The End is Nigh – Katy Hobson

I’m three weeks into my final semester and about to start a second notebook, I’m also pretty sure the new pen grove in my finger is a permanent feature.

I’m not sure what I expected from the final months of my Graphic Design degree but if you had told me three years ago that I would be spending the vast majority of each day reading articles and journals about Edtech, transparent user-centred design, Information Architecture, and the improvement of learning retention, for an essay about how Graphic Design can be used to help the progression of education, I probably would have asked for a glossary of terms. That’s not to say I’m not enjoying it, I’m loving it. For the first time since leaving college I’ve been getting down and dirty with theory, the amount of physical design I’m doing at the moment is negligible.

Throughout most of my degree I have been bumbling along with no idea where I want to go at the end, I’ve dabbled with publication, poster and book design, I’ve done a bit of web-based design and some typeface development, but nothing had really jumped out to me. Then I hit third year and was handed a brief from the National Air Traffic Services (NATS). It was an incredibly open brief we had to design a way of enhancing the European basic course at the NATS education centre. I started delving into interface, interaction and experience design and applying them to educational theory. I realised that this was what I was missing, a real world problem that needs a current an expansive solution crossing many platforms and design techniques. It was interesting, intelligent and helpful to somebody somewhere.

So when it came to my Final Major Project and Reflective Journal I knew I had to build them around my new design interest. This choice has carve my career desires and understand my assets. I’ll openly admit I’m not the best typesetter on the course, my publication design is average at best, towards the end of second year I had started to consider new paths outside of graphics. But since discovering the world of experience design I’ve realised I don’t need to excel in type design to be a designer. I need a creative approach to problem solving, the ability to persuade people I’m right and a genuine desire to help people.

Oh and passion, that’s what keeps you reading into the night, then gets you up when the alarm goes off.




Samuel Membery talks to SHOWstudio about London Menswear

Fashion Design tutor, Samuel Membery talks to SHOWstudio about his label Itokawa Film and London Menswear.

Daryoush Haj-Najafi is joined by a ‘New London’ collective including; photographer Ronan McKenzieItokawa Film‘s Samuel Membery, [NOTHING]’s Jai Elevenand writer Cora Delaney to discuss the MAN A/W 16 menswear collection and the term ‘New London’.

Click on the image to watch the film.

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Originally posted on the Make Future blog by Caitlin Hinshelwood

Andrew Carnie – Dark Garden: Heard With A Different Voice

Lecturer in Fine Art at WSA, Andrew Carnie, in collaboration with sound artists Matt Grover and Steve Bayley, currently has an exhibition on display at Bridport Arts Centre in Bridport, Dorset. Exploring work currently being carried out on autism, the exhibition runs until 27th February 2016.

carnieAs a condition, autism is little understood, but is often characterised by repetitive actions, hyper-sensitivity and isolation from day to day reality.

The artwork on display is a response to this and involves the projection of layered images onto hanging pieces of voile accompanied by a four channel sound piece, all in an attempt to demonstrate something of the condition. The piece has been created using research being carried out by Prof. Francesca Happe and Prof. Utah Frith and their research teams, at King’s College London and the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience University College London as inspiration.

The project was funded and supported by the Norwegian Mental Health Council and the Science Museum Oslo and the Arts Council England for the sound track. The work has been shown at the Science Museum, Oslo, Norway and at 10 Days in Winchester, UK.

Andrew Carnie is well-known for his work exploring the cross-overs between art and science, and this piece forms another step in his developing practise.

BOARDerless – Bobbie Allsop

IMG_0890Board Game Exhibition WSA

On 5th February 2016 the Games Design & Art students lured wiling victims into the Graphics building with the prospect of playing new board games. The rattle of dice filled the corridor as I made my way towards the hack lab expectant to see what they had created. As I entered I found the first year students hovering nervously by their games, hoping someone would turn up to play them.

Sitting down to read the instructions for a dice game, I remembered back to last year where it was me in their shoes, worried that no one would be able to understand the rules and that the whole event would be a disaster. But just like last year the laughter and enjoyment of the room testified to the great design happening here at WSA.

With the course growing from 12 students to 24 the diversity of games has grown as well. It didn’t matter if you were a board games noob or master, there was something for everyone. The event was perfect for catching up with some friends, enjoying some snacks and drinks and playing some innovative board games. Not to be missed for next year.


