Degree shows 2011: Chelsea graphic design

Chelsea College of Art and Design’s graphic design communication degree show has been put together really well. I went along yesterday – here are some of my highlights

Chelsea College of Art and Design’s graphic design communication degree show has been put together really well. I went along yesterday – here are some of my highlights…

Filling the campus’ Triangle Building, it’s clear from the outset that this show is serious about getting its graduates’ work out there. It’s a nicely designed space, with each student benefitting from plenty of room and some real consideration taken into how the work is presented. For example, here’s what the student’s portfolio folders look like.

And another inventive touch was to have pages from the students’ blogs that documented the projects on show, printed out and hanging from the ceiling. Admittedly, many were impossible to read (being too high up) but the imagery at least gave some idea as to how work and ideas were formed.

But onto the work. Here’s one of the first things you see as you go in – it’s part of a shop identity and interior design for Drop Dead Clothing Ltd. by Stephanie Jones (note the coffin ‘counter’ containing three cats):

Following this, Alistair Hanson‘s life-size construction offers a nice play on fighting fire with fire: it’s a fire extinguisher, made of wood:

3D was also the driving force behind Alex Hill‘s new take on camouflage. These pieces replicate the familiar patterns in a relief form, literally remaking a landscape out of what is usually a two-dimensional print (see top image also):

This being a graphics show, too, there was still plenty of print and typographic work on display. At a larger scale, Julian Shaw‘s supergraphic piece offers up a range of abstract shapes within a format that can be applied to walls (the individual panels come in a pack enabling people to create their own design in a space):

Jack Gladstone‘s posters from his It’s Okay to Touch series proved popular when I visited, as they’re made with heat-sensitive ink:

While Sara Mererid Williams worked on a range of wooden block type, documenting the process in a lovely magazine and a poster:

And this font is Knockout Rounded, designed by Dave Russell. It’s “Simple. Punchy. Round,” apparently:

There’s also a rack of printed material to flick through and one of my favourite pieces would have to be Craig Sharp‘s magazine, Versus, which not only looked great but had some really interesting content, too:

And here’s a shot of Nicolas Cambier‘s immersive three-screen installation which displays his film Courage. It’s filmed as if the viewer it actually right within the story:

Victoria Vialichka‘s online magazine, HUSH, also looked good (though sadly most of the other great web work and app design proved too difficult to photograph well enough). HUSH aims to promote emerging European fashion design:

Finally, a degree show just isn’t a degree show without a bit of tongue-in-cheek objet d’art. Here are Jed Cullen‘s explorations into “techno-kitsch ornamentation”. Eerie porcelain. Brilliant:

More work from Process, Chelsea’s graphic design communication show can be seen at, while the course homepage is The exhibition continues at Chelsea College of Art and Design until June 25, as do the school’s Fine Art and Interior and Spatial Design degree shows.

  • Charlie

    I have always been a bit dubious of Chelsea’s design courses but from the photos up here, this looks to be the best Grad show yet. Well done to all involved!

  • stu

    VERSUS and all the tyoe fonts in Craig Sharps Zine = wild!!!!

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  • bycostello

    i love the irony of the wooden fire extinguisher!

  • Sian Cook

    LCC’s will be better.

  • maomeno

    The whole article seems written with irony. Am I the only one?

  • David Barnett

    With the chelsea graphics show they also fund and design it all themselves

  • Aly

    I went to this not knowing much about Chelsea’s graphic design course, but it was quite impressive I thought. Beautifully designed space too.

  • A

    @ Aly, I was going to type more or less exactly what you wrote and as we share the same name I thought for a second, have I already logged on wrote this and not remembered.

    Anyway, yes didn’t know much, but thought it was bloody brill. As a current student, I hope the LCC can bust out the goods also- Next Thursday everyone.

  • graphic designer

    Loved the creativity and usage of effects.

  • yo

    I’ve seen all the undergrad (graphic) shows from UAL so far and I have to admit that the Chelsea show is the best one of all. CSM was really shit and Camberwell was “so so”. well done Chelsea!

  • Tom Julian Hume

    Very envious, wish I made that fire extinguisher. Or, could.