Category Archives: Communication Design

    Click to watch the trailer for Bluebarry on youtube

    Congratulations to Markus and Tommy Vad Flaaten for winning the professional Public Choice Animated Film Award at the British Animation Awards.

    Their film Bluebarry, made as their major project in BA Illustration Animation, won this prestigious award against some of the biggest names in contemporary animation and is a wonderful achievement.

    Markus accepts the award

    Tommy and Markus graduated in 2015 and the film has also been shortlisted for the National Royal Television Award for best animation having won the London and South East regional award.

    Well done to the Illustration Animation Team and lecturers Chris Shepherd and Martina Bramkamp in particular.

    Watch the trailer for Bluebarry on youtube.

    Find out more about BA Illustration Animation at Kingston University.

    FullSizeRender2Kingston’s second-year Graphic Design BA(Hons) students worked on a project with Amnesty UK to create a campaign in support of human rights.

    The brief involved creating an instantly recognisable idea, picture, joke, or a piece of street theatre to break through to the public, catch their attention for the three seconds – on average – that you have to engage. A signature on a petition is the desired outcome.

    Hugh Sandeman from Amnesty International, Kingston Branch praised Kingston’s graphic design students, ‘these aren’t just amazing ideas in the studio, the Kingston design students showed their work in the street. Amnesty’s human rights campaigning in Kingston, and nationally across the UK, can learn a lot from all of you about how to make a big splash in just three seconds.’

    Students were asked to research an aspect of one of three of Amnesty International’s campaigns and relay this message to the public in an engaging way in order to gain awareness and petition signatures. The campaigns were: Refugees, Migrants and Asylum; My Body My Rights and The Human Rights Act.

    amnesty-projectResponding to the refugee crisis one project focused on the inadequate space a refugee is confined within when attempting a journey into the UK. Through public interaction, the students aimed to evoke empathy with refugees travelling in these restricted conditions. The students built an angular structure that is a relative size to the confirmed and uncomfortable space refugees are known to travel, such as fuel tanks and aeroplane wheels. Their research relied largely on first-hand reports made by a relatively small amount of successful refugees who have gained access to the UK in confined conditions.

    For the students, this was a key point for them to begin developing their roles as designers in the real world and creating design responses to social problems and engaging with a live audience.

    Find out more about Graphic Design BA(Hons).

    mould-perceptionsNinela Ivanova will be exhibiting her work at the Weareable Fashiontech Festival in Paris between 9–14 February 2016. Ninela was invited to exhibit as it directly links to the theme of her PhD in design research. Fungi was the focus of a pilot in her research, which then moved on to broadly explore the potential of the t-shirt.

    Intersecting fashion, materials and sensory experience, researching the t-shirt has enabled understanding and engagement with novel and challenging concepts.

    Ninela is now working with a neuroscientist and expanding the potential of the t-shirt to actively engage individuals and groups with the concept of brain plasticity.

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    This Christmas, The Old Vic Theatre is “speaking for the trees” as they put on their first ever production of the Lorax on stage.  In line with the environmental themes of Dr Seuss’s The Lorax, the Old Vic invited a team of BA Illustration Animation students from Kingston University to design an ‘alternative’ Christmas tree.  In the words of the designers, The Knitted Tree illustrates the morality of deforestation, reflects that which we take for granted, and represents the space which is left behind when a tree is chopped down – thereby reflecting the morals of The Lorax himself.

    Kate Varah, CEO of the Old Vic is very thankful for the incredible work that Kingston students did on their ‘alternative Christmas tree’ brief. She says, ‘it was inspired as an idea and all of those designs that came back to us could have been used. As it was, the ‘tree’ eventually selected is now in pride of place in our foyer and looks spectacular. We couldn’t be more thrilled with both the way that this came about, and the design itself.’

    Over 100 students put forward 26 proposals, and 3 ideas were shortlisted. The winning design students were Laura Brown, Martha Halliday and Denisa Costing, all level 5 students. The staff who organised this were Mark Harris, Rebecca Davies and Nat Wyle.

