"My work is about life. I’m a typography-based designer and I specialise in print-making and hands-on techniques for things like editorials and branding." Stephen Manby Stephen Man
Control Your Exit
“My work is about life. I’m a typography-based designer and I specialise in print-making and hands-on techniques for things like editorials and branding.
On our course do a variety of things and a lot of experimental work. I’ve done a lot of different things; from dementia way-finding, to branding for charities. I’m quite multi-disciplinary, I would say.
I’ve loved my last three years. AUB was the only university that I wanted to get into and I’m so glad I did. It’s changed my whole perspective on graphic design.
Now I’m going to do an internship and explore different avenues in any field in the creative industry.
I want to get out there and learn more. You can learn so much at university, but at the end of the day you’ve got to get real world experience too.
I got quite a few portfolio viewings through the course, with brands like Adobe, Nude and D&AD and I also secured my internship at Bond and Coyne in London.”
"My final piece is an app that is designed to help people detect fake news." Selena Albertiby Selena Alberti
Branding and Identity
“My work over the last year has focused on branding and identity, which is something I want to explore more in depth.
My final piece is an app that is designed to help people detect fake news and misleading content on social media.
My three years at AUB were an amazing experience. I really learned a lot especially about the areas of graphic design that I want to pursue in the future.
There’s always opportunities to collaborate, whether that’s through personal connections with students on other courses or even through groups.”
"My final major project was all about finding something that can go in-between, so I created a glyph." Rob Scott
“My final major project was all about finding something that can go in-between, so I created a glyph.
It’s a design piece and the way it’s formed is as the logogram of a knot. It’s joining two things together: it’s a conjunction where the two clauses come together.
As it’s a conjunction, I wanted it to look similar to an ampersand so that it fitted into the conjuncture family. The smaller loop at the top and larger loop at the bottom symbolise that context.
I wanted it to have a beautiful flowing nature to it. In the middle, you can see an equals sign because it’s the cause of something and I wanted it to have this subliminal message in it.
My time at AUB has been good. This last year has been hard work but it has still been fun and it’s worth it.
You know everyone on campus at AUB and you have so many mutual friends across the courses. You kind of know everyone by the end of the three years.
Now I’m going to do some internships and try a few different things.”
"I worked on a BBC brief to connect people to the Edinburgh Festivals." Ben Borstby Ben Borst
An App for the BBC
“I did a BBC brief which was to connect people to the Edinburgh Festivals, which was nominated for a pencil in the D&AD Awards.
I designed an app-based platform that works across TV and online, connecting people through live video streaming.
Basically people can bump stream if they like what they see – the more bumps a stream gets it goes up the pecking order.”
"My work on Crimewatch was to integrate Crimewatch into social media, so it can be regularly interacted with beyond TV." Jeevan Penasar
“My final work was looking at form, and how I can play around and manipulate form to control it. The work I had was an advertising campaign to encourage people to clean their phone screens more. I used inks and bacteria to show that up.
I was also fortunate to pick up a D&AD pencil for my work on the Crimewatch brief, and I also managed to get into the academy as well. My work on Crimewatch was to integrate Crimewatch into social media, so it can be regularly interacted with beyond TV.
I had a really good time at university. I feel like our tutors really care about what we need and want to do. It’s very supportive knowing I can go to my tutor and have that. It’s always quite open, which is a really great thing about Graphic Design at AUB.
I have a few interviews lined up, including one at the BBC. The D&AD academy is the next step, and then I’ll take it from there.”
"I re-designed a Dove bottle to encourage women to check their breasts for signs of breast cancer." Jack McFall
“I re-designed a Dove bottle to encourage women to check their breasts for signs of breast cancer. I put lumps on the bottles in the places where people would squeeze it to prompt people to check. The project won a Creative Conscience award.
The course was really good. I’m really big on designing to change and make a positive impact, and the course is really good for that. You get access to all the different courses and workshops. For other projects I’ve used the workshops and all the facilities there.
My end goal, after interning, is to be in a role where I still have a chance to learn, and try lots of new things with a creative director who can help and guide me.”
"I went to a refugee camp, called The Jungle, in Calais to gain first-hand experience and meet refugees." Tammy Johal
We Are One
I went to a refugee camp, called The Jungle, in Calais to gain first-hand experience and meet refugees. My project compared our lives in the UK with refugees around the world. I made a poster campaign and a video to go along with it.
