This year we decided to ask for your help to cover the degree shows around the country that we can’t make it to. First up is University College Falmouth, covered by Maisie Benson, who’s chosen some great typographic pieces, clever drinks packaging, and some truly inspired Ken Kesey book cover designs.
Kerry Squire’s RSA winning idea was based on the idea of using design to bring generations together. From this, Cafe Say was created, a place for stories and memories to be told which Kerry encouraged with the use of headphones for hearing stories, blackboards for writing stories and a live storytelling corner. She then focused on promoting the Cafe using the posters and booklets shown above.
Emma Prew’s Tall Tales & Short Stories was a project based on advertising a fictional exhibition at the British Library exploring the concept of myth and superstition. I love the concept of wooden key fobs to ensure a piece of wood is always close to hand if ever you happen to speak too soon and I also like the typographic attention to detail with the ampersand linking through the o.
Two of Jonathan Shackleton’s pieces caught my eye. The first being his beautiful infographics which were created to draw attention to interesting or extraordinary areas of science, and the second were his Fedrigoni collars. They were instantly visually appealing and the supporting booklet explained that they were a way of showing how paper samples could look and feel together, using a simple template and fold system. A brilliantly original and effective idea.
I love these typographic pieces by Laura Dickson, drawing attention to endangered species in Cornwall. A really simple way of showing a large amount of information but ensuring the final piece remains aesthetically exciting.
This rebrand of London by Cosmo Jameson first came to my attention after it was nominated for a D&AD Student Award. I really like the way Cosmo uses a variety of prefixes to completely change the meaning of ‘city’ and show all that London has to offer.
This project by Chris Bounds came in second place for a brief set by jkr challenging students to design a cocktail based on the 1930s. Speakeasy Cocktails were created as a way to bring the 1930s prohibited cocktails into the 21st Century, disguising the drinks in newspapers which, if read, have headlines about that very practice. I love the simplicity of the bottles hidden inside using only frosted glass as a ‘label.’
I love both of these solutions by Jack Gibbons. The first strikes me as an incredibly clever way of packaging beer which ensures cohesion to the beer labels themselves, and the second took First Prize in the jkr brief mentioned above. It is quite a similar to Chris’s solution but, by creating a very tall, slim bottle, Jack was able to disguise the drink entirely as a rolled up newspaper.
Matthew Hall’s cover for the Penguin Student Awards was also a winning solution. The simple visual trick of turning clothing and a uniform into a straightjacket simultaneously illustrates exactly what the book is about, and at a deeper level, the narrative struggle between the characters McMurphy and Nurse Ratched.
I love Emily Rose’s solution that was shortlisted for the same award, using only embossed and cut paper she manages to portray the complex narrative of the story and create a gorgeous tactile cover that creates intrigue before even the title’s been read. For a full explanation of her thoughts behind the cover please click here.
Maisie is a first year graphic design student at Falmouth, and you can check out her blog here. If you’d also like to be a talent-spotter for CR, read our blog post here and send us an email. Stay tuned for more coverage on the rest of the graduate shows around the UK.
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