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Graduate show season is always an extremely hectic, but inspiring, time for the Computer Arts team – and 2016 is no different.

Having toured the country to pick out the very best creatives to hire, commission or collaborate with. Issue 256 brings all of this together with an inspiring roundup of the cream of the crop.

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The team was also busy at this year’s D&AD New Blood festival, judging the best of show and also presenting curated highlights of the best motion and animation work on show.

This issue’s cover is also something special: created by recent University of Leeds graduate Krystina Chapman, it’s the end result of our third-annual cover design contest (opens in new tab), also in partnership with D&AD New Blood.

Krystina’s design was really brought to life with a pearlescent varnish and silver diffuser foil, applied by CA’s print finishing partner Celloglas (opens in new tab).

Also in issue 256 of Computer Arts:

  • Adrian Shaughnessy shares five design truths new graduates should know
  • Evolve and thrive as a designer to ensure you earn what you deserve
  • We explore the emerging trend for designers creating fictional brands
  • Sharpen your typography skills: a new series in partnership with the ISTD
  • Behind the scenes on Music’s recent rebrand of Universal Music Catalogue
  • Spin founder Tony Brook shares his love for beautifully designed event invites
  • Plus: pro video insights from this year’s Brand Impact Awards judging panel (view the full shortlist here (opens in new tab))

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Nick Carson
Nick Carson

Nick is a content strategist and copywriter. He has worked with world-class agencies including Superunion, Wolff Olins and Vault49 on brand storytelling, tone of voice and verbal strategy for global brands such as Virgin, Pepsi and TikTok. Nick launched the Brand Impact Awards (opens in new tab) in 2013 while editor of Computer Arts, and remains chair of judges. He's written for Creative Bloq on design and branding matters since the site's launch.