Over and out

It was 5 months in the making, but now Show Thirteen is all over. From this..


(Photo Credit: Natasha Nuttall)

to this…

(Photo credit: Charlie Urmston)

It was a lot of hard work by 76 students and 18 staff members but Show Thirteen was a great experience showcasing the Graphic Design talent of the future. On the Private View evening, the studio was buzzing:


(Photo credit: Charlie Urmston)


(Photo credit: Charlie Urmston)

There were toasts, speeches that will be remembered forever (“She has been a good ship” – B.Tullett 2013), thank yous…


(Photo credit: Charlie Urmston)


(Photo credit: Charlie Urmston)

… and congratulations. The following 2 weeks we received great feedback, reached new people…


(Photo Credit: Natasha Nuttall)


(Photo Credit: Natasha Nuttall)

… and a lot of our business cards disappeared (there have been placement and job offers!). It’s been an experience that none of us will forget. Thank you to everyone who has supported us along the way – the tutors, families and friends.

Congratulations to Show Thirteen – we’re the last class of Thomas Parker House and the future of Graphic Design. Who knows where we’ll all be in 10, 20 or 30 years but we’ll always have that one unanswered question in our minds…


(Photo credit: Chris Algar)

Who stole that Mars bar in first year?

Watch out industry, we’re on our way! (Not to steal your mars bars though, don’t worry.)

Chitter-Chatter presents… Jonathan Barnbrook

The Chitter-Chatter series ended on a high Wednesday, with a brilliant talk from Jonathan Barnbrook.

Students were really keen to hear Jonathan talk about his work and he didn’t disappoint. He began by talking about ethics in Graphic Design – something he has very strong and interesting views on. He believes that ‘big budgets don’t make good work’ and considers how intellectually beneficial a project would be for the studio before deciding to take it on.

He also discussed the effects of a recession on Graphic Design, explaining a
recession is an opportunity to be part of a massive change in society. Which lead on to the identity work for Occupy London – they began with a pastiche of a
underground symbol:

Jonathan’s pitched logo stayed clear of cliche imagery whilst being simple and dynamic. He explained that his response ‘wasn’t the most amazing logo ever designed, but it does the job as a logo should’. All pitched logos were put to
public vote and Jonathan’s was victorious.

The logo was used on banners:

This simplified version gave it a raw, organic feel and Jonathan explained that the logo was designed to work in this method. Two students started up the Occupied Times using Jonathan’s font, Bastard saying: ‘We didn’t buy it, we occupied it.’

Jonathan explained he was so impressed with their initiative and passion, that he employed both of them!

Next he spoke about his work for David Bowie. Describing music as his ‘main driving force’, he said that working on the Bowie cover was great but a lot of pressure – ‘the thought of 5 million people looking at it thinking “well that is shit”.’

The cover for ‘The Next Day’, which uses a white square over the top of Bowie’s Heroes album, has been met with both criticism and praise. He talked us through some of the opinions expressed by the public, one ending in: ‘suggests a 1st year art student trying to be all that.’ – harsh!

But on the flip side, the white square became an brilliant advertising tool and icon:

Used over the top of other albums and spreading on to social networking:

Jonathan talked about keeping the Bowie album a secret – he couldn’t even tell the rest of his studio and had to use codewords when talking on the phone!

Jonathan then showed the development of the corporate identity for Roppongi Hills in Tokyo. Meaning 6 trees in Japanese, the logo was created by 6 circles and encased within the type:

Interestingly, the branding was taken so seriously that it was even drawn onto cardboard boxes used by the street cleaners:

To finish, Jonathan discussed some of his most popular work – his fonts. From Mason to Exocet:

‘Typeface design is not for everybody, lets be honest. Typography is not about grand gestures – it’s about detail.’

Jonathan explained the reasons behind his fonts, from being an expression of language to improving our society. He showed the inspiration behind his letterforms, using the past to create something new:

As well as some of the odd situations he has found his fonts being used – Disney and a menu:

It was a thought-provoking and insightful yet entertaining talk – a massive thank you to Jonathan. He even signed the Barnbrook Bibles that the boys had brought with them:

Afterwards, a group of students gave Jonathan a tour of Lincoln’s Cathedral and he kindly treated us to a drink, offering more advice and anecdotes about Bowie. Next time we’re in London, we owe you Jonathan!

