Thursday, 27 October 2011

D&AD Education Tour comes to Preston UCLAN Victoria

The North West leg of the Education tour brings us to Preston. If you're in the region, we look forward to seeing you there.
11:30 - 13:00 - D&AD & Industry Talk. Adelphi Theatre TVI, Adelphi Building.
Find out how D&AD can help you crack the industry and support you throughout your creative career. Jack Renwick will be joining us to explain how she made it from being a student at Duncan of Jordanstone to Creative Director at the Black Pencil winning design and branding firm, The Partners. She'll be imparting some practical tips and insider insights.
13.30 - 15.30 pm - Student Awards WorkshopStudio VB214A 2nd floor, Victoria Building
A hands-on workshop in which students can collaborate with industry and each other, learn how to answer briefs and get tips on finding success at the Awards.
15:45 - 17:30 Networking and careers advice workshop. Studio VB214A 2nd floor,  Victoria Building
Pretty much what it says in the title. An industry-pro will be giving advice on how to launch your career.
15.30-17.30 - Portfolio Surgery. Studio VB225A 2nd floor, Victoria Building. ONE APPOINTMENT PER STUDENT
Individual appointments for students to share their portfolio with an esteemed professional from companies such as JP74, BJL, Music, The Chase and Thoughtful.
14:00 - 15:00 - Tutor get-together. (FOR TUTORS ONLY)
Meet fellow members, share research findings and best practice, eat cake.
Places are limited and for University Network members only. If you have any questions contact Jessica Antwi-Boasiako -
Education days one of the many benefits of D&AD Univeristy Network Membership. Find out more and join here.
Join us in the evening for the D&AD North Lecture:
6-9pm. GARY ASPDEN LECTURE  The Continental, Preston
Gary Aspden, guiding force for adidas will be giving a lecture in the evening. Find out more about what he'll be speaking about and bookhere.
(Network Members are entitled to 8 lecture tickets per year. Email to claim them).

Wednesday, 26 October 2011


The Campaign for Drawing is an independent charity which raises the profile of drawing as a tool for thought, creativity, social and cultural engagement. 
It has developed two programmes to encourage the use of drawing by professionals and others: The Big Draw and Power Drawing.
The Campaign has created a new regard for the value of drawing to help people see, think, invent and take action.
Its long-term ambition is to change the way drawing is perceived by educationalists and the public. This has won support from leading practitioners in the creative industries and in art, architecture and design colleges, signalling an overdue realisation that drawing is fundamental to the training of students in these disciplines. The Campaign takes a wider view. It sees drawing as a basic human skill useful in all walks of life.
The Campaign's work will finish when the words 'I can't draw' are dropped from our vocabulary.

Image montaged made by Rik, Amy, and Georgia Year Three illustrators

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Fantastic Creatures BIG DRAW 2011

Much fun was had drawing in the old Blackwell's bookshop in the S.U. Yesterday and Today.
Many thanks to Ali and Chris for running it. And well done to every student who showed up and worked in a brilliant spirit, and probably harder than they ever have before! And enjoyed it. Blimey drawing can be fun!!! Its also a fact that some of these pics improve the looks of most students. Ha Ha!
More images will be added shortly.


Whilst at YSP the other day I noticed hidden away in the corner of the shop "WRAP" an illustrated magazine that once read can be used as gift-wrap. What a good idea although I do get the impression you might have to buy two copies? See what you think - hit the title link.

Monday, 24 October 2011

Monday, 17 October 2011

Jaume Plensa at YSP

Beautiful October sunshine at the weekend finally decided to visit the Jaume Plensa exhibition at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Well worth the trip. Some amazing pieces of work, the elongated dreamlike portraits of sleeping/dreaming heads are fantastic and beautifully lit. There is also a room with suspended gongs you're invited to hit - they reverberated tremendously.
The outdoor pieces figures made from letterforms were stunning as well. Really photogenic in the low October sunlight. I especially liked the tree hugging figures and the haunting heads that sat on top of the gallery roof.

Also, it also transpired that Rob Ryan was at YSP that Saturday and signing copies of his new book, "A Sky Full of Kindness". What a nice man, it was a real pleasure to meet him and chat for a couple of minutes. I enjoyed the show "You can still do a lot with a small brain" last year, and I do like his paper-cut work. I am slightly nervous at the ubiquity of his work presently, but can't help feeling supportive of an "illustrator" who is successful for crossing craft and business.

The Jaume Plensa show has been extended until January. Go and see it.