Degree Shows 2012: LCC Graphics

Here are our highlights from this year’s LCC Graphics degree show…

LCC‘s Graphics show is quite the marathon. It’s split into various sections which include Illustration, Graphic Design, Design for Advertising, Information Design, Typo/Graphics, Design for Print, plus Interaction and Moving Image. Here’s our pick of the exhibited work, starting with the Graphic Design work…

These illustrations by Sam Hamer have a touch of the Andy Rementer about them. Hamer’s book of Urban Plant Life also caught my eye:

See more of Hamer’s work at

Sacha Childs-Clarke’s trio of illustrations announce the methodology behind each one.

More at

Next to Sacha’s work was an illustration of Hannibal Lecter by Kyle Gall in the most unusual of illustration mediums:

Yes, that’s right folks, this image has been rendered in breakfast cereal.

Lora Bojinova‘s set of posters created for a fictional exhibition on Geometry in Nature at the Tate feature patterns formed the Fibonacci series.

Alexandra Whitfield also designed a set of three posters, but to advertise the science and music “lates” evenings held at the Science Museum on May 30. See more of Whitfield’s work here.

Moving up to the first floor, the Illustration work was the next thing to check out, with Louise Handyside’s Batter Land installation greeting me at the top of the stairs:

See more of Handyside’s illustration work at

Above, some of Ben Brockbank‘s Janitor Man, Traveller Man illustrations.

Sholto Douglas displayed dozens of his Nightmare World postcards. See more of his work at

Right next to Douglas’ postcards was this image by Ludovica Comucci which seemed to carry through the nightmare theme. More at And carrying on the theme again was Jack Edwards hairy hand image from his series, Doodles of a Deluded Man:

See more at

I next found myself in the Design for Typo/Graphics section where Alex May Hughes’ multi-mirror installation inspired by H.G. Wells’ The Island of Dr Moreau caught my eye:

“The story itself mirrors changing Victorian society; ‘The Law’ which must be obeyed by the Best-men to give them structure and purpose,” explains Hughes. “Emulating the typographic style of Victorian glass and gold paintwork, the final works were based around key quotes from the book, creating an overwhelming wall of mirrors reflecting back on the viewer.” More at

Viet-Anh Cao’s 10 Bullets exhibit involved a computer (above) that was linked to this device:

“I wanted to reinterpret the video by Tom Saches ’10 Bullets, working to code’, following a systematic approach with the result in the form of a drawing machine.” I’m not sure how it worked, but the computer fed the machine instructions and it proceeded to “draw” the work.

Caroline Claisse created this Wheelbarrow Chair which, she explains, “tells the story of Ferdinand Cheval who committed his life to build the Palais Idéal.”

In Graphic Media Design, Laura Shehata advertised her documentary Living In Disney’s World (which looks at a town called Celebration in Florida designed by Disney) by printing off large format stills (one shown above) from the film:

See more of her work at

Alastair Oloo’s work was also great. Here’s a look at his Gentrification film:

Gentrification from WHEELS on Vimeo.

See more of his work at

Elise Anglert’s Celluloid Quilt project saw her stitch 100 rolls of 35mm film, cut into small pieces, stitched back together. Here’s the project film:

See more of Anglert’s work at

And finally, in Information Design, Yaser Hassan’s Modular 3 project looked great. For it he produced a series of typefaces created using only three shapes on different grids.

Jay Jung Hyun Yeo’s collaboration with Hwasoo Shim in response to a D&AD brief to rebrand the City of London won them a student pencil last week:

See more at

Also impressive in the Information Design section was Joshua Lee’s app entitled Europa, Jupiter’s Secret Ocean Moon. Play the above film to see it in action. Impressive. See more of Lee’s work at

As with all of our degree show posts, the work shown is just the tip of the iceberg. Do try and get along to the LCC show if you can to explore for yourself. The show runs until the end of this week (Friday July 6). Full details at

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  • Woohoo, been reading this blog for years and had hoped that id get something on here at some point. Thanks CR and well done everyone on here.
    Alastair aka

  • Thanks for the feature/review – the correct title of the work from the top 9 images (Sam Hamer to Alex Whitfield) is the 2 year FdA & BA Hons (Top Up Year) Design for Graphic Communication course – you can see more work from the students of this course here:

  • wooo hoooo! ta CR

  • Oh dear, it’s very hard to be original these days.

