Poetic progress for Arts and Media students

By May.22, 2015

12First year students from our Creative Writing and Graphic Design courses have collaborated on an exciting project to produce a series of works in a ‘Typographic Haiku Collaborative Experiments’  exhibition.

Our first year BA (Hons) English and Creative Writing students were asked to create a haiku; a Japanese poem of seventeen syllables, in three lines of five, seven and five, traditionally evoking images of the natural world. These were then passed to our BA (Hons) Graphic Design students, who were asked to produce a series of experimental typefaces that conceptually reflected the content of their given poem. The final task was to demonstrate how successfully their newly crafted letterforms displayed their respective poem, in poster form.

The collaboration has already been hugely successful with a number of students offered immediate placements with Havas Lynx (a leading global healthcare communications group), with potential leads to employment.

Tim Isherwood, Graphic Design lecturer said: “Being able to contextualise these works in the form of exhibition is important for both partners in the collaboration as it provides a professional framework in which their creativity can be viewed.

Using the mezzanine space at 52 Princess Street has allowed a wide variety of professional practitioners to view the work, enabling us to start a dialogue with a major design studio within that space, about taking several of our Graphic Design students for placement, as well as the possibility of the Creative Writing students potentially working with the copywriting department to see how their input might be best used. This professional experience is invaluable to our students to provide a successful platform within which they can appreciate and encounter a professional network and gain valuable experience in their fields.”

The posters can be seen in the exhibition which will be displayed at Havas Lynx, 52 Princess Street until the 4th June.

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