Thanks again to Jonathan and also to the Chitter-Chatter team (Sam, James and Talveer) who have organised a great series of talks. Sadly that is the end!

RGB – The Remix

On Wednesday, 120 students attended the final fundraising social event of the year: RGB – The Remix.

Complete with fancy dress and DJ sets from Westjay (Sam Weston and Sunjay Morar) and Introspective (tutor Chris Twigg) the night was great fun.

DJs West and Jay with groupies…

… gangsters…

… a gecko, a glow stick, a geek and a gypsy – the second years made a brilliant effort with fancy dress beginning with G. The first years got involved too, with plenty of R themed costumes:

RGB runners, Rizzo from Grease, Rambo, a robin and robbers.

From the third years, fancy dress beginning with B included builders, burglers, a bunny rabbit, black cats, a baker…

… Betty and Barney Rubble, Bubbles and Buttercup from the Power Puff girls and a Birthday present!

Our headliner, DJ Introspective (tutor Chris Twigg) posed with his fans:

Thanks to everyone who attended – hope that you all had a great night and we raised nearly £300 for Show Thirteen! Also thanks to Kind Bar and Lola Lo’s who were brilliant hosts.

Chitter-Chatter presents… Hat-trick

The penultimate talk of the Chitter-Chatter series yesterday came from Jim Sutherland of hat-trick. This is the second time that the 3rd years have welcomed  Jim to Lincoln – he gave a brilliant talk back in 2011 when we were in 1st year so the pressure was on to beat it!

From publications for the Centre Point building in London – 34 stories about a building with 34 stories (floors)…

… to identities for collections of collections (Horniman museum) they tackle everything with a simplistic idea executed to the highest standard.

Jim shared hat-trick’s identity design for ‘Action on hearing loss’ which was highly commended in the Design Week 2012 awards:

…and lead to hat-trick’s first advertising job – a campaign using tools to demonstrate hearing loss literally.

hat-trick created several billboard versions – some with quirks like the one below that was displayed in Camden:

A massive nail sticking out of the board in an ear – it’s quite brutal but that’s why it works. Jim said that ‘no one takes notice of the problem so the campaign needed to get attention for the cause’. It’s simple but unexpected and grabs attention.

hat-trick aren’t afraid to strip ideas back to basics and step away from their screens. When working on the logo for the Imperial War Museum they worked with print outs and physically played with the design:

The end result is simple, striking and modern without too much contrast against the historical content of the museum.

The simplicity is continued through work brochures for Prostate Cancer UK using pictograms with personality:

…and leaf shape patterns for KEW Gardens.

hat-trick love designing stamps – the challenge of designing for such a small area and they’re pretty good at it too! As part of London Design Festival they exhibited their favourite stamps, framing them with mini gold frames:

They then extended the project to create mini exhibitions in other venues including the V&A and bus stops using stamps appropriate to the location. It seems that there’s a focus on everything being big, so it’s refreshing to see something small and lovely:

Jim shared a photo of his sketchbook collection and gave the students advice, stressing the importance of writing notes, lists and doodles – they help you to think!

After his presentation, Jim kindly answered several questions and offered packs of hat-trick playing cards and books. Overall it was another enjoyable and inspiring talk – thanks Jim.

See more of ht-trick’s brilliant work here.

The final talk in the Chitter-Chatter series takes place at 2PM next Wednesday 15th May from Jonathan Barnbrook! For more info get in touch with the talks team – @lincolngdtalks.

Invitation time

It’s been a beautiful day here in Lincoln, but there’s no time for sunbathing – we’ve been busy making Show Thirteen Private View invitations:

Thanks to Becky Allsopp, Jake Brennan, Jack Kingham, Emma Dawson, Natasha Nuttall, Becky Civil and Dave Morris.

The team made over 80 invites – cutting, stamping, gluing and writing addresses.

Look out for these in the post soon (if you’re on our lucky list). Not long to go now before Show Thirteen opens!