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

12 X 80s

31 March 2017

The last project hand-in before the Easter break for the HNC Graphics class was '12 X 80s" - where they had to select an album recorded between 1980 and 1989, and tell its story in a single page website. Artists selected included Grace Jones, the Human League, David Bowie, U2, AC/DC, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Queen, Whitney Houston, ABBA, Kraftwerk, Michael Jackson, Hall & Oates and John Lennon.

You can check out some of the projects on our pinterest board, and here are three sample landing pages we really loved -

Bowie / Scary Monsters, Super Creeps (1980) - Paulina Wasik

Jesus & Mary Chain / Psychocandy (1985) - Aga Pomaranska

Queen / Hot Space (1981) - Lena Sakura

Inspire #3

29 March 2017

Our schools project page now contains updates for the third stage of the Inspire project - assembling your ideas into CD cover mockups.  We've included instructions, downloads, Helena's video tutorial, and some tips from our Ambassadors Niamh and Holly. You can also read here how Holly and Niamh have been getting on during their schools visits.

Have fun!

Inspire project page 

Inspired Advice!

21 March 2017

Here is a nice little video clip by Holly McNie and Niamh Curran which they prepared for the Schools Project as an ice-breaker for S2-S3 pupils taking on our 'Inspire' project.

The project is funded by the Scottish Government's Developing the Young Workforce initiative, and sponsored by Threebrand.  Find out more about the Schools Project project here.

Inspire - Stage 2

16 March 2017

Our schools project page now contains updates for the second stage of the Inspire project - creating moodboards and using thumbnails sketches to progress your initial ideas.  We've included tips, samples and a couple of nice videos from Helena and our Ambassadors - Niamh and Holly - to get your creatives muscles flexing.  Have fun!

Inspire project page 

Baltic Expo

15 March 2017

Nice batch of posters from HNC student Renee Simonini for 'Art Blocked' - a proposed expo on 20th century Design-in-Context at the Baltic in Newcastle.

De Stijl  and Surrealism

Pop Art and Constructivism

You can look through a selection  from the rest of the class on the pinterest board for this project.

Marking YOYP 2018

13 March 2017

Two of our NC Graphic Design students - Iain Waugh and Molly Nock - joined Mark McDonald (Scottish Government Minister for Childcare and Early Years), and a group of young people from across the country at the National Museum last week, to launch a national search for young Ambassadors for Scotland's Year of Young People 2018 (YOYP 2018).

YOYP 2018 aims to celebrate the achievements and contributions to communities of young people, aged 8-26, helping to create new opportunities for them locally, nationally and globally.  Molly and Iain helped design the official logo and website for YOYP, both which were unveiled at the launch.

The designs were kicked off at a creative jam day in December last year, which involved more than 40 young people. After that event, Molly and Iain​​​  secured internships at creative agency The Gate Interactive, where they worked on ideas they'd generated at the creative jam. They then visited the Scottish Parliament and presented the final logo to the Minister.

Molly and Iain show off the YOYP logo with Minister Mark McDonald

Iain said: "The logo is a great example of how co-collaboration can work in action. With over 40 young people taking part it was a great experience to be involved in the design right from the beginning and to have a say in how the logo is presented. I hope everyone will like the direction which was chosen because the circle represents inclusion and the multi-coloured tartan represents both diversity and tradition."

Great work guys, well done to all.

Launching Inspire!

3 March 2017

Today we are launching 'Inspire' - a project for S2/S3 school pupils across Scotland.

The pupils will take on a brief to design a CD cover.  The project is in five stages, running until the first week in May, and we'll be posting up learning materials, instructions and research ideas onto our projects page each week.  The students can use these resources as they work through each stage of the design process.

The Schools Project is an initiative promoting collaboration between FE and Secondary Education in Scotland, and funded by Edinburgh design agency Threebrand and the Scottish Government's Developing the Young Workforce (DYW). 

Two of our current HNC students, Holly McNie and Niamh Curran, are College Ambassadors for the Schools Project, and they are visiting schools in Edinburgh doing workshops - here they are at Broughton High -

Go to the Inspire Project Page.
Find out more about the Schools Project Initiative.

Good luck to everyone starting the project!