D&AD Award Success

dad_logoAt the 2016 D&AD Global Student awards ceremony, Falmouth students won 16 D&AD pencils, the most from any single University in the world.

 

All of our winners were from the School of Communication Design. Graphic Design students, Jamie Quantrill and Matthew Churchill were each winners of the coveted yellow pencil for their submissions. A total of six graphite pencils were won by Falmouth students: Tom Austin and Jessica Nineham (Graphic Design), Ryan Ho, Jonathan Tubb, Alycea Marx-Blackwell, Jon Coates and Josh Welton (MA Creative Advertising).  A special mention must go to Ryan Ho, who not only won two graphite pencils and one wood pencil, but also received the white pencil, for his submission for the Ford mobility brief. Wood pencils were also awarded to Jonathan Tubb, Sanjana Dora, Gabby Prawl, Jon Coates and Dimitrios Dimitriou (MA Creative Advertising) and Louis Knight, Matthew Caldwell, Emma Jeffery and Becki Sewell (Graphic Design).

The ceremony was the final event in the week, following the D&AD New Blood show case exhibition of students work in Shoreditch, London. The exhibition presents student work from the leading courses in Graphic Design, Advertising, Illustration and Photography and attracts thousands of visitors, including professionals from the top agencies and design consultancies, all there to find the best of the best of this years ‘new blood’. At the exhibition Graphic Design student, Matthew Caldwell and MA Creative Advertising students Lucy Wai & William Boehm received a Best of New Blood award (‘Ones to watch’). Lucy and William also were announced as the overall winners of the ‘Pitch yourself’ brief. Additionally Creative Advertising students Ryan Ho, Josh Welton, William Boehm and Lucy Wai were accepted into the D&AD New Blood Academy.

The D&AD champions excellence in Design, Advertising and communication. Our continued success across all of their award schemes and measures of success, place Falmouth University amongst the best of the best.

‘Our success should not be a surprise to anyone who has met our students. Their drive and commitment is matched only by their creativity and passion for learning. Equally our approach to teaching provides a learning environment that is infused with industry connections and delivered by tutors who bring their extensive professional experience, creativity and commitment to every facet of the student’s learning experience.’

Jon Unwin, Director, The School of Communication Design.

Yay time!!

To cap the fantastic successes our students had this year in the D&AD Student Awards, we now hear that we have four winning teams at YCN too. Brilliant!

Congratulations go to Billy, Lucy W, Inger, Charlotte, William, Tubby and Lucy H for their excellent work on the Toyota, WRAP and Independence Day briefs. This kind of thing will certainly go a long way towards helping them get good placements in agencies.

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Graphic Oscars

On Thursday 9th June we hosted the Graphic Oscars for Stage 1 Graphic Design at the School of Communication Design, Falmouth.

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The ‘Red Carpet’ event brought together collaborative film groups who were tasked with delivering a 60 second short film. The brief came from the very first task students were asked to consider at the start of their academic year: to fill in a ‘DEAR ME’ letter with a ten thing list of to-do items on it for the year ahead. We shortlisted the whole years list and these became the working titles for the films:

  1. Say “Yes” more
  2. Learn to dance
  3. ALWAYS have milk
  4. Eat like an adult
  5. Fill my boots
  6. Try to like wine
  7. Buy a new Apple something
  8. Make friends with someone who owns a yacht
  9. Host a dinner party
  10. Be more musical

Red carpet guests enjoyed, cold beers and popcorn. All the films were great but there are always winners (and runners up)

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Oscar winners:

Best World Cinema: ALWAYS have milk: Vidisha Shenoy, Haruka Kondo, Hannah Li, Jenny Jeon, Aileen Kvamme Rokkum.

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Best Maritime Film: ‘BOB’ Make friends with someone who owns a yacht: Martha Holmes, Emma Singleton, Lucy Bristow, Lucy Scholes, Adele Bright, Gorgina Blackwell, Molly Bryan.

Best Public Information: Try to like wine: Rutherford Craze, Luke Charsley, James Cook, Lucus Rhys.

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Best Film: Robot AL-76 goes astray: Ben McMillan, Louis B Clarke, Joseph Hill, Cllum Dean.

Life Time Achievement: Ben Casey ( A big thank you for being our external examiner)

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Visit by The Talent Business

Today we welcomed Nikki Hall from The Talent Business to the studio. The Talent Business is a one of the best recruitment companies for the advertising business with offices all round the world.

Nikki met our class and explained how she can help them in their search for a job in advertising. She also explained how Cream, their famous portfolio competition, works http://www.thetalentbusiness.com/cream-1 Every year in July and August, The Talent Business selects Creative Directors from top ad agencies around the world to judge the 20 best student portfolios. People who get selected, almost always get immediate placements on the back of it, so well worth doing.

Big thanks to Nikki for taking the time to come down to see us.

Collaborative design research project tackles stigma of mental health

During National Mental Health Awareness Week, a global collaborative research project has completed its first phase of work; investigating how design communication and story telling can challenge the stigma of mental health issues.

