New Blood 2012

First off, apologies for the slight delay in the post – the show finished yesterday – but we think old news is still better than no news!

A few of the FFF team headed along to check out this years New Blood and, as expected, there was some excellent work on show from the class of 12.

In no particular order, we’ve put together a short selection of the work and designers who particularly made an impression.

Rick Jones (University of Huddersfield)
This work really stood out, with a meticulous attention to detail which ran right through every project. Rick also cut a selection of his own typefaces, which were used to great effect. My particular favourite was the inline, rounded Neben Pro.

Jordan O’Brien (Stockport College)
Jordan had a beautiful hand painted style, which helped to light-heartedly personify a series of mundane everyday objects.

Brendan Bennett (Glasgow School of Art)
I was really drawn into Brendan’s Digital Planets piece which “considers the idea of a digital ecosystem that will operate in a posthumous universe.”. Really intriguing idea, beautifully realised.

Sebastian Koseda (Middlesex University)
Middlesex had a very strong batch of graduates this year, with Sebastian being among the best. A mixture of well considered design and strong concepts (such 20th Sonic advertising), created a really accomplished body of work.

Naomi Wilkinson (University of West of England)
Bristol-based Naomi’s work is “heavily influenced by Vintage children’s book’s, Mid century graphics and eccentric pursuits.” Beautiful.

Peter Smart (The Arts University College at Bournemouth)
Peter enjoyed the esteemed position of having created one of the most high profile pieces of work on display. His 50 Problems in 50 Days Online Experience set about the ambitious task of solving 50 problems in 50 days using design. It was a journey which saw Peter interview a series of top agencies worldwide, before winning a Best of New Blood award.

Melissa Preston (Edinburgh Napier University)
Melissa’s back to basics typographic poster really stood out, while being an appropriate medium for her Something of Value project – a campaign to promote traditional values as a foundation to solve contemporary cultural problems.

Overall there was a huge amount of talent on show, and while there isn’t the time to fit all of it in todays post, look out for other talented graduates making an appearance on our Twitter over the next few days.

Congratulations and goodluck, Class of 2012!

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