Degree shows: Kingston Graphic Design & Photography

I popped along to Kingston University’s Graphic Design and Photography degree show this morning. The show is called Worth Holding On To? – so perhaps it’s unsurprising that many of the things that really caught my eye were physical, tangible design objects…

I popped along to Kingston University’s Graphic Design show this morning – which also doubles up as the degree show for the Graphic Design & Photography course graduates too. The show, currently running at Village Underground in Shoreditch, is called Worth Holding On To? – so perhaps it’s unsurprising that many of the things that really caught my eye were physical, tangible design objects…

George Acton created this Bamboo woodblock typeface. It’s displayed so the letters are in alphabetical order but, as it’s woodblock, each letter is reversed – so that it would print correctly.

The above project by James Titterton sees every photograph he ever took with a particular Sony camera during its ‘lifetime’. Over 12,000 images including family portraits, shots taken on drunken nights out and, as above, some rather nice shots of buildings and architecture. Titterton also had another project I liked – a series of photographic portraits in which the sitter had to trigger the camera shutter by creating noise of 125 decibels or more. Cue a series of portraits of some very shouty looking people.

The type in this piece by Jennifer Workman and Silje Løkken Rødvik is all grown in good ol’ cress.

Jessica Reynolds and Serena Wise created the Ikea Colour Spectrum – a colour wheel which presents IKEA products according to their colour, thus allowing IKEA shoppers to perfectly match or mix objects and furniture to the colour scheme of their dreams…

A combination of mathematics and technical drawing skills were used by Leena Patel to create this typographic piece

Lucia Davies explores the world of oxymorons relating to food stuffs with a series of typographic screenprints – such as Jumbo Prawn, shown above. Other oxymorons in the series include Oven Fried, Canned Fresh, and Boneless Ribs. Most were screenprinted directly onto fast food boxes, also displayed.

This is the Start Write, a learning tool designed by Lucy Simmons and Hannah Springett. The idea is simple: young children use the coloured pegs to trace the letterforms – thus learning how to think about lettershapes and ultimately, learn to write them.

This image is one of several by Sam Ford that looks at pathways through a myriad environments urban and natural. See more of the images at

I liked this dual purpose desk / chair designed by Tom Gilbert. Gilbert seems to have developed a penchent for making things from discarded wood he finds in skips. See more at

Worth Holding on to? is up until this evening at Village Underground, 54 Holywell Lane, London EC2A 3PQ. Tel: +44(0)20 7422 7505


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