Designer Kyle Bean graduated from the University of Brighton Faculty of Arts with a first class BA(Hons) Illustration degree in 2009. He was talent spotted at his graduate show by the Head of Merchandising at Liberty in London and was commissioned to produce a display for them.
The Brighton based artist and designer has continued to develop his work to straddle the boundaries of sculpture, product design and illustration, creating witty pieces in an international communicative design context. These have included one-off pieces for editorial briefs, print advertising and promotional material for a client list which includes CUT magazine, Wallpaper*, the Financial Times, the Design Museum, Computer Arts, fashion brands from Hermes to Diesel and window displays for Selfridges.
Because of Bean’s interests in both product and communicative design, Kyle admits that whilst still at school, he was torn between which course to study at university, eventually opting for Illustration at Brighton because “it was very concept-based…with a wide variety of work on display at the open day.”
When it came to Bean’s final degree show, he took advantage of the opportunity to marry up his interests in the juxtaposition of handcraft and technology by “exploring the evolution of technology”. One result was ‘Mobile Evolution’, a Russian doll-style model crafted from card, depicting how mobile phones had decreased in size between 1985 and 2009.
The BA(Hons) Illustration course at Brighton is recognised nationally and internationally for its high calibre, creatively diverse, professionally distinct and independent graduates. It offers an integrated, cross-disciplinary approach that encapsulates current and predicted future working practices.
For more information about Bean’s work visit: www.kylebean.co.uk