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

Harry Ramsden's Re-Brand

18 February 2013

Two excellent solutions for the MPA Roses Harry Ramsden's brief which we'd like to share with you, not just because they show two very different approaches, but also because unfortunately, neither were submitted to the competition. Plus, the work is by NC students Simon Griffiths and Alasdair Muir, who both still have two more years of study to go with us.

The brief was to make Harry Ramsden's relevant again, and "celebrate their past but define their future".

Simon went for a vintage retro concept that is popular right now on the web and looks traditional yet modern in print.

Alasdair opted for a cleaner, flat style which really captures the essence of the brief and looks very commercial.

Nice Work If You Can Get it

14 February 2013

A great piece of typography from HND student Rowan Campbell, which she completed earlier this week whilst on placement at Edinburgh agency Contagious. The final work will be painted onto wooden slats and mounted on the wall inside the agency. This test run required 150 sheets of A3 to get exactly right.

Rowan is at Contagious for a further week, having spent the previous two weeks at editorial agency Editions.

A Showcase Event

6 February 2013

The Design Team enjoyed a high-profile invitation to the Scottish Parliament earlier this week.  As long-term supporters of Show Racism the Red Card's Creative Competition, we were asked to represent the College at SRtRC's 'Showcase Event', which took place last night in the Garden Lobby at Holyrood.

Show Racism the Red Card is sponsored by the Scottish Government, SQA, Scottish Football League (SPL and SFL), Unison, Unite, Education Scotland, EIS and the Scottish Football Association (SFA), and their creative award is an annual competition open to schools and FE colleges across the country.

As well as showing off some of our previous work, including winning entries in 2010 and 2011, Design Tutor Chris Hughes and our finalist from last year, Mark Phillips, both gave short talks on the college's involvement in the award.

Pictured at Holyrood - 2012 Creative Award Finalist Mark Phillips, HND Graphics.

Read more about the event at Show Racism the Red Card, Showcase Event, 2013.

Taboo Title Sequence

4 February 2013

The addition of Adobe After Effects® CS6 to our labs has sparked lots of interest in title sequencing from our Graphics classes. This year we are offering a collaborative project between HND1 Graphics and HND2 Film&TV, where our students will storyboard and design the title sequence for a short film, directed and shot by a film student.

Some of our students have already produced interesting experiments as part of other projects, including Magda Milek, who created this beautiful typographic sequence for a Channel 4 documentary on social taboos.

Open Wide

3 February 2013

Our HND Year 1 have just finished up their submissions to the MPA Roses Student Awards, and we particularly liked this submission by Emma Fitchie and Ryan Allan for the 'Open Wide' brief - to encourage younger people to change their mind-set about avoiding going to the dentist. The team came up with a novel take on 'going bad'...