Over the course of this year’s degree show season, CR readers will be guest blogging reviews of shows up and down the UK (and beyond). Here, Gordon Beveridge of Traffic Design visits the University of the West of Scotland’s BA Creative Industries Practice (Graphic Design) show
I popped along to the UWS exhibition at The Hub in Glasgow. The course, which operates out of Cardonald College’s design department, took me by (a rather pleasant) surprise. A considerable section of the work wouldn’t be out of place alongside the graduate work from some of the country’s larger art school exhibitions this year, with great concepts, strong typographic sensibilities and excellent presentation.
Ross had a couple of projects that caught my eye. His quirky book ‘Follow Me…’ (shown above) on the ins and outs of Twitter (for the uninitiated) was enlightening and, at times, hilarious. Another distinctive project he had on show was an infographic piece exploring the relationship between Religion and Peace throughout the ages (below). I hear he’s been snapped up by an in-house design team in Edinburgh.
Despite these two projects being fairly male-centric, Craig’s experimental typography and vintage aesthetic shown in Hardwired Beer packaging (above and top) and ‘The Life and Tales of Modern Male Grooming’ was extremely beguiling. The latter, a letterpress-styled digest, was an engaging insight into the preening habits of the metrosexual man, very much in tune to the Movember culture.
Craig had a striking self-initiated poster project called ‘Music of the USA’. It showed a full USA map made of many thousands of vinyl record graphics. Locations on the map where platinum and gold selling records were recorded are shown with foil elements. I believe Craig has created breakout graphics for selected states featuring characteristics of those states’ musical history.
David’s Infographic on what becomes of our phones after we bin them for the latest model was an extremely attractive and informative piece. Packed with detail, and resembling a blueprint, the environmental consequences of throwing out the various components flows beautifully from left to right.
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