Craftspace is a development organisation and promoter of craft; commissioning exceptional, world-class contemporary craft, connecting creative practice with diverse communities, and promoting the cultural, social and economic value of craft within society.
Craftspace celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2016 and to mark this occasion they wanted to launch an online exhibition to share its history.
One of the mainstay elements of Craftspace programme over the last 30 years has been the Made in the Middle touring exhibition of contemporary craft from the Midlands. So, to celebrate and showcase the history of the exhibition and the people involved in it, Craftspace approached the university to help design and create a website for the online exhibition.
Second-year Graphic Design students were asked to consider, resolve and visualise the website, launched with a live briefing by Emma Daker from Craftspace, and Louise Taylor, former director of the Crafts Council. They then returned with web design consultant, Tom Mayman to review and judge the student designs.
“We were very impressed by the diversity of approaches and level of ability of the students which made the judging an interesting and enjoyable experience. There was a lot to commend but in the end there could only be one successful design” said Emma.
Jeavan Tagger’s design was judged the best and he’ll now be involved in working with Tom to develop and code his work for publication online. He will work alongside Tom learning new skills from an industry perspective and will also spend time working at Craftspace’s offices at The Custard Factory in Birmingham.
Module leader, Jeff Leak, said: “It has been a pleasure to work with Craftspace (again!). I was confident that our students would rise to the challenge of such a demanding live brief and am really happy that Jeavon’s design was chosen. There were a lot of very good submissions and it’s been great to work with the students on a web-based assignment and see them flourish.”
Top Image: from left to right: Emma Daker, Louise Taylor, Tom Mayman
Left: Jeavon's first stage visual.