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A group of 24 young creatives enjoyed an all-expenses-paid trip to the Milan, the self-acclaimed design capital of Europe, as part of the National Art & Design Saturday Club. Lucky people.

The club members are all aged between 14 and 16 years old and have already had the chance to visit exhibitions and workshops throughout the UK, as well as benefiting from the expertise of key figures within the design industry.

The Saturday Club has been running at Lincoln since 2013 under the direction of Dave Bramston, Principal Lecturer for Enterprise in AAD. He was responsible for the Milan trip and had this to say:

"Having coordinated three University of Lincoln exhibitions at Salone Satellite in the city, it is exciting to know that young designers from Lincoln schools have also had the opportunity to see the fantastic work showcased in Milan. It was a truly valuable opportunity for them and we now hope that they will be able to organise an open presentation to their schools about the experience to inspire others in the subject."

During the visit, the group visited the Salone Internazionale del Mobile (The Milan Furniture Fair, for those who don't speak Italian), the world's largest design exhibition of its kind. Salone Internazionale del Mobile was established more than fifty years ago and is now recognised as the global benchmark for the home furnishing sector.

Saturday Club co-leader Ali Shepley said, "Our Milan adventure was fantastic and provided such an important experience for everyone involved. For almost all of our club members it was the first large scale exhibition they had witnessed, and for some it was their very first trip outside of the UK. They worked fantastically well together as a team and gained valuable experience of what is a very exciting international design industry. It was wonderful to share their excitement and enthusiasm and to see their faces light up with inspiration at the incredible ideas and designs displayed within the exhibition."

It all sounds like terrific fun and, it's safe to say, we're ever so slightly envious.

Prior to Easter the third year Creative Advertising students went to London. Here to tell you all about that is Gyles Lingwood, Principal Lecturer in the School of Art and Design, accompanied by some lovely photos that the student took during their travels.

"Just before Easter the third year students had their 'London Week'. The year group was split in two and each group visited one agency a day. In total the cohort visited 10 agencies in 10 days.

Some of the agencies set briefs the week before and ran a crit when the students arrived. Some agencies were even more demanding and set a brief in the morning and then critiqued the work in the afternoon. A couple of the agencies gave presentations on how to get a job in advertising, showed some of their recent work and gave advice on portfolio content, industry expectations and how to successfully make the transition from University to career. Here are some photos to illustrate all of that happening:

As you can see it really was quite a week!

Thank you SO much to all everyone at the agencies who helped organise the week. We simply couldn't have done it without you. The vast majority of these were past University of Lincoln Creative Advertising graduates so you see how it goes: come to Lincoln > graduate from Lincoln > get a placement (or two or three) > get a job at a top agency > keep in touch with the staff team in Lincoln > help the next generation of creative talent. You get the idea.
Next up for the third years, pull everything together that they've learned in Lincoln and London and prepare for their portfolios for final assessment. And then it's the degree show (and Private View party). Nice."

Thanks Gyles.

ISTD Assessment awards 2014

Four of our Graphic Design students have recently gained membership to the prestigious International Society of Typographic Designers (ISTD). The annual student award scheme asks designers to respond to one of five set briefs, the aim of which is to generate a body of work that shows evidence of typographic skills and how to use them in an exuberant and exciting manner.

The work is sent to London to be assessed. Each portfolio, containing the finished piece, drafts, sample pages, mock-ups, strategies and print specifications, is marked according to a strict set of criteria. They are judged on development, presentation, style, analysis and the final solution by a panel consisting of members from both education and industry.

Congratulations must go out to Zach Sheppard, who received a commendation for his Manifesto project, and to Sam Carr-Hyde, Harry Galuszka and Jack Brown, who all achieved pass grades.

Zach said of his work, "'A manifesto for an art school' was a really exciting brief as it allowed me to express my own thoughts on how an art school should practice and also explore ways in which to engage with fellow students. I am very pleased with the outcome and feel so privileged to have gained a commendation. I would like to thank the tutoring staff for their help throughout not only this project but all my years at Lincoln."