I love the amount of experimentation and collaboration we got to do on the course. It opens doors and you end up finding something you didn’t know you liked doing. I’d love to work for a design studio, but for now I’d like to do a few internships to see where I fit in. I love campaign work and packaging, but I’d love to try a lot of different things.
"I made a book that can be read for an hour, and then disappears..." Etty Flynnby Etty Flynn
“The project I’m proudest of is a piece about an atheist’s perspective on death. Atheism is often portrayed as a pessimist way of living so I wanted to produce a book that shows that believing in nothing-ness after life can actually give you more meaning to your life. If this is the only life you have, it makes it all the more precious.
I made a book that can be read for an hour, and then disappears. I exposed my text onto darkroom paper and didn’t fix it with any chemicals. I bound the book in the dark, and accidentally stabbed myself a couple of times. It’s kept in a sleeve and in a box so, when you take it out, you have about an hour to read it. It goes from yellow to orange to pink to purple to blue and then it goes grey. The colours almost represent the different stages of your life. It’s a bit like a sunset, which is a good metaphor for death.
Another think that I like is that, when it all goes blank, you can keep it as a notebook. It encourages people to remember that you only have one life, so make the most of it!
I did the Foundation course as well, so I’ve been at AUB for four years. Foundation really got me to know the university and the facilities, and I made so many friends. Once I started the BA course, I already knew how to use everything.
The course was really good, I really enjoyed the amount of independent time we had to do work. The support has been amazing.
I’ve got a summer job teaching at AUB, then I’ll be looking for internships and jobs. I’m really into ethics. I’d hate to work for a company than doesn’t value my views on ethics, so I’m looking for a place that wants to design for good. I hate the idea of my passion hurting anyone.”
"My final work consisted of doing my final major project, alongside award entries. I was quite lucky as I won a D&AD pencil, and I’ve got a YCN Commendation." Ben Gilpin
“My final work consisted of doing my final major project, alongside award entries. I was quite lucky as I won a D&AD pencil, and I’ve got a YCN Commendation.
For my D&AD entry I worked on the Crimewatch brief, which was to keep people interested after the programme ends. Crimewatch has many viewers, but it’s at an irregular time slot every few weeks. There’s nothing in between to keep people engaged.
My idea was to use the BBC news app, which already has around 10million users, and build my idea as an extension of that. When crime occurs in your area, you’ll get a notification and stay informed.
It’s been fun from day one. Every year we’ve had new tutors bringing in new styles etc. In first year we had Roger who taught us traditional type setting, letter press etc. Then in second year Alice showed us a lot of digital, so most of our projects were more motion based. In third year we had Marion and she blows you away with knowledge. The projects were so vast, and she encourages you to choose a path and follow that.
For my final major project, I started with the word challenges and challenged myself to build a website in 20 minutes. My final part was to create a campaign to raise awareness for suicide amongst men under the age of 45.
At the moment I don’t know what the future holds. I have an interview lined up with BBC. I’m pushed more into digital design rather than editorial and print, as I think that’s where design is going these days. Hopefully I’ll end up doing app design and web design.”
"I was looking at John Motts Essay of Human Understanding, which is about knowledge. He had quite a radical new philosophy that was about knowledge and experience informing us, rather than God putting ideas into our mind." Grace Parry
Historical text typography
“Today I have got my ISTD project which is part of the student assessment scheme, which is part of the International Society of Typographic Designers. They set briefs for students to answer.
They are quite open briefs. The one I chose to do was about picking a historical text and reinventing it with typography for a modern audience, whilst still showing the roots of the original ideas.
I was looking at John Locke’s Essay of Human Understanding, which is about knowledge. He had quite a radical new philosophy that was about knowledge and experience informing us, rather than God putting ideas into our mind. That was the theory, which was around before that and has been around for a long time. His new idea was really crazy and radical and powerful, which was why I chose it.
I was inspired by 17th century printing, which was when the text was first published. I was trying to show the roots by some of the type I used. Some of the design was inspired by a printing book I found in the library, from the 17th century. It was really inspirational looking at the layouts they used and trying to reinvent them in a modern way. Then I screen-printed them in the print room, so it’s a layer of digital printing then screen-printing over the top. I chose to use fluorescent colours. I like the idea of layering and the way philosophies would layer over the top of each other, I presented that through the printing process.
