Type & Grids

A wall of inspiration

A wall of inspiration

The first year graphic design students have recently completed their primer project in typography and the art of layout, simply known to Preston tutors and alumni as Type & Grids. The project is an opportunity for students to immerse themselves in the work of typographers and designers from the late 1800’s up to present day, and offers a starting point for the young designer to start to comprehend the craft and rigour that typography of the highest order demands.

It is a particularly pleasing project as the leaps in design ability can be registered throughout the timeline of the project and seen visually from the initial pencil sketches to initial layouts to finished artwork. Simply, the innate ability of the young designer could not produce the standard of work at the final crit on day one.

It is also a project of no shortcuts; the main component is time, time taken to understand, collate, design, redesign, redesign, edit and amend. So on and so forth.

All tutors - from graphics and beyond - have commented on how strong the work looks, and how well it has dressed the room for Conference Week 8. All in all a great body of work and start to semester 2.

The first pin up:





Year 2 Graphics celebrate the YBAs at 30

Second year Graphics students have marked the 30th anniversary of the Young British Artists (YBAs or BritArt) by designing the layout for a digital magazine.

This project required researching well known Brit artists such as Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, the Chapman Brothers as well as lesser known artists in this Contemporary Art movement.

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The brief was to design an article for ‘Design Week’ iPad magazine replacing the former printed magazine.

The students had to design the layout of type and image for the front cover, introduction page and a five-page article on their designated artist.

The aim of the project was to visually communicate the UX, navigation, interactivity and moving image regions on the pages.

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The project will be developed later in semester 2 with digital presentations in After Effects to demonstrate the movement and interactivity.