Wednesday night on the Embankment, on the top floor of the iconic Shell building, and thirty young student designers and illustrators are awaiting the results of the 10th Penguin Random House Design Award competition. Earlier this year, students around the UK and the world were asked to design book jackets for a ‘A Clockwork Orange’, ‘How to be a Woman’ and ‘Emil and the Detectives’. Feature
The search for the best, young print designers is now over. Huge congratulations to recent graduate, artist and printmaker Daniel Fletcher who has just been crowned as the winner of People of Print’s Graduate Print Awards 2015. The enormous enthusiasm for producing top-quality artwork is evidenced through a series of screen-prints created by London-based artist Daniel Fletcher who has just graduated from London College of Communication earlier this year. Feature
Second place in this year’s Graduate Print Awards is the talented RCA graduate Edén Barrena. Edén impressed us with her pioneering use of lithography. Her series of striking prints is a result from her close observation and hands-on experiments in different printing techniques, drawing, and bookmaking. One of her primary aims is to portray an ever-evolving relation between self and other. Her passion for print combined with the clever use of colour has helped her build a very strong identity and ultimately achieve enviable success. We just cannot wait to see what else is in the pipeline. Well done and congratulations to you, Edén! Feature
Third place goes to Ruairi Fallon McGuigan who just completed his BA Illustration course with a first-class honours degree at Camberwell College of Art. We were awed by Ruairi’s woodcut prints that display such a professional quality. Along with great passion for crafts and illustration, Ruairi successfully demonstrates his exceptional skill as a printmaker through the tone and the theatrical effect this series of highly-contrasting print produces. Now Ruairi has decided to work for himself and is now freelancing on several different commissions. We look forward to seeing where his aspirations take him next. Huge congratulations, Ruairi. Keep up the great work! Feature
The search for the best emerging print designers has come to an exciting close and today it’s our sincere pleasure to announce the Top 10. Considered as one of our most inspiring annual gatherings of young creatives, the competition is now in its second year and we are very lucky to have teamed up with a fantastic selection of partners to organise the event. People of Print aim to celebrate and promote individual talents who demonstrate what design excellence looks like. And after careful consideration, here are the winning designs of this year’s Graduate Print Awards! Feature
The annual Graduate Print Awards celebrate and honour excellence in print design. With a record-breaking number of entries this year, we received hundreds of wonderful projects from recent graduates from many different countries across the globe. We hope and aim to recognise the up-and-coming talents that have put time and effort into pushing the print design forward. Now we think it’s time to announce the top 20 of the People of Print’s Graduate Print Awards 2015. Feature
Now in our second year, we had tougher decisions than ever before. Huge thanks to all the print enthusiasts who submitted their amazing work to the Graduate Print Awards 2015. We have seen all print techniques imaginable, old and new, and various different styles that were adopted to ensure the top quality of their final artworks. And to honour the finest in print design, today, we are very pleased to present you with our hand-selected 50 nominations. Feature
We met Lawrence Slater at this year’s ELCAF, where he told us about his DIY home screen-print studio that he shares with his brother. We immediately told him to get in touch and send us some process shots so you could all see how to do this yourselves. All you need is a little ingenuity mixed with some materials and you’re on your way. Lawrence just seems like one of those guys that tackles things himself, he dabbles in woodwork too — you should check out his awesome handmade clocks in his online shop. Feature
Graduating this year? Then this is your chance to win an amazing array of prizes that will benefit your creative career path. The graduate season is here and People of Print are pleased to announce that our annual call for submissions is now open. If you’re a graphic designer, illustrator, or print artist, you can submit up to three examples of your work via our online form. We will be hand selecting the nominations and the top three winners will be voted for by our fantastic selection of partners. Excited? Submit now, we just cannot wait to see your wonderful submissions. Feature
