Some Kingston highlights


I’m just coming to the end of my third year as external examiner at Kingston University’s graphics course. It’s a course which most people would place as one of the top ones in the country – a mixture of conceptual, 2d and 3d thinking that is always intriguing.

Here are just a few of the highlights.

Christopher Syrett’s unusual project, shown above and below, examines the credibility of two newspapers by measuring their ‘column inches’, making a pretty unusual installation in the process.


One of the consistent performers of this year’s crop is William Southward – here are a couple of his projects. Firstly a bizarre project to counter panic attacks/crime in the community that suggests that grown-ups would wear their own, full-sized ‘comforters’.


Here they are in action.


Several of William’s projects stood out: for me this everyday punctuation idea was really great.




I really liked the conceit suggested by Luke Hopkins and Hannah Graham of a NEW retail outlet that actually sold old stuff, neatly presented in recycled and not-quite-fitting packaging materials.



Sarah Cupitt’s hidden depths poster looks innocuous at first, then on closer inspection….


…reveals its creatures to be plastic, to protest against the increasing amount of litter in our oceans.


It wouldn’t be a student show if there wasn’t some gratuitous alphabetting, and Dave Wood’s bulldog clip typeface doesn’t disappoint.


This is part of Joanne Clarke’s project on Breast Cancer – a simple mailer encouraging women to use the supplied die-cut card to good effect.


Part of my role at Kingston is to look at the first and second year work too. I liked Owen Evans’ 2nd year project on ‘professional equipment’ – here’s a great crematorium image.


Oddly one of my favourite projects of the week actually came from a 1st year. When asked to celebrate her hometown Jess Reynolds decided to make her own customised wellies from her favourite walks.



Not bad for a first year, I thought.

The show itself is only on briefly in Kingston but the greatest hits will be on show at D&AD’s New Blood student exhibition later in the month.

By Michael Johnson.

(ps this was an entirely personal pick of items that took my eye, and would look good on a web page, apologies to those I missed)