Page 1



Mobile: +44 [0] 7818 692 599 E-mail: Adress: 11 Brighton Road, Bristol, BS6 6NU, England

I am a second-year student studying towards a Graphic Design degree at University of the West of England, Bristol. As a designer I always stay curious of the world around me and work with purpose, enthusiasm and initiative. I am hard working and perform well independently and as part of a team. I strive to be professional and achieve quality in my work. I am openminded and relish new experiences and ideas. The exchange at Sint-Lucas Beeldende Kunst Gent will push me out of my comfort zone opening my mind to new levels of design and culture. Your facilities are another reason why I would love to study with you. Your focus on multi disciplinary teaching and workshops appeals to me, as my style of work is constantly changing and I work across several different mediums. I believe that the learning community of Sint-Lucas Beeldende Kunst Gent will broaden my knowledge of contemporary art and design. Design is an integral part of my life and source of enjoyment. The exchange represents an opportunity of a lifetime and I would like to develop my design skills and career you. Thank you for considering of my application Sam Daw



This project demonstrates my experience in communicating with images. The brief was to portray ten different descriptive words using ten un-edited photographs of a particular object. The final outcome was a double-sided A2 poster which can be folded down to A5. The folded poster sits inw an outer package that has a key that links the images to adjectives.

Photographic sequence exploring narrative and my fascination with a discarded camera. Printed on A2 recycled paper with a large illustration on the reverse. I was interested in how I could lead the viewer’s eye around the poster. This piece was created using three of my favourite computer programs, Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign.

This hand rendered poster was designed to advertise Bristol City Museum and its numerous artefacts. I wanted to promote our interest in the minor details of objects. I explored eleven random objects within the museum and illustrated the details that interested me. The abstract sketches link to a key that describes the object.

I have explored several different methods of printing and my preferred method is screen-printing where I enjoying working on a large scale experimenting with colour and technique. Below: Print of imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo. The binary code reads ‘Free Liu Xiaobo’ and relates to his name being censored in Chinese media. 66 x 86 cm Right: Layered portrait. 66 x 49 cm

Top Right: Collaborative exhibition. Lower left: Four colour print of a missing person. 220 x 155 cm Lower middle: Print inspired by LP and EP covers and released for international record day. 90 x 90 cm Lower right: Mug shot diptych with abstract printed background. 69 x 100 cm

This is a typeface I created based on the theme of repetition and regularity. I explored my ideas through sketches and photographs before creating the type using an online font-building tool called FontStruct. The second part of the project was to produce a type specimen booklet to advertise my font. I created a pamphlet that folds into to an A3 poster. See typeface here:

Stills from a stop motion animation developing a narrative sequence of a discarded camera. Created using paper cut outs and editing using iMovie. The sound was created by recording people’s vocal reaction to the animation and mixed using LogicPro. Fell free to have a look:

Stills from a thirty second collaborative film. I created the imagery in response to a fellow students song entitled, “lost, the sound of my summer�. I animated different layers of video and effects using AfterEffects. Fell free to have a look:

Since I a young age I have always had a camera by my side and I love to explore my ideas through photography. I am competent at developing my own film and processing prints as well as using digital SLR cameras. I am interested in long exposures, portraits and capturing/documenting environments.

I have produced and sold pottery with the Upwey Potters. I am competent at throwing on a wheel and have a good knowledge of finishing techniques and glaze. Left: Thrown stoneware bowl with layered glaze. 22 x 6 cm Right: Thrown stoneware jugs with multiple opaque and transparent glazes. 15 x 20 cm and 13 x 15 cm

I also enjoy creating large-scale acrylic and oil paintings. I use expressive marks and a considered palette of colours to give the viewer a feel of particular environment. Left: Acrylic on textured canvas. Capturing the movement of the ocean spray. 60 x 80 cm Right: Acrylic on canvas. Four birds flying above the Dorset coastline. 57 x 76 cm


University of the West of England, Bristol

2011 - current

Studying towards BA Hons Graphic Design Interim grade 2:1 The Thomas Hardye School, Dorchester

2006 - 2011


A level: 2011 Art and Design A* Photography A Maths A Biology B GCSE: 2009 12 subjects A* – A


2012 – current 2012 – 2012 2012 – 2012 2012 – 2012 2011 – 2012 2010 – 2012 2006 – 2009 2007 – 2007

Promotions team, Syndicate club, Bristol Festival bar work, Citrus Event Staff. Voluntary work with design and décor teams in Bristol and Outlook Festival, Croatia. Assistant to the landscape gardener for Olympic Sailing Village Promotions team, Crave Timbuk2, Bristol Barman and waiter at The Brewers Arms Pub, Martinstown Handyman, gardener and decorator at The Brewers Arms Pub Voluntary work camp at the Blue Rose School, SCI, Sri Lanka

Other info

Proficient in Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator and After Effects Awarded The Art Award for my achievements in the Art and Design Department at The Thomas Hardye School. (2011) Exhibited work in collaborative exhibitions and taken part in community art projects Led teams on tall ship sailing races and expeditions across the channel Play bass guitar and have co-written and recorded songs


SAM DAW THANK YOU Feel free to look at my websites:

Mobile: +44 [0] 7818 692 599 E-mail: Adress: 11 Brighton Road, Bristol, BS6 6NU, England

Sam Daw Erasmus portfolio  

Sam Daw's erasmus application to LUCA arts, Belgium to study Graphic Design.