Tuesday, December 4th 2012
Congratulations to City of Wolverhampton College for their award-winning newspaper The Spark.
The Spark, which is the college’s part-time prospectus, picked up Silver for best Magazine Publication at the FE First Awards. The awards, presented by The College Marketing Network, are held to celebrate marketing best practice and the work that is being achieved in further education colleges across the UK. Well done to the Spark’s designer Craig Podd and everyone else on the team.
Redesigning The Spark and switching to a tabloid newspaper format has meant that more people pick up the prospectus, and the college’s costs have been significantly reduced. Good news all round.
There’s a new edition hot off the press this week so why not see for yourself if you’re in the area.
Friday, November 23rd 2012
The other day Design Week published their list of the top 50 design consultancies. We’re incredibly proud to be included in that list.
Proud, and a bit surprised. Design Week say, “Creative Survey is an annual ranking of design consultancies across all sectors based on their number of award wins. This year we’ve aimed to offer a better-rounded representation of the design world by not only retaining interactive awards such as the BIMAs and Webbies, but also bringing in the Design Museum’s Design of the Year Awards.”
Because of this jiggery pokery we’ve scored 29 points and made a commendable 45th place next to IDEO who designed the world’s first mouse and Johnson Banks who recently designed the new Virgin Atlantic logo and Farrow who designs all the Pet Shop Boys albums.
Yet another staggering success for the Art Department.
Sort of. It’s actually a success for you guys who make us look good by continuing to make interesting, unusual, beautiful, charming, touching, amazing papers. Thank you.
Thursday, October 21st 2010
We’re delighted to be in the running for a BIMA Award (that’s British Interactive Media Association). Newspaper Club is one of six finalists in the Media and Entertainment category. Nice.
The final decision takes place in early November. Fingers crossed…
Wednesday, February 17th 2010
The Engineering Dept. went to the Design Museum in London last night, for the opening of the Designs of the Year exhibition. That’s because we’ve been nominated in the Graphics category, which is nice.
The blurb says:
The seemingly unstoppable rise of digital communication has seen many people predict the impending death of print. The Newspaper Club flies in the face of this, by enabling anyone to produce, not just their own newspaper, but anything that can be made with ink on newsprint. To keep costs as low as possible on print runs from five to 5000, The Newspaper Club utilises downtime at printing presses. Files can be uploaded to the website, enabling prompt printing and delivery, and there are even tools to help the enthusiastic amateur arrange text and images in attractive page layouts.
We’ve been given a little space in which to show off Newspaper Club, and we wanted to make something friendly and interesting that people could actually do something with. So we printed lots of single sheet newspapers that people could take away with them.
On one side, a big logo. That’s not very interesting. But on the other side, James Bridle produced a map and an essay for a walk starting at the Design Museum. It’s called A Wide Arm of Sea. The walk takes you east along an imaginary shore line, towards the history of Bermondsey and Rotherhithe. As James writes:
Somewhere along the way I had the realisation that Bermondsey and Rotherhithe form not a riverbank, but a coastline: a starting point for voyages and expeditions, a strand of possibilities. All the world embarked from this point: Conrad’s famous opening lines to Heart of Darkness – “What greatness had not floated on that ebb into the mystery of an unknown earth!” – look out from here; as do the mad expeditions of Brunel and Captain (Saint?) Christopher Jones. And so: we have a walk, a story, a history.
James has written all about it on his blog booktwo.org, so to save me just copying and pasting, go and read it over there. It’s a fine thing indeed.
A Wide Arm of Sea is available at the Design Museum for the next couple of months. If you follow the walk, we’d love to hear your stories and see your photos – stick a link in the comments.
As usual, more photos on Flickr.