Self-Directed Brief & Placement @ MingFeng Packaging

Jack Eke

Achievements: BA Top-up
Progression to: Self-Directed Brief on Speak Impediments / Placement @ MingFeng Packaging

Having lived with a life-long speech impediment Jack was inspired by the work he saw at the 4Designers conference and coached by his personal tutor to tackle a very reflective Self-Directed Project. He created a clothing brand called ‘Overt’ (being one of the symptoms of a stutter, the other being ‘covert’) with a strong message to directly address peoples’ inconsiderate behaviour towards those with a stutter. “It annoys me the way people respond to my stutter, I wanted to bring an awareness to the cause and show how people with a stutter feel.”

His is now approaching The McGuire Programme a charity who teach people to manage their speech impediment, with the intention of using his project. “They broke down my previous speech training and taught me to speak again, to control my stutter”.

Tackling the project and gaining a 1st gave Jack the confidence to pursue a placement at MingFeng Packaging in Switzerland. He had developed a packaging project through the personalisation of his studies on the Practice-Based Research Unit. During his placement he shadowed Senior Vice President Scott Birtwistle learning about packaging design, business meetings, client handling and the interview processes.


Design Manchester

Design Manchester

Trip: Multiple events across Manchester
Purpose: Employer Engagement

Design Manchester is a not-for-profit organisation celebrating creativity, collaboration and inclusivity in the world’s of art, design, illustration, fashion, music, animation and photography. As part of this, student’s attended various events including:

REVOLT18 workshop with Swifty and Malcolm Garrett
University of Salford

Workshop held at University of Salford Graphic’s Department open to all students around the North West. Our 3rd year students attended and got involved with the workshop to create powerful messages through stencilling, hand made typography.

Alice Rawsthorn: Design as an Attitude book launch
Anthony Burgess Foundation

Students attended this inspiring event hosted by Cornerhouse Publications. Q&A with Alice Rawsthorn, award winning design critic and Malcolm Garrett, high profile designer. Students chatted with Alice and also Malcolm at the end of the event.

Conference: D(isrupt)M
Bridgewater Hall

Celebrating the noise makers, the pioneers and inspirational creators. Now in it’s sixth year, this day long conference of of ideas and inspiration featured internationally celebrated speakers showcasing their work that included branding, illustration, film, architecture, typography and much more. Various workshops also took place throughout the day.

Main speakers included: Morag Myerscough, Anthony Burrill, Matt Ipcar, Kate Dawkins, Ben Wright, Liza Enebeis, Michael Wolff, Madeline Kay, Kaye Dunnings.

Manchester Print Fair
Whitworth Gallery

The Manchester Print Fair is an independent arts event celebrating the best of design, illustration and independent publishing in the North West. With over 50 stalls, the event offers visitors the chance to take home hand crafted gifts from independent makers.

The People Are Revolting
Manchester Art Gallery

Building on the theme of disruption, attendees were asked to make a statement using stencils/slogans and create their own protest. Led by Berlin based artist Patrick Thomas.

Craft talks at LEAF Portland Street

Front row seats for our students at this inspiring event with talks from artist Mr Bingo, Illustrator Tash Willcocks and Jenna Campbell.

Paula Scher
Sheffield Hallam University

Some of our 3rd years ventured over to Sheffield to see the creative icon, Pentagram partner, Paula Scher talk about her life’s work. Hosted by the Graphic Design department at Sheffield Hallam University.

WeJoinTheDots / LadiesWhoDesignMCR
The Hive

A collaboration to bring a workshop session to Manchester, ‘Communicating Feminism Through Semiotics’ Not just for ladies, our 3rd years attended this event, getting involved in various tasks.