Chitter-Chatter Finale

Don’t miss out on the Chitter-Chatter finale:

A talk by Jonathan Barnbrook. This Wednesday at 2PM – see you all there!


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.

Week #11

This week –The Private View invites are made (cutting, sticking and stamping),
the invites are sent out, students begin to transform the studio – tidying, emptying,
stripping the walls and moving furniture, the fun begins – sanding and painting
the walls, Chris builds 3 walls in 2 days, RGB fundraising night out with DJs Westjay and Introspective, back to work in the studio building and painting,
Chitter-Chatter presents… Hat-trick and the painting continues!

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!

Week #10

This week – Materials for the show start to arrive, FMP work continues, the contributors of Auction 13 are revealed, the Show Thirteen publication is finished and sent to print, the committee meeting discuss final preparations, FMP work continues, portfolio crits with Kath Tudball (JohnsonBanks) and Alan Herron and the last ever crits of our degree!