Author: Neil Bennett
Editor of Digital Arts. Man about town. Music snob. Father. You know the rest
Last night we visited a preview of the Central Saint Martins 2013 show to check out the best work from their graphic design, illustration and animation students from their latest crop of graduates.
It's been a while since the Central Saint Martins had a reputation for being the most artsy and outrageous of the yearly grad shows – but based on this year's crop of students it may also lose its mantle as one of the best. There were some exceptional pieces of work, which we've collected below, but overall the level of the work was definitely down on last year.
Our three favoured streams of graphic design, illustration and animation featured fewer people that agencies might want to hire or commission. Graphics had less commercial appeal, illustration seemed stuck between 'I'd love to be commissioned by Vice' and 'I want to do a comic for Nobrow' and animation had moved beyond what brands consider to be abstract into layered-meaning pieces that you had to force yourself to engage with.
Animation was also plagued by a complete lack of information about the works on show – so sorry to whoever showed how their Vida Vega-esque hand-drawn animation could be adapted to titles concepts from enlightenment to a sports car, you were great but we have no idea who you are.
Anyway, enough negativity: here are the works worth seeing. Use the slideshow controls above and right to see them.
The Central Saint Martins grad show is open to the public from June 19-23.