Graduate showcase 2021
Featured: 'KUKI' graphic design by Emma Brookes
Graphic Design is an exciting and essential part of every creative industry and our students have brought their creative ideas to life using a mix of traditional and digital media.
Some of the work in our showcase has received awards by the International Society of Typographic Designers (iSTD), Design and Art Direction pencil (D&AD) and The Royal Society for Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA), Creative Champion at the South West Design and Digital Student Awards (SWDDSA), Creative Conscience Award Winners (CC), and the You Can Now awards (YCN)
In this showcase, our students have used the latest tools and software to create professional-quality work that turns heads and inspires action. Students on our courses go on to work in magazine design publishing, UX design, branding and design agencies, art direction and advertising, website design, and work in the television and film industries.
Congratulations to the Graphic Design Class of 2021.
Allison Porta - Wander project
I’m Ali, a quirky and versatile Graphic Designer originally from Spain, a typography enthusiast, and a former chicken pet owner. I moved to the UK in 2012 to get a better education in the creative field. I pride myself on my speedy idea generation ability, and enthusiasm in embarking on new projects. Recently, I have undertaken an exciting intensive project with Dyson x SNTech. I designed a set of identities for a range of products that help reduce ByCatch, which led me to be selected as the winning pitch. I look forward to collaborating with a wide variety of people that allow me to not only expand my expertise, but also gain valuable knowledge and experience in the field.
Hope you're having a good week!
About my ISTD project:
Celebrating Edwin S. Porter’s use of the camera in his silent film ‘The Great Train Robbery’ (1903). This project typographically celebrates the world of Silent Cinema through the experimentation and application of pure type to celebrate innovative methods of filming in the 1903 Western film ‘The Great Train Robbery’, produced by Edwin S.Porter. Analogue methods of production were used to create type as image, most notably scanning and photographing. The publication contains the timings at which each scene occurs in the 12 min film, providing the reader an opportunity to see the effects celebrated in action.
Catarina Mester - Pandscope (UI/UX Design)
Studies show that there has been an alarming rise in anxiety and isolation levels among undergraduates, much like new concerns like recession, debt and increased pressure to battle out for a finite number of graduate roles.
My idea was then to create an app where people were able to express and keep track of their emotions, seeing that they are not alone. This came after understanding that students were more comfortable talking about mental health around peers, as these are the ones who are going through similar experiences.
Christina Gower - Forest Feat
My name is Christina Gower and I’m graduating from the University of Portsmouth with a degree in graphic design. I am hard working, imaginative, reliable but most of all, I have a positive mindset. Also, I love a challenge and learning new skills. I work well and effectively in both a team and individual setting. Over my time at university, I completed my work during typical working hours, I have met every strict deadline as well as trained myself to de-construct briefs in order to analyse all the details. In my free time I’ll most likely be found outdoors, hiking, reading or simply enjoying my surroundings. However, if it’s a rainy day I motivate myself to learn new skills or software.
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Hi, I am Eleanor Galloway an enthusiastic and creative graphic design graduate with a passion in photography and digital design. I am a hardworking individual who is able to adapt well into new situations and environments using the skills I have developed throughout university. Working within a team or collaboratively is where I work best but I am still able to take on the leadership role when necessary.
For our major projects we were given the freedom to focus on an area of our choice and design something for it. I created a book analysing and discussing the different portrayals of clowns in the media and how that has changed our perception of them. The book was aimed at adults and used a combination of materials and methods to create an interactive design that would be both fun and informative
Ellis Muddle - Final Year Project
Hello, I’m Ellis, a recent Graphic Design graduate from the University of Portsmouth. I am a curious, passionate designer and like to create interactive digital experiences that challenge what we are comfortable with. My interests are in UX/UI design, editorial design, illustration and motion design.Read less
Emily Hawkins - Covivid
Hi, I’m Emily! I’m an ambitious, conscientious and enthusiastic designer with a high attention to detail. I love learning new things and enjoy challenging myself to improve my
work and achieve the best of my abilities. I particularly enjoy branding, editorial and UX/UI design and I love being playful and experimental in my design process. I have recently
been awarded as a winner in the 2021 South West Design and Digital Student Awards and have also been awarded a membership with Merit to the International Society of Typographic Design. I was also awarded a commendation in the YCN New Now Student Awards 2020.
