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The Norwich University of the Arts 2013 design Symposium, titled ‘Cowbird’, took place in March. A diverse array of speakers from different design practices looked at graphic design as an output, a practice and a profession, exploring the relationships between print and screen-based communication. Attendance was free for all NUA Graphics students, who enjoyed talks from leading thinkers and practitioners from major design agencies such as The Rumpus Room’s Tom Roope, who recently received the title Royal Designer for Industry from the Royal Society of Arts. Other major agencies that took part were Berg, DWFE, Graphic Thought Facility, Build and Design by Music.
Read a blog post on It’s Nice That by Andrew Campbell, course leader of BA Graphic Design at Norwich University of the Arts.
Design for Publishing graduate Gregory Pye won the Best Student Book Award with his book ‘A Snippet of Sound’ at the Awards ceremony held in London. Eve Pollard presented Gregory with a Trophy, a cheque for £500 from the BPIF and the opportunity to take up a work placement with a designer/publisher. In the same category Kerrie Scott also a graduate from Design for Publishing was Highly Commended for her book ‘The Waitress’.
The BA Graphic Design course has received official accreditation from Creative Skillset, the industry body that supports skills and training for people in the creative industries. The accreditation represents an endorsement by industry panels in recognition of the course’s links to the creative sectors and track record in securing employment for their graduates.
Graphic Designer Craig Oldham’s guest lecture took a novel approach, with students being given a chance to vote on the content beforehand. The final content including the difference between emotional and logical design, the importance of getting placements after graduation and tips on producing a portfolio to show potential employers. Craig is currently working at Manchester agency Design by Music, having previously begun his career at multi-award winning agency The Chase. After his lecture Craig answered questions from students and spent some time looking at their work in the NUA Design Studio..
Graphics students have enjoyed a series of guest lectures from leading individuals in the creative industries, including one of the partners behind the most recent brand repositioning for Coca-Cola. Bruce Turner, co-founder of London and San Francisco-based brand design agency Turner Duckworth, presented his agency’s work and discussed working on brand identities, logos and packaging for Coca-Cola, Amazon and a number of other big name clients. The lecture was followed by an extensive Q&A session which included questions from students on the floor and via Twitter.
Senior Lecturer Dr Rob Hillier presented a 30 minute paper presentation on his Sylexiad typeface for dyslexic readers at the 6th International Conference on Design Principles and Practices at the University of California Los Angeles. ‘Sylexiad: How It Was Designed’ considered a series of typeface legibility and readability studies devised by Dr Hillier which helped to facilitate the design of the font.
Senior Lecturer Rob Hillier exhibited typographical prints using his Sylexiad typeface at the St Bride Library in London as part of the programme of its Critical Tensions conference. His work, ‘Typologies: making lists, marking time’, is on display in conjunction with the conference which includes speakers such as Jonathan Barnbrook, Phil Baines, Vaughan Oliver and Emily King.
Graphic Design students are celebrating after their work was selected to win six national awards in this year’s PaperCo Brief Encounters design competition. The PaperCo Awards celebrated its 10th year by setting three design briefs for direct mail campaigns. The judges selected a total of 13 submissions from students nationwide, six of which are studying Graphic Design at NUA, including two of the four Gold Award winners. Gregory Pye received a Gold Award for his campaign which promotes the use of papers with strong environmental credentials to the financial industry. Joanna McLeod’s work fulfilled a brief set by the awards’ co-sponsor Henderson Global Investors and earned her not only a Gold Award but also an opportunity to obtain work experience in the company’s studio. NUA students also picked up a Bronze Award (Chris Cole) and were Highly Commended (Sarah Green, Katie Dann and Kerrie Scott).