I am hoping to meet lots of new people, which has happened, get an internship and get lots of advice on jobs and see other peoples work too.
The most useful thing I learned was about having strong concepts, do proper research and approach things with some thinking behind it, not just an interesting visual outcome, but something that is really conceptual and has a journey behind it I think we have learned that that is the more important bit, the journey you go on and the things that happen along the way, rather than a polished outcome, it is more about your ideas.”
I think the briefs have been really good; the tutors are so open with everyone that you don’t feel constrained in anyway. Just because it’s Graphic Design you don’t have to make a book or something, if you want to do something really different you can. Having all the other departments at uni, you can talk to anyone from any specialism. I think that is really helpful in expanding the way you work and for not to tying yourself down to one discipline. It has been really varied, which has been really good.
"Instead of showing how it looks when it's cooked, I used the raw ingredients and made a pattern out of the raw ingredients. You often see pictures in recipe books, and it never looks like what you have cooked." Mayssa Benchenaa
“I think there is a lot of focus on the concept and idea behind the project, which is really important. I see a lot of students’ work has strong concepts, so looks visually good. What I really liked about the course, is the way everyone is friendly and everyone helps each other with their work. We often pin things on the wall and everyone gives each other feedback on their work, which is nice and really supportive.
Today I am showcasing four seasonal cookbooks which come with an iPad app. It’s to help people eat more sustainably and to eat more seasonal ingredients. I redesigned the way a cookbook was designed. Instead of showing how it looks when it’s cooked, I used the raw ingredients and made a pattern out of the raw ingredients. You often see pictures in recipe books, and it never looks like what you have cooked.
There is a system where, on every page, there is the ingredient you are using. To help people get the right time with their food, there is a picture which shows how long to cook each ingredient. I struggle with reading recipes because I am dyslexic, so it is hard to read the words. I get lost and it really frustrates me, so I was thinking about a way that would make it easier for people to cook. The book takes you through the journey as the pages are transparent so you can read them in layers. You don’t have to flip the pages, it gives you the freedom to create your own dish rather than being told what it should look like.
I had the freedom to do what I wanted in this project. I have been really proud of what I have done as originally I thought I wanted to redesign the cookbook, but I kept pushing to create something new.
I came from a school where we just did what our teachers told us and did what they said, whereas here there are so many opportunities. We really have to push for it ourselves, so if you want to do something you have to push for it. I found it hard in first year, as I didn’t think we were getting enough support, but now I realise it’s actually really nice.
Today I am hoping to meet people, get my work showcased, and have a look at other work, which is really inspiring. It is sad that it has all come to an end, but new beginnings are exciting.”
"It's about all the types of people you don’t really see in documentaries...real British people." Jonathan Davisby Jonathan Davis
“The course has made me think differently. We have done a lot of concept and conceptual stuff from the get go, which has been good to learn. You start off with something small and it becomes very broad very quickly. It’s been good to learn, as you can expand on it and do something different from what you first thought.
The project I am showing here today is from the VICE brief, showcasing the Rule Britannia series on their channel, which is all about Britain and it’s people. It’s about all the types of people you don’t really see in documentaries, like debt collectors or people who collect really weird things, real British people.
I started off by travelling to a few different places in the country, and getting a snippet of what everywhere is like. I was going to pull it together and you would rotate it round and it would be all of England essentially. However, I felt it wasn’t human enough for the channel and wanted to focus it on people. I travelled with a photographer to London and tried to get as many people as I could to let me take their picture, which is harder than you think. I managed to get about 60 in a day, I aimed for 100, but 60 was good. I met some really interesting people, at the time London Comic-Con was on so I got some people in some really interesting costumes.
I got a guy with a massive beard, and another guy had paper clips in his earring. I got a real nice mix of people, who are real British people, so I flipped it around as not just ‘Rule Britannia’ but ‘We Rule Britannia’. I made it more about the people.
Practically the best thing I learned was how to make books. We have done bookbinding methods and how different bookbinding processes have different outcomes. You can have perfect binding machines, which bind things for you really quickly, or you can saddle stitch or french fold to make your book look a bit different. It’s really nice to learn those processes so, when it comes to it, you might have a client who says they want a certain type of book and you know how to make it.