Print Club London are excited to present an exclusive exhibition to mark the re-launch of their fantastic Print Club Gallery located in the heart of Dalston. Titled ‘Lost and Found’ the show will bring together a diverse collective of Print Club artists from varying backgrounds showcasing a selection of illustrative and print based maps. That’s not all, if the concept of the show isn’t already exciting enough it gets even better, featured artist Dave Buonaguidi has produced a unique limited edition of 7 screen printed original Bank of England £1 notes exclusive to the show. With the help of 7 influential London landmarks Print Club will be hiding the notes in various locations for you to find for your chance to win 4 workshop tickets worth £200. Feature
Our buddies over at Crumb Cabin are launching a not-for-profit, duotone Riso poster competition project called Pick Up a Crumb, which will run once a month for six months with a resulting exhibition. Submissions for the first month will start from April 1st, with the deadline being April 29th. At the end of each month, a winner will be chosen – the posters will be Riso printed and made available through their online shop. All proceeds from poster sales will go towards the hire and setup costs of an exhibition at the end of the six months. The first theme is ‘THE VOTE’. Get your thinking hats on and get involved with this awesome project. Feature
Today marks the day that the Royal Mint uncover the fifth coinage portrait of Her Majesty The Queen, which will soon take pride of place on United Kingdom coins. Since the Queen’s accession to the throne in 1952, there have been a very small number of portraits appearing on the circulating coins, making this an extremely rare event. This coin is designed by Jody Clark, the first Royal Mint engraver to be chosen to create a definitive royal coinage portrait in over 100 years. Feature
Independent magazine distributor Stack has recently announced the top entries of its Christmas Cover Challenge with its first prized awarded to Mat Roff who created the strangely creepy rendition of Wrap Magazine. There are so many things we look forward to during this holiday season and Stack Christmas Cover Challenge is another thing you just can’t miss. Let’s countdown the last 30 days until Christmas with these amazing front covers and enjoy different portrayals of Santa on our favourite magazines. Feature
Amelia’s Magazine celebrates 10 years of supporting creativity in the arts with a one off limited edition collectible artists’ book and an exclusive series of A2 limited edition art prints with real gold leaf. Like us, Amelia’s Magazine also launched a Kickstarter campaign in order to raise £12,000 to cover the costs of printing, paper, payment to artists, packaging and shipping. The artworks and writing for the book have been found through an open brief on their website, allowing artists from all over the world to submit work on the theme of That Which We Do Not Understand. The brief closed on 10th November, there have been nearly 200 submissions. Feature
Inspired by the themes of ‘create’ and ‘play’, Inkygoodness is inviting you to design their official Glug Birmingham Poster, for a range of prizes for 1st and 2nd place, as well as a chance to be presented in a print exhibition at ‘Glug Birmingham: Midland Masters’ in November for 25 runners up. Perfect for students and recent graduates, the competition requires you work in one of 3 mouthwatering colour-schemes, and offers the top 25 the opportunity to have their designs printed and sold in editions. All the details over at www.inkygoodness.com Feature
A huge congratulations to Gaurab Thakali who has be crowned our 2014 Graduate Print Awards Winner. Gaurab’s work was a strong favourite amongst the People of Print team alongside our panel of judges too. London Graphic Centre commented that he has “an incredible colourful style which communicates atmosphere and purpose“, and we quite rightly agree. Gaurab will be receiving the first place award and our ultimate bundle of prizes. Well done and congratulations again! Feature
Second place in our Graduate Print Awards 2014 is the amazing Fran Buss. Within our Print Award submissions we received a large amount of printed textile entries, but no one impressed our panel quite as much as Fran. Her screen printed textiles for her graduate show collection have such a professional quality it’s hard to believe she is a graduate of 2014. Fran impressed everybody with her well considered designs, strong concepts and impeccable finish. We are very happy she claimed second place. Feature
