Over the years, we’ve come to expect great things of the illustration show at Norwich Univeristy College of the Arts. This year’s show, while not quite hitting the all-round heights of 2011, still features some wonderful imagery
The show (which also encompasses NUCA’s Gallery space this year, where work will be on sale) opens to the public on Wednesday 27 June but CR was granted a sneak peek last Friday.
Gary Hunt has already had some success this year, his Social Mail series of stamps (above), featuring heads which users were encouraged to add bodies to on the envelope, winning at the RSA Student Design Awards. His very strong display included Headgear (detail shown top), a series “based on a central character who is able to perform various jobs thanks to his magical headgear. Beekeeper, Spaceman, Fireman, Diver…”
Also impressive was Oddity Outpost, a packaging series of products designed to defeat mythical creatures while also being handy camping items (all rather reminiscent of McSweeney’s 826 writing centres including the Superhero Supply Store perhaps, but very well executed)
Nicola Jones took her inspiration from the college’s doorstop with a lovely editorial project on Norwich market, consisting of a concertina book and poster.
I also enjoyed Georgina Pape‘s Indian and African book projects
In terms of pure technique, Rupert Smissen’s work was remarkable, as can be seen from his entry to a D&AD Student Awards brief set by Little White Lies magazine.
This video, made over 48 hours, reveals more
One of the most striking displays came courtesy of Stacey Knights and her series on endangered British birds, all beautifully cut from paper. The leftover bits were then used, charmingly, for nesting material.
Stacey also entered the Little White Lies D&AD brief, with this Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy cover
And finally, Sian Richards‘ animal triptychs, adding musculature and hide in three stages, were beautiful
There’s lots more great stuff in the show – these are only personal highlights. For a comprehensive overview, the show’s website is here
CR for the iPad
Read in-depth features and analysis plus exclusive iPad-only content in the Creative Review iPad App. Longer, more in-depth features than we run on the blog, portfolios of great, full-screen images and hi-res video. If the blog is about news, comment and debate, the iPad is about inspiration, viewing and reading. As well as providing exclusive, iPad-only content, the app will also update with new content throughout each month. Try a free sample issue here
CR in Print
The July issue of Creative Review features a piece exploring the past and future of the dingbat. Plus a look at the potential of paper electronics and printed apps, how a new generation of documentary filmmakers is making use of the web, current logo trends, a review of MoMA New York’s group show on art and type, thoughts on how design may help save Greece and much more. Also, in Monograph this month we showcase a host of rejected design work put together by two Kingston students.
Please note, CR is no longer stocked in WH Smith high street stores (although it can still be found in WH Smith travel branches at stations and airports). If you cannot find a copy of CR in your town, your independent newsagent can order it for you or you can search for your nearest stockist here. Alternatively, email Laura McQueen (email@example.com) or call her on 020 7970 4878 to buy a copy direct from us. Based outside the UK? Simply call +44(0)207 292 3703 to find your nearest stockist. Better yet, subscribe to CR for a year here and save yourself almost 30% on the printed magazine.