I hope to network and meet people. I just had a portfolio review and met a company, which went well. They really liked my work, so it was great to speak to future employers!”
"The brief was milestones, you had to pick a person or a subject and pick out the key milestones of that topic. I chose Houdini, his greatest tricks, and the secrets behind them." Emma Galvin
“I have the big Houdini book here today, it was for the International Society of Type Designers award, which I got a pass for. The brief was milestones, you had to pick a person or a subject and pick out the key milestones of that topic. I chose Houdini, his greatest tricks, and the secrets behind them.
For example, the needle trick was one of his famous tricks. He swallowed 50-100 needles and regurgitated them all threaded. You pull out a roll inside and it reveals how the trick was done. In reality, he pretended to swallow them. He had them pre threaded hidden between his gums, he hid them by his tonsils, it was all fake. He had to trick the judges, it was complete deception.
I think the work shows how I have progressed over the course. The size is A2, which was hard to print and technically difficult. It shows thinking in different ways, showing more things and taking risks.
The personal skill would be to take more risks and try more things. For example, there is a catapult here that is launching concrete slabs, it is more about trying new things and making things more exciting and stand out from the rest.
I feel sad the course is coming to an end, its such a nice and friendly university so it feels almost like home. I am excited for the next step in the journey, getting a job, contacting studios and agencies, and moving forward.”
"I really enjoyed third year, before this year I didn’t know I was capable of doing animation." Georgina Venning
“Being on a Graphic Design course has challenged me to think about my concepts and ideas more, before I jump straight to the visual. Because of that, it has challenged me more and my work has more depth to it, as I have to think of the underlying message and justify every step and each visual.
I won the Royal Society of Arts student design awards this year for their animation brief. I feel showcasing it is hard in this environment as my work is screen based. It is nice to have it at D&AD show and get people to ask about it.
The course has justified what my values are and the things that I appreciate. I feel like being on a course which is so digital has shown me how I value crafts in my work, even though it is the opposite of the course. It has separated me from people and helped me stand out.
I think my proudest moment was winning the awards, I couldn’t have had a prouder moment. I really enjoyed third year, before this year I didn’t know I was capable of doing animation. In the third year we were offered a whole load of briefs, and having the variety to chose from has shown me exactly what I wanted to do and given me the option to do it in the course. The course is so broad, you could go into anything. It doesn’t have to be Graphic Design, although I think the degree is worth having as it makes you think about the ideas and reasons why you are doing it. Anyone who graduates from a Graphic Design course will have more substance, as there will be a reason behind everything.
I feel really positive about the future, I am looking forward to applying to jobs and getting myself out there. I have had some offers for commissions, which is exciting.”
"Be a thinker, rationalise your work and most importantly, back yourself..." Sam Pittman
D&AD, YCN & ISTD Wins
Final year BA (Hons) Graphic Design student Sam Pittman has won 3 awards for his work this year. He tells us about the projects:
“This brief was to re-brand the Design Museum, which is probably one of the most exciting things you could be tasked with doing as a designer. The concept I developed focussed on the Design Museum’s ability to continuously adapt in order to remain connected to the ever changing design world. The realisation of the brand relied heavily on motion graphics and animation.”
“This was a response the BBC brief which was to engage the ‘always on’ generation with the BBC’s multichannel content. The UX I developed recognises keywords typed into the user’s smartphone or tablet within messaging or social media apps. Then by clicking on a BBC button embedded within the keyboard, users can preview and insert funny video clips taken from BBC content, tailored to accompany their message.”
“The core of the campaign in an elegantly design prosecco glass, which gracefully incorporates the heel of a woman’s shoe, capturing Scavi & Ray’s positioning within both the wine and fashion industries.”
You completed some of the briefs in 24 hours – tell me why and what that process is like?
“I was in the process of completing an 18 week long Final Major Project, that’s a long time, and I was at a point in the project where I needed to reinvigorate myself, so I decided to set myself a challenge to see how many briefs I could tackle in 24 hours. Now looking back on what was a challenging 24 hours, it’s extremely satisfying to think that two award winning ideas where produced during the process. In total I tackled 20 different briefs during one continuous 24 hour period.”
How have you found Graphics at AUB?
