year 2014

Having been at the briefing for the new ‘Design Factory’ at the museum’s tutor bruncha 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 of the two and as one might expect the design there were highly innovative solutions to very specific problems. I felt that this was the best collection to date and wanted to share just a few of my personal favourites.

‘Chineasy’, a design by ShaoLan Hsueh and illustrated by Noma Bar is a illustrated method of helping people learn Chinese. Bar’s illustrations incorporate the Chinese characters helping make the connection between glyph and visual definition. It’s beautifully simple concept and following tests has been further developed into both a book and animation.

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As someone with a lifelong fascination with handwriting and the construction of letterforms, I was particularly drawn towards Type Family commissioned by the primary school head of Castledown Primary School, Neil Small and designed by Colophon Foundry designers, Anthony Sheret, Edd Harrington and Rupert Dunk. The requirement of the font was make reading easier, particularly for dyslexic children. The typeface has been used as the school’s signage  and another developed to assist with the learning of handwriting. Given the frequent talk of handwriting’s demise I was glad to see that it’s future was still being considered within the most innovative and forward thinking design solutions.

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The next design I felt was pure genius.  Dr David Swann designed ‘A Behaviour Changing (ABC) Syringe’ This syringe is designed to help deter the reuse of syringes among those who are at risk of doing so. Once a syringe has been taken from its packaging it and exposed to air it begins to change from clear to red. If removed from its packaging it is unlikely to remain sterile for long. This at least gives the potential user a visual indication of its potential sterility.

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There were many great designs here; too many to put into this post. There was the Chair 4 Life, a wheelchair that can be modified and adapted to suit the requirements of a growing child. One of my favourite illustrators, Chris Ware had a piece here. A graphic novel about life in a building.

Chair 4 Life. Designed by the Renfrew Group for the NHS Innovation Centre
Chair 4 Life. Designed by the Renfrew Group for the NHS Innovation Centre
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They do exactly what it says on the boards!

 

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Design Museum Visit—Design Factory

Today 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 by producing some great entries, and each year we have had students produce winning entries with two of our who were selected being judged to be in the top 10% of entries. Fred Sirman, who is a current HND Graphic Design student with K College was one of these, and his work can be seen below. This was a response to the ‘Designing Identities’ brief which examined an aspect of British culture. Well done, Fred!

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Work by Fred Sirman of K College (University of Kent)

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“Design Factory is the [Design] museum’s annual HE project for BA design students, spanning product, fashion/textiles, graphics/illustration and architecture/spatial design.”

“Design Factory enriches academic curricula by offering students a range of unique opportunities including:

• cross-over into the creative industries
• the motivational factor of external deadlines
• professional feedback on short-listed work
• input from practicing designers at the Design Factory Student Symposium
• cross-college networking

Students work to an exploratory and experimental design brief. Participation includes 2 museum research visits, a competitive judging process and the Design Factory Symposium for selected students.”

The forthcoming brief looks great.