3 designers we loved at the NTU degree show

June 12th, 2014 / Together

We wandered on down to the Nottingham Trent University 'About to Blow' degree show last weekend, and were overwhelmed by the amount of talent on display. Here are 3 graphic designers that really caught our eye.

Katie Abey

Katie's colourful, distinctive illustration style mixes pop culture references with attitude and a touch of sweetness. She has a talent for creating statements that you identify with and want to own, with a storybook illustration style that pops off the page.

Some examples (and it was hard to choose):

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Give Katie's website and Facebook page a visit – you'll want to buy everything.

Jamie Haffield

Jamie's striking monochrome designs exemplify his talent for typography and pattern. Jamie's own business card is one of the best examples of this, although confusingly the website address doesn't exist – thankfully we managed to track him down on Behance!

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We were also entranced by his giant pictorial poster about the history of skyscrapers. Called 'Pierce the Clouds', this one is best appreciated in person:

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You can find Jamie's work on Behance here.

Christopher Worker

Another monochrome fan, Christopher's work puts us in mind of dystopian propaganda posters and art deco architecture. Christopher's designs include a visual history of spacecraft:

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An entire set of tarot cards:

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And several book covers that would improve the window displays of any discerning branch of Waterstones:

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We'd love to have those on our bookshelves. You'll find Christopher's website here.

Honourable mention

This arresting portrait of Steve jobs was created using coloured tiles as a reference to stained glass and holy imagery. Jobs is presented as a modern-day prophet, but with an edge – the missing tiles each represent a suicide at the Foxconn factory where Apple products are made.

If anyone knows who it's by (or has a better image!), please get in touch.

Update: It's by Joshua Mulcahy. Amazing work.

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Thank you for having us, NTU – and everyone else, give these amazing designers some work if you can. They'll be world famous before long.

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