I’ve really enjoyed the process and the focus on conceptual thinking. “But there’s one conversation with a tutor that I have regularly reflected on, “Don’t try to be a graphic designer” was the line, and at the time it seemed bizarre, but I quickly realised its sentiment. I now leave university firmly of the belief that I’m a designer and not solely a graphic designer. The approach to conceptual thinking is transparent and can be applied across all creative disciplines, which in my opinion makes for more relevant and creative outcomes.”
What do you plan to do next?
“I’ve been lucky enough in secure a place at the New Blood Academy which starts in July so that’s my next challenge!
What would be your ‘One Piece of Advice’ for the next generation of Graphic Designers?
“I have three! Be a thinker, rationalise your work and most importantly, back yourself”.
Final year BA (Hons) Graphic Design students, Hilda Kortei and Sam Pittman, have been nominated for D&D New Blood Awards.
Graphic Design students nominated for two D&AD New Blood Awards
Hilda Kortei produced a response to the Pantone – ‘Paint your town colourful’ brief. Titled ‘Colourful Accents’, her aim was to create a colourful identity generated from the people of Croydon themselves, showing diversity, but also, unity.
Hilda tells us about her entry: “I loved working on this brief. There were lots of briefs to choose from but this Pantone brief appealed to me most, because I love everything to do with colour! Most of all I loved the challenge. The brief was difficult, but I loved the fact there were so many different ways of interpreting it. In the end, I went with an idea that was original and quirky, but also quite risky.“
Take a look at Hilda’s entry on the D&AD website.
Sam Pittman’s entry ‘BBC clips’ was a response to the brief: ‘BBC Stay Tuned. Engage 15/24 year olds’. Sam tells us more about his work: “The process of this project is one of the most satisfying things, personally. The idea was produced during the course of a 24 hour design challenge that I set myself as part of my Final Major Project. In total I tackled 20 different briefs during one continuous 24 hour period, the BBC brief being one of them.”
The students will find out which Pencil award they have won at the ceremony on Thursday 2nd July.
Georgina Venning wins RSA Student Design Awards.
Graphic Design student wins RSA Student Design Awards
Final year BA (Hons) Graphic Design student Georgina Venning has won the Patricia Tindale Legacy Award in the RSA Student Design Awards.
Georgina produced a response to the ‘Moving Pictures’ brief and produced an animation to accompany an audio file that would clarify, energise and illuminate the content.
We asked her to tell us more about her entry: ‘It’s my first ever animation. I just taught myself. I worked with Bright Horizons nursery, who are brilliant, and observed how the children are fascinated by the physical quality of materials. They don’t care for intended purpose of an object. A pine cone is a lion for example.That childlike naivety inspired my piece.
I think there can be too much of a divide between digital work and physical work. It’s best when technology enhances physical work. I think I have proved that craft can communicate!‘
In addition to the £500 prize, Georgina also won an RSA design fellowship.
"Seeing our work on display at D&AD made me realise how diverse our course is, everyone’s final outcomes were all different, from print, to videos, and installations, I think that’s what is so good about the course…" Stacey McGowan — New...by Stacey McGowan
Lost in a fashion statement
“My project was inspired from the Archbishop of Canterbury’s quote about how fashion has devalued the cross. I wanted to explore weather the meaning of the cross had been lost in a fashion statement, so I gathered research from both perspectives and found a clear contrast between how people viewed the cross, which enabled me to be very experimental with my project.
My final pieces were visual metaphors aiming to shock viewers and encourage them to think from a different perspective. I created an empty bible, to metaphorically show how something so powerful, can have no value after its meaning has been taken away.
The design of the cross top, was made to look like an ordinary fashion top, but with an unknowing religious undertone to it. When the top is worn, a crucifix becomes exposed on the back so that the person wearing the top cannot see the crucifix, but others can. This reflects the idea of perception- to show how people wearing the cross can sometimes be unaware of the subjectivity surrounding the fashion cross when it is worn as a trend.
My time at AUB has been very enjoyable. This final year has been a lot of hard work, but it has turned out to be very rewarding one- especially when you see your idea come to life. Seeing our work on display at D&AD made me realise how diverse our course is, everyone’s final outcomes were all different, from print, to videos, and installations, I think that’s what is so good about the course- having the option to literally do anything, with the help and guidance from the tutors. I am so glad that I picked such a good course, thanks AUB!”
