Monday, 31 January 2011


Follow the link - You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll certainly think twice about getting that tattoo you've been considering.

Thursday, 27 January 2011

Now That's What I Call a Headline #01

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

agency signing

Recent graduate Ian Morton, as well as landing a pretty sweet design job has just signed up Inky Illustration as his agent. Well done Ian, we look forward to feasting our eyes on your illustrated delights in the future.

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Gigantic Swish!

East of Eden

Well South actually.

Many of us have the pleasure of commuting to University across Carlisle's Rickerby Park. It's lovely at any time of year, but during the winter the climate can conspire against us...

Photos 1 and 4 were taken on days when a brisk walk would have been advisable (-17 degrees celsius anyone)?

Photos 2 and 3 record the days when only a canoe would suffice (the River Eden can become a 'lake' that is half a mile wide).

Still, it beats the tube.

summative song

The brief was to re-visit the previous briefs undertaken that semester and sum up what had been learned...
Jen Bows (2nd Yr Graphic Design) surprised us with a song. Grand.


This cleverly titled piece comes from the blog of Tom Softely (2nd Yr Illustration).

Monday, 24 January 2011

More Tea Vicar?

Need to make a cup of tea quickly, but can't quite remember how? Well have a look at this!

A detailed and thorough piece of Information Graphics courtesy of Year 1 Graphic Design student, Danni Loughlin.

Thank you Danni, now how do I drink it?

A Monday Morning Surprise!

Staff and students were shocked to find an aircraft hanging from their studio roof when they returned from the weekend break.

The red Fokker DR 1 triplane, similar to the one made famous by Manfred von Richthofen (known as the Red Baron), had been carefully suspended on wires some 8 metres above the studio floor.

“We don’t know why it’s there or where it came from” said bemused lecturer Jim Millington (33). ‘It could just be a student prank, or an experiment with a full-scale Airfix kit that simply got out of hand” added his colleague Tony Peart (also 33).

Illustration lecturer Dwayne Bell (33) stated, “It’s bright red and got two 7.92-mm LMG 08/15 machine guns so it’s fine by me!”

For the time being at least, the three-winged interloper will be staying put. A University spokesperson, Dr. Bevis Frond explained, “The University only owns three tread step ladders, which are fine for accessing high office shelves but totally unsuitable for removing First World War fighter aircraft suspended 8 metres high from a studio roof.” He went on to strike a note of caution. “I hope the perpetrators call it a day with this prank’’ he said, adding, “The nightmare scenario would be the appearance of a Sopwith Camel 2F.1 biplane in the same studio space as this could easily lead to a dogfight, resulting in a recommencement of the hostilities that thankfully ended on the 11th November 1918.”

sew magazine

Rosie Geissler (3rd Yr Graphics) has just had her work mentioned in Sew Magazine, pictured above. Good work Rosie.

Dour Fields (Diptychs)

At times of economic hardship, nothing cheers you up more than a collection of "Dour Fields".

Saturday, 22 January 2011

Paul Julian

Animations by Paul Julian. Came across these whilst looking through Lou Romano's blog (illustrator/Pixar genius). Not a laugh a minute I'll grant you but beautiful non the less. Tell Tale Heart - 1953 & The Hangman - 1964.

Friday, 21 January 2011

U.S bike manufacturer Renovo are producing this bike. From wood. For £950 you can buy a hickory bike frame. Surely it woodn't go.

Student 'swamped' by overenthusiastic lecturers!

Today at the University of Cumbria what started as a one-to-one tutorial for illustration student Mike Tailford (pictured above centre back) soon got out of hand. "I couldn't believe it" said a confused Mr. Tailford. "I was talking to Rhiannon and before I knew it three other lecturers had joined in". An emotional Mr. Tailford continued, "While I found their feedback useful and informative, there just wasn't the space, or the air, for five fully grown adults in my corner of the studio. They had also boxed me in!"

Reports suggest that it was only when two of the group started to argue over his inadvertent use of the Comic Sans typeface that Mr. Tailford was able to effect his escape.

A spokesperson for the University, Dr. Hilliard Halliard said, "I can't see what all the fuss is about, surely a staff-student ratio of 4 to 1 is something to celebrate in this time of austerity".

Following an emergency administration of a Trebor Mint and a mouthful of Kia-Ora, Mr. Tailford made a full recovery.

I love avant garde

Ex student James McCarthy just dropped us an email to let us know that he's well. He is currently working at drumbeat creative and has also had work included in the book 'I Love Type Two - I love Avant Garde', available at all good book stores.
Well done James.

we like these

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

teapot tuesday?

Nice poster, not sure about the idea of ceramic kitchenware in a nightclub though.
Taken from Sarah's blog (2nd yr Graphics)

go on josh, you tell 'em

Borrowed from Josh's (1st yr graphics) blog.

Friday, 7 January 2011

web sites

Our current 2nd years have recently completed their personal web sites. Here's a few tasty screen grabs, links are added as and when (to the main body of the blog), keep 'em peeled.

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

30% extra free

Illustration created by Rob Marshall (1st yr illustration).
Fruit and vegetable promotion project where Rob rightly pointed out that pears have got an extra 'bit' compared to apples and such.