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LSAD Show Elleven

Every year a group of students graduate from Lincoln’s BA (Hons) Graphic Design course and show off their work by putting together an end of year exhibition. This is the year of Show Elleven.

I’ve just finished my first year so the whole idea of a final degree show is really scary but exciting at the same time. Yesterday I popped in to look around Show Elleven…

To understand the next bit, you need to watch this first…

It was featured on Creative Review’s website you know!

The ‘theme’ for Show Elleven was based around the idea that ‘There may not be many of us, but we make a lot of noise’ (46 students… compared to the 100 odd that started in my year). They each had designed business cards based around this theme, illustrating a sound e.g. Zap. These ‘noise logos’ were used throughout the show to identify which work belonged to which student. A great idea visually, but if I’m honest I found it a bit too confusing. I couldn’t remember who was which logo and ended up taking a photo of all the business cards so that I could identify the authors of work for this post! (I hope I get them right!)

Tom, Sunjay, Jack and Dave pick out their fave sound logo business card designs…

Before I dive into the work, I’d just like to say that I have had to cut down the amount of images I’m using so there was a lot more work I would have liked to of shown but I’ve had to be picky. The standard of work at Show Elleven was very impressive!

All students produced a personal book/mini portfolio to showcase their work. I thought it was such a great idea to have them displayed like this as it showed the range of approaches and differently styles/personalities. Some of these were produced to such a professional standard, Sunjay was drooling haha

Great info-graphics from Taran Uppal


Nice style by Anna Sangha

Nice typography by Matt Crowe

Quirky Passport style adopted by Craig Horne-Franklin

Turning a corner in the exhibition brought me to some book cover design. I had already seen the making of some of these, posted up on the studio wall for crits…

 My favourite 3 are below…

Left – Amber Kavaliauskas, Right – Daniel Scase

… not sure about all of the owners of these books as there were no names(so I have had to look through a lot of websites), but I love the typographical approach used by all of them.

There was also book covers for James and the Giant Peach, of which these were my favourite:

Left – Ben Neale, Middle – Matt Crowe, Right – Fleur Vos

Another great idea/nice touch was the creation of these achievement stamps. Awarded for being a show committee member, talks series committee member and of course for winning design awards such as istd and D&AD. Christie Burland-Upton has definitely been a busy girl with the most stamps I think I saw!

Which leads onto the Show Elleven book – Structure & Chaos

An interesting little book, with content produced by the students… (cool examplez by Anna Sangha here and Sophie Adams here)

In this section of the exhibition I also found these striking posters…

By Alex Scott (Who is from the same town as me! It’s a small world…)

Back in the main section…

Matt Young’s ISTD submission on fakery tugged on my love for hand drawn typography!

Sunjay and Jack admired Taran Uppal’s ISTD submission about Flatland….

… and I was hypnotised by his FMP entitled Second Look….

Like many other projects in the show, the photo really doesn’t do it justice! The optical illusions in his book were amazing and also really disorientating haha

I really like this experimental approach to the Metamorphosis brief by Marisa Hanks…

..very cool 😉

Charlotte Middleton’s Family Tradition project had a really nice feel due to the use of layers and screen printing. (Photo does not do it justice!)

And now for some corridor work…

This book covers project was absolutely beautiful…

… by Francesca Foster. A really nice feel as an overall series.

A cool blue & red 3D effect book for ISTD with positioned cut out parts for faces to show through by Chris Devlin

Keeping with the red, white and blues, Jake Townsend questions the ‘American Dream’…

… and last but not least, a creative manifesto by Emma Benwell on how Silence is Underrated.

And that is all that I have space for… but there was so much more great work on show! If you like what you see here then you should definitely visit the show in person…

Open to public from Saturday 4 June to Friday 17 June 
Hours: Mon-Fri 10-4; Sat 4th & Sun 5th June 11-3; closed Sat 11th & Sun 12th June

After visiting the show I am now feeling a bit under pressure to do some amazing work and also motivated because I want to reach the same standard the 3rd years have achieved. I really enjoyed the show and although it is a long way off yet, I’m already looking forward to making Show Thirteen a show to remember (and not only because it is an ‘unlucky number’!

Lastly, Good luck to all of the 3rd years graduating this year – I really hope all of the you will be successful in your chosen path!


  • Ben Neale

    05/06/2011 at 5:40 pm

    Wow! Really impressed with this Natasha! A great in-depth review on the show; really appreciate you coming to see it 🙂 I shall have to come see yours in 2013!

    Ben N.

  • Christie Burland-Upton

    06/06/2011 at 12:13 am

    What a lovely post! Really glad you enjoyed the show and thankyou for being so kind. Is there any chance you could send me the photos you took please?



  • Creative Cowell

    06/06/2011 at 9:29 pm

    I’m glad you posted this Tasha, I’m so gutted that I didn’t get to come up and see it, looks like there was some really nice work! Lets hope Show Thirteen is just as good!

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