As well as seeing Stevie Wonder, I was in London to check out New Blood. To be honest I'm really glad I went to it as I ummm'd and ahh'd and contemplated just spending the day in Hyde Park as it was so unbelievably hot. New Blood re-taught me several things, that putting 'hello' on your business cards is not going to impress or get attention, clipping work up with bull dog clips is still a popular trend, if you don't have a website, it's almost pointless being there and finally the best way to get attention at your stand was to be next to a industrial strength fan!
We weren't there for long, partly because both of us thought we were going to collapse from the heat - credit to the students who sat in with their work. Several things stood out at New Blood, Joe Puddle cheekily added an envelope for job offers next to his business cards. He's also got work in the book and I'm pretty sure his uni/stand had won an award for best new comers or work or something like that. Their advertising work really stood out and was presented really well.
I thought Stockport College who were completing briefs set by the visitors were not only really funny but it was a great way to keep themselves entertained during the long day shut indoors. And finally I was fascinated with the Thunder & Lightening project by a student at Staffordshire uni. I had taken down the names & details of work I was interested in but I lost my nootbook in the hotel. So I'm very sorry but if anyone knows who it was please let me know so I can credit them.
I met quite a few lovely people and had some really interesting conversations with students and professionals. All in all it was a very successful trip and I really hope my uni gets its act in gear next year so I can show my work.