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  1. I Don’t Love Soccer Because Soccer Has Never Loved Me

    To mark Roy’s Boys early return from the Brazil World Cup staff are launching a publication and exhibition of artwork that has taken a critical look at “the beautiful game” through the lens of graphic design and illustration. 

    Our friends at Bold Street Coffee have kindly donated their wall space and are hosting the publication launch on Wednesday 25 June, from 6.30pm.

    We have produced an edition of 90 publications, of which 45 will be on sale on the night, at a very respectable price of £5. The publication and exhibition consists of artwork produced in response to a 1978 essay by Italian scholar, writer and semiotician Umberto Eco about football and the World Cup. The publication has been designed by Jon Spencer and printed in-house using our Risograph.

    A project website has also been designed and built by Chris Jackson.

  2. Graduate Profile 2014 – Rob Headley

    Graphic Design student, Rob Headley’s GIF animations were another signature piece from the show. The short looped animations were produced through the filter of reprographic technologies. The project also included a toolkit for producing the animations. A package of masters sheets can be manipulated with a scanner, printer, or other physical image making process and then digitised and sequenced to produce animated loops. The results are like a moving version of Karel Martens’ counterprint

    One of Rob’s other projects - a generative typeface.

  3. Graduate Profile 2014 – Niamh McGee

    Illustration student Niamh McGee is one of this year’s best and most prolific printmakers. She also took on a short internship at London based illustrator, Jimmy Turrell’s studio this year. She’s now part of The Green House Collective set up by a group of this year’s graduates, operating out of an old warehouse in the Baltic area of the city.

  4. Graduate Profile 2014 – David Dodd

    David Dodd’s graphic design project about the Westboro Baptist Church was one of the signature pieces of this year’s degree show. So much so that David’s project is heavily featured in Creative Reviews’ Talent Spotter series, written by Well Made Studio’s Gemma Germains.

    The review also features the work of Matt Sharp, Jess Heaton and Naomi Chevanne.

  5. Graduate 2014 Profile – Malik Thomas-Smeda

    Illustration student, Malik Thomas-Smeda, is a man in demand. Following in the footsteps of many of our graduates, Malik will soon be featured as artist of the month by North West online arts magazine The Double Negative. And after a 3rd Year collaborative project with The National Football Museum it’s now looking likely that he’ll now been commissioned to produce another 6 illustrations for the museum.


    Illustration from National Football Museum project.


    Pompidou Centre drawing. Featured in large print format in the degree show.

  6. Graduate 2014 Profile – Willoughby Warner

    Like Jess, graphic design student Willoughby’s not had much time off between University and the “real world”. Immediately after final submission he’s been interning at Sara De Bondt Studios in London. The internship marks the culmination of an ongoing collaboration with Sara De Bondt and Liverpool Biennial.

  7. Graduate 2014 Profile – Jess Heaton

    Each year one lucky graduate segues perfectly from education to employment. This year it’s the turn of  illustration student Jess Heaton, who last week started working as junior graphic designer at Boohoo online fashion retailer in Manchester. Luckily she was allowed to take some time off to attend the Private View and check out the huge print of her work installed in the show.

    Large format print signature piece for the degree show homepage

  8. Degree Show 2014

    This year’s Degree Show opened this week. The private view was well attended by ex-students and the local art and design scene, not to mention the family and friends of the current 3rd Year.

    The show is open for the next 2 weeks. 10am to 6pm weekdays, 12pm to 6pm weekends.

    Here are some photos to give a taste of the evening. A quick tour of the show is available from 3rd Year student David Dodd. Over the coming week’s we’ll be documenting the show properly and producing a publication. Also look out for future posts profiling graduating students.

  9. High Resolution
  10. Offset Dublin

    Our intrepid reporter, Mike O’Shaughnessy has finally submitted his piece on the recent Offset design conference that our 1st and 2nd Years went to. Here it is…

    Offset is a Showcase of International Illustrators, Graphic Designers and Animators. This was the fifth year Offset has ran and it was our first trip with L4 and L5 Illustration and Graphic Design students. Previous speakers have included Stefan Sagmeister, Bob Gill and Oliver Jeffers. There are three days of one hour talks plus interviews and discussions. This years big draws were Marian Bantjes and Neville Brody.

    French Illustrator Genevieve Gauckler gave a witty and self-deprecating insight into her world.

    Bjorn Rune Lie appeared slightly hung over – as were most of our students. The opening Offset Event Party went on to the early hours of Friday Evening. Bjorn’s talk was a real education, he revealed all his influences and discussed his technique.

    A big favourite with all the male Graphic Designers was Jessica Walsh. The fact that she had appeared naked for a Stefan Sagmeister publicity shot, proved to be a big draw for all the young male attendees.

    Ex – Liverpool student Richard Turley gave a big shout to all the Liverpool students in the audience and talked very fondly about his time as an undergraduate. His design approach was clever and irreverent. Unlike some of his American counterparts, like Mike Perry, he didn’t use the captive audience as excuse to celebrate what he did.

    The overall student feedback was really positive.

    “mmmmmmmmmm” level 5 Illustration