NTU Graphic Design graduating students succeed at prestigious London showcases

Final year students studying BA (Hons) Graphic Design have once again been recognised on a national stage, picking up awards and industry recognition at prestigious graduate exhibitions, New Designers and D&AD New Blood, in London this year.

Final year students studying BA (Hons) Graphic Design have once again been recognised on a national stage, picking up awards and industry recognition at the prestigious graduate exhibitions, New Designers and D&AD New Blood, in London this year.

Graduating designer Katie Amy Webb has been awarded the New Designers Hallmark Award 2016 for her illustrated children's book Little Badger Blue, written and designed by Katie.

The judges were looking for fresh ideas and an innovative approach with a commercial edge.

"To hear my name read out was amazing, I was in shock!" Katie, who will receive a £500 cash prize and a two-month paid placement with Hallmark, told us afterwards.

"In my final year I was fortunate enough to work with my tutor, a published writer and illustrator who specialises in children's books. Having that expert support was brilliant, but I could also get advice from other academics who had knowledge and experience in other areas of graphic design.

"The course at NTU offers you the chance to learn about the full breadth of graphic design before specialising in an area that suits you.

Katie had already secured a job on results day, with children's book publishing company Usborne Publishing. The offer came after Nancy Leschnikoff, an alumna of Nottingham Trent University, approached the Graphic Design course team looking for new talent.

Sarah McConnell, Katie's tutor at NTU commented: "It's a massive achievement for Katie and we're delighted for her. It's a credit to all her hard work and commitment, and it showcases the level of talent we have at NTU.

"The graduate shows are the starting point of the students careers. It's here that they get the chance to meet industry professionals, receive job offers and make new connections."

Fellow graduating student, Alex Green, was named One To Watch at the D&AD New Blood Best in Show. He said: "I'm delighted to have been acknowledged. After receiving my award, I've had lots of people coming up to the stand to chat to me about my project and my future plans – it's been a great opportunity."

Also recognised was Sam Hall, picking up a D&AD New Blood Wood Pencil in the Crimewatch category. Sam's winning BBC Impact platform gives the viewer a chance to have their say and is designed to bridge the gap between the live Crimewatch show and digital life, creating a perfect digital relationship between the viewer and the programme.

Sam told us: "I wasn't expecting to win the award! I have made a number of contacts, ranging from graphic designers, service designers and web companies. I have also secured a junior design job at a new local up and coming digital design agency. Definitely a great end to all the hard work I put in at NTU."

Senior lecturer, Neal Cresswell told us: "It's been non-stop this year with so many visitors flocking to our stands. We've had lots of industry contacts from agencies and other industry areas meeting our students and offering them job opportunities. It's great for our graduating students, and it happens year on year."

To see all of our graduating BA (Hons) Graphic Design students work, take a look at their website.

NTU Graphic Design graduating students succeed at prestigious London showcases

Published on 15 July 2016
  • Category: School of Art & Design

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