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NUA student scoops Yellow Pencil

A prestigious D&AD Yellow Pencil has been awarded to Year 3 Graphics student Morgan Swain. Morgan won the Applied Graphics category which challenged entrants to create a trend-led graphic identity for a limited edition range of Batiste products.

NUA graphics stand

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.

App design presentation

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.

Redwell bottle on bar

The Dieline showcases student work

High profile packaging industry design blog The Dieline has published a showcase of the Redwell beer identity created by students Tim A’Court, Jason Drake and Sam Povey.

It’s a strong design and one that should stand out against other more well-known brands.

Creative Review review of the work of students Tim A’Court, Jason Drake and Sam Povey who have created the identity for Redwell beers through a project with the ideasfactory@NUA

Tea packaging

Design blog profiles student’s jkr competition win

Packaging design blog The Dieline has highlighted the work of NUA student Luke Thompson, which recently won the jkr annual design competition for students. Luke’s work is described by a jkr judge as “a standout winner; a simple and clever thought superbly executed”. Read the dieline blog post.

Redwell bottle labels

Brewery commissions student-created identity

Norwich-based brewery The Craft Brewing Co has launched a range of craft beers with the full identity design provided by Graphic Design students through the University’s ideasfactory@NUA. The initial brief was tackled by 20 Year 3 students who presented a total of eight concepts to client. Three were shortlisted for further development and the final design by Jason Drake, Sam Povey and Tim A’Court was chosen for a full brand identity including a logo, tap lenses, bottle labels, bar mats, bar runners, posters and a website.

Student designs car decals for charity car run

Year 2 student Rob Dyer has worked closely with Further and Signs Express to create eye-catching decals for their MINI Cooper. John Thew, Further Managing Director, will be driving the MINI all the way to Rome as part of The Italian Job 2013 charity car run, which helps raise much needed funds for Variety, the Children’s Charity, that provides positive experiences for children and young people throughout the UK who are sick, disabled or disadvantaged.

“Rob’s been a delight to work with,” says John, who sits on NUA’s Digital Creative Industries committee. “His ‘blow the doors’ concept showcases the sponsors’ door decals perfectly and we loved his idea to include ‘Andare oltre!’ (Go further!) on the back bumper.” Sponsor the NUA/Further/Signs Express team at Just Giving.

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NUA Design Symposium brings industry heavy hitters to Norwich

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.


Student forms T-shirt design company

Year 1 student Nathaniel Mahoney has launched his own online clothing brand called MR SHIFT. Based on an idea he had at school, MR SHIFT sells student-designed t-shirts, with 30 students from a range of disciplines at NUA currently contributing to the project. Nathaniel has signed a deal with American Apparel to provide the garments and has also established a second team of 30 students at Southampton Solent contributing designs.

A simple and clever thought superbly executed…it was the clever thoughts in the brand world that really brought this design to life.

Della Lawrence, jkr competition judge on NUA student Luke Thompson’s winning work

Worker Bee packaging

NUA student scoops jkr competition win

London design agency jkr has announced NUA student Luke Thompson as the winner of its jkr Juice annual design competition for students for 2013. Luke, who is in Year 3 of BA Graphic Design, responded to a brief to construct a brand for an urban beekeeper’s company, including name, product range, packaging and how the brand would work across other touch points. He wins £250 and a two week placement at the agency. jkr Design Director and competition judge said: “‘Worker Bee was a standout winner; a simple and clever thought superbly executed.” Read more about the competition on the jkr blog and see Luke’s work in Student Work.

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Year 0 students prepare for public show of work

Students studying in Year 0 Graphic Design will showcase a collaborative exploration and investigation of visual form at the Take 5 show space from Friday 12 to Thursday 18 April. The Count Me In… exhibition will consist of 19 graphical interpretations of the numbers 1 to 19, created individually by each student and artwork will be available to purchase as limited edition prints and postcards.

Illustrated invitation

Student designs BRITs invitation for Sony

Year Three student Matthew Callaby won a design challenge set to NUA students to create a visual identity for Sony Music at the BRITs 2013, including designing the invites and envelopes for its BRIT Awards Aftershow Party and the creation of a limited edition print to include in the goodie bag. The challenge was posed to design students at NUA by London-based creative agency FOAM and as the winner Matthew was invited to spend two weeks at Sony Music’s London offices, finalising his designs before putting them into production.

Course leader writes for industry blog

Read a blog post on It’s Nice That by Andrew Campbell, course leader of BA Graphic Design at Norwich University of the Arts.

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Graduate wins Student award at the British Book Design and Production Awards 2012

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’.

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Course gains official industry backing

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.

Craig Oldham in the NUA Lecture Theatre

Design by Music designer delivers guest lecture

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.

Turner Duckworth co-founder lectures to students

Graphics lectures bring in industry heavy hitters

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.

NUA Senior Lecturer in Graphic Design

NUA lecturer to present paper at Los Angeles conference

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.

Typologies: making lists, marking time

Lecturer exhibits work at Critical Tensions conference

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.

Students with their certificates outside the NUA Guntons Building

NUA students dominate national PaperCo Awards

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).


Graduate showcased in Emerge 2011

Graduate Jamin Galea has been invited to participate in the Emerge 2011 exhibition, the graphic design graduate showcase of the London Design Festival. Now in its third year, Emerge presents a selection of graphic design graduates who have been personally recommended by leading members of the graphic design industry, including Adrian Shaughnessy, Bunch, Crispin Finn and Wieden + Kennedy. Highlighting the different roles of graphic design in our day to day lives, the exhibition has selected a brand identity project for the National Maritime Museum which formed part of Jamin’s graduating work. View the full set of designs on Jamin’s Behance entry