Some Kingston highlights

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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.

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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’.

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Here they are in action.

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

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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.

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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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)