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.

Animation technician receives golden ticket

Every year the Students' Union dish out a series of awards created to highlight good practice from both students and staff and raise the profile of exceptional teaching. This is all done to enhance the overall student experience at the University of Lincoln, making it an even better few years for you lot. Hurrah!

This year the awards received 430 online nominations and another 33 offline nominations. The student panels then met up to mull over the candidates and compile some short-lists.

We're chuffed, thrilled and over the moon to announce that one of the people short-listed to receive an award is the School of Art & Design's very own Animation senior technician, Simon Gape. His students have nominated him for the Staff Member of the Year Award, which is fantastic recognition for all the hard work he has put in.

All the nominees receive a golden ticket which acts as an invite to the awards ceremony, set to take place on the 8th of May. Good luck Simon! Hopefully you don't get stuck in a giant chocolate sucking tube, turned into a blueberry or carried away by any tiny employees.

Enterprise Inc open for applications

Have you ever watched an episode of Dragons' Den and thought to yourself, "Hey, I've got a better idea than that,"? Well it's time to get up off your sofa and do something about it, future Richard Bransons.

The applications for the Enterprise Inc scheme are now open, and while the panel might not be as terrifying as the one on television, they are just as good at helping to get your business idea off the ground. Over the past couple of years the scheme has helped countless creative students get the business support they need to start their journey into the sometimes mystical land of being self-employed. Illustrators, jewellery designers, conservators, film directions, photographers and many more have all passed through the Enterprise doors and are now earning a living doing the thing they love. Next year when we write a similar blog post about this, one of those people could be you!

Not only does the scheme offer a series of fantastic workshops delivered by leading professionals (we did one once. Only one person left early) but it also provides the lucky few who get on with the opportunity to receive £2500 of funding to help their businesses get started.

This is a terrific opportunity for anyone who feels they have a bit of entrepreneurial flair or an idea that can't be ignored. If that sounds like you then email or pop into the Enterprise building to find out more.

Remember us when you're super successful. We'd like our own island.