Wednesday, 30 January 2013

No Golf Today...

This is Carlisle Golf Course at 08.50 this morning.

It must have rained a bit last night.

Tuesday, 29 January 2013


It’s been a while since the last instalment of Claire’s Book of the Week but a New Year calls for renewed vigour in espousing the riches of your humble Library…..

Lurking in the back shelves of the Library where nobody goes, there are visual gems just waiting to be discovered. Case in point: This is London by M. Sasek. The Cataloguing Gods deemed this li’l beauty a book on Geography rather than Illustration, which goes to show that straying beyond the trusty Grillust shelves often yields some tasty treats!
Originally published in 1959 but recently reprinted, This is London takes us on a visual tour of London featuring charming yet witty illustrations of famous landmarks and cultural icons. There’s something very whimsical and nostalgic about Sasek’s work…

Sasek is one of the unsung heroes of children’s illustration yet he produced an entire series of This is….. Check out more of his work at

This is Hardcore (Typography)

It's that time of year again when Rhiannon Robinson (33), our in-house typography expert and current reining Typographer Royal spends some 'quality time' with the first year students.

Rhiannon's passion for the subject is infectious and soon, with her expert guidance, the students are making rapid progress in this highly technical and incredibly important discipline.

We'll show you the finished results later (the deadline is Friday) but, in the meantime, here are a few 'action' shots of Year 1...

Sophie and Natalie getting everything sorted on paper before they visit Mr Mac (the sausage butty is optional)

H.R.H. The Typographer Royal in action...

Sam going for the Highest Hair in the Studio Award (another 80mm an it's his!)

Ben scrutinizes the pretty colours

Alex (right) wearing his favourite sweatshirt. He's had it since his very first day in reception class (September 4 1977)

Calum, being an Illustrator is really, really good at colouring in without crossing the lines

If Cameron continues to slouch like this, a long relationship with a chiropractor in later life would seem highly likely. Straighten up, lazy boy!

Adam and Rhiannon share a typographic joke, however...

... moments later Rhiannon spots that Adam has left his leading on default and his tracking is just a little too loose.

Punishment for any type crime is swift and final!

Please be assured, he won't be making that mistake again...

Monday, 28 January 2013

C-Art at Tullie House

3rd year students Ben Walton, Jade Wall, Ieva Bureikaite, Mark Collins and Stephanie Stillwell (all 21) have been working on publicity for a Pecha Kucha event at Tullie House on the 7th February featuring seven C-Art artists - Mark Gibbs, Maggie Toner-Edgar, Christine Hurford, Caroline Dalton, Ian Wright, Stephanie Leighton and Sarah Tew (all 33)

Today was presentation day where the students presented their designs to Mark and Maggie. It was an informal and fun experience with the students benefiting from some immediate, encouraging feedback. Jade's design was chosen and is now moving into production.

Watch this space!

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Scenes from the Life Room

The first years have started their drawing module. Expect dramatic weekly installments to follow...
It will be like EastEnders but in charcoal*!

* or, as we say, chalky branches.

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

That's our boy...

Proving that he is not a 'token Salopian', James Bradley (21) is vying for the "Student-from-Shropshire-most-featured-on-Blogs" Award, currently held by our own Gary (The Shrewsbury Biscuit) Nicholson (33).

James features as today's inspiration on the Business Boom Collective. And, it's also great to know that James is enjoying his time with us here in Carlisle.

Graphic Design Student James Bradley

Graphic designer and student of the University of Cumbria James Bradley provides the inspiration this afternoon. Currently in his third year, the print and typography-enthusiast is concentrating on building up his portfolio and experience before entering the industry this summer.
“I have always been obsessed with information, stories and making things since I was very young, so design and myself are a great match. I love my degree and people always ask me why I came to Carlisle. Its simple because of the fantastic course, with its interesting tutors along with its fast pace structure that has made me a better designer but also better person.”
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Friday, 11 January 2013

Mark Hearld

Not a Mac in sight.

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Out with the old, in with the new

To all Grillust™ aficianado's, in whatever time-zone you find yourself...

Happy New Year!