Jess wins bronze at the 2015 Creative Conscience Awards

Graduating BA (Hons) Graphic Design student Jessica Fogarty has won a bronze award at the 2015 Creative Conscience Awards in the Illustration and Animation category.

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Jessica Fogarty with Prof Helen Storey MBE at the Creative Conscience Awards

Graduating BA (Hons) Graphic Design student Jessica Fogarty has won a bronze award at this year's Creative Conscience Awards in the Illustration and Animation category.

A not-for-profit organisation, Creative Conscience aims to inspire designers and the creative industry to apply their talents to socially valuable projects, promoting sustainability, freedom, social health and wellbeing.

The Creative Conscience Awards encourages, recognises and rewards students across the design spectrum for developing projects that are in line with their aims. Each year shortlisted entries are judged by a team of industry experts and the winners are invited to a networking awards ceremony in London.

NTU's Jess Fogarty chose to enter the Open Brief, where the subject matter is entirely up to the entrant but they have to use creativity to promote a moral, ethical or worthwhile cause and make a positive change.

Jess entered Fish 'n' Facts - an illustrated book that educates children about sea life and the importance of sustainable fishing. The colourful illustrations engage children with the animals and encourage them to be curious about what they are eating and where it came from.

Jess told us: "It's a colourful book that carries a salient message. Inspired by the beauty of marine life, and irked by destructive fishing techniques, I decided to create something that would teach children about the wonderful creatures that inhabit the ocean, and the importance of fishing sustainably.

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Fish 'n' Facts front cover by Jessica Fogarty

"Engaging the reader with vibrant illustrations and fishy facts about each creature, the book teaches a young audience the importance of preserving our oceans by buying MSC certified fish. A removable page at the end rewards the child for learning and allows them to interact with the creatures; reinforcing the message, this is what we would be missing if we don't fish sustainably."

After attending the awards ceremony in July, Jess said that she was ecstatic to win the bronze award. "I had spent the first part of the evening networking which meant I had a chance to meet the other contestants in my category, and to see the silver and gold awards go to such inspiring new friends was brilliant in itself.

"Taking part in a competition such as Creative Conscience makes you realise the power you actually have through design. It shows that you can make a difference to the world doing what you love, and the rewards from this are sure to be worth more than anything else. I won a certificate and printed on it are the very inspirational words of Gandhi; Be the change you want to see in the World.”

BA (Hons) Graphic Design Course Leader, Kathryn Coates commented: "It's been great to see Jess using her exceptional illustrative talent and creativity to communicate an important message to her target audience. As designers we have the skills to educate, inform and change the way people behave and think about important issues. Jess has done this with great success and thoroughly deserves her award from the Creative Conscience team."

See more of Jess' work.

Jess wins bronze at the 2015 Creative Conscience Awards

Published on 21 July 2015
  • Category: School of Art & Design

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