Papercutting by Jenny Moorcroft.
The Now What exhibition at Netil House showcased graphic design alongside the illustration graduates, and also hosted a panel discussion about the state of creativity today. Their show brochure was the most interesting one I have yet seen, combining beautiful design with interesting writing: Mia Warner interviewed a traditional sign writer, Sarah Julia Clark writes about sexualisation in music videos and Hannah Bingham talks about the role of designers in society. As a whole the exhibition blurred the boundaries of design, with graphic designers and illustrators alike applying their creativity to multiple areas, a welcome trend in the shows which spurred some interesting comments in Creative Review about the kind of work that gets attention from journalists. For my part: I write about anything that catches my eye, and will confess that it does have to be a fairly immediate response as I just don’t have time to spend browsing through lots of work. So a bold and imaginative display is a must… students, it’s your time to shine! Here then were my favourites:
Sam Dagger‘s stark monochrome editorial pages, titled Colonialism.
Summer bright colours, metallic sweeps and abstracted type by Chloe Hannah Taylor.
Painted cubes that rotate on doweling rods by Kathryn Cross, an intriguing 3D representation of Chatroulette, the infamous ‘dating’ site. ‘It aims to replicate and intensify the uneasy feelings experienced when being viewed by an online stranger. The images of four male users encountered on the site have been pixelated and applied to rotating wooden ‘pixels’.‘ By pixelizing the faces they are not evident close up but become apparent when viewed from afar – as seen in the video on her website.
Liv Taylor specialises in publication design – and her carefully laid out pages would not look out of place in a high end fashion magazine.
Intricate paper cutting by Jenny Moorcroft took on a three dimensional quality in beautiful photographs and in stacking cubes.
Lovely letterpress from May Burilova.
Matt Chandler had fun with candy colours and screenprinting to create a vinyl record sleeve inspired display.
Adore hand written type by Mia Warner, who is following in the grand tradition of sign writing, though her sentiments may be somewhat menacing.
Don’t forget to check in with my write up of the Brighton illustration graduates, and click here to read my review of 2011′s graphic design show.
- University of Brighton Graphic Design Graduate Show 2011 Review
- Studio 350 – University of Brighton Graphic Design & Illustration Graduate Show 2015
- New Designers 2013 Surface Design Graduates – Playful Brights
- Now What: University of Brighton Illustration Ba Hons Graduate Show 2012 Review
- Free Range Graduate Shows 2012: Middlesex University Graphic Design Ba Hons Review