Tuesday, 26 February 2008

Picasso light drawing

That Pablo were right clever.

Post fish

These images are by Debbie Greenaway - year three- this piece of mail art is soon to be published in a mail art collection.

Light drawings

These drawings were made by Andrew Thomson from the first year, as part of a brief entitled "how to... change a lightbulb". The l.e.d. drawings were photographed using a 30 second exposure - no photoshoppery was used!

Light drawings

Monday, 25 February 2008

Ten tips on how to design an eye-catching book cover

The design team at Harper Collins have come up with ten tips to help you create an eye-catching book cover.

1. Look at the competition - what are other designers creating, what are the current trends, and what will make your design stand out?

2. Create a moodboard - get a feel for the book by amassing ideas and inspirations.

3. Give yourself a deadline to come up with initial concepts.

4. Always fulfil the brief – but don't be afraid to try other ideas as well

5. Keep all the roughs or initial workings you do – you never know where the inspiration for the winning design can come from!

6. Listen to any feedback. Remember, you don't always have to agree with what other people say, but do get their opinions.

7. Read the book. It sounds obvious, but you'd be amazed how many artists and designers don't. This is the best way to understand what the title is.

8. Keep it simple - straightforward, plain ideas are sometimes best.

9. Keep it legible - you want people to be able to read what they pick-up off the shelf.

10. Get your work in on time - don't miss the competition deadline!

Thursday, 21 February 2008

Ex students spotted

Hazel B has created this illustration for Design Supremo quote "Make people smile and make people think with our brand new Cotton Bags by Hazel B - a very limited edition of only 250. Tough enough to carry your heaviest shopping and lightweight enough to scrunch up and put in your pocket. Not only will your black, cotton bag be helping to rid the world of plastic, it will be a cool piece of artwork that the world can admire as you do your shopping."


Saint Julian Cope

Some of the third year students were invited to take part in the opening of the new William Blake exhibition at the Whitworth Gallery in Manchester by Sally. The exhibition was opened by Julian Cope.

For those of you too young to remember Julian (or Saint Julian as he is known to those who do remember), is a rock star, poet, and antiquarian, with huge success as both solo artist and lead singer of the great Teardrop Explodes!

This drawing is by Andy Wong.

Monday, 4 February 2008

Year One Subversion

The new year 1 brief is to subvert advertisements and magazines!
Like this gently humourous subversion of Tom Gauld's Boots campaign: