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D&AD New Blood 2012: our picks

Digital, Graphic Design, Illustration, Type / Typography

Posted by Patrick Burgoyne, 27 June 2012, 16:50    Permalink    Comments (11)

Though installed in a new venue, D&AD's graduate talent hypermarket, otherwise known as New Blood, is as overwhelming as ever. Patrick Burgoyne battled through the private view crowds to find some favourites

Both the D&AD Student Awards and its New Blood show, in which visual arts courses each take a stand to display the pick of their graduates' work, are in London's Spitalfields market this year. It's a great space, which no doubt will attract some valuable passing traffic, but the New Blood show itself is very cramped. Colleges sit cheek by jowl, the fruit and veg stalls of the old market replaced by tutors and grads hawking their creative talents.

Here are a few who stood out for me, but, with the show open until the evevening of June 28, I'd recommend a trip down there to se for yourself if you are in the vicinity. I've deliberately avoided colleges whose shows we have either already covered on the blog or who we know we will cover separately in the coming weeks and concentrated on institutions whose shows we may otherwise not have been able to see.

So let's start with the Illustration course at UCA Maidstone where the vivd, quite aggressive work was a counterpoint to medium's tendency toward the twee. I particularly liked Ian O'Shea's project on Tom Crean, a survivor from the 1912 Scott expedition to the Antarctic

And Aleksandra Jablokova's bizarre interpretation of Beauty and the Beast was memorable, if disturbing!

This is from her version of Little Red Riding Hood

 

At the Dundee illustration stand, Sally Hackett's ceramic tribute to notorious streakers, including Erica Roe, was hard to miss

 

Staying with illustration, Southampton Solent impressed, notably Christopher Todd's series of circular works on notable people, places and events related to the city.

 

And Nate Kitch's project on the patient studies of psychiatrist Oliver Sacks as related in the book The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, including this piece on an elderly ex-submariner who could not remember anything between the second world war and the early 70s.

 

I also liked the vivid work of Jack 'Ren" Reynolds of University College Bournemouth

 

Simon Cheadle's project on mistakes at the Kingston illustration stand was beautifully presented: "Drawing tools that generate mistakes were designed and used to reinterpret objects and ideas that are considered perfect. By then printing and manufacturing the results, these notions of perfection are pushed back into the realm of creativity and the imperfections of the object are celebrated."

You can download and print out paper versions of the tools here

 

At the Arts University College at Bournemouth graphics show, Kudzai Dyirakumunda attempted to tackle the topic of the London riots using messages about the events that had been posted on Twitter. Some were etched into News Blocks presented in a wooden tray, giving permanence to these digital communications.

Others were immortalised in poster form

 

Also at Bournemouth is Peter Smart who is behind the hugely impressive 50 Problems in 50 Days, which he describes thus: "I'm on an adventure - to explore the limits of design's ability to solve social problems, big and small. To do this I attempted to solve 50 problems in 50 days using design. I also spent time with 12 of Europe's top design firms."

Each day, Smart attempted to use design to tackle a different social problem, from easing tube congestion to improving translation tools, while also interviewing and visiting top design firms around Europe. A really strong piece of work.

On to the UWE graphics stand and CJ Brown who applied to Facebook to see all the data it had on him. The massive file he received in return was made into a hardback book.

 

Brown also created One Country Two Systems in response to an ISTD brief. The book is split into two sections "with each focusing on the attitude and objectives of the two major countries involved in the transfer of sovereignty over Hong Kong. This concept of having two books originated from the term given to China after the handover, 'One Country Two Systems'. Although each book is intended to be read individually there are certain occasions when the chapters and content relate."

 

In a strong UWE stand, I also enjoyed Magnus Hearn's book OMG in the OED about new words admitted to the dictionary

 

Liam Roberts' film on football celebrations

 

Andrew Duncan's film on the formula for the perfect romatic comedy

 

And Sam Stefan's The Waitress, created in response to an ISTD brief on "tales to change the world". Presented as an iPad app, the book responds to its location.

 

At the Stockport design and visual arts stand, Helen Porter wrapped various iplements in coloured twine, making a striking display

The project was in response to a GF Smith brief which asked ' If colour was something physical, how might it interact with objects?'. Porter created a hand-boound book showcasing her work.

Last but by no means least, what would a degree show be without some Risograph action, this time prodiced by Gabriella Marcella Ditano aka Risotto of Glasgow School of Art

 

 

This is just a small selection of the work on show. Get down to New Blood if you can - details here

 

 

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11 Comments

*Arts University College at Bournemouth.

Some really great work here though ! Some classmates of mine are representing Visual Communication up there at the moment.
George
2012-06-27 17:23:29


This is just like finding a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, this is pure awesomeness. Specially the work of Nate Kitch about Oliver Sacks' "The Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat". For some mysterious underlying psychological reason, or pure madness, the lady with the reddish line reminds me of Cyclops from X-men.
Ray Vellest
2012-06-27 20:57:45


Inspiring work. Great to see from my home country. I'm sure there are some future Jonathan Mak's amongst them.
graham fink
2012-06-28 00:04:16


Wow they are lush. Just got back from a visit to Bisbee AZ. The trip was all about checking out the local artists, and we were not disapointed.

The art above is fantastic!
jon celeste
2012-06-28 09:44:54


Hi CR – There are two Unis in Bournemouth – The Arts University College Bournemouth and Bournemouth University. It's a bit muddled here as to which you could be talking about.
AUCB Alumni
2012-06-28 09:53:58


@ AUCB Alumni

Apologies. I've made that clearer
CR PatrickBurgoyne
2012-06-28 09:59:00


Great selection of work, although Christopher Todd's pieces are a little too reminiscent of primary school tea-towels for me. I wish I could get down there to see the work in person, perhaps I'd be proven wrong.
Rhi
2012-06-28 12:50:05


CR -

Great to see Helen Porter here, a wonderful piece of work from Stockport College

Thanks for the coverage,

Lucy
Lucy Brown
2012-06-29 11:01:24


Great works I must say. Looks like we are experiencing the new era of art and design. The concept have obviously evolved and innovation is strongly present. That's the good thing about arts and designs, it has no limits.
Laura Brentley
2012-07-03 19:49:00


Inspiring work. Great to see from my home country. I'm sure there are some future Jonathan Mak's amongst them.
graham fink
2012-07-04 14:51:00


Some inspiring designs. This is the future of design.

Thank you for sharing.
craig mcloud
2014-01-15 12:27:00


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