Daniel has designs on bird conservation

Graphic design senior lecturer Daniel McCabe with his bird print poster.

Graphic design senior lecturer Daniel McCabe with his bird print poster.

A limited edition art print designed by a University of Portsmouth academic is helping to raise funds for local bird conservation.

The Portsmouth Twitching print has been created by Daniel McCabe, a senior lecturer in Graphic Design, with part of its sales proceeds going to the RSPB’s local conservation efforts, including projects at Langstone Harbour – home to an RSPB reserve.

The print, covered in stylised bird designs representing Portsmouth’s native and visiting species, is on sale now at Strong Island Clothing Co, in Southsea.

The print features 45 birds, from much-loved natives such as the robin and the blue tit to visitors like the little tern, which migrates thousands of miles to Langstone Harbour, one of its breeding grounds, every year.

Daniel said: “The poster is a homage to traditional classification charts but with a modernist, abstracted twist.

“It uses a standardised geometric system to show the various identifying colours and marks of the different species, all of which can be found in and around the Portsmouth area.

“It’s great to be able to use design practice in this way and support ethical causes such as local nature conservation. This is certainly something that we encourage on our BA (Hons) Graphic Design course.”

The Portsmouth Twitching print is available from Strong Island Clothing Co, at 12 Highland Road, Southsea, in A3 and A2 sizes, priced £25 and £45 respectively.

It is also available online.

 

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