  • P. Bowman

    A shame that when CR visit the Illustration shows the work shown is always the most traditional, hence the comment above. How can Illustration move on as a creative discipline if blogs such as this still define Illustration as produced by undergraduates as mainly figurative drawing, I accept photography has also been featured but what about the installation work, projections, moving image, sculpture? All in evidence at the LCC Illustration show but seemingly ignored for the sake of traditional notions of what Illustration is and always has been. Please send a photographer with a fish eye lens, they may capture more but we thank you for making the effort.

    Paul Bowman.

  • Shame there’s negativity on here towards the work that these students have put so much effort into. Wouldn’t do you any harm to keep your barbed comments to yourself, and maybe save them up for seasoned pro’s who won’t have their confidence hit.

    If you are going to criticise the creativity of students, perhaps instead you’d look towards the system which encourages students to make safe decisions that guarantee grades rather than invention. I should clarify that I am not commenting on this university, but rather the education system in general.

    But well done to these guys I say – nice one for getting your work featured in CR!

  • Charlotte

    It’s a tough world out there, mate. Best these grads realise it now.

    The comment function on this blog is for people to voice their opinion, so all comments, both positive and negative should be accepted.

    I don’t think the work here is ‘bad’, but I do agree that styles and concepts are unoriginal, and thus failed to excite me.

  • Lucy

    The first image is my favourite.

  • People graduating from degree courses are still learning – they’re between 3 – 5 years into learning their craft (depending on what route to undergrad they’ve taken). That’s not a lot of time really – expecting every single graduate to be original is going to do nothing but disappoint.

    Arguably, there are many other things worth learning within design before originality. Skills such as research methods, craft skills, business skills, intrapersonal skills…all things that make a graduate more employable than the ability to come up with something nobody has seen before.

    As a tutor, for me, a major hurdle to overcome in many students learning process is the desire to be original – it often stops experimentation and trying things because they’ve seen it before.

    Through openly using influences, learning through looking and absorbing, referencing and building upon existing areas of visual research students can more thoroughly and usefully become people who can join and contribute to the design community of practice.

    Obviously, the immediate and visceral pleasure of seeing something, that to you (but maybe not to others who’ve been around the block a few more times) is new and original is hard to deny or overcome. How useful is it as criteria for judging the students’ academic achievements however?

    All that aside, there is actually lots of work that could be considered original in the current LCC show – pay the show a visit and decide for yourself.

  • Anonymous

    Although I have no problems with the work featured, I find it a bit disappointing that entire areas of the show have been missed out, particularly the Design for Print pathway. A shame, since it’s their final year.

  • Thanks CR for featuring my work! Well done everyone, we all worked very hard for this.

  • The show is still on till the 5th of July, but if you can’t make it check out this video documentation of the exhibition including interviews with some of the students:

  • An excellent response from Darren Raven above. In particular: “the immediate and visceral pleasure of seeing something, that to you (but maybe not to others who’ve been around the block a few more times) is new and original is hard to deny or overcome.”

    Perhaps consider that before typing in a quick criticism or arrogant remark, pressing ‘submit’, and then moving on. I get that comments are here for positive and negative feedback; I do however think it’s unnecessary to voice this in a space where students should be proud to display their work. I for one liked the work and I expect some of these guys to develop very quickly after a year or two in a professional environment, working alongside pro’s.

  • An excellent show of work and a lively debate on this blog which demonstrates that LCC is still the place to be when it comes to graphic design. Best of luck to the graduates – you deserve paid employment. I’m sure LCC would welcome you back in the future when you consider the time is right to study at Masters level.

  • Paul Bowman

    I would suggest that people read my comments with more logic. The comments do not aim anything at the students featured but ask why Creative Review do not appear to look at or feature the work of a wider range of students so that Illustration shows are realistically represented. These students have done well, exhibited and been given well deserved exposure and I am well aware of how much work these students have put in and my critique (if read objectively) places my concerns with creative Review’s portrayal of the breadth and depth of the LCC Illustration show and perhaps others.

    Focusing on originality, the academic environment and the featured students sadly misses the point of my comments but each blog accepts the last as its point of reference until no-one remembers what the fuss was all about. Let us read carefully and find out where the words ‘barbed’ ‘negativity towards students’ and ‘originality’ have actually come from because such thoughts in relation to my students never even occurred to me. ‘Pressing send and moving on’. People in glass houses?

  • Jasper Joffe

    City & Guilds of London Art School Fine Art MA students talk about their work and the course in the week before the show opening.

  • Seems like a great show. An interesting mix of curious works and inspiring pieces. I particularly find Lora Bojinova’s posters very engaging.

  • Sam

    Just to let anyone know who may come across reading this entry now that Sam Hamers website has now changed from to, where you can find new works and previous projects. Thank you!