CR's Pick of D&AD New Blood
CR paid a visit to this year's D&AD New Blood show this weekend, and browsed through stands from universities all over the country. As always, the quality of work on show was high. Here's our pick of the projects that stood out most for us.
Before we get stuck into the work, a quick note on the projects chosen: one of the difficulties of the D&AD New Blood show (and in fact any student show adopting the exhibition stand approach) is that the illustration and graphic design work stands out over the rest, purely because this kind of work is displayed best in this manner. In the booklet accompanying the show, D&AD President Sanky says that they'd concentrated more on digital skills this year, though this did not necessarily come through when walking around the show. Similarly, the advertising work that stood out most was print and poster. So this post will be dominated by these kinds of work. We are very keen at CR to see more digital and film projects, however, particularly as we are on the hunt for the best new talents for our graduate special issue which is coming up next month. Therefore, if you feel your brilliant work has been overlooked, please don't hesitate to send it to us, either in the comments box below or via email.
Now to the work. First up is some illustration (shown above and top) by Josh Neal, a graduate from the University of Plymouth. More of Neal's work can be seen at josh-neal.com.
Also from the University of Plymouth is Nic Farrell (nicfarrell.com), who picked up this year's inaugural D&AD New Blood award for best copy for her illustration, shown above.
Nottingham Trent University graduate Dave Raxworthy (daverax.co.uk) created this rather lovely branding, promo and packaging design for The Hub, a bike rescue centre and shop based in York.
Ian Upcott, also from Nottingham Trent, created this dog biscuit poster as part of a series of images on a pet shop theme. Upcott's website is at ianupcott.com.
Also from Nottingham Trent is Lucinda Ireland (lucindaireland.co.uk), who caught our eye with her 'Girls Like Type Too' project. Indeed they do, Lucinda, indeed they do.
Finally from Nottingham Trent is Kenson Lai, whose reference to CR attracted our intention, despite it being part of a series lambasting graphic design clichés. More by Lai is here.
Rich Williams (rw-design.co.uk) from Arts University College at Bournemouth puts an optical illusion to clever effect in this poster for drugs helpline Talk To Frank.
Some striking illustration and packaging design now, from Charles van der Essen (charles.vanderessen.com), a graduate from Bath Spa University.
Lu Sisi (ftjelly.com), a graduate from the Glasgow School of Art, created this charming stop-motion animated film in celebration of the analogue camera, which features a soundtrack made entirely from camera noises.
Also from Glasgow School of Art is Dean Pauley (deanpauley.co.uk) who has drawn on our digital times to create this immaculate hand-made book. Despite its old-fashioned look, the leather-bound book contains the text from over 3,000 spam emails.
Over at the Edinburgh College of Art stand was this rather nice 3D lettering display by Jack Statham (jackstatham.co.uk).
Callin Mackintosh (callinmackintosh.com) used a 3D cutting effect to bring his Geometric Experience series of posters to life on the Duncan of Jordanstone stand.
Also from Duncan of Jordanstone was Kris Wilson's set of brightly coloured posters and button pin badges. More at kristofferwilson.co.uk.
Nick Smart (nicholassmart.co.uk), a graduate from Middlesex University, created this set of record sleeves.
We missed Jake Townsend off our post devoted to work from the University of Lincoln, but it stood out at D&AD New Blood. More by Townsend is at thisisjaketownsend.com.
On the University of the West of England stand, Jay Wright's illustration work stood out. More at jaywrightillustration.com.
And on their graphics stand was Joshua James Saunders' project on family run firms in Bristol. More at joshuajamessaunders.tumblr.com.
Ivan Bellew, a graduate from Sussex Coast College Hastings, combines celebrity heads with "the animal that most suits their mannerisms/frame and character" in this series of illustrations. More are online at ivanbellew.carbonmade.com.
Also from Sussex Coast College Hastings was work by Laura Burton, including an example from her "Tesco no value scarf range". More at lauraburton.co.uk.
... and James Huse's photographs of an exploding balloon filled with water. More at jameshuse.co.uk.
On Kingston's illustration stand was work by Patricia Voskova (patriciavoskova.com)...
...and Tom Clohosy Cole, who presented the observations of a fictional travelling insurance salesman. More is online at tomclohosycole.co.uk.
We've covered a lot of work from Loughborough University already on the blog, but missed this project by Alice Schofield (aliceschofield.co.uk) and Hannah Dossary (hannahdossary.com), which was a sweet visual map of the process by which they created the Loughborough Uni student catalogue this year.