Our first runner up for the Graduate Print Awards 2014 is the very well-deserved Callum Copley. Callums’ work combines a range of experimental print techniques that not only make for great visually alluring design, but always consider their relationship to the subject matter. Creating a poster for Kinetica Art Fair that essentially prints itself by absorbing ink is one of many examples of his creative concepts which uses the art of printing to create inspiring results. His experimentation with ultra-violet sensitive inks, letterpress and screen print make him a fully rounded print/graphic designer, and very deserving of our third place award. Feature
We have handed over our top 20 Graduate Print Award finalists to our panel of judges, to pick out their top ten students. The decision was by no means easy and we wanted to commend all entrants into the awards, and give a special mention for the top 10. We will be announcing the winners tomorrow, so stay tuned. Feature
It has been incredibly difficult for us to select the top 20 from all of the amazing nominations. However, without further ado, here is our selection of the top 20 print-based graduates which will go to our judging panel for a chance to win the array of excellent prizes up for grabs. Feature
Thank you to everyone for your wonderful submissions for the Graduate Print Awards 2014, we have been overwhelmed by the incredibly high standard of work and the hundreds of submissions we have received. Now, People of Print are proud to present our hand selected nominations and if you are on the list then a huge congratulations to you and fingers crossed for the next round when we will be selecting our top 20 which will go to our judging panel for your chance to win the array of excellent prizes up for grabs. Feature
We have been overwhelmed with hundreds of amazing submissions for the Graduate Print Awards 2014. Once again we have been massively impressed by the high standard of work. The competition is open until the end of July, so if you haven’t submitted yet, you can do it here. The only rule is that your work has to be print-based somehow and you must have graduated this year. It is also time to announce some of the great partners that we are working with. We have put together some incredible prize packages for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. Feature
It’s that time of year again. We are going to be selecting our favourite creatives for our print awards. Last year we received hundreds of submissions. Juliana Futter was selected to print an edition with a screen print studio. This year we are going to run things a little differently, there will be bigger prizes, 1st, 2nd and 3rd places and more people judging the winner. More to be announced soon. In the meantime, get your submissions in right away. Feature
The Art Books Wanted International Award is seeking submissions from book artists, designers, publishers or anyone interested with a chance to win a €1000 prize. International publishing house Edition Lidu brings you the third edition of its prestigious award – a challenge for all participants to create original works that provoke imagination and creativity. Feature
We are running a competition via Rafflecopter in order to give you a chance to win a copy of Print Isn’t Dead Magazine, alongside a bunch of other prizes, including stickers designed by Kyle Platts and a typeface t-shirt designed by Andy Cooke. You can enter up to 11 times by completing some simple tasks. GOOD LUCK! Feature
You can win a Speedball Fabric Screen Printing Kit supplied by our friends over at London Graphic Centre. They’re giving away this awesome kit which contains everything you need to get started screen printing onto fabric. All you need to do to enter is to follow them on twitter or subscribe to their newsletter, and if you do both, you get two raffle entries. Feature
Organised by the London Transport Museum in partnership with the Association of Illustrators and sponsored by Serco “London Stories” is a new exhibition opening its doors from the 14th Feb – 6th April, featuring 50 works of art and the best entries for the Sercro Prize for Illustration 2014. With entrants being asked to create an illustration that visually captures a London themed narrative, the shortlisted illustrations celebrate a vibrant, multi-layered London containing urban myths, historic events, remarkable characters / animals, and for the very first time 5 short animated films.
