Archived entries for graphic design

Designers in Residence 2014: Disruption

Discover the design stars of the future. This year, James Christian, Ilona Gaynor, Torsten Sherwood and Patrick Stevenson-Keating have responded to the theme of Disruption by exploring future housing judicial system loopholes, construction as play and the financial systems.

Design Museum

Meet the designers

Meet the designers


Yamaha Stadium Identity and wayfinding

Yamaha Stadium Identity and wayfinding proposal
1st prize awarded by Renaissance Academy, Japan
Competition project at university (2007)

(c) Mirja Valkeasuo

Working with Mirja Valkeasuo at Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication, we both visited Jublio Yamaha Stadium.





Mirja valkeasuo

May Debatey + Dreamy wonder + Lance Wyman = Hot Source

Mad May event: here’s what you missed

Hot Source was one of the all-time greats. It was a packed house (we think we had just shy of a hundred people, but we lost count) and it was wildly varied and over-ambitious (how we like it).

First of all let the record show that Hot Source is unworthy and ungrateful: on the night we miserably failed to thank both NUCA for allowing us to use their lecture theatre, and Lambda Films for filming the proceedings. Sorry guys, and thank you.

Rob Halden-Pratt (@RobHP) kicked off by taking us into the crafty world of makerspaces. These collaborative spaces for thinking and making are springing up all over the world, and Rob is rightly asking the question: if there, why not here?

A kind of dreamy wonder descended on us as Finola Gaynor (@F1nola) told us about the Lance Wyman show she put together at the NUCA St George’s Street gallery. Great work that is both beautiful and important.

Finally, we had our first Hot Source debatey. The immeasurably affable Tony Wood (@xfactorcomms) led the panel of Paul Hill (@paulhill_biz), Maxine Green (@lexicamarketing), Chris Delahunty (@chrisdelahunty) and Sean Clark (@seanclark) on the subject of rules and etiquette for using social media – with some lively contributions from the rest of the Hot Source gang. Did we solve the puzzle? No, but there were arguments and viewpoints that we’d never heard before and it was fun to see some intellectual arm-wrestling going on before our very eyes.

Hot Source


John Carlos, and the Black Power salute

John Carlos at 'You are Here' Lance Wyman Exhibtion

John Carlos at ‘You are Here’ Lance Wyman Exhibition.  Photo (c) Finola Gaynor

John Carlos, kindly came along to see the show ‘You are here‘, here at Norwich. He was both humble and inspiring. His conversation with students at NUCA, The Gallery, was focused around the importance of the Black Power Salute and the sad consequences that he, Tommie Smith and Peter Norman faced post the 1968 Olympics.

John spoke about the way his fellow americans had ostracised him 44 years ago and now the same people clamber to have a token picture taken with him.

The Black Power salute at the Mexico 1968 Olympics was a protest made by the 200 metres American athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos and Peter Norman the Australian competitor. Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised black gloved fists, wore open sports jackets without shoes on the winners podium. All three athletes wore Olympic Project for Human Rights (OPHR) badges after Norman, a critic of Australia’s White Australia Policy, expressed empathy with their ideals.

Eastern Daily Press

Lance Wyman ‘You are Here’

You are here

Works by the legendary American graphic designer Lance Wyman

1 May – 9 June 2012

Lance Wyman is often described as the ‘Rock Star’ of graphic arts brought up in Kearny, New Jersey, the son of a commercial fisherman. Wyman was destined for a career in design for he acquired an appreciation for a “no-nonsense functional aesthetic of the sea and the factories”. Wyman describes this as “an important influence in my approach to design” as he spent time out on the Atlantic with his father.

Wyman’s approach to design is ‘complexity made simple’ this is clearly illustrated through his work for the Mexico City Olympic Games 1968, ‘Mexico 68’. His design ethos is creating graphic elements that are distilled to their purist form whilst skilfully maintaining personality and recognition.

Wyman has influenced designers, design students and every Olympic games graphic design programme worldwide ever since.

Working with Lance on the exhibition was an amazing honour. What struck me early on was the quantity and quality of his work. The difficulty for me as the curator was the selection process. I thought it important to record the process of the exhibition build.

How to get here

BBC CoverageNUCA, The GalleryLance Wyman

Lance Wyman next to Mexico68 logo type

Photograph of Lance Wyman at 'You are here' Exhibition (c) F Gaynor 2012


Exhibition Build, You are Here Exhibition Lance Wyman (c) F Gaynor 2012
Mexico Alphabet Wall

Mexico Alphabet Wall, Carl Bayliss (c) F Gaynor 2012

Close-up alphabet, Carl Bayliss (c) F Gaynor 2012

Framed pieces pile (c) F Gaynor 2012

Sports icons (c) F Gaynor 2012

Sarah Beare Gallery Technician (c) F Gaynor 2012

Vitrine (c) F Gaynor 2012

Frame Hanging, Lousia Milsome, Sarah Beare, Frame Hanging (c) F Gaynor 2012

Kyobo brand manual wall (c) F Gaynor 2012

picture hanging 2 (c) FGaynor 2012

vitrine_2 (c) FGaynor 2012

untitled (c) FGaynor 2012

untitled_2 (c) FGaynor 2012

untitled-3 (c) FGaynor 2012

Lance Wyman logo (c) FGaynor 2012


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SVA > Exhibition > Milton Glaser’s SVA: A Legacy of Graphic Design

Milton Glaser Exhibition Image at SVA New York

(c) PR office SVA

SVA > Exhibition > Milton Glaser’s SVA: A Legacy of Graphic Design.

South Coast Design Forum

The SCDF is a non-profit organisation run for and by designers and creatives from all disciplines.

What is the SCDF?

Its aims are simple, but potentially far reaching:

  • To provide support, awareness and network channels for the South Coast as an area rich in designers, architects and creatives of all kinds.
  • To generate an authoritative and respected body whose skills are recognised and called upon by local authorities and business.
  • To provide strong links with education establishments to further raise standards and help create jobs for graduates and students.
  • To highlight these skills through the running of competitions and exhibitions.
  • To generally raise the awareness and expectations of the South Coast, to turn it about to face the future, whilst acknowledging the historical context of time and place.
  • To find local and regional solutions to improving the built environment, to incorporate new housing and businesses in a sustainable manner.
  • To look at the wider implications of climate change and energy decline, to seek solutions that provide viable and sustainable methods of working and living.

Park life

Neil Whitehead is a graduate 2008 from Ravensbourne Graphic Design.

This project was called Park


The ‘Park’ campaign has been designed as a preventative treatment for the rapidly increasing mental health and well-being issues faced by London’s financial district. Exposure to nature as well as relaxation, reflection and self-realisation
are vital elements of a healthy working lifestyle. ‘Park’ will provide employees with the time and
space to escape from the working environment.

You can check out the rest of his work here

Nice idea*

Here is an interesting approach to sustainable design, designed by Tim Fraser Brown.

A range of cardboard products that transform from package to product. Each box claims to contain
a product, but instead can be deconstructed and reconstructed inside out to become its contents.
No glue, tape or tools are required.

graphic design from the beach

With my first week complete at the University of Chichester I felt both excited and a little apprehensive. The people and the building are fabulous, the problem is how to convince students that it is worth completing their degree with us. It’s not London, Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds*

*Not in order of preference