Talent Spotters: Lincoln School of Art and Design

Over the years Lincoln has been developing a reputation for producing some award-winning creative work. With this in mind I travelled up one rainy Thursday to check out the Graphic Design, Creative Advertising and Interactive Design shows at the School of Art and Design

Print by Sunjay Morar (see below)

Over the years Lincoln has been developing a reputation for producing some award-winning creative work. With this in mind I travelled up one rainy Thursday to check out the Graphic Design, Creative Advertising and Interactive Design shows at the School of Art and Design…

First stop was Graphic DesignJack Slater had a playful illustration style that gave his work personality and really made it stand out (C’est La Vie print shown, above).

His Food For Thought cookbook (below), with recipes based around sayings such as ‘humble pie’, was a highlight and the rest of his portfolio a joy to view with some beautiful typography combined with well thought-out approaches to each brief.

Similarly playful was David Morris, a student with a self-confessed affinity for typography and print. I enjoyed his Metamorphosis project where he’d built a ‘mutoscope’ [a moving picture machine] to detail the transformation of individual characters throughout the novel.

Bringing me back to the future was Sunjay Morar who’d really embraced technology in his work. Looking through his eclectic portfolio I was intrigued by some thought-provoking visualisations of New Order and Joy Division songs developed as part of his Metamorphosis project (below), and his well-crafted poster about biscuit dunking (shown top of post).

Next I went downstairs to the Creative Advertising offering. For a course that’s only been running for nine years they are rather rapidly becoming a regular face at the student award shows.

The highlight for me came from Kwan Srisukri who had a brilliant idea for an exercise app that made me laugh (below). The rest of her portfolio demonstrated a talent for writing and an ability to come up with new, refreshing ways to tackle problems.

In my experience good writing can be difficult to find at grad shows, but I really liked the humour and eccentricity of these Fentimans adverts from Liam Nicholson and Lucy Eldridge.

Finally I popped into the Interactive Design show. It was a minimal display but arguably the most fun – with all the students contributing to one ‘headline’ offering.

Using Wii boards as the controls to an etch-a-sketch, being able to fully experience the work made for a far more engaging show. I spent a good 15 minutes failing to impress anyone with my drawing skills. For those who want to build their own the students have posted instructions online here.

All-in-all there was a nice range of work on display across the three exhibitions beyond the small selection I’ve mentioned here, proving that there’s clearly more to Lincoln than the punch line to that Inbetweeners joke.

The Lincoln School of Art and Design’s degree shows ran from 1-14 June. The school’s blog is here. Anys Brown is a copywriter at Start JG.

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