Since March 2020, people have been dreaming more and remembering more dreams which are particularly vivid and bizarre. Covivid is an app that allows users to record, share and understand their dreams during the coronavirus pandemic. On an individual level, Covivid is a dream journalling app that can be used to digitally record and track dreams throughout the pandemic. On a larger scale, the app creates a space to explore and interact with dreams from around the world through virtual covivid dream galleries.
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Emma Brookes - KUKI - Gallery item
Hi, I’m Emma, I am an enthusiastic designer, motivated by a desire to create innovative ideas and designs which solve real life problems and have a meaningful impact on users. My main interests are UX/UI design and branding. I have recently been awarded the Overall Creative Champion at the South West Design and Digital Student Awards and awarded a D&AD New Blood Pencil.
Kuki is an air quality pet for young children, which uses gamification techniques to inspire, engage and encourage the adoption of positive behaviours, creating responsible adults that will reduce air pollution in the future and inspire long term change. Kuki links to an app with features for both parents and kids. Within the app kids can earn points and receive rewards for their ‘pet’ kuki, encouraging positive behaviour. The health of their ‘pet’ is reflective of their own pollution exposure levels, acting as a contextual reminder. Parents can
use the app to monitor their child’s exposure, find areas of high pollution, and stay up to date on
air quality news.
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Joao Gouveia Viveiros - final year project
I am a graphic designer and 3D artist. I enjoy uncomplicating problems and solving faults, being objective and efficient while finding innovative solutions to turn the trick and achieve the desired result. I may be ambitious but I believe in objective innovations above all.
Katie Packer - Dogslife app - Gallery item
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Lauren Parker - History of comic books
Hi, my name is Lauren, and I am a graduate of the University of Portsmouth studying BA (Hons) Graphic Design and hope to go on and do my masters at Loughborough in September 2021. I am organised, hardworking, and creatively driven in design and have experience in both print and digital projects. I have a love for branding, editorial and infographic design and I have strong technical skills in adobe software, including an Adobe Certified Associate in Adobe Photoshop.Read less
Lora Aleksieva - lost in Samasara
Hello, I’m Lora and I'm a passionate Graphic Designer originally from Bulgaria. I moved to the UK in 2018 to develop my skills and knowledge at the University of Portsmouth. I gained experience in the brand and identity industry while I worked with HMS Spirits company and Lost in Samsara. I’m also obsessed with print and typography. I love to experiment with typography, colors, high-quality paper stoke, print techniques and bookbinding. I’m an energetic, self-motivate designer looking for my next freelance projects.
I’m Michael Luck and I’m a passionate graphic designer based in Portsmouth. I’ve got a good sense of humour and enjoy working with teams and getting to know people. I’m always keen to geek out about design as well as learn and develop my abilities. I enjoy a wide range of areas within graphic design but have a particular passion for branding.
Paige Bone - Spectacle
Hi I'm Paige. I specialise in branding, user interface and editorial design. The challenge of addressing a complex problem is exciting to me, with my approach to work being heavily-research driven; an aspect of the design process I always find the most crucial. During the 4 years of my degree, I've been able to work in Germany on placement year and achieve Adobe Certification in Photoshop and InDesign. I'm currently working as a ux/ui design intern at The ENTERTAINER, Dubai.Read less
Hello! My name is Rosanna Smith, and I am an enthusiastic and hardworking Graphic Designer. I have a strong passion for digital and print design with a particular interest in branding and identity.
My course has given me a broad range of live brief experience, including working on and receiving a commendation for my submission to the YCN competition in 2019.
In my third year of university, I completed an internship at Teradata, an international database and analytics business which enabled me to work as part of a marketing team, providing design solutions for clients within the fortune 500 group.
This year, I was awarded a membership to the International Society of Typographic Designers (ISTD) for my ‘Invisible Cities’ book design submission.
This project was conducted as part of a competition unit for the You Can Now (YCN) Awards in 2019. This brief involved creating a campaign aimed at young adults aged 18-24, ‘to raise awareness” that actively choosing to visit museums or galleries more often can be a powerful antidote to the stress and anxiety of student life’. There are two messages within this campaign. The first message is that the Student Art Pass is the key to ‘unlocking’ artwork and the second, is that venues such as museums, exhibitions and galleries are spaces in which young adults can ‘unlock’ themselves.
