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D&AD New Blood 2014

D&AD

It’s degree-show time of year, and I always like to keep a watchful eye on the latest creative talent emerging from the UK’s colleges. So I went down to check out D&AD New Blood this week; the show was held in Spitalfields Market – credit to the organisers for sorting a venue so easily accessible if you work in Shoreditch. Quite a change from 5 years ago, when I was exhibiting at the show myself, and it was held in Kensington Olympia!

Here’s my pick of some of the best students – the things that really stood out to me. This list is by no means exhaustive – I only spent 45 mins or an hour wandering the show, so I’m sure I didn’t see everything that was on offer. Overall I think the illustration work stood out to me more. There were some good designers there, but I left feeling more impressed by the image makers.

DESIGN

Colchester

Pietro MaranoPietro Marano

Pietro Marano‘s simple & elegant posters for the World Cup (above) caught my eye. As did the work of Greg Barrett (below), who catalogued every piece of letterpress type available at the college.

Greg BarrettGreg Barrett

Leeds

Abbas Mushtaq Abbas Mushtaq

The Leeds stand was really impressive, with this branding work for Wimbledon and the city of Brasilia, by Abbas Mushtaq, standing out. Also some nice stuff from Sam Lane (below), including branding for Wigan Little Theatre.

Sam Lane Sam Lane

Bath

Alex Lewis Alex Lewis

Great stuff from Alex Lewis including this album art for Secret 7″ and a nice fold-out poster for his personal dossier project.

ILLUSTRATION

Falmouth

David Doran

Absolutely stunning work by David Doran, who seems to be a consummate professional already, with commissions for Wired, The New York Times, Little White Lies, NoBrow, Computer Arts and plenty more under his belt.

UWE

Andy Carter

Andy Carter

Love this work from Andy Carter, fantastic use of colour and obviously a great sense of humour too.

Norwich

Tim Blann

Tim Blann

Lovely stuff from Tim Blann, crazy organic shapes and great use of colour.

Bath

Olivia Johnston

Really nice hand-drawn work from Bath’s Olivia Johnston. This guide to the city was particularly impressive, I’m trying to get a physical copy from her so if I do, I’ll post some more photos!

Lancashire

Sophie Heywood

Last but not least, nice colours and mark making from Sophie Heywood.

Image

Merry Christmas

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300 posts on this blog / 2009—2012

X M A S

Merry Christmas 2011

Thanks for reading!

Flickr update

Sprocket Rocket photographs

My girlfriend just got these prints developed from various recent adventures. They were taken using a Lomo Sprocket Rocket camera. I usually champion digital photography over ‘toy cameras’  like the Lomo, but these have turned out really, really nice.

She doesn’t have a Flickr, so see ‘em all on mine.

200 posts

November 2009 — June 2011

200 posts, hurrah. Thanks for reading.

MMXI

Happy New Year everyone. Thanks for reading.

Collective Approach

British Council / Collective Approach

A really stunning portfolio of both print & digital work from this new London-based studio, formed from talent with a rich design heritage – MadeThought, BB/Saunders, Moving Brands and Airside.

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Bibliothèque talk

Bibliothèque / LongLunch 17 May 2010

I attended an excellent talk by Bibliothèque at the Design Museum last night. For me, it was most interesting to hear Tim & Mason describe their process of working with the client and building a solid relationship of trust, allowing them to execute really beautiful, crafted and, above all, simple graphic communications.

Keep an eye on their site, which is due for a massive overhaul very soon.

The Beginning of The End

STS-132 launch / May 14 2010

Space Shuttle Atlantis succesfully launched on Friday on mission STS-132 to the International Space Station. This is the last flight Atlantis will make. She first flew in 1985.

Endeavour and Discovery will fly once more each later this year, and then the Shuttle program will be over, leaving an incredible legacy of human enterprise, exploration and innovation over 29 years.

Watch the launch in beautiful HD here.