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and HND Vis Comm at Edinburgh College

Our YCN Annuals

26 January 2013

A huge shipment of YCN Annuals arrived earlier this week. We are actually wondering if there has been a mistake, with no less than eight boxes of annuals totally 96 copies sitting in the studio!

With Art Direction by YCN's Alex Hunting, and design by Arthur Carey, this is yet another fantastic piece of print design. The annual features articles and interviews with former YCN winners, educators, and selected industry clients who set the briefs, plus 72 pages of commendations (the very first of which, page 74, features our very own Katy Johnson.

We Love Work Placements

18 January 2013

It's that time of year again when our final year students take up to four weeks out from their studies to work in the industry. Placements are a crucial rite-of-passage for any fledgling designer, and gaining valuable industry experience is an important aspect of our course.

The response this year has been as good as in past years despite the economic climate, so we'd like to thank, in no particular order:

Heedi, Lewis, Mortonward, RAPP, Multiply, Editions Financial, Contagious, Heehaw Digital, Edinburgh District Council, Sedley Place, Whitespace, StudioMB, Eskimo, The Union, Line Digital, Story (and quite a few others who were unable to help out this year but whose support we value greatly).

A Busy New Year

9 January 2013

Our Final Year students have started 2013 in top gear, tackling a live digital brief and starting their D&AD projects. They are also getting set to go out on work experience in February. We've had a great response from all of our favourite agencies, and the students will start their placements on or after Jan 28th.

The HNC group submitted their packaging projects this week - a choice between the Goji brief for YCN, and a brief to reinvent the inflight experience on BMI's European business flights. A selection of the YCN work will be posted soon, in the meantime here is snippet from Ryan Allan's BMI solution - a fingerprint-activated check-in planner App -