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  1. Guest Lecture – Al Murphy

  2. Guest Lecture – Jeremy Coysten (North)

  3. Graduate update – Sophie Gordon

    Congratulations to recent graduate, Sophie Gordon (2013), who has just secured her dream job at Children’s Book publishers Nosy Crow. Many thanks should also go to another of our graduates - Kristina Coates, who works at Nosy Crow - for alerting us and Sophie to the opportunity.

  4. Graduate 2013 Update - Ananda Maryon

    Congratulations to one of this year’s graphic design graduates, Ananda Maryon, who recently secured a first junior designer position at local digital agency Error Studios.

    Ananda has always had a keen interest in motion graphics and interactive design as seen in his final year project that was exhibited in this year’s degree show – a 3-D typeface designed for motion. Hopefully he will fit in well at Error.

    More of his work can be seen on his website.

  5. Graduate 2013 Update - Mark Frances

    Mark Frances, whose work is currently being exhibited in our final year degree show, is getting some publicity this week. Design Week and The Designers Journal are both featuring his Ballon d’Or football inspired posters, designed in collaboration with independent football magazine SPIEL.

    Ballon D’raw is a collaborative project between SPIEL and Liverpool School of Art & Design which took the winners of the Ballon d’Or as a start point of an examination of the links between football and design.

    Both footballers and designers have the ability to capture the imagination of popular culture and Mark Frances’ poster series looks at a Ballon d’Or winning five-a-side dream team of Lev Yashin, Franz Beckenbauer, Johan Cruyff, Michel Platini and Eusebio through contemporary design styles. In his Johan Cruyff piece, Mark drew inspiration from the work of graphic designer and typographer Wim Crouwel. Both men played an important role in Dutch culture of the 60s and 70s and shared a common belief that beauty must be central to their work. As Crouwel put it “the grid is like the lines on a football field. You can play a great game in the grid or a lousy game. But the goal is to play a really fine game.” 

    The collaboration was initiated by Senior Lecturer, Mike O’Shaughnessy, who comments:

    “Footballers like Messi, Xavi and Gerrard are true artists, but like all creative people, their skill is born from knowledge and constant practice. Design practice and football are similar. But without the WAGS and designer clothes.” 

    You can still pick-up some of the posters at our degree show until the end of the week, and read the SPIEL’s accompanying essays as they come online.

    You can view the rest of Mark’s work from his website.






  6. 2012 Graduate profile 1 - John Biddle

    John Biddle, one of this year’s illustration graduates, is featured as Artist of the Month on The Double Negative website…


  7. Alumni - Michael Cottage

    Nice to see one of our recent Illustration graduates, Michael Cottage, featured as artist of the month on the excellent Double Negative online magazine.

  8. Alumni - Daniella Orsini

    Animation graduate (2007), Daniella Orsini, returns to Liverpool next week with her animation Being Bradford Dillman screened as part of the British Animation Awards 2012.

    Daniella worked as character animator on the 10 minute stop-motion animation about a bullied and introspective girl with an identity crisis. Being Bradford Dillman is being screened in the Public Choice Programme 2 on Tuesday 24 January at 6.30pm and 9pm at FACT, Liverpool.

    Daniella was the Regional Winner and National Finalist of the ‘BAFTA 60 Second of Fame’ Award 2007 with one of her final year student films. Earlier this year she worked on the short film The Girl is Mime starring Martin Freeman - also an award winning short.

    Here’s the trailer…

  9. Alumni - Harry Nesbitt

    One of our most talented recent graduates, Harry Nesbitt (2009) has showcased a set of avatars (online ‘alter-egos’) for tech company Realmac Software on his blog. Beautiful character design in a style we recognise from the work he was doing in his final year with us.


    Avatars for Realmac

    A Day in the Life final year student project

  10. Welcome to 2012

    With the festive season over and this being the first week back at work, it seemed appropriate to feature this cynical New Year poster designed by 2011 graduate Sam Harrison. At least the days are getting longer!