Hi, I’m Yasmin Gabellini. I’m a Graphic Designer from Southampton and I have recently graduated from the University of Portsmouth. I am particularly passionate about branding and enjoy designing original identities for new or existing companies. I have experience in designing outcomes for both print and digital purposes which I gained during my placement year.
I created this App design for my Major Project, it is an App called Memory Care which encourages 35-65 year olds to maintain and improve their memory through memory training, personal goals and alerts.Read less
Emma Brookes - Spotify Moments
Music plays a prominent role in our everyday life. Whether it is for enjoyment or distraction, we listen to music from early in the morning until late at night. Music has also been identified as playing a key role in the construction of autobiographical memories.
Through harnessing this connection between music and memory, Spotify Moments provides users with a personalised archive of music moments, enabling them to relive their favourite memories through song. Users can add comments, images, and even friends to their moment, creating a truly unique social and personal experience. The scanning feature also enables users to directly add themselves to an existing moment for big events, for instance festivals.
This student is featured in the 2021 graduates on the UoP website, see below
Video set to music illustrating how 'Spotify Moments' works - a new feature created by BA Graphic Design student, Emma Brookes. Tasked with ‘creating a new feature that encourages users to soundtrack and share their lives through the Spotify app, increasing both personal and social engagement’, Emma's feature provides users with a personalised archive of music moments, enabling them to relive their favourite memories through song. Users can add comments, images, and even friends to their moment, creating a truly unique social and personal experience. The scanning feature also enables users to directly add themselves to an existing moment for big events, for instance festivals.
Emily Chivers - Utopia Now! Book
A book exploring the concept of utopia, framed by the American counterculture and the rise of machines. In this publication, I explored the relationship between humans, machines, and nature, and how the first image of earth fuelled the desire for change.
Video (without music or sound) showcasing the work of BA Graphic Design student, Emily Chivers - a book called Utopia Now! The book explores the concept of utopia, framed by the American counterculture and the rise of machines.
Christina Gower - Beyond
Video set to piano music showing someone's hands flicking through Beyond - a final year project book created by BA Graphic Design student, Christina Gower. The book contains a collection of poems and illustrations to help the reader connect to nature.
Catarina Mestre - How to structure your life
For my Major Project, I wanted to focus on a timely issue that deeply interested me and I was able to relate to. This made me reflect on my current life circumstances, which eventually led me to the topic of routines and habits.
An animation was created to provide guidance and generate self-reflection on this, helping young people establish a better balance between life activities. The video uses fun and lively visuals to motivate people and make them expand on what they want and need, instead of providing how-tos for a routine, incentivising small changes for better results.
An animated video set to slow music called 'How to structure your life' by BA Graphic Design student, Catarina Mestre. The animation shows a character navigating life and its challenges, and finding new ways to approach it.
Narrator: We all want some sort of structure in our lives.
It helps us maintain focus and gives us comfort.
But sometimes, things don't always go the way we want.
What we are used to changes and we feel lost and uncertain about what will happen next.
So, we let ourselves be eaten away by worries and fears.
This causes us to become someone we don't recognise, and we try to find structure within this new normality. But it's not easy (sigh).
There are distractions and things, much like time, seem to pass us by.
But, sometimes we need to take a deep breath... and re-evaluate things.
Is what I'm doing right now fulfilling?
What exactly am I trying to achieve in my life?
Am I aiming towards the right goals?
And with this, the right questions will appear.
Take a second to appreciate who you are today.
Work towards who you want to be.
And be sure to move with purpose.
Are my 24 hours in a day meaningful?
Am I using my time or is my time using me?
Start by thinking about what drives you and then think about what challenges you.
But, take... it.... slow.
Because balance is the key to happiness and growth.
You'll see that sooner or later, and only after many trials and errors, you'll find a structure which helps you thrive.
One that is flexible, goes easy on you, and pats you on the back when you need.
Lauren Parker - History of comicbooks
Hi, my name is Lauren, and I am a graduate of the University of Portsmouth studying BA (Hons) Graphic Design and hope to go on and do my masters at Loughborough in September 2021. I am organised, hardworking, and creatively driven in design and have experience in both print and digital projects. I have a love for branding, editorial and infographic design and I have strong technical skills in adobe software, including an Adobe Certified Associate in Adobe Photoshop.
Video (without music or sound) showcasing the work of BA Graphic Design student, Lauren Parker - a colourful book depicting the history of comic books.