We also liked this project by Ben Marsh, whose digital project with Joseph Harrison-Dunn was featured on the Loughborough post on CR. Here he presents The Scouse Font, which attempts to capture the Scouse accent in a typeface. More on Marsh at ilikedoodles.com.
Finally, at the risk of ending on a bum note (boom boom), we present the work of creative team Mike & Ben, who have graduated from the University of Gloucestershire. The simplicity of their ad for hair-removal product Veet stood out on their uni's stand. More of Mike & Ben's work can be viewed online at cargocollective.com/mikeandben.
The D&AD New Blood exhibition has been on show at the Truman Brewery in London all weekend, and remains up until 6pm tonight. More info is at dandad.org/talent/new-blood.
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In my opinion there was lots more work there worthy of a mention than some of these.
Always a pleasure to see work from Kingston
Thanks for the write up, and for featuring a wonderful selection of student work. To clarify, Sanky's comment on digital skills refer to the events as part of the New Blood Festival, where we have had many digital agencies delivering workshops focussed on the digital aspect of employability. The debate over how best to display digital and film work at a graduate show continues (we currently have a lively discussion on this on our LinkedIn page). We will endeavour to ensure that digital arts are promoted in the best way possible as we continue to promote emerging media.
Seems odd to me that you didn't include Jakes take on the UK becoming Americanised. As the Football teams probably stood out the most (for me) at the show because of their style http://www.thisisjaketownsend.com/state.html . Where as a one gear fixie bike (yawn) disassembled and 'girls liking type too' were hardly the most groundbreaking projects - just the trendiest.
Nottingham Trent represent!
We are celebrating on the Graphic Communication course at University of Wolverhampton as over a THIRD of our new graduates 2011 are in paid creative employment only 4 weeks after their final exhibition!
University of Wolverhampton
I completely agree with Frank. I'm dissapointed you thought a poster of disassembled silhouttes of bike parts was noteworthy amongst far superior and more creative works. If projects like that and girls like type continue to be championed, graduates will continue to pour out work intended to impress each other, and end up on fffound or here, not actually solve problems or make statements.
Just got back from Newblood and the standard was amazing the future of design is looking very bright
Josh Neal stood out for me too, very bold imagery. Great stand from Norwich again too
Very impressed with the quality of work this year. Picked up one of Nick Smart's cards, his web address is http://www.nicholassmart.co.uk/
Thanks - have added that in above.
more design, designed by designers for other designers
dull tedious nonsense
Nick Smart, a huge well done on some fantastic work! Impressive typographic work in your portfolio too.
See jotta.com's pick of the 'One's to watch from the Design Degree Shows 2011', including Dave Raxworthy
Surely Dean Pauley should mention that his 'News from Nowhere' book is based heavily around William Morris' / Burne-Jones' Kelmscott Chaucer…? Nice idea but the reference isn't mentioned anywhere—even on his own website.
Samuel Hawkins - I very much doubt he could make a decent children's book.
ah yes..he he digital skills...the conceptual refuge for those who can't draw better than a ten year old. No wonder the 2012 olympics committee opted for artists not designers to create the next round of posters for the games. (lest we forget 'that' logo)
Cheers Frank :)
I have seen poor examples of work in every design field but even mediocre children's illustration is an improvement on Samuel Hawkins throwaway remarks.
The Nottingham Trent work was so strong this year, the three mentions were certainly worthy! Well done NTU!
The show displayed the best talent in creativity which we applaud it's the main show which we recruit from but there seemed to be a lack of professionals at the private view, is this because the ticket numbers were reduced this year?
Thanks for the feature! And also for all the comments, both good and bad.
Arena- I suspect it is likely to be that you weren't invited due to the higher than usual standards...
Personally, I find it absurd that Emma Wells of Nottingham Trents work wasn't included, as with her fellow Trent graduates her work was vibrant and forward thinking, especially her rebranding on Birds' bakery and childrens book. http://www.emmawellsdesign.co.uk
some Tedious and frustrating examples that lack any form of identity bar what is seen online day in and day out through blogs such as ffffound. I was at new designers when they announced that the type poster from trent won and feel as much as i did then as i do now that it was bland, obvious and simple to create whilst also being much like many other typography examples out there and Neglectful of a multitude of talents who were present at new designers. In fact seeing who won above as well as the winners of new designers especially the bird shit book wtf and birds branding which as an example of handwritten type is painfully weak, i'm only further filled with doubt as to what actually is recognised as design within the profession i want to work.
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