"The most valuable thing I think I have learnt there is to not be confined to the four corners of a piece of paper." Chris Bennett — D&AD New Bloodby Chris Bennett
“I never thought I’d be learning how to sew let alone creating a set of umbrellas for my Final Major project, but that’s what is great about Graphic Design at AUB. The most valuable thing I think I have learnt there is to not be confined to the four corners of a piece of paper, to let ideas drive your creativity and dictate the media and canvas for the outcome, no matter how big or small or even outrageous it may seem at first.
The focus of my Final major project was the predominant rise of modern surveillance in Britain and consisted of multiple visual outcomes. More specifically my set of ‘Privacy Umbrellas’ was my response to the overwhelming number of CCTV cameras in Britain and collectively they address the ethical issue of ‘choice’ in regards to surveillance. The idea started off like most, very simple, with a basic observation that the structure of an umbrella acts as a shield from CCTV cameras that more than often are mounted up high.
Furthermore, as my design was targeted predominantly towards British citizens, which prompted me to take influence from multiple British wartime camouflage tedhniques. Firstly ‘Warship Dazzle’ which is a cubist-inspired, disruptive pattern that was painted onto British battleships during World War One in order to conceal their size and orientation and confuse German U-boat commanders. Secondly was a more crude form of camouflage used to conceal ‘Anderson Bomb Shelters’ in peoples gardens during World War Two. Citizens would cover the roofs in turf and/or soil in order to blend in with he ground they were on and help conceal them from an aerial attack.”
Chris’ work was featured in Creative Review’s best of D&AD New Blood 2014.
"I like the fact that it subtly points out social issues; you see a beautiful bike and then shortly after you acknowledge that the wheels are square…" Emily Baldwin — D&AD New Bloodby Emily Baldwin
The Imperfect Campaign
“This investigation graphically represents imperfections by intentionally subverting objects. The Imperfect Campaign intends to make social statements in an unconventional way by making the viewer question their attitude towards them.
The idea came from me delving into the broad subject of imperfections. I didn’t wish to focus on body image as this is a prominent issue in todays society. It developed by looking into the perfection of social media and subverting the angle in which we perceive it.
My inspiration for this project came from looking into body image. During my initial research it was obvious that there were bigger issues that could be addressed within this concept. I overcame this by stepping out of my comfort zone and thinking a little more conceptually.
I like the fact that it subtly points out social issues; you see a beautiful bike and then shortly after you acknowledge that the wheels are square which allows the viewer to search out a deeper meaning within the visuals and interrogate them.”
"I got a call saying, "Guys, we won Best In Show", it was really exciting." Matt Wood — D&AD New Bloodby Matt Wood
“My work is about the internet and technology and how information is broken up — it’s spread across different webpages and different mediums. When you’re searching for something, you have to look in a lot of different places. What I created was a book that works alongside an iPad app. You read the book and next to the text, there’s a little symbol and that links you into the app where you’d find more information.
It’s breaking things up and it’s kind-of inconvenient, but it’s making a point that it is what’s going on now. It was a long and tiring project!
We’ve always got tutors in the uni talking to us, helping us, guiding us, suggesting things and letting us solve our own problems. It’s been really good.”
"I don't think I would've done half as well if I went to a different university." Chris Burns — D&AD New Bloodby Christopher Burns
“I was looking at memory to start with and then, from memory, started looking at dementia. It’s quite an interesting subject that a lot of people don’t know anything about — I didn’t know anything about it — but it was through talking to different people whose relatives have dementia that I then started collecting loads of quotes and asking questions.
From the questions, I began to start doing visual experiments to start showing what these people had said. The general consensus from these people was the idea of relatives slipping away from who they were. That’s where the chairs came in, the chairs represent the individuals. The older you are, the more likely you are to get dementia and as you get older, you become associated with your chair. “
BA (Hons) Graphic Design are busy creating Engage. Take a peek at the design and lasercutting of their invites…
BA (Hons) Graphic Design are busy creating Engage.
Take a peek at the design and lasercutting of their invites…
18.00 — 21.00
Open to Public
2nd — 3rd July
9.30 — 20.00
Stand No 44/45
Old Spitalfields Market