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GiD things is a blogspot for students studying the Graphics, Illustration and Digital Media specialism on the Leeds College of Art Foundation Diploma in Art & Design course. This blog exists to highlight contemporary designers and their practises which are relevant to ongoing studies and topics investigated throughout the course.

Wednesday, 21 January 2009

Screen Printing Links

Check out these links to see some great screen prints online:



Stanley Donwood

Scrawl Collective

Nate Williams


Tuesday, 13 January 2009

Postgate and Firmin characters

Here's a program (in six parts, just follow them through on You Tube) produced by the BBC a few years ago telling the story of "Small Films" it's a lovely look at the characters Peter Firmin created and the animation techniques used throughout the duo's career.

Oliver Postgate died December 2008. Here's Charlie Brooker being uncharacteristically gushing about his films.

If you're interested in animation also check out the BBC's Animation Nation here.

Friday, 9 January 2009

Coraline The Movie - mystery boxes (viral marketing)

Neil Gaiman's Coraline is due to be released as a movie in May this year.

As part of the promotion for the film the crew have sent out 50 mystery handmade boxes including props, puppets and storylines to keen fans who've been actively blogging the film's progress and production since the project began.

How amazing would it be to receive one of these boxes? Check out the detail and care taken with all of them. This is a lovely little viral campaign from Laika Entertainment.

Wednesday, 7 January 2009

Paper and Cardboard : Passion Pictures / Javan Ivey

Here are a couple of nice animations with really inventive use of materials.

This is lovely. Probably the best advert on TV. It feels low tech but you can imagine the work that went into making it. Click here for a much cleaner version and further info.

An experimental animation in a technique being called "stratastencil" devised by Javan Ivey. Each frame is one piece of 4x6 card stock. About page:


More characters from the same source. These are by Aiko - - Hanazuki is something to do with these guys too. The characters communicate their personnalities. These don't need to be complex and multi-facetted, infact the simpler the better. Maybe the orange guy doesn't say anything, just blows up like a puffer fish when angered.


Not sure who exactly made these. I think its Hanazuki who has a myspace page but thats all I know. Lovely characters though.