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Photo at the D&AD winners competition ceremony taken by NUA graduate Josh Fidell shows D&AD sign with casual office furniture

NUA graduate wins top London ad agency placements in D&AD competition

Graphic Design graduate Josh Fidell has won a series of paid placements with some of London’s best-known advertising agencies in a D&AD competition. Josh’s response to a brief entitled “Empower the Homeless” was one of the winners of the D&AD’s Jolt competition.

His prize is a series of 10 placements at London ad agencies such as Mother and BBH, each lasting eight weeks. The process has seen Josh attend a five-day Boot Camp at D&AD and Rich Mix – spanning seminars and workshop and including talks from ad industry professionals including Dayoung Yun, Creative Director at Pablo, Jo Wallace from J. Walter Thompson, and Walter Campbell, the most awarded black pencil winner of all-time.

The Jolt competition brief asked for ideas to “empower homeless people to help themselves”. Josh’s concept and design was for an app called Sheltr which would highlight the location of points of help and amenities – from soup kitchens to health facilities – and also nearby friends.

Year 0 Graphic Design present A-Zero: an exhibition of New Work

Year 0 Graphic Design students will exhibit new print work in local gallery Nunnsyard, Norwich. A-Zero showcases a collection of prints inspired by typographic forms created by students in their first year of study. The exhibition will be open to the public from 14 – 17 March 2017.

Royal Mail stamps depicting Agatha Christie murder created by Jim Sutherland

Graduate creates limited edition Agatha Christie stamps

BA (Hons) Graphic Design graduate Jim Sutherland has created six sets of limited edition ‘hidden clue’ stamps (pictured) celebrating the work of crime writer Agatha Christie. Commissioned by the Royal Mail, Jim worked in conjunction with illustrator Neil Webb to create the ‘hidden clue’ stamps from some of Christie’s well-known crime novels. The clues are revealed when the stamps are exposed to UV light or heat, with Jim telling Creative Review “As ever – there’s so much detail in handcrafting for such small canvasses. The books themselves are beautifully written with such clever plots and twists – we were keen to reflect that in the scenes chosen from each story”.

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Multiple Graphics graduates win at YCN Student Awards

2016 graduates from Graphics at NUA have been recognised in the prestigious ‘YCN’ Student Awards 2015/16. The awards which started in 2001, celebrate emerging ‘creative excellence’ in the UK student talent pool. BA (Hons) Graphic Design graduate Darta Losane and BA (Hons) Graphic Communication joint team Robin Barnes and Mark Ng won in the Italian paper ‘Fedrigoni’ category where students responded to a brief to design promotional materials creatively using paper for Fedrigoni’s new retail space. Graphic Design graduate Sarah Bloomfield won in the ‘Fever-Tree’, premium drink category. Sarah responded to a brief set by Fever Tree, asking students to design chic limited edition bottles whilst raising money for Malaria No More UK. The graduates will be invited back for an awards ceremony in autumn 2016 in East London’s Barbican Centre to celebrate their prize winning entries.

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Graphic Design students showcase work in London exhibition

Graphic Design 2016 graduating students exhibited their final work this summer at the heart of London’s Tech City alongside NUA Design for Publishing 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 Graphic Design work on the 2016 Degree Show website.

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Year 3 students awarded prestigious D&AD 2016 ‘new Blood’ design pencils

Once again, NUA students have been awarded pencils by D&AD at the 2016 ‘New Blood’ Awards. Jake Rimmer and Sam Dismore were presented pencils for their creation of navigational app, ‘FWD’. Jon Newman and Robert Sheard won pencils for their app, ‘Pocketbank’, which helps young people manage their money effectively. ‘Counting Every Day’, an online marketing campaign designed by students Shannon Tomlinson and Duncan Anderson was also awarded a pencil. MA Graphic Communication student Ben Taub scooped both a yellow pencil and celebrated graphite pencil. D&AD New Blood Awards are dedicated to finding budding young people in the design industry, exposing them to judging panels with creatives from Adobe, The Telegraph, Shutterstock and Dr. Martens.


