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

DO:25 / D&AD

25 June 2013

It's almost the end of another teaching year, so we are signing off with a great piece of work from HND students' Alistair Kerr and Hussain Al-Khirsan's D&AD Best of Year - the Open brief for the Dept. of Health. Hussain has just completed a placement at Heedi Design, and will be finishing off his degree in Graphic Design at Duncan of Jordanstone, whilst Alistair is now a junior designer at RAPP in Edinburgh. Well done guys, see you at Graduation.

The complete entry for this work, along with our other awards for 2012/13, will be on exhibit at the opening of Edinburgh's Creative Exchange, on July 11th.

Design Team Trip

22 June 2013

We're just back from a couple of days in London, visiting agencies, reviewing our curriculum delivery and planning for next year.

On Thursday we visited YCN in Shoreditch, where Kezia and Zoe kindly showed us some commended work from their new Kickstart Award. We also discussed the student awards, and YCN's future plans for employer engagement in the creative industries. Hopefully the YCN team will visit Edinburgh next year when they set off on their annual college roadshow.

We also popped into the independent comic publisher NoBrow, just round the corner from YCN, to check out some of the best illustration on the planet. They were busy preparing for the 2nd East London Comic & Art Festival (in Bethnal Green on Sat 22nd).

The team also met up with one of our former graduates Hannah Bloomfield, a designer with Edinburgh agency Multiply who has taken up the challenge of establishing and leading the creative team in Multiply's new London studio. Hannah has kindly agreed to come back up to Edinburgh to do a one day workshop with our students later this year.

On Friday we headed across town to Notting Hill to visit the biggest independent design agency in the world - Pentagram. The agency was set up in London in 1972, has offices in New York, San Francisco, Austin and Berlin, and its partners include the likes of Michael Bierut, Paula Scher, Harry Pearce and Angus Hyland. Marta Larsson from Pentagram gave us a great tour of the studio, including the design library, the archive vault, a couple of amazing meeting rooms, and the original print workshop from their pre-Mac days. The studio walls feature famous logos like Nissan, V&A, Eat, Faber & Faber, Penguin, and Reuters, and a brilliant original hand-drawn map by Paula Scher. One thing that surprised us is that the whole agency sits down every lunchtime in a cool dining area and they all eat together. One thing that didn't surprise us was that Pentagram receives about 1000 cv's a week.

As a parting gift we were all given a few Pentagram goodies - including the Pentagram black bible and the rather wonderful Pentagram Marks book, a frenchfold binding of 500 logotypes.

Pentagram Gifts

Pentagram's Lobby

The Pentagram Library 

Star Creative Student 2013

7 June 2013

We are celebrating another piece of awards success today, as student Jonathan Walton won Star Creative Student at the annual Marketing Society Scotland Star Awards in Glasgow last night. This is the second consecutive win by a student from our course in this particular award.

Jonathan Walton receives his Star Creative Award from The Union's Dawn Kermani.

The full list of winners is now available to view on the Marketing Society's website.You can check our Jonathan's winning work here.

Star Creative Winner - Edinburgh Reporter

One Night Stand Looked Like this

4 June 2013

Huge thanks to our resident photographer Derek Anderson whose keen eye captured the celebratory mood of our sell-out graduate show, One Night Stand, at Edinburgh's Traverse Theatre Bar.

Derek Anderson / Nikon D600

You can check out some samples of the student work on our Pinterest Show Page, and read a nice review of the event by Pete Bastiman in the DRUM.