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design education and visual communication
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Kahani - an animated film by Meg Park

Friday, 28 May 2010

Watched this great piece of animation today by a former student, Meg Park. I taught Meg during her time on our HND Illustration with Design course in 2008, and she's now in her final year at Dundee's Duncan of Jordanstone Art School. Her work is currently part of the Final Degree Show there, which runs from May 22nd to May 3oth.

Meg was already experimenting with animation during her HND, and outside of her college work she produced some amazing photoshop drawings, mostly of strange Henri Rousseau-inspired jungle scenes and felines.

So its no surprise that these visual themes dominate her animated work 'Kahani'. The water effects and the facial expressions in this film are brilliant, the story is hugely entertaining and its fantastically well produced. And there's even a twist ending.

Her illustrative and design skills are still great too, as this poster shows:

Poster for Kahani

Check out Meg's Kahani production blog for a very informative set of posts documenting the creative journey of the making of the film.

Publishing in the Twentieth Century

Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Inside Shakespeare & Co

A nice slideshow in today's Guardian by Iain Stevenson, charting the rise of publishing, from pioneers like Allen Lane and Paul Hamlyn through to Tim Waterstone and Amazon.

The images include an amazing picture of a printing press in 1915, the first set of ten titles published by Penguin (in 1935), and an interior of Shakespeare & Company - where everyone from Anais Nin to William Burroughs hung out, and fledgling poets and artists worked and slept on flea-bitten couches in the cramped upstairs rooms during the second half of the Twentieth Century.

The bookstore now has a rather decent website, which features images and text from its copious archive, and there is even an advert offering work placements for students studying in Paris.

Shakespeare & Co

D&AD In Book Award 2010

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

More than 3000 teams entered the D&AD Student Awards this year from almost 300 colleges – up 20% on 2009.

83 student teams were nominated for a Pencil, and 200 teams made it In-Book, representing the best work of the year.

These numbers mark a drop from last year’s results, when 310 entries made it into the Student Annual, reflecting a reformulated, tighter set of judging criteria for 2010. This year, many of the judges posted interesting blogs describing their jury experiences, and their remit was to ensure that winning entries should 'show the sort of creative attitude that would make it in the real world'.

Our HND Year 2 produced an In-Book award this year, from Artur Pasiek. Artur’s work has been featured in Lanterns On before, and he can look forward to a great future in Graphic Design – 43% of D&AD winners are in employment within four weeks of gaining their award.

Award Details:
Title: Advertising - Brand Communications
Sponsor: The Body Shop
Task: Create an unconventional brand campaign for The Body Shop to reinstate its position as the original pioneer of ethical beauty.
Award: In Book
Student - Artur Pasiek
Tutors - Chris Hughes, Helena Good.

Artur’s solution was to produce strong edgy straplines with a contemporary tone, and an organic feel. This clear and simple approach harked back to the Body Shop’s original successes in communicating their brand as unambiguous, ground-breaking, and ethically attractive.

D&AD Nomination & In Book for Branding Communications

Drumming Up Some Publicity

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

The current print issue of The DRUM Magazine, the design and media industry publication, features an article on this summer's upcoming College Degree Shows across Scotland and the North East.

The piece features work by final year students from the likes of Dundee College of Art, ECA, Glasgow School of Art, Gray's, and Edinburgh Telford, as well as the dates and venues of all the shows.

As an added bonus, the online DRUM carries an 'InDepth' piece on Edinburgh Telford's HND Year, which includes samples of students' work and information on our Industry Night.

College links with Industry
Creative Work on Show

Adobe CS5 - On The Big Screen

Thursday, 13 May 2010

Adobe's Creative Suite 5 Tour kicked off last week with a five-day online festival where Adobe experts hosted eSeminars and guided users through the new CS5 Suite.

The second stage of CS5 ‘on tour’ sees Adobe flying its team to five locations across the UK, the first of which just so happens to be Edinburgh, which means I can reschedule things at work and pop along for a couple of hours. The follow-up cities are Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol and then finally London.

Jason Levine, Greg Rewis and Terry White – alongside Adobe UK’s product specialists (including Steve Burnard) – will demonstrate the top new features of CS5.

What's really cool is that these events all take place at Vue Cinemas, so the team will be able to use cinema screens to present the demos. Attendees will have the opportunity to speak one-to-one with the product experts, and there's no charge to attend.

The tour coincides with the launch of the new Adobe UK creative community portal – Creative Juices. Over time, Adobe hopes Creative Juices will become a hub for people to learn, share and discuss ideas and creativity with the wider community. It includes an events section to highlight tours such as this, as well as a blog called ‘The Buzz’ which showcases news, video tutorials, and tips on CS5.

Adobe Creative Juices
Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre

Not Another Student Show

Friday, 7 May 2010

Next week our Department launchs its 'Industry Night' promotional campaign. First held in 2007, 'Industry night' is a celebration of creative potential - a showcase exhibition by the final year HND Graphic Design students at Edinburgh's Telford College.

Campaign Visuals

Tutors, practitioners, critics and mentors will all be in attendance - a select group of industry professionals and educators who have collaborated with and guided the students on their journey towards employment within the creative industries.

Our Mentoring Programme has been a huge success. Each year, eight industry professionals from some of Edinburgh's top agencies, agree to mentor and support our final year students as they deal with project briefs, client pitches, work placements, and awards entries.

After three years at the Out-Of-The-Blue Drill Hall venue in Leith, we have moved to Studio 128, run by Edinburgh photographer Paul Bock.

Last year's theme was 'Departure Lounge', and this year the 'Not Another' campaign has been designed by final year student Artur Pasiek.

Departure Lounge 2009

A Night With An iPad (But It Will Cost You)

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Berkeley iPad Apps

Applied Information Group (AIG) has created the first iPad installation in the UK.

Weeks in advance of their UK launch, AIG has adapted iPads for guests staying in seven luxury suites at The Berkeley, the 5-star hotel in Knightsbridge owned by Maybourne Hotel Group.

The Berkeley’s guests will be able to enjoy using their iPad to read national and international newspapers, entertain children with interactive games, and research the best places to visit and eat in the local area.

What they might not enjoy quite so much is the price tag for a one night stay - around £1,850.

No doubt a few affluent early adopters will want to check this out, and the Hotel Industry seems to believe that the iPad has a number of practical uses, as this article suggests.

iPad services at The Berkeley.
Applied Information Group (AIG).