    The Knitted Tree consists of over 250 strands of wool suspended to create a negative shape of a tree. It took three weeks to make, many late nights, lots of helpers from Illustration Animation and Foundation students and lots of problem solving.

    It will be seen by over 30,000 people who will see the Lorax this Xmas.

    Find out more about BA Illustration Animation at Kingston University.


    Stanley Picker Fellowship Commission

    Join the core cast in the filming of a party held for Genesis, the main character in Oreet Ashery’s Stanley Picker Fellowship film Revisiting Genesis. Dress casual, no jeans or black clothing. Please bring a packet of crisps or sweets. Pets Welcome!

    Staged with a participating audience, artist Oreet Ashery films her Stanley Picker Fellowship project Revisiting Genesis, a web series looking at the processes of dying, digital afterlife and legacy, outsider communities, friendships and reincarnations of women artists. Premiering in a solo exhibition at the Stanley Picker Gallery in spring 2016, and released simultaneously online, Revisiting Genesis features a nurse who creates biographical slideshows for those actively preparing for death and Genesis, an artist in need of a slideshow.

    Revisiting Genesis is supported by The Wellcome Trust, public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and by The Gallery at Tyneside Cinema and waterside contemporary.

    Doors 6.30pm / All Welcome

    Image: Revisitng Genesis Film Still. Courtesy the Artist. photo: Ben Davis


    A Design Christmas Market will take place at the Knight Park Campus on 30 November and 1 December 2015, 10am – 9pm each day.

    The Market will be selling the work of current Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture students from all disciplines including fashion, illustration, fine art and product & furniture design.

    The Design Christmas Market has been organised by current undergraduate students to fundraise for their year-end shows.

    Come along to support Kingston University students and purchase unique Christmas gifts for your loved ones.

    Free entrance

    Kingston University
    Knights Park Campus
    Kingston upon Thames
    KT1 2QJ

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    The Stanley Picker Gallery is one of forty organisations selected to host a Weston Jerwood Creative Bursary, a post which is aimed specifically at recent graduates. Organisations have been selected on the basis of their outstanding proposals for roles which develop recent graduates, giving each bursary recipient the best possible start to their career in the arts. Graduates will need to meet specific academic and financial criteria in order to qualify.

    Stanley Picker Gallery is committed to making a vital contribution to contemporary digital practice, providing new opportunities for artists, designers, academics, students and technology-sector experts, and commencing January 2016, the Gallery is offering a 6-month full-time fixed-term placement, to assist with developing the Stanley Picker Gallery’s digital presence and introduce a programme of exciting new digital activity at the venue. In order to qualify for the Bursary graduates will need to meet specific academic and financial criteria.

    The Digital Projects Assistant will assist with developing and delivering a range of events online, onsite and offsite, to bring new ideas and audiences to the Gallery. An excellent opportunity for a recent graduate who has embraced digital technologies during their studies and wants to develop a career within the cultural sector, the successful candidate will be an innovative ‘digital-champion’ who is keen to engage new gallery audiences through social-media and other digital platforms.

    The Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries programme is run by Jerwood Charitable Foundation with the support of Garfield Weston Foundation, Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation and J Paul Getty Jnr Charitable Trust. The successful applicant will be one of 40 bursary recipients across the UK. Find out more at Weston Jerwood Creative Bursary Programme.

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    Two BA Product & Furniture Design students have won at the Young Furniture Makers (YFM) exhibition.

    Connor Holland won the new Young Furniture Makers Bespoke Award, sponsored by Festool for his Lilo Bench (pictured above).

    The Young Furniture Makers Design Award was won by Christa Sylvana Tjong for her restaurant stool with secure storage.  This award was sponsored by Gabbertas Studio and Crofts & Assinder (pictured below).


    Connor Holland also went on to win the Best in Show Prize sponsored by Blum.  This prize will allow Connor to travel to Blum’s state of the art factory in Austria, all expenses paid.

    The Furniture Makers’ Company awards allow for engagement with students in a thriving industry.

    Congratulations Connor and Christa!

    Find out more.

    Find out more about BA Product & Furniture Design at Kingston.