‘The Board project is designed to encourage iteration and specifies simple parameters, don’t over do the aesthetic design, pick a theme, Failure, Chance, Collaboration or Memory and make lots of paper prototypes that people play. So over the 2 weeks the students use Design Thinking and Lean UX methodology to create, test, refine, pivot, create and test whether the game is in fact fun.’

Adam Procter, Acting Programme Leader – BA (Hons) Games Design & Art 

ustwo X Moving Brands X WSA

tumblr_inline_o2asw8dXKs1sz40w6_500On the 3rd of Feb, recent BA Graphic Arts graduate Dem Gerolemou, returned home with some of his friends from the design industry.

The text for this post is written by Moving Brands copywriter,Louie Zeegan:

Dem from ustwo, and Steffan and Louie from Moving Brands visited WSA. They started the day with a talk that touched on everything, from how they met and their journey into industry to what they’ve worked on in their first 18 months and the side projects that keep them sane. The three then ran through some key points on stuff they’ve learned along the way – a one liner on screen, they discussed their interpretation of the point and how it could help students into industry.

After a Q&A session, the afternoon was about helping the students explore their ‘creative core’, with the objective of informing their online presence / self-promotion. The guys asked the students to choose an artefact (which they described as literally anything – an object, story, picture) that would help them articulate why they wanted to be a creative.

tumblr_inline_o2at2aspVO1sz40w6_500In attempt to destroy all signs of ‘I am a graphic communicator’ on new designers’ websites, the informal brief encouraged students to think less about the title of their jobs, and more about the purpose of it. The group then sat and chatted through their artefacts, asking questions and discussing why they’d chosen those particular things – it was an eye opener for the students and the three ‘professionals’.

One student spoke about how a series of images helped her articulate the power of photography, another student read the manifesto of Japanese design agency Nendo. One student used an origami fortune teller to discuss playfulness.

The last destination was the Mucky Duck, where a more informal workshop continued over a few beers…

Since the day, the discussion on Twitter has been positive and encouraging – many email addresses were exchanged so stay in touch! Their inboxes are open doors.tumblr_inline_o2asxuoCGV1sz40w6_500



This post originally appeared on the Tumbler for the Graphic Arts programme at

The Man Who Fell to Earth

On the 11th of January 2016 the world’s media once again turned their cameras and microphones towards one of arguably the most legendary icons of British music. David Bowie, the man, the mystery, didn’t disappoint. Even in death he provided a spectacle that put his work right in the spotlight.

david_bowie_starman_notjustalabel_712814192_0Rather than write this piece as a first-out-the-gate article that was clouded with emotions and clutter, I decided to write this piece in hindsight of his death, because hindsight is a great thing. You don’t need me to tell give you a breakdown of his life, because we’ve all been bombarded with it from every news outlet on this side of the Northern Hemisphere (and beyond). Instead, I thought I’d tell you a little about what David Bowie meant, and will continue to mean to me.

Whilst I was not of the generation to technically ‘grow up’ with the music and influence of David Bowie, my dad is a massive fan. This meant my childhood involved having a Bowie album on full blast whenever Mum wasn’t in the car, and singing our hearts out to ‘Life on Mars’. Our rendition would surely have made the local cats sound like Pavarotti, but it didn’t matter. Bowie’s music and what he stood for became an influence upon my life to such an extent that it is now unquantifiable. From my perspectives on life, to my artwork, in one way or another he has impacted it all in some way, shape or form. I became fascinated with this androgynous, chameleonic creature that had the ability to adapt to his surroundings. He taught me that it doesn’t matter what you look like, who you love, what music you’re into, or where you come from, everyone has the ability to be who they want to be, regardless of how clichéd it is.

His desire to embody characters on stage is, I believe, a metaphor for our whole lives. We all adopt different personas when we need them, I’m sure you all wouldn’t talk to your boss on a Monday the same way you talk to your friends in the pub on a Friday night. His ability to transform himself by using his body as a human canvas was, and still is awe inspiring.

If there’s one thing that I learnt from appreciating Bowie’s work, it’s that if you’re not happy with who you are, it is well within your ability to change that. It was only in his later years that he seemed to appear comfortable portraying ‘himself’ on stage, but having never previously seen the ‘real’ David Bowie, who’s to say that this wasn’t just another character? That’s a question that I’m sure people will be arguing until the cows come home, but to me it doesn’t matter. His hypersensitivity to the world around him was eye-opening. He knew exactly what people needed, even when they didn’t know it themselves.