Show Sixteen: Graphic Design Degree Show @ University of Lincoln

How did you spend last Friday night? Pints at the pub? Latest film at the cinema? Going back to University…? Yep, it’s that time of year again: Degree Show time!

As per every year, I get to Kings Cross and Lincoln Alumni seem to be everywhere – we always manage to book the same train without coordinating. Show Sixteen. SIXTEEN!? I can’t believe it’s been 3 years (exactly today) since my degree show (I literally start every degree show post like this, sorry! Check out Show Fourteen and Show Fifteen too) I get a bit emotional thinking about it… so enough about me 🙂

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For a true flavour of the night, come along and experience the Degree Show through the eyes of the Alumni in my video diary of the evening (as Lloyd would say – watch to understand):

As you might be able to tell from the video diary vlog, I had a great time. I always look forward to going back to Lincoln because the students are always so talented, friendly and eager to learn.

I didn’t realise until I spoke to other Graphic Design graduates, but the Lincoln bond is actually a weird but very amazing thing. I’ve not met another graduate that has the same kind of alumni culture as we do at Lincoln, and I’m very proud to be a part of that: nurturing and looking out for our own, because it’s a bloody tough industry out there.

Of course it’s lovely to catch up with the usual suspects (Ric, Stewart, Scott, Dan – these guys go back to the Degree Show every year!) and schmooze about life as a Graphic Designer. This year alumni from 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015 were in attendance – that’s pretty impressive, right?!

But mainly I love chatting to the students and asking them about their exciting plans for internships or jobs (hopefully). It’s usually a mix of excitement and fear, so of course I’m happy to give a pep talk if needed!

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I was really fascinated by this cool take on a what Marina had eaten over a week – it was just quite pleasing to look at!

Every year I’m reminded of the immense pressure that students feel when choosing what to put on their board. What represents your 3 years at Lincoln? What represents where you want to go in the next 3 years? What is going to stand out? What is going to grab people’s attention? What is going to get you a job over the 50 other students? There’s really no right answer. It was nice to see a lot of variety though, from vinyl application to paper craft, video and even knitting:

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Visiting a Degree Show as Alumni with a couple of years industry experience under my belt is a completely different ball game. Now just by looking through a portfolio I can tell who will flourish in industry. Obviously these things are subjective and it doesn’t mean I’m right, but it is exciting and nice to feel like I have progressed since graduation!

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‘There are two things that you can do at Art School; Start a band or start a magazine.’ – Dexter Ward

… which coincidentally, is something that Lincoln students always do very well: magazines. That infamous magazine project! I didn’t actually hear any horror stories about it this year, but I’m sure there are a few tales – there always are!

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I loved the warped typography, candy coloured paper and the tippins in this Carpathia Handbook by Adam Totney.

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I also fell in love with W*RD by Mollie Sansby, Amber Thomas-Benton, Amy Richardson and Tom Bridgewater. So all of the clever cut outs wouldn’t work in a large print run, but it really added an edge to the user experience of the magazine.

Amber had blown up some of the work for her board, and as someone that had swear words as my own degree show piece, I was fascinated by it.

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Another thing that I was fascinated by was Dan Hands’ ISTD project – look at those typographic pages. OH MY. It’s so genius yet simple, but I’ve never seen it before. I wish I could have got my hands on the actual book… maybe another time!

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And last but not least, of course, it’s always good to get a preview of the next show: Show Seventeen…

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… LOVE that McVities packaging 🙂

It really is a brilliant course at Lincoln, and visiting always reminds me how lucky I am to be a part of it. It was very clear that the students (and tutors) had worked very hard on Show Sixteen – they’d thought of everything, even goody bags! I think this is the last year of students that properly know me (I showed some of the students around at Open Days, some were encouraged to go to Lincoln through reading my blog, I had taught them as a visiting lecturer and I also gave my BA (Hon)est talk to them), so it’s a bit sad in that sense. P.S. If you’re at Lincoln and about to graduate in the next 3 years… hit me up!

Good luck to all of the students – all the best for the future and can’t wait to see what you do! Show Sixteen is open NOW until 16th June 2016, so if you’re in/near Lincoln then pop in and experience it for yourself.

BA (Hons) Graphic Design at the University of Lincoln – forever proving that you don’t need to go to University in London to be awesome <3



  • Marina

    31/05/2016 at 10:39 pm

    My second year eating habits were quite interesting. Sorry I missed on the degree show 🙂 awesome vlog and blog

    • Natasha Nuttall

      31/05/2016 at 11:18 pm

      I spent like 5 minutes just looking at it ha 🙂 Awww thanks lady – good luck with everything & hope to bump into you soon!

  • Amy

    01/06/2016 at 11:35 am

    Sounds odd but I really like the consistency with the name of the shows, it’s simple but it works well. It’s cool to see how the “brand/image” changes over the years. It all looks super professional and I love going to the private views as there’s always so much good energy! (and also i would LOVE to see footage from your degree show!!!)


  • erin

    02/06/2016 at 10:18 am

    I looooooooove degree shows (and not just for the free alcohol). In fact I always enjoy seeing big bodies of work from students and graduates a like.
    Also, how amazing are those giant A-boards? I swear I need one in my life.

  • Erin

    06/06/2016 at 2:55 pm

    Looks like you had an amazing time! Reading your blog has made me so interested in graphic design, I find it so inspiring. I’ve ordered loads of books now and everything! Let’s catch up for a coffee soon please!!

    Erin xx

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