Monthly Archives: April 2014

MAIDE shows off in China

The above lights were made from waste material. The collection is called “Sisters“, and has been designed by current MA International Design Enterprise (MAIDE) student Sissi Zhang, and China Academy of Art student Tao Ran, together with support by MAIDE Programme Leader Dave Bramston.

The collection has just won several British Council awards in Shanghai, and the formed part of a 4 week long trip across China by MAIDE students.

Creative Advertising Visit London

Prior to Easter the third year Creative Advertising students went to London. Here to tell you all about that is Gyles Lingwood, Principal Lecturer in the School of Art and Design, accompanied by some lovely photos that the student took during their travels.

“Just before Easter the third year students had their ‘London Week’. The year group was split in two and each group visited one agency a day. In total the cohort visited 10 agencies in 10 days.

Some of the agencies set briefs the week before and ran a crit when the students arrived. Some agencies were even more demanding and set a brief in the morning and then critiqued the work in the afternoon. A couple of the agencies gave presentations on how to get a job in advertising, showed some of their recent work and gave advice on portfolio content, industry expectations and how to successfully make the transition from University to career. Here are some photos to illustrate all of that happening:

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As you can see it really was quite a week!

Thank you SO much to all everyone at the agencies who helped organise the week. We simply couldn’t have done it without you. The vast majority of these were past University of Lincoln Creative Advertising graduates so you see how it goes: come to Lincoln > graduate from Lincoln > get a placement (or two or three) > get a job at a top agency > keep in touch with the staff team in Lincoln > help the next generation of creative talent. You get the idea.
Next up for the third years, pull everything together that they’ve learned in Lincoln and London and prepare for their portfolios for final assessment. And then it’s the degree show (and Private View party). Nice.”

Thanks Gyles.

Il Sabato Club è andato a Milano

A group of 24 young creatives enjoyed an all-expenses-paid day trip to the Milan, the self-acclaimed design capital of Europe, as part of the National Art and Design Saturday Club, founded and supported by the Sorrell Foundation.

The club members are all aged between 14 and 16 years old and have already had the chance to visit exhibitions and workshops throughout the UK, as well as benefiting from the expertise of key figures within the design industry.


The Saturday Club has been running at Lincoln since 2013 under the direction of Dave Bramston, Principal Lecturer for Enterprise in Art and Design. He was responsible for the Milan trip and had this to say:

Having coordinated three University of Lincoln exhibitions at Salone Satellite in the city, it is exciting to know that young designers from Lincoln schools have also had the opportunity to see the fantastic work showcased in Milan. It was a truly valuable opportunity for them and we now hope that they will be able to organise an open presentation to their schools about the experience to inspire others in the subject.

During the visit, the group visited the Salone Internazionale del Mobile (The Milan Furniture Fair), the world’s largest design exhibition of its kind. Salone Internazionale del Mobile was established more than fifty years ago and is now recognised as the global benchmark for the home furnishing sector.

Saturday Club co-leader Ali Shepley said, “Our Milan adventure was fantastic and provided such an important experience for everyone involved. For almost all of our club members it was the first large scale exhibition they had witnessed, and for some it was their very first trip outside of the UK. They worked fantastically well together as a team and gained valuable experience of what is a very exciting international design industry. It was wonderful to share their excitement and enthusiasm and to see their faces light up with inspiration at the incredible ideas and designs displayed within the exhibition.”

ISTD Assessment awards 2014

Four of our Graphic Design students have recently gained membership to the prestigious International Society of Typographic Designers (ISTD). The annual student award scheme asks designers to respond to one of five set briefs, the aim of which is to generate a body of work that shows evidence of typographic skills and how to use them in an exuberant and exciting manner.

The work is sent to London to be assessed. Each portfolio, containing the finished piece, drafts, sample pages, mock-ups, strategies and print specifications, is marked according to a strict set of criteria. They are judged on development, presentation, style, analysis and the final solution by a panel consisting of members from both education and industry.


Congratulations must go out to Zach Sheppard, who received a commendation for his Manifesto project, and to Sam Carr-Hyde, Harry Galuszka and Jack Brown, who all achieved pass grades.

Zach said of his work, “‘A manifesto for an art school’ was a really exciting brief as it allowed me to express my own thoughts on how an art school should practice and also explore ways in which to engage with fellow students. I am very pleased with the outcome and feel so privileged to have gained a commendation. I would like to thank the tutoring staff for their help throughout not only this project but all my years at Lincoln.”


The ceremony is set to take place in London during the summer.


Postgraduate Recruitment Day

Thinking about life after university? How about, you know, staying for a bit longer? A postgraduate degree is a fantastic way to enhance your career opportunities and can really help you forge a niche for yourself. We’re certain that you’ll get the job of your dreams if you work hard enough for it anyway, but coming along to our postgraduate recruitment day can only help.

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Enterprise Inc open for applications

Have you ever watched an episode of Dragons’ Den and thought to yourself, “Hey, I’ve got a better idea than that,”? Well it’s time to get up off your sofa and do something about it, future Richard Bransons.

The applications for the Enterprise Inc scheme are now open, and while the panel might not be as terrifying as the one on television, they are just as good at helping to get your business idea off the ground. Over the past couple of years the scheme has helped countless creative students get the business support they need to start their journey into the sometimes mystical land of being self-employed. Illustrators, jewellery designers, conservators, film directions, photographers and many more have all passed through the Enterprise doors and are now earning a living doing the thing they love. Next year when we write a similar blog post about this, one of those people could be you!


Not only does the scheme offer a series of fantastic workshops delivered by leading professionals (we did one once. Only one person left early) but it also provides the lucky few who get on with the opportunity to receive £2500 of funding to help their businesses get started.

This is a terrific opportunity for anyone who feels they have a bit of entrepreneurial flair or an idea that can’t be ignored. If that sounds like you then email or pop into the Enterprise building to find out more.

Remember us when you’re super successful. We’d like our own island.