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.