Category Archives: Communication Design

    Kingston University graduate Jimin Kim was recently awarded the ‘new talent’ award at the 40th World Illustration Awards.

    Jimin, who studied MA Illustration at Kingston, impressed the judges with her University project Hyde & Seek, which explores the notion of alter egos. Her work features intricate designs displayed in a concertina format.

    Jimin spoke of the approach she took to Hyde & Seek: “According to psychologist Jung, a human personality cannot be defined as a single image, which means that human personality is a cluster of multiple personalities. The theme of ‘Hyde and Seek’ is based on this idea.

    “When it comes to the visual aspect, I use cutting section to represent this idea. So audiences can make different compositions by themselves by turning page after page. In addition to this, these images can represent the theme of split egos effectively.”

    You can see more of Jimin’s work by visiting her website and Instagram.

    Learn more about our Communication Design: Illustration MA.

    Jimin Kim - Hyde & Seek

    40th World Illustration Awards

    Bestival award winnerA FADA postgraduate student has won a national competition run by London brand and design agency JDO.

    Lisa Eder, a Communication Design: Graphic Design MA student, beat around 300 entrants to win the 2016 JDO Raw design competition, aimed at finding the country’s best emerging design talent. The challenge was to design a drink concept to be sold at Bestival, the Isle of Wight music festival.

    Lisa’s design centred on the issue of dehydration, a common problem at summer festivals. “I saw it as an interesting creative challenge to come up with a non-alcoholic drink, like water, for a venue traditionally dominated by alcohol” she explained.

    Lisa’s drink concept ‘Remedy & Company’ is a two-way ‘pharmacy within a drink’ to keep festival-goers both energized as well as hydrated: “The pharmaceutical reference provided the visual focus for the entire branding, including packaging and point of sale.”

    JDO RAW’s panel of judges included Rob da Bank and Bestival marketers, Felix Buxton from Basement Jaxx, Phil Gladman, the CMO of William Grant & Sons and Ben Oates and Paul Drake, JDO creative directors.

    Paul Drake, JDO’s creative director, praised Lisa’s design: “The quality of the entries this year was stunning and we had a really difficult decision to make. In Lisa we have found someone who answered the brief with a really innovative and fresh approach.”

    Lisa won a pair of tickets to this year’s Bestival and a two month paid placement at JDO. The FADA student spoke of her delight at the win:

    “Winning this award makes me really proud. It is a great feeling to see my work appreciated in such a way. I would like to extend my thanks to my tutor and course mates who helped me during the work process and of course JDO and Bestival for choosing me!”

    Bestival design award

    genesis 1 CROP


    PROGRAMME 1  –  6.15PM

    Les Memoires du Temps
    Jean Baptiste Pacioselli & Kyrian Rouvet

    Andrew Copley-Pickering

    Cyclic Hannah

    Unspoken Water
    Sarah Blackie

    Pippa Young

    PROGRAMME 2  –  7.30PM

    Jacob Roy

    The Art of Distraction
    Leah Morris

    The Croft
    Paulo Berberan

    Utility Frequency
    Sam Hailey

    An Artist’s Landscape
    Fergus Haughton

    PROGRAMME 3  –  8.45PM

    The Head, The Heart, The Hand
    Sian Ayerst-Dyer

    Tobia Grieco

    Soul Suleiman

    Kerem Haeger

    De Tal Palo Tal Astilla
    Annabel Martin

    PROGRAMME 4  –  10PM

    An Endless Stare
    Jessica Aston & Tyler Sear

    Game and Grouse
    Amy King

    Yann Giroud

    The Clash of Mars & Venus
    Sara Kara

    To Dearest
    Eunji You

    Making Tracks eflyer

    Making Tracks // in partnership with FRAME

    Whirlygig Cinema’s Making Tracks is a groundbreaking event that re-imagines short films with live scores performed by The Cabinet of Living Cinema.

    By fusing moving image with live music and foley, Making Tracks offers a stimulating platform for emerging film talent and an opportunity to join filmmakers in hearing these new soundtracks for the first time.

    FRAME 2016 will see the return of this exciting collaboration, featuring a programme of innovative dance shorts with live scores.

    Followed by the World Premiere of CONSEQUENCES…

    Consequences is a 30-minute film-based cabaret-style event, with a spirit of fun and hand-made creativity. Created by Kingston University Graphic Design and Dance students, with live music by The Cabinet of Living Cinema. Get ready for a playful historic dash from the dawn of film to now, presented as a mixture of film and live performance, highlighting chosen moments in British moving image media, popular culture and dance.

