The design courses blog for BA (Hons)
and HND Vis Comm at Edinburgh College

Unsung Heroes and Heroines

29 November 2012

We had some great presentations today by our HNC Year for their 'Unsung Heroes and Heroines' project. This was a typography brief issued by ISTD, asking for a typographic celebration of person or persons who provide a sometimes unrecognised and heroic service to modern society. Subjects included ghost writers, the Samaritans, the NHS, the Emergency Services, and War Veterans. The last presentation of the day came from Ross Turnbull, who put together this inspired movie clip for his unsung heroine - his Gran.

Stuff We Saw

16 November 2012

Just some stuff we saw in London.

Design section in the Tate Modern Shop.

Tanks Expo - Interactive Wall, Tate Modern.

Graffiti, Southbank.

Print job at the Color Company's 24/7 Reprographics store, Mayfair.

Typography Exhibition, Gallery 27, Cork St.

Kerouac's 'On The Road' Manuscript Exhibition, British Library.

Catapults, YCN, Shoreditch.

Design Your Future

As part of our London Visit, we took the students along to London's ExCel Exhibition space out at Docklands, near Canary Wharf, to the annual UCAS Convention. The 'Design Your Future' exhibition featured more than 100 Higher Education institutions offering courses in areas such as photography, art, graphics, architecture, animation, fashion and 3D Modelling.

As well as some great stands, the event also hosted a number of seminars and showreel viewings, as well as lots of advice to students on applying to University and choosing the right course.

Our YCN Visit

As part of our London Trip, the students made the short journey from Russel Square to Shoreditch to visit the YCN Studio, where Project Director Kezia Clark gave a fantastic talk about the YCN Awards and about working in the Creative Industries. YCN's founder Nick Defty also took the time to pop in and say hello.  Inspiring stuff.

Read more about our visit to YCN on their website.

London Week

6 November 2012

Level 5 at Tate Modern.

We've just about finalised the itinerary for our London trip next week. A total of twenty-one HND 1 and 2 students will be going, along with tutors Alex Gunn and Chris Hughes.   The group are due to arrive in London on Monday afternoon, and will be staying in Russell Square. The schedule is planned as follows:

Monday PM - British Museum.
Tuesday AM - YCN Studio visit and Agency talk.
Tuesday PM - ColorCompany's 24/7 Print Studio in Mayfair.
Wednesday AM - Design Your Future - UCAS Convention.
Wednesday PM - Tate Modern and South Bank Centre.

The 14th Annual UCAS Convention, held at ExCel near Canary Wharf, is an opportunity for students hoping to study art, design, media, fashion, architecture, ceramics, and photography at University. Many of the UK's top Art Schools and Universities will be there to talk to students about the courses they offer in these subjects, within a live exhibition environment.

More Info:
UCAS Design Your Future
Tate Modern

Hidden Desires

2 November 2012

A recent collaboration between HND Graphics and HND Illustration students, 'Hidden Desires' was a project requiring a masthead and sample cover pages for a digital supplement for the iPad. Stefano Coccia (design) and Caz Levack (illustration) came up with a nice twist on original sin which we really liked.