The project instigated by graphic design staff at Falmouth and psychiatrists from Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, saw an initial branding project develop into a global service design challenge. This challenge centred on bringing shared insights from doctors, designers, carers and patients together; using storytelling through film and UX design to deconstruct and challenge the language and insights that so stigmatises those facing and living with mental health issues.

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Part of the project’s investigation unearthed the scale of the invisible epidemic facing the world, with mental healthcare spend and problems growing exponentially over the coming years.

By 2020 the NHS will face the reality of the problem being one of its biggest healthcare priorities. Globally it remains one of the greatest challenges in not only industrialised nations but developing economies too. As an example, China has upwards of 95 million cases affecting its citizens, 50% of which are created before the age of 14. In the UK, alongside physical medical conditions of the brain, day-to-day, 1 in 10 suffer from anxiety and depression. Longer term, 4 in 10 will experience depression in their lifetime and alongside the social and family challenges this brings, 70 million workdays are lost each year, having massive effect on the economy and life of our nation. The true reality of this epidemic has to be opened up for discussion and the Falmouth project; ‘Communicating Mental Health’ aims to confront the dilemma.

The scope of the project soon developed with a further two student design teams at Chinese Universities in Anhui and Jiangnan being briefed in China by designer and research lead Bryan Clark from Falmouth in March. Professor Dr Qingjun Chen and Professor Dr Barbara Wong were to manage the Chinese teams in their two respective Universities and the two psychiatry leads in Cornwall were Dr Adrian Flynn and Dr Rohit Shankar. Additionally, medical students from Exeter University joined some of the project team’s research investigations and co-discovery sessions. Technology support was aided by educational technologist Adel Gordon from Falmouth, setting up online web portals to share learning and insights. A key contributor to the project was Robert Woolfe, Director of Cornish service design company Made Open. Robert’s experience of working with Government, Design Council and communities around the UK, bought valuable project experience to the work of the Year 2 students at Falmouth, where he is also employed as an associate lecturer.

The last stage of work will see the integrated design solutions, campaigns and digital outputs shared with the project teams in Falmouth and China. Further testing will be run with doctors in Ghana, Ethiopia and Singapore for feedback to affirm potential impact and learning.

Head of Graphic Design Bryan Clark notes; “This has been an important project for us, addressing a truly global question through collaborative research, teaching and innovation. It also comes at an important time for the School and our learning, as we launch a new masters course in Communication Design. This explores the emerging landscape of design for human need in the context of a rapidly changing world and how the global creative industries and individuals can respond.  Cornwall too is on the map nationally with major new health funding from the Design Council coming to the South West. The project team aim to examine the opportunity of this news in the context of work undertaken to date and build on the great collaboration so far between design and science communities both in Cornwall and beyond”.

MA Creative Advertising graduates from Falmouth sweep the board at the Young Lions

The winners of the prestigious ‘UK Young Lions’ awards 2016 have just been announced. This competition is open to young Advertising Copywriter/Art Director teams – creative professionals under the age of 30.

Entrants were given a creative brief devised by the Red Cross, the organisation’s selected charity for 2016.

In the ‘Print’ category, out of a total of 13 shortlisted UK entries, no less than five were created by former students of Falmouth University’s MA Creative Advertising course.

These included the overall winners of the Print category – Naresh Subhash and Michael Outhwaite (Falmouth class of 2014-15). Naresh and Mike have been invited to the final judging and awards event in Cannes in June. Here they will compete on behalf of the UK against winning entries from all over the world.

In addition, there were three Highly Commended entries. All of these also involved ex Falmouth MA students – Alex Nash and Francesca Miani (class of 14-15), Joe Arnold (14-15) and Jo Taylor (12-13).

Yet another 2012-13 ex Falmouth MA team, Matthew Beevor and Katherine Middlemas, were among a further nine, short-listed entries.

All great news for postgraduate study at Falmouth, announced on the Guardian website on 5 May.

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Falmouth University on top of the world

Students from the School of Communication Design at Falmouth University have won no less than 16 D&AD pencils in this years awards This represents the most from any single University in the world.

The D&AD award scheme attracts student entries from all over the world. The briefs are written and ultimately judged by leading professionals and are designed to challenge the student’s creativity, craft and communication skills. It arguably represents the ‘Oscars’ of the Design and Advertising industry.

Eight of the pencil winning student entries are from the BA(Hons) Graphic Design course and eight from the MA Creative Advertising course.

‘We are extremely proud of our student’s continued success in national and international award schemes. It not only reflects our student’s commitment, creativity and ability to challenge conventional thinking, but also endorses our approach to teaching, that places creative problem solving and strategic thinking at the heart of the curriculum.’

Jon Unwin, Director of the School of Communication Design

The winning students will be invited to a gala ceremony in London this July, where they will discover whether their entry will win further accolade.

Drum roll please for the following students…

Tom Austin, Matthew Caldwell, Matthew Churchill, Jon Coates, Sajana Dora, Dimitrios Dimitriou, Ryan Ho, Emma Jeffery, Louis Knight, Gabrielle Prawl, Jamie Quantrill, Alycea Marx-Blackwell, Jessica Nineham, Becki Sewell, Jonathan Tubb and Josh Welton,

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