Ravensbourne graphic design degree show

Ravensbourne’s graphic design degree show took place at the college’s North Greenwich campus this week, and included some interesting print, branding and data visualisation projects…

Ravensbourne’s graphic design degree show took place at the college’s North Greenwich campus this week, and included some interesting print, branding and data visualisation projects…

As with previous years, it’s a portfolio-led approach: students are given a table each on which to display a range of work, giving visitors a good insight into their style and progression. One student whose display caught my eye was Edward Yau:

Yau had produced an icon system and branding for Xin, an interactive dim sum restaurant devised with architecture student Yunhong Xue, and a mobile exhibition, Home Truths, highlighting London’s housing crisis. The exhibition work included a fold-out catalogue in the shape of a house and 3D data maps showing rising homelessness in the capital – you can see more pics on his website.


Yau also collaborated with Hugo Raymond on an entry to this year’s D&AD New Blood Awards, in response to a brief set by the British Council. The task was to create a bilingual identity for Dressing the Screen, a touring exhibition on the rise of fashion film, and Raymond and Yau designed a minimal typographic system based around a colon rotated at 90 degrees. The circular motif was also used in graphics and wayfinding and echoes the Council’s logo:



Joshua Allen’s work featured a fun series of posters visualisation procrastination (top), and a typeface inspired by Brixton, while Calum Hopwood‘s posters for Femfresh, which received a commendation from YCN, perfectly captured the brand’s cheeky tone of voice:


Hopwood also created an interactive installation explainaing what metadata is and how it’s used by the government. The installation featured two scrolls, one with a timeline of events related to the Edward Snowden scandal and another explaining how metadata is collected and analysed by governments. Alongside this were a series of examples of how metadata might be generated – such as through a tweet or an email – and a projector displaying a live feed of tweets using the hashtag @metadatais:


Several students had experimented with 3D infographics, too, including Anjali Patel, who also created a delicately crafted installation on the plight of the world’s coral reefs:



One section of the show, titled ‘Type Only’, included a range of typographic posters created in response to the idea of the poster as a cultural statement. I liked Nele Wellens‘, which showed the various alphabets spoken and written in Istanbul since 550BC:

Pic via nelewellens.com


Another memorable poster was Chiamaka Ojechi‘s for XL Recordings, which reveals a different portrait of rapper Tyler the Creator depending on which angle it’s viewed from:

Music featured heavily in Ojechi’s portfolio and his book on rapper Nas, questioning why he has never won a Grammy, also featured some nicely designed layouts:

Pics via chiamaka.co.uk

It was a varied show, and more info on the students and their work can be found at ravegraphics2014.com. Selected work from Ravensbourne’s class of 2014 will also be on display at D&AD’s New Blood exhibition from July 1-3, and at Mother London next month.

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