Ghost Signage

Ghost Signage

The imprint of the past can been seen all around us when we really want to find it. Design has been a main stay in the advertising world throughout the ages as has using lettering and typography. Today advertising is somewhat ephemeral as campaigns on billboards come and go. In days gone by, the gable ends and clear spaces on buildings were used to advert and sell a shop or a commercial premises. Today we heavily rely on the use of photography to capture the mood for the consumers and to target selling.…Read more
What’s on the Menu? – Byron

What’s on the Menu? – Byron

As many designers and creatives know switching off the analytical side of their brain is often not easy when they are out and about. Going into a restaurant is often the most rewarding of trips as it will open up a whole new place for debate and criticism. Loved ones and friends may notice that they are taking more time over the choices on the menu. Something that can seem mundane and slightly boring to the people around them. The chance to look at a menu and the graphics surrounding the restaurant can…Read more
Design, Mr Bond.

Design, Mr Bond.

As a kid the James Bond film franchise captivated my mind as I watched on, by the age of 12, I had seen all of the bond films released to that point. The design of the whole franchise is something I haven't been able to critique as a design student. In particular the logo that has been used from the start, in 1962, with the film ‘DR. NO.’ It has taken on a number of changes as technology has improved, the shape of the design has sharpened, and improved. As a graphic motif,…Read more
What a Gentleman.

What a Gentleman.

Two weeks ago, we were lucky enough at UCS to have a lecture by the Illustrator, Artist and Designer; David Gentleman. His work has spanned the past five decades, from designing stamps to illustrating tube stations. He highlighted the fact many people will have seen his work before, whether it be in Charing Cross station or on the book jackets for a series of Shakespeare plays published by Penguin but without knowing it’s him. He was a very unassuming man with such a passion for his work, as he spoke about his new…Read more
Raising my Games.

Raising my Games.

So I haven't written for the past couple of weeks; it has been a busy time at University. Two weeks ago, a group of us took a trip to London to visit the ‘This is' exhibition, at the Conningsby Gallery in London's West End. The exhibition was put on by the previous third years at UCS. Having been to the private view it was really good to go and see the work of the students who have recently graduated, in October. It was a time to consider where I may be in the…Read more