Monday, March 30, 2009

FIS Athlone

FIS Athlone runs at the Passionfruit Theatre, Northgate Street, Athlone until Saturday next 4th April. It features Multimedia work from selected and invited artists, and includes Deirdre Ohlwein, a second year student currently studying in year two of the Visual Communications programme. The exhibition is open from 10am to 5pm daily.

2nd Year Visual Communications: Magazine Double-Page Spreads

Christopher Noone

Vincent Devine

We asked the second year Visual Communications students to actively seek out magazines that they thought needed a radical design overhaul - and weren’t expecting what they turned up with. Christy found the article on ‘Quark v’s InDesign’ in Computer Arts magazine, and thought it deserved more prominence than the half-page it was given in that issue. 

Vincent took ‘True Crime’ magazine, finding that the articles included in it were of a better standard than you might think from how it currently looks. And yes, he is the model in those images.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Thursday, March 26, 2009

‘An Post - C Both Sides’

Suzanne Sweetman. Still wishes she’d entered it...

Alan Casey. Again.

September 1st 2008 - students are back to college, and the first brief lands. An Post launch the C Both Sides call for entries, and Alan talks about the death of the you-know-who.

His card gets voted as one of December’s most popular on

Year Two Visual Communications: CD Covers Brief

Jason O'Dowd

Audrey Smith

Second Year Visual Communications have just completed the CD Covers project, after weeks of being subjected to their lecturers’ choice of music to create covers to. They just about survived. Shown above are Jason O’Dowd (London - The Smiths) and Audrey Smith (Subterranean Homesick Alien - Radiohead). More to come as they roll off the printers.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Year One: Design (Communications) Typography. Part Two.

...and three more for you to admire. Fondly.

ISTD Fitness Programme '09

Design At AIT have quite the reputation for typographic practice, and every year we submit entries to the International Society of Typographic Designers Student Assessment Scheme. Phew. Earlier this year, Brian Fitzgerald from 4th year Visual Communications took an older ISTD brief to get fit for this year's onlaught. The brief was 'Colourful Language'. His results are posted above. 

Wayfinding, Year Three Visual Communications

The wayfinding brief was designed to introduce the students to the topic, and to re-energise the visual aspect of the Historical Walking Tour of Athlone - a tourist trail that the townspeople knew existed, but hadn't been properly signed in about 30 years. Alan Casey's work is exemplary and is shown above.

The Heritage Project

Third year Design (Communications) and Visual Communications were given this brief to discover aspects of their family or local heritage that they had an idea about, but weren't fully conversant with. Sarah Watts found a deserted shop in her village with quite a story to tell, and Nicola Connolly discovered a christening gown that had served about 90 members of her extended family through the generations. The work they produced is shown above. 

Monday, March 23, 2009

Some other award-winning work...

While Barry Smyth was in second year, Karma nightclub came calling with their Inaugural Student Competition to design a backdrop for the club. Initially meant to be 8ft x 4ft hoardings, Barry's design (detailing old and new Athlone) will now evolve into a moveable curtain, and should be available to throw shapes in front of quite soon.

Kamilla Wins Big at the RDS! And other stories to follow...

When Kamilla Bartuzi was a second year student, she created this wonderful book based on the tale of “The Emporers’ New Clothes”. The brief was set as an Image Making project, requiring each student to design and handmake a book. Kamilla illustrated the story, sewed each page together and screenprinted the images onto cloth. 

She then went one better. Entering the finished book into the RDS Crafts Exhibition last May, Kamilla won the Gold Medal in the Handprinted Textiles category, and you can also view the animation that accompanied the book here also.

Year One: Design (Communications) Typography

They've been busy little beavers, those first years. Above are some examples of their first foray into typography - researching the history of the font, being introduced to modular grids and grappling with hierarchies of information. I think we're all very happy with the results...