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HND Visual Communication at Edinburgh College

In / Out

27 May 2016

We love topical projects. This one by HNC student Liam Phillp, for his Graded Unit, deals with the EU Referendum. The brief - In/Out - was to present an alternative to the recent Government publication outlining why we should vote Remain on June 23rd.

Liam's concept is 'the breakup', and blends an ironic play on personal relationships with crisp editorial design and a fresh typographic approach.  It's surprisingly informative, and far more memorable than any of the official information that's currently out there.

TES FE Awards

14 May 2016

We were in London recently at the TES FE Awards, where our HND course gained a nomination for the Partnership Initiative in the Employer Engagement category. The awards celebrate dedication and expertise in the Further Education provision across the whole of the UK.

Curriculum Manager Neil Manning accompanied the design tutors to the event, held at London's Grosvenor Hotel, along with two of our Mentors, Kirsten Murray and Kat Summers, both from Teviot Creative.  A full list of nominations, winners and the official photo gallery are available at the TES website


11 May 2016

It's nearly that time of year again. Our design students are midway through their final projects, and the graduating class are gearing up for the annual Industry Night & Show on June 9th. For the second year running, we'll be exhibiting at the prestigious Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh. The event is part of the 'Glow Festival' - a month-long celebration across Edinburgh College featuring a number of exhibitions, show nights and events at venues around the city.

This year our one-night event, entitled 'A Brief Student Show', will feature brilliant graphic design work from our Class of 2016, plus video and design work from our Partnership and mentoring projects, and winning competition work. As usual, there will be refreshments, a great DJ, and upwards of 200 designers, educators, employers and graduates past and present to network with.

To let us know if you can attend the show, go to and follow the brief. We'll be posting out print invites (sponsored by G.F Smith) to agencies and individuals once our list is complete.

Mentor Evening Buzz

25 April 2016

Some photos from the last mentoring evening of the 2015-16 session.  This event allowed our final year students to run their major project ideas past their mentors, and to talk about their whole experience of the course and their thoughts for the future.

Mentor Dan Haythorne, a Senior Designer at Teviot, came into the mentoring programme this year as part of our Partnership Initiative, and had this to say about the evening -

"It was wonderful to see and feel so much energy and passion buzzing around the place and I was particularly impressed with the guys who presented what the course had given them. The humour, delivery and analogies showed great ability to engage with an audience – a crucial skill for their futures."

The final project deadline is the last week in May, and our annual Industry Night and Show takes place on June 9th at the Fruitmarket Gallery.   We'll be announcing further details of the show in the next week or so.

Star Creative Shortlist

24 March 2016

For the fifth time in six years we're celebrating good news from the Marketing Society Scotland, who have shortlisted our final year design student Charlie Law for the Star Creative Award 2016.   This award is in the Development category, sponsored by Union Direct, and requires students from Universities and Colleges in Scotland to submit a written proposal and moodboard to a brief set by a high-profile client.

This year the client was the Scottish Government, and the brief was to highlight gender inequality and the pay gap in the business sector in Scotland. Only four entries made the shortlist this year, and they were then required to develop their idea and present it to the judging panel last Friday at the Union's studio in Edinburgh.  Charlie's presentation featured a clever twist on gender stereotypes and some engaging copywriting.  We'll post up samples of his work in due course.

The winner will be announced at the Marketing Society Star Awards, on June 9th at the Corn Exchange in Edinburgh, the annual celebration of Scotland's world-class marketing community. You can find out more about the awards, including the shortlists across all the professional categories, at the Star Awards 2016 website.

Spreading The Word

17 March 2016

Our NC class have just finished their first editorial project 'Interview'.  For this work, they interviewed HND students whilst they were out on placement at some of Edinburgh's best agencies. The class gathered the interview source along with some great photos of the HND class, and then set about designing some nice Q&A-style spreads.  We've posted a batch of samples on Pinterest, and have included three striking pieces here -

Aga Pomaranska interviewed Aiste Piechaviciute at Whitespace.

Ken Sjoberg interviewed Alex De Sousa at APS

Julia Martins interviewed Olga Kominek at Lewis