Visual Communication/Graphic Design
at Edinburgh College

Working in Partnership

2 October 2015

Creatives from some of Edinburgh's top agencies and studios - Skyscanner, Teviot, Realise, Multiply, The Union, Blonde, Lewis, Whitespace, Lennon, Neish and Edinburgh District Council - came along to the design studio at the Granton Campus last night to meet our new crop of final year students and kick off this years' Mentoring Programme.

The evening began with our new Partnership agencies meeting the College Principal Annette Bruton, and signing their Partnership posters down in the Hub area. We'll post up official photos and a short film of this soon.

Up in the studio Design Tutor Helena Good gave a talk on the history of the Mentoring Programme, and presented some project-work related to our successful end-of-year show back in May, at the Fruitmarket Gallery. Founding Mentor Ian Farmer then spoke about the development of the programme from its inception in 2009.  The mentors then got a chance to meet their students, and look over examples from the most recent brief, the DMA Breakthrough Award project for East of England Co-Op.

A 2013 graduate Luke Milne, wasn't able to attend on the night, but sent through an inspirational message about the merits of our programme, along with a short film about motivation.

Finally, we gave the groups one of our traditional 20-minute briefs.  This year we set them the gargantuan task of trying to 'Save Volkswagen'.  All the solutions were clever, amusing and in some cases probably worth sharing with the client. Well done to all.

Aiste Plechaviciute and Mentor Conan Johnstone (Whitespace).

Mat Chojnowski (Whitespace) and Ignacy Nawroki hard at work saving a famous brand.

Alex De Sousa and Teviot's Creative Director Kristian Labak deep in thought.

Kristian and Alex's solution was an interesting tweak to the client mark.

Kiera Winfield and Kat Summers (Teviot).

Rhys McGeary, Skyscanner's Judson Cowan, and the Union's Neven Crljenal (reading the brief).

Alan Lennon, one of our longest-serving Mentors, with student Sarah Tucker.

Not Another Mentor Evening

30 September 2015

Tomorrow we are hosting the first Mentor evening of the new session. Our final year students will get to meet their assigned mentors and show them some of their current work, including the DMA Breakthrough Award brief which they've almost finished.

This year we've got mentors from the likes of Realise, Lewis, Story, Whitespace, Teviot, Multiply, Blonde, Equator,  IL Design, Neish, Lennon Design and the Union.

The evening will also see the launch of our Partnership Initiative, where a number of those aforementioned agencies are signing up as official sponsors of the course. This is the latest development in our award-winning Mentoring Programme, and it represents a new way to look at employer engagement in Further Education. Affiliated agencies and studios will share in our curricular objectives, working alongside our students as buddies, mentors, project directors and placement liaisons.

The event runs from 6-9pm and the format for the evening is -

6.00-6.30pm Reception in Hub, launch of the Partnership Initiative
6.30-7.00pm Mentoring presentation and discussion in R310
7.00-8.00pm Presentation/feedback on the DMA brief with individual mentors
8.00-8.30pm 30 minute brief
8.30-8.45pm Review

We're exhibiting samples of past final projects in the Hub, and recent graduate Alasdair Muir also provided the identity for the project.

Talkin' About Our Work

29 September 2015

During our end-of-year Show at the Fruitmarket Gallery, we interviewed industry leaders Iain Valentine (Whitespace), Judson Cowan (Skyscanner), James Jefferson & Patrick Bjorkman (Equator), and graduating student Dan Plunkett (now a designer at Equator). We loved what they had to say about our students, the course, and the event, so over the summer our students took some of the quotes from those interviews and turned them into short typographic films.  The one featured here, by Kiera Winfield, is a great piece of work and will be shown later this week at our Mentoring Event.

You can also watch the interviews here.

Class of 2015

28 September 2015

Our class of 2015 graduated on Friday at the Usher Hall!

Techshare 2015

14 September 2015

On Thursday and Friday of last week, four of our HND students attended the Techshare Europe 2015 event at the Glasgow Science Centre.

The conference, now in its 4th year, attracts a wide range of international speakers and industry experts and promotes discussion and debate on wearable technology and digital access and engagement.

The speaker lineup featured Nick Cain and Kiran Kaja (Google), Daniel Hubble (Microsoft), Richard Moreton (Samsung), Steve Bennett (Dolphin), Thibault PĂ©ant (Claria), Chris Yiu (Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations), Jamie Chen-Pensley (Catapult Transport Systems) and Gary O'Donaghue (BBC Washington Correspondent).

Student teams from Duncan of Jordanstone, Glasgow Caledonian University, Napier University, Glasgow School of Art, Abertay University and Edinburgh College were involved in the Scottish Institute for Enterprise (SIE) Innovation Challenge. The students worked on a brief for the RNIB Group, producing ideas in digital experience to tackle the challenges facing blind and partially sighted people and pitched their solutions at the end of the conference.  You can check out how Techshare happened on their Storify board.

Tutor Helena Good with our Techshare team - Hannah Johnson, Rumana Sayed, Liam Henderson, Rhys McGeary.

Our YCN Winners!

3 September 2015