Visual Communication Students Celebrate the Life and Legacy of John Baskerville

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Staff and Students from BA (Hons) Graphic Communication, within the School of Visual Communication have taken part in an exhibition celebrating the life and legacy of Midlands born typographer, printer and industrialist, John Baskerville.

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They created an array of posters demonstrating the impact that Baskerville continues to have in the world of graphics.

Final year student Maria Dean told us why she thought it important to be involved in the project.

“I have previously created a Baskerville based hybrid typeface, so was particularly interested in the anatomy of the type. The poster I created was based on the form of Baskerville’s letters, this is something that I felt was an important feature to focus on. Using three letters in red and black to contrast one another, to create a celebration of form. I’ve never actually been into poster design and struggle with this sort of element in project, so taking a plunge and the focus being something made the process a lot easier.”

Extracurricular activities and exhibitions such as this, are an important part of the professional development of our final year students.  Tutor Joanna Jarvis told us why she believes students should grab these opportunities as and when they come along.

Final year student Bethan Dutton told us it’s not just about the final piece of work, but the process and the contacts she gained along the way:

“I enjoy these extracurricular projects, as they are really enjoyable. They haven’t got the same pressure of a massive brief. I use these kind of projects and activities to kind of take a break and show my creative flair. It’s a chance to use your specialist skills to create a piece of work you’re really proud of.  The exhibition has been great to be involved in, if it wasn’t from my poster being shown. I wouldn’t have the contacts I have today, throughout the creation of my poster, research and networking at the grand reveal. I have spoken to some great designers, and have learned so much from this process.”

Alongside the display of posters is an exhibition of material from the BIAD Archives showing the original designs of David Patten, creator of the sculptural tribute which stands between the Hall of Memory and Baskerville House.

Timed to coincide with the publication of the book “John Baskerville: Art and Industry of the Enlightenment”, edited by Birmingham City University Professor, Caroline Archer and Dr. Malcolm Dick, from the University of Birmingham.  The exhibition can be seen on the ground floor of the Parkside Building until 13 December. 

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