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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Students submit to Brief Cases

Year 2 students Niall Burr, Elisha Hook, Heather Iles, Haydn Marsh and Leah Watson have had their work selected for the Brief Cases national student design competition, which is judged and awarded by industry professionals. Their entries are under the Iggesund Holmen Group’s Packaging of Tomorrow brief, which challenged them to highlight the suitability of paperboard as an entirely renewable choice for tomorrow’s packaging designs. The results of the judging process will be announced in November 2015 at an industry-wide Awards event to be held in central London. Pictured is Niall Burr’s entry for Furrows Crisps.

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Design Week profiles NUA degree show

The degree show publicity campaign devised by BA (Hons) Graphic Design students has been featured on the Design Week website. The ‘NUA’s paper’ campaign included an end-of-year newspaper showcasing student work and a vintage newsboard, which was situated in the Design Studio and updated daily with witty headlines, images of which were posted to social media to publicise the show.

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Retailer thrilled with student’s brand redesign

Andrew Kitchener (Year Three student) has been presented with £150 of vouchers from high street retailer Optical Express after he researched and redesigned the company’s brand for a final degree show project. The new logo for the eye care provider incorporates a pair of spectacles and drew attention when he posted it on social media. While Optical Express has no immediate plans to adopt the new branding, Norwich clinic manager Andy Farren commented: “As a team, we really make an effort to get involved with the local community so we’re thrilled that Andrew chose to focus on Optical Express. It’s a great design and we are grateful to Andrew for his creativity.”


Six shortlisted for Spark Award

Six Year Three students at NUA have been shortlisted in the Spark Award. Run by branding consultancy Blue Marlin the Spark Award invites graduates to submit their bravest creative ideas with the opportunity to win a three week paid internship at Blue Marlin’s studios in either London or Bath. The winning ‘Bright Spark’ will be selected to receive an extended internship as well as a festival tickets and a cash prize.

Brand redesigns

NUA students claim joint 1st in Design Bridge prize

Timothy Wood and Amber Young have been awarded the joint top prize in the Design Bridge Dog’s Bollocks Student Awards 2015. The competition brief was to redesign a famous brand in a breakthrough way and received over 170 entries from students nationwide. Timothy’s Kingsmill submission was described as “very strong conceptual thinking…we were particularly impressed that the execution was so good.” Amber’s Ferrero Rocher redesign was praised as “a brilliant reminder of something that everybody has forgotten – the idea behind the product itself.” A third student from NUA, Harriet Neild, also made the finalist shortlist with her entry for Propercorn.


Lecturer presents shiny research

Senior Lecturer Dr Nic Maffei will give a talk at the Skin of Objects: Rethinking Surfaces in Visual Culture conference at the Norwich Museum this June. The talk is titled ‘Unstable Surfaces: Slippery Meanings of Shiny Things’ and is being delivered with Professor Tom Fisher of Nottingham Trent University. Find out more about the event.


Two wins for NUA in YCN awards

Students Timothy Wood and Gemma Cole have been named as winners of the Save the Children brief in the YCN Student Awards. Design for Publishing student Philippa Nash was also a winner in the Yorkshire Tea brief.


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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D&AD success for NUA students

D&AD, an international showcase of the best in graphic design and media, has once again recognised the work of NUA students. Pencils were awarded to Graphic Design students Nick Cross and Brett Cloke for Save My Schooling, Conor McHugh and Harriet Neild for Up in the Air and Graphic Communication students William Thomas and Andrew Heirons for Airbnb Torch.


Black Sheep Awards winners announced

Creative agency Carter Wong has announced the winners of its annual Black Sheep Awards. Alia Alkaff and Alice Croft were named the winners of a brief to improve the appeal of crabmeat to British consumers, while Laura Hiscock won a brief to improve the image of estate agents. Runners up in both categories and a merit were awarded to other NUA design teams.


Students in running for D&AD Pencil

A digital cross-platform campaign called Save My Schooling by NUA students Brett Cloke and Nick Cross has been nominated to win a prestigious Yellow Pencil trophy. Watch the promo video on the D&AD website.

Chief Bottles

Year 3 student wins JKR Juice 2015 Competition

Ben Taub (Year 3) won this year’s JKR Juice competition set by award-winning branding agency JKR. Ben’s design for Chief (pictured), a premium buffalo milk brand aimed at gym users, is inspired by Native American feathers as worn by Chieftains as symbols of accomplishment. The NUA Graphics course has seen students win this prize in 2014, 2013 and 2011. Students Will Alexander and Andrew Kitchener were also named as runners up in the competition.

Guest lecturer

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.

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