Secret 7” is back and is calling for submissions for the annual event that combines music and art for a good cause. Secret 7” are looking for creative’s to design individual, one of a kind record sleeves through interpretation of selected tracks from 7 of the best known musicians using their own unique design style. Feature
We recently met with Mark Wilding, the editor of The Dalstonist paper, where we spoke about the idea of having a pull out centre spread designed by one of you talented creatives out there. So we’re running a call for submissions in order to get a design inspired by Hackney, East London. You can work in any medium that you like so long as the final image is digitised and submitted via email. The winner will receive £100 reward and have their design featured on the centre pages of all 10,000 copies of their spring issue, which is distributed at more than 100 Hackney venues. Feature
It’s time to dust off that digital SLR that you got whilst at university or that vintage 35mm you have stored in your wardrobe because Boxfresh have launched a photography-based competition in collaboration with Talenthouse called One Shot. As part of their 25th anniversary, Boxfresh are looking for a photographer to document 25 different celebratory events staged throughout 2014. The winner of the competition will win a one year paid placement at Boxfresh, working as their official photographer. Feature
Here at People of Print we have jumped on board with a fantastic campaign for Panasonic ‘Cut out the darkness’. We have created our very own cut out design for their solar light lamps. Anyone can create a design or submit an image to visualise their solar light samples online, to then be in a chance with being one of 100 entries selected to have their design laser cut and featured on the final lanterns. Feature
The AOI Illustration Awards competition, previously known as Images for over three decades, is the most comprehensive and significant awards for illustration in the UK. Work entered into the competition will be reviewed by a jury of distinguished industry professionals. The competition shortlist reflects exceptional work by illustrators currently making an outstanding contribution to visual culture. Feature
Panasonic has launched its latest campaign ‘Cut Out the Darkness’ to donate a total of 100,000 solar lanterns to the off-grid regions, inhabited by 1.3 billion people, considered almost one-fifth of the world population. Feature
A Tattoo For Life, a charity project by Jon Bland, has announced its winner with a total of £652 raised this Christmas. Following a month-long campaign in aid of Action for Children, Jon Bland has finally got the most popular themed-design tattooed on his chest as promised. Chris Wright’s design, Billy Bummers, has received almost half of the votes and raised £319 on its own. A big thanks to all the loving donors and congrats on the new tattoo, Jon! What a fun and excellent idea! Feature
PANTONE® 18-3224 Radiant Orchid has been selected for it’s expressive, exotic Radiant Orchid blooms with confidence and warmth. It has also been described as “a captivating, magical, enigmatic purple, as the color of the year for 2014,” and “an invitation to innovation… [encouraging] expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today’s society.” It doesn’t stop there, this colour is also “an enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones…inspiring confidence and emanating great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.” Feature
We have been working alongside Peckham Print Studio who will be kindly offering one graduate the chance to create a fully funded edition of screen prints using their facilities and materials. Hugh and Nathan who are accomplished printmakers have taken time to look through our shortlisted graduates of 2013 and along with ourselves have selected ten graduates who we think deserve a badge of honour and could potentially go on to be selected for this opportunity. Please take your time to appreciate the selected graduates. Feature
We have been working along side Hugh and Nathan from Peckham Print Studio in order to create a shortlist for our print-based director’s pick. These ten graduates will be given the opportunity to visit us for a portfolio viewing. One of the graduates will then be selected to create an edition of prints sponsored by PPS and will be part of their online collection. One of the prints will be stored in our archives. Feature
Here’s something new for you all. We have been looking at our website analytics and we have some posts which dominate the page views which must mean that the content is touching a posi-nerve with you viewers. We are going to show you the top five posts from each month and they get the ‘smiley face award’ from us. Feature
Stunning submission for Talenthouse.com competition to design artwork for Jessie Ware by fashion designer come illustrator come designer of lovely printy things, Emma Townsend.
Combining two of People of Print’s favourite things ‘Cats’ and ‘stuff designed by talented hot people’ this submission is a beautiful example of dadaist trash collage executed wonderfully.
The competition is still on, if you think you can do better visit talenthouse.com or do the good honest thing and vote for her artwork here.
Print About Me is glad to present the second edition of the “Contest”, devoted to artistic graphic. It is a call aimed at the selection of 20 works (deadline October 21th 2012), a three day exhibition in the centre of Turin (from November 30th to December 2nd) and a series of events related to artistic graphic. Download the application form from their website.
Aida Prints will be giving one lucky artist the big chance to have their artwork screen printed for FREE by Aida. It’s simple, all you need to do is upload your design within the specifications listed below at aidaprints.com A shortlist of entrants work will be displayed on aidaprints.com, along with a Facebook ‘LIKE’ button…basically the shortlisted design with the most ‘likes’ will win! And their work will be produced FREE as an edition of 25 on to Canaletto paper 300gsm.
Design must be 3 colours or less to fit 50cmx50cm
Edition size will be 25 (plus artist proofs)
Files can be sent as a PDF, AI, JPEG or PSD
Competition is for UK residents only (delivery charges may apply)
PrintAboutMe is an event promoted by the Association Arteco, the Inamorarti screen printing studio and the engraving printing house Ohne Titel Grafik. A panel of judges will be selecting 34 graphic artists to print and exhibit their designs. Read more about it on the website.