The ceremony is set to take place in London during the summer.

Postgraduate Recruitment Day

Thinking about life after university? How about, you know, staying for a bit longer? A postgraduate degree is a fantastic way to enhance your career opportunities and can really help you forge a niche for yourself. We're certain that you'll get the job of your dreams if you work hard enough for it anyway, but coming along to our postgraduate recruitment day can only help. Click on the image to enlarge. 

The ultimate festival accessory comes from Lincoln.

One of our third year Fashion Design students, Jemma Woodcock, has been awarded 1st prize in the Urban Outfitters 'Festival 14' International Design Competition.

Jemma produced the winning entry for the bag category, a brief that required students to 'design the most covetable carry-all that carries on any plane, train or auto-mobile'.

Jemma said, "Versatile grunge was the inspiration behind my bag design. I felt that it was crucial for any fashion conscious individual to be prepared for anything and everything when travelling from one festival to the next. My bag combines distressed suede, tan leather and a contrasting quirky zip fastening. My aim was to capture the spirit of festival grunge. The style of the bag is versatile enough to work with most wearer styles, giving it a broad appeal. The base of the Duffle Bag offers a rigid case to keep fragile valuables safe from damage during the hustle and bustle of a festival. It has a large, durable leather shoulder strap that can be worn either across the body or over one shoulder, making it the ideal carry-all festival travel bag."

For her prize Jemma was awarded $1000 and has had her bag manufactured in high volume and sold in Urban Outfitters stores and online on their website.

Lincoln make property solutions business fashionable.

What happens when fashion meets a leading property solutions business? This might not be a question you've asked yourself recently, but the answers have been rather wonderful.

Students on our Fashion Design course have been working with Simons Group to support its 'Building Safer' and 'Building Greener' initiatives. The second years were presented with a live brief which tasked them with coming up with some ideas for a character to act as a mascot for the business; one that could communicate health, safety and environmental messages about construction sites to young children.

Working in groups, the students took some initial designs that were conjured up by local school children and refined them, turning them into technical sketches that would help further develop the ideas.

Victoria Bellandini, Deputy Programme Leader for Fashion Design, said, "This project has provided our students with a fantastic opportunity to work on a live brief for a large external organisation and we are delighted with the designs they have created. This experience has been invaluable as our students have received extensive feedback from Simons regarding their designs, from the brand associations of their characters to the fabrics they have selected for their costumes. This process of critique furthers their understanding of how the creative industries work outside of the studio. They have engaged in a programme of professional consultation with Simons and we are confident that this practical business experience will stand them in good stead when they graduate from Lincoln."

The winning design was created by Kerry Plumtree, Rebecca Hurst and Emma Schofield and will be visible across the county soon. Look out for it and the other fantastic work that we're certain all our Fashion students will be producing when they head out into the industry.

Picture the scene: Our library collection grows with addition of photojournalism archive

We love it when a plan comes together, especially when that plan involves being selected to house a precious archive of iconic photojournalistic magazines that will support our research.

That is exactly what is going to happen after our library team won a bid to claim the complete collection of Picture Post, one of Britain's most significant war-time publications.

The collection consists of almost 50,000 pages and was gifted by the family of a local collector, whose affection for the publication saw him amass and preserve each individual copy of the magazine. It will now find its home in the University of Lincoln's Zibby Garnett Library for special archive materials and will be overseen by our academic subject librarian, Dr Frederick Dickinson.

Colin Reiners, Principal Lecturer in the School of Media, said, "Our collection consists of every copy of Picture Post ever published, offering students direct access to material covering the social history of Britain between 1938 and 1957. Picture Post was the high point of British photojournalism in the age before television, bringing an advanced European visual sensibility to British publishing."

The University of Lincoln was chosen as the new home for the collection following several rounds of competitive bidding action. The magazines will now be available to view by appointment, making them visible to anyone with just a passing interest or an academic need for the information they can provide. They will offer an important research tool for staff and students in a diverse range of subjects.

The collection can be accessed by appointment by contacting Dr Frederick Dickinson on

Go forth and be enlightened.