D & AD New Blood – Graduate show highlights

Stylesight’s Graphics team visited this year’s D&AD New Blood show last week. The show exhibited a mass of creative talent from the U.K.’s graphic and visual communication graduates. Here’s a small selection of the projects that stood out most for us.

Southampton Solent University was a key college for interesting and experimental illustration. One graduate’s work that grabbed our attention was Ewan Mclaughlin’s. His bold lined character illustrations had real creative energy.

A great mix of photographic and hand-drawn looks stood out on the University of Westminster stand, with  the creative illustrations of Harry Williams being another strong piece.

The other key highlight from the University of Westminster was the incredibly detailed fashion illustration work of Natacha Malkim. It is an amazing visual mix of hand-drawn line work and paint-brushed form.

Taking visual communication to the next step by adding a third dimension to a graphic can give strong impact. James Letherby executed this with an impressive piece of work from The Arts University College at Bournemouth stand.

Norwich University College of the Arts had an impressive showcase of packaging design work. One highlight was Jamin Galea’s, work where he added some clever humor to his sore throat lozenge packaging design.

Jay Wright from the University of the West of England was one of the first highlights we saw from the show. His graphically hand-rendered studies in pattern format gave great visual punch.

Bath Spa University was another key stand with a high standard of illustration work. We loved Maisie Duncan-Antonie’s beautifully styled playing card illustrations;  they were one of the standout collections from the show.

UCLAN was yet another great showcase of graduate talent, with Naomi Jones‘ paper pressed relief illustrations offering up some powerful visual impact.

Keep your eye out for our complete graduate graphic and illustration highlight report due out later this July.













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