    Rose Theatre, 24 – 26 High Street, Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey, KT1 1HL
    Tickets: £8 / £5 students

    FRAME: The London Dance Film Festival will take place from 9-12 June 2016 offering an opportunity for creative talent in the arts, dance and film worlds to share experience, show work, learn from other artists and enjoy the best that dance and dance film offers. Find out more:

    FixFair is taking to the streets of Kingston to show how Open Design can benefit users and communities and engender a “Made in Kingston” ethos.

    Inspired by the “FixPerts” model, FixFair will see a panel of designers and dedicated workshops visiting the high street, market squares, estates, schools and care homes of Kingston to increase sustainability and improve lives.

    From fixing broken household goods to ‘hacking’ or adapting existing products in innovative ways, FixFair will bring the solutions to the problems, helping people excluded economically, those with care of child commitments, and those with physical and mental challenges.

    By collaborating with local schools and community groups, FixFair will enhance creative skills and encourage community engagement, while promoting the Faculty’s central ethos of “thinking through making.”

    For more information and to find out how to support the project, check out FixFair’s Spacehive page.

    MA Open Weekend

    We would like to invite you to the Design School’s MA Open Weekend 2016, an excellent opportunity to find out about postgraduate study at Kingston.

    The exhibition will be a visual walk-through of our unique course structure in which students develop their personal practice within an interdisciplinary working environment.

    Located at our Knights Park Campus, the exhibition will begin with a private viewing on Saturday 4 June between 1.00pm and 7.00pm (invite only), and then open to the public on Sunday 5 June from 1.00pm until 5.00pm.

    We look forward to seeing you there.



    Oreet Ashery: Revisiting Genesis at the Stanley Picker Gallery

    As a culmination of her Stanley Picker Fellowship research, Oreet Ashery presents Revisiting Genesis, a new major commission taking the form of a web-series in twelve episodes. Written and directed by the artist, Revisiting Genesis explores the philosophical, sociopolitical, practical and emotional implications of the processes surrounding death and withdrawal, digital afterlives, outsider communities, social networks and reincarnations of women artists. With a new episode released weekly, the online narrative unfolds in parallel to Ashery’s exhibition at the Stanley Picker Gallery, which transforms the space into an interactive, social environment inspired by local community centres. The display also includes Black Orchid (1956), a bronze sculpture by artist Dora Gordine, presented with its original plinth, which evokes Ashery’s fascination with the life of the artist.

    Revisiting Genesis follows two nurses, both named Jackie, who assist people actively preparing for death to create biographical slideshows serving as their posthumous digital legacy. The slideshows become a tool for reflection on cultural and social loss, friendships and memory as identity. When a group of friends request this treatment for Genesis – an artist who is dying symbolically and otherwise – Nurse Jackie attempts to activate Genesis’ memory through the making of her slideshow, which draws from elements of Ashery’s own autobiography and explores the disappearance of social and educational structures under contemporary neoliberalism. Jackie concludes that it might not be Genesis who is vanishing, but the structures she had relied upon. Presented in parallel with Genesis’ story, the twelve episodes are intercut with improvised interviews between individuals with life-limiting conditions and Nurse Jackie, played here by a practising GP.

    Developed in consultation with Medical and Death Online experts, including researchers at Kingston University, and produced with a range of artistic collaborators, Revisiting
    Genesis responds to diverse influences spanning from feminist art practice to outsider and minority politics, as well as the emergent online death industry.

    Oreet Ashery is a UK-based interdisciplinary artist whose politically charged and socially engaged practice includes exhibitions, performances, videos and writings, in an international and local context, that explore issues of gender materiality, potential communities and biopolitics. Recent presentations include Fig.2 (ICA, London 2015), Animal with a Language (waterside contemporary, London 2014), The World is Flooding (Tate Modern, London 2014) and Party for Freedom (Artangel 2012-13). A current Stanley Picker Fellow in Fine Art at Kingston University, Ashery is represented by waterside contemporary.

    Revisiting Genesis is commissioned by the Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston University and supported by a Wellcome Trust Arts Award, public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, Tyneside Cinema, Goldsmiths University of London and waterside contemporary.


    Showing at the Stanley Picker Gallery and online:

    13 April
    Episode 1
    Episode 2

    17 April
    Episode 3

    24 April
    Episode 4

    1 May
    Episode 5

    8 May
    Episode 6

    15 May
    Episode 7

    22 May
    Episode 8

    29 May
    Episode 9

    5 June
    Episode 10
    Episode 11

    12 June
    Episode 12

    Visit  for more information.