Degree student? It’s show time!

8th May 2009 by Emilie

“Finals!” “Portfolio reviews!” “End of Year Shows!” “Jobs!” “The World!”

If this is a snippet of what is going through your mind at the moment, we can sympathise. It wasn’t that long ago that we were busy, eager, just a little nervous, and heading for graduation ourselves.

For design, art and photography students, now is the time to pull a whole year’s work into one exhibition; impressing tutors, fellow students – and more importantly, VIPs that might have jobs (and a pay cheque) up their sleeves.

So how do you make the most out of your end of year show? What materials do you need to help make a good impression?

One of the first places you could start is with an invitation. Maybe you’re having a group invitation, designed in tandem with your course – or perhaps you can work on a design of your own. If you have a list of people you know you’d like to invite, Postcards can be great for this. Available in small packs of 20, or larger packs of 60, you can put a different image on every one. Want a packaging company to see your show? Send them a shot of your packaging work. Want design agencies to come too? Send each agency a different example of your work that you know will appeal to them. One of the best things about using MOO is the chance of printing multiple images in one order, at a reasonable price.

These Postcards are a great example – they’re invitations to a solo exhibition, created by Ladydesign. Each has a striking image and really makes the most of her strong portfolio.

Once people are at your show, of course they’re going to love your work! But don’t forget, they’ll be seeing a lot of different artists, so giving them something smart to remember you by is the next thing to think about. Business Cards and MiniCards are perfect for this – they can feature your work on one side, and your details on the other. New contacts can take away their favourite piece of work in your folio, and have a good way of contacting you in the future.

We’ve shown this shot by the awesome PhotoCharlie before, but it’s a colourful set up, easy to create, featuring MiniCards, and Postcards. As you can see, you can show a wide range of work, and each item is easy to unclip and take away:

Simple washing line and pegs are also eye-catching, interactive and effective – as you can see here, in this great shot by °Giulietta°

Or, when space is tight or more formal, a simple card dispenser on the wall is a handy addition, as demonstrated by rachelmoon:

When money is tight too, make use of the FREE Business Card holder you get when you buy MOO Business Cards! Our lovely ex-MOO-project manager, Iain, took this shot, when he spotted a case being used as part of a small art installation:

Another great idea we’ve seen to get people to interact with your work and take it away are these bookmarks, by fashion fucsia. Featuring beautiful illustrations and brightly coloured ribbon, they’re quick to make and *really* appealing!

These are wonderful too – by redmeg8, they’re different examples of work, joined in one corner. A take-away-folio!

Once the show is over, don’t forget to keep a pack of Business Cards or MiniCards with you at all times. You never know when a chance to show and share your work might strike – as this great post (also full of tips!) demonstrates. As David Moore found out, with different examples of your work on every card, it really is like a mini portfolio for your pocket.

However you do it – GOOD LUCK!

You might also like to know, some of the very best art schools in the world (University of Arts London and Pratt, NY) have joined up with MOO to offer their students some extra good deals on these products, as they prepare for their shows.

If you attend an art or design school, or teach at, or are affiliated with one, and want to put together a special offer for all the students in the school, why not get in touch? We’d love to help.

And in the meantime, why not think about attending an end of year show near you? They’re a great way to network, find new talent, meet other creative types and possibly blag a little drink or canapé!

Here are a few that we’ve spotted;

London, UK: University of Arts London.
May 18th – July 10th

NY, USA: Pratt Institute
May 12th – May 15th

NY, USA: Parsons School for Design
May 15th – May 23rd

California, USA: California College of the Arts
Throughout May

Rhode Island, USA: Rhode Island School of Design
May 30th

Portsmouth, UK: University of Portsmouth
June 5th

Comments (21)

  1. Megan:

    Thank you so much for including my moo-folio in this post! I’m redmeg8.


  2. Jonathan:

    The design school I attended in Toronto – Ontario College of Art & Design – had their shows this weekend. I hope there was a good turn out.

  3. princess_pam:

    just ordered mini cards for my show…

    University of Bolton
    june 11th
    art & design

    if anybody wants to come….

  4. Emilie:

    That’s great princess_pam! We’ll maybe have the chance to see them ;-)
    Thanks for sharing !

  5. fashion fucsia:

    Hi Emilie!
    Big thanks for including my bookmarks in this post! I’m so happy!!
    (Please link to my blog:

  6. Heather:

    Don’t forget the art shows at my alma mater: The Maryland Institute, College of Art (MICA)!
    I got some mini-cards with pic’s of my new jewelry collection and they are such a big hit! I love them over the standard size business cards because they are unique and I can send a potential customer off with a picture of the piece she wants.
    Thanks for keeping good design alive!

  7. Brittany Noel:

    In Detroit, MI the College for Creative Studies opens our Student Exhibition tonight! It’s free to the public for the next couple of weeks.

  8. Will Baxter:

    Brill! I wish Moo was around when I was a student!

  9. jade:

    i wish i did art and design just so i could have a show and use moo cards
    sadly i am a media student
    all I feel able to use them for is buisness cards
    any ideas what else i could use them fod?

  10. Emma Bunce:

    Just ordered my mini cards for degree show. Gonna have to get some business ones too me thinks…

    Blackpool And Fylde College, UK
    Central Campus, Palatine Building
    17th – 24th June

  11. Denise:

    Jade – you can use Minicards for all kinds of things – lots of people use them for their own photos, and frame them, for example. It’s always handy to have your contact details on you though – you never know who you might meet :)

    Emma – good luck with your show!

  12. Crystal:

    I go to University of Arts London, and am about to graduate, -but we haven’t been told about any special deals with Moo… how do I find out?

  13. Emilie:

    Hi Crystal,

    Easy! The only thing you need to do is to register for Showtime here: and create your profile.
    You’ll receive a discount code in a confirmation email.

  14. princess_pam:

    just ordered postcards with yet more of my work on them…. (3 lots of moo card products now) almost all set!

  15. Emilie:

    princess-pam – That’s great! I’d be curious to see how they look like…

  16. Calvin:

    Darn, I should have participated in my school’s show especially if I knew MOO was promoting my school on their blog.

  17. Calvin:

    Darn, I should have participated in my school’s (CCA) show especially if I knew MOO was promoting my school on their blog. I’ve done mini collages with my moo cards next to my presentation boards before.

  18. eva:

    Yep! I have used minicards and postcards for my MA show at university of Brighton, Sept.09 and at Brighton Fringe OPEN 09 ‘From Here’ exhibition, Oct-Nov.09. They are amazing!
    Thank you MOO team!

  19. Phil:

    Jade, if you’re doing media I guess you’re going to be doing an element of photography? Even if it’s cinematography. Add your own images and even ‘just for business cards’ they’re great – I use them myself.
    Also, what’s wrong with making a flick-book? Include them in a movie – Moo had a competition not long ago for that very thing!
    Personally, I’ll be using them myself in my new business venture… They will be very effective and useful, I think!

  20. Margery:

    I’ll try to put this to good use immedielaty.

  21. Christopher Marion Thomas:

    We love Moo at Art Center College of Design :) Thanks for making me look good.

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