17 April 2008

Thousands raised at University design auction

Final year Graphic Design students have raised more than £7,000 towards their end of year show by organising the University’s first world wide design auction.

The auction, held on 9 April, received a huge response from designers around the world. Many donated pieces for the auction, including Milton Glaser, designer of the 'I Love NY' logo. His signed poster of an advert for the Metropolitan Opera in New York sold for £75.

Items which fetched high bids included work placements with reputable design companies: Sea Design, Dowling Design and auctioneer Jonathan Barnbrook’s company, Barnbrook Design.

Jonathan, a highly regarded graphic designer, said: “I really admire the students for organising this kind of event. The University of Lincoln seems to be producing some top-class design students who are really enthusiastic. The auction went really well and there was a really positive atmosphere about the place. I hope that this goes some way to funding the students’ final year project.”

Matthew Mellor, one of the event organisers, said: “The event was far better than any of us had imagined, we doubled the amount we expected to raise. This means that we can really make our final year show something special; we may even take it to London.”

Programme leader for Graphic Design, Tim Fabian, said: “The students should be congratulated for this excellent initiative. They have displayed great creativity and high levels of professionalism in the branding, organisation and staging of this exciting event.”


More than 120 lots were auctioned off, with the highest bid reaching £450 for an Adobe CS3 Suite.


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Jonathan Barnbrook with auction organisers









Jonathan Barnbrook

















Design Auction