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Design for Publishing students showcase work in London exhibition

Design for Publishing 2016 graduating students exhibited their final work this summer at the heart of London’s Tech City alongside NUA Graphic Design and Graphic Communication students. The year three students showcased selections of work at Shoreditch’s ’71a’ to a packed house of industry and media guests. See the exhibiting Design for Publishing work on the 2016 Degree Show website.

Students join national Design Academy programme

Second year students, Chelsea Carter and Natalie Sowa took part in ‘Design Academy’, a development and professional learning programme at the UK’s Design Council. Both students successfully applied to the programme led by leading Design professional, Neil Gridley in London and spent two weeks preparing a design concept in response to the brief ‘Design for Care’, addressing student wellbeing as their chosen theme. Chelsea and Natalie were featured on The Design Council website about their experience, with Natalie sharing her thoughts on the programme, “I took away three things that I now intend to focus on throughout my career: how people use / interact with my design, maximizing the potentials of visual communication, and approaching problems in new and better ways.”

NUA student triumphs at international design competition

The Society of Publication Designers has awarded NUA Design for Publishing third year student, Tomas Almeida the ‘B.W. Honeycutt Award’ at the 2016 Student Design Competition. Tomas wins $1,000 and an invite to the Awards Gala in New York and a coveted summer internship at a leading magazine in New York during summer 2016. Tomas came second in the overall competition for his piece on US fashion icon, 94-year-old Iris Apfel. Tomas said of the win, ‘The opportunity to be praised by a distinguished institution such as the Society of Publication Designers and also have the chance to be judged by well established designers is a case of one in a million.’.

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Student wins British Book Design Award

Thomas Lynes book design project has won the Best Student Book Award at one of the most prestigious and popular national literary events of the year. Four Parts Sand/One Part Cement, designed to accompany an exhibition, was announced the winner of the Best Student Book category at the British Book Design and Production Awards. Thomas received his accolade at a ceremony at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel in Knightsbridge, central London. The judges praised his “fantastic monotone imagery”.

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Alumni give lecture on Turner Duckworth experience

Graphics alumni Miles Marshall (2009) and Matt Lurcock (2010) returned to the University to deliver a lecture on their work for Award-winning visual identity and packaging design agency Turner Duckworth, whose clients include Coca-Cola, Levi Strauss and Metallica.

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Student sweep NY student design competition

Three Year Three NUA students were placed in the top six in the Society of Publication Designers in New York Student Design Competition. Jordane Roberts was awarded second place earning her US$1,000 plus the opportunity of an internship at a top New York magazine for her entry in the News Magazine category. Thomas Lynes finished in 4th and Joyce Pfeiffer came 6th with entries in the Sports Magazine and How-To Magazine categories respectively. The competition is dedicated to promoting and encouraging excellence in editorial design and is judged by a panel of art directors and creative directors from magazines such as New York Magazine and Vanity Fair. Read an interview with Jordane on the SPD website.

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Students’ work praised by Pushkin Press

The Pushkin Press Student Illustration Award has awarded runner up status to the work of Year Three student Hope Brooks. The judges’ commented: “We really liked this semi-abstracted interpretation – and particularly the way in which the border has been considered and redrawn to reflect the Art Deco period that we associate with Coco Chanel.”

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Two wins for NUA in YCN awards

Student Philippa Nash has been named as the winner of the Yorkshire Tea brief in the YCN Student Awards. Graphic Design students Timothy Wood and Gemma Cole also won in the Save the Children brief.

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Year One students put on table top show

An edited selection of work from Year One students has gone on display to staff and students in the University’s Duke Street Building foyer.

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Lecturer in Hay Festival exhibition

A drawing by Senior Lecturer Dr Rob Hillier is included in the ‘Pushing the envelope’ touring exhibition that featured at the House of Illustration in London, Hereford College of Arts and the Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts.

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Graduate wins at British Book Design and Production Awards

2014 Design for Publishing graduate Sarah Strandoo has been awarded ‘Best Student Book’ for her children’s tale ‘The Fox and the Bear’ at the British Book Design and Production Awards 2014. The tale based on a traditional Norwegian folktale was illustrated and produced entirely by Sarah who was overwhelmed to win. Sarah said: “I’m so happy to have won the award and I still can’t believe it. I had a lot of fun making the book and worked hard to get it exactly how I wanted it and I’m really pleased with the end product, it’s such a great feeling to have won.” The judging panel which included Sarah Boris, Associate Art Director at Phaidon commented: “The Fox and The Bear was a thoughtful, engaging translation of this Norwegian folk tale.”

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Graphics lecture programme announced

NUA has announced its TALK programme of visiting graphics lecturers for the 2014-15 academic year. Among the guest speakers are Laura Jordan Bambach (D&AD), Sean Perkins (North) and David Pearson. For a full rundown visit Course Content.

Lecturer to show work at UAL

MA Communication Design Unit Tutor Dr Rob Hillier will exhibit in a joint show at the Well Gallery at London College of Communication in January. The exhibition, which is shared with fellow academic Phil Gray, explores the designer’s conversation with the self over time and presents accumulated internal images which interpret desires and transmit them in an easily decodable form to a wider audience. Typography: Portrait/Landscape goes on display from 13 – 31 January.

Work by Dr Rob Hillier

Lecturer to show work at UAL

MA Communication Design Unit Tutor Dr Rob Hillier will exhibit in a joint show at the Well Gallery at London College of Communication in January. The exhibition, which is shared with fellow academic Phil Gray, explores the designer’s conversation with the self over time and presents accumulated internal images which interpret desires and transmit them in an easily decodable form to a wider audience. Typography: Portrait/Landscape goes on display from 13 – 31 January.

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Lecturer edits Journal of Design History

Senior Lecturer Dr Nic Maffei has co-edited an edition of the Journal of Design History. The special edition collects articles on the meaning of shininess (the play of light on reflective surfaces) in design and includes a piece by Dr Maffei on postwar branding of the steel industry in America and a co-authored introduction theorising and historicising shininess as a slippery and unstable phenomenon that spans the premodern, modern and postmodern. Read the journal online.

Bug Grub by Lisa Tonroe

Two students runners up in book awards

Two of the six books shortlisted for Best Student Book at the British Book Design and Production Awards 2013 were by students at NUA. Bug Grub by Lisa Tonroe and What is the Use of a Book Without Pictures? by Alice Chambers both were selected by .

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NUA wins Best stand nomination at D&AD New Blood

The D&AD student design showcase event New Blood brought the best in student design work together in an exhibition at Spitalfields market. NUA’s graphics course was present in three stands and the Graphic Communication stand won a nomination for the Best Stand award.

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Creative Review sends talent spotter to NUA Degree Show

Creative Review reported “a vast array of talent on display” at this year’s NUA Graphics Degree Show. Guest blogger Bobby Burrage, of Norwich design studio The Click, toured the show highlighting work by students including book jackets, packaging, app concepts, logo designs and an interactive typeface.

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