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Success for Graphic Design students at New Designers Part 2 and D and AD New Blood

Students recognised for fresh talent and innovation at high profile London exhibitions

Student Kim Grosvenor with her award
Kim Grosvenor, winner of the New Designers Zizzi Fresh Talent Award

Students from our BA (Hons) Graphic Design course have scooped numerous awards at two prestigious London exhibitions this July. New Designers Part 2, held at London’s Business Design Centre, and D&AD New Blood, held at the Old Truman Brewery, are annual exhibitions which showcase the work of emerging designers and makers graduating from UK universities.

At New Designers, final year student Kim Grosvenor was awarded the New Designers Zizzi Fresh Talent Award for her work Helter Skelter Postcards. The creative team at Zizzi were looking for an inspiring graduate who stood out from the crowd, demonstrating creativity, uniqueness and exceptional use of colour. The judges praised Kim’s “attention to detail and ability to tell a story about her work in a really creative and unique way." They also recognised that "her colour choices were exceptional on the postcards and would work well large scale in a restaurant.”

Kim will receive £1000 and the opportunity to create and install a bespoke piece of art for one of Zizzi’s restaurants. On winning the award, she said: "I was so shocked to win! I feel it has provided me with direction to kick start my career in the design industry." On studying Graphic Design at NTU, she commented: "I have enjoyed my time studying, especially for the course's freedom and independent nature of each brief. I was able to tailor my portfolio to the things I truly enjoyed."

Student Ellen Crowther pasting work to the wall
Ellen Crowther installing her work at D&AD New Blood

Meanwhile at D&AD New Blood, final year student Ellen Crowther received professional membership for the International Society of Typographical Designers, a very prestigious recognition of her talent. Through its highly acclaimed Assessment scheme, ISTD engages with universities and institutions across the globe to raise the profile of typography in design education.

On her experience, Ellen said: "Completing an ISTD brief was a huge achievement in itself, but to be awarded professional membership was completely unexpected; I probably read the email about twelve times before I actually believed it. Of course, I couldn’t have done it without the help of the third year Graphic Design tutors!"

She continued: "Being a part of the International Society of Typographic Designers opens all kind of doors for me. For example I now have a list of fellow ISTD members I can contact for advice and guidance that can help further my career in design. I was invited to Pentagram London for the awards ceremony, and it was an honour to meet designers such as Freda Sack and Angus Hyland, and get some brilliant advice on how to tackle the first few steps of my career in design. You learn a huge amount when submitting the student assessment and it has improved the rest of my portfolio no end. I cannot recommend entering it more."

Student Jay Culley holding his Wooden Pencil Award
Jay Culley with his Wooden Pencil Award at D&AD New Blood

Elsewhere at New Blood, second year student Jay Culley won a coveted Wooden Pencil for his project Understanding Autism. Jay created a series of animations, aimed at all age ranges, with the goal of educating people who do not suffer from autism, on how autistic children may struggle with everyday challenges.

He has also bagged himself a spot on the New Blood Academy, along with final year student Stee Shaw, and together they will join forty other graduating designers at a creative summer bootcamp, designed to nurture the brightest young talent in the industry.

Three final year students were recognised in the Creative Conscience Awards, a global movement that promotes socially valuable, human-centred design. The Awards rewards students and graduates from across the design spectrum to develop concepts and projects that are in line with their mission.

Lucy Cripps gained a Silver Award for her interactive children's book Me, My Mind and I. Designed to help children from a young age to learn and manage their emotions, the book encourages a range of activities, from breathing exercises to distraction exercises, diary entries and worry trees. Lucy praised the flexibility of the course: “The most inspiring thing about NTU is that the course is really broad; you can try illustration, film, photography, branding and packaging”. Fellow final years Lauren Culho and Natalie Palmer both received Bronze Awards for their innovative projects.

A number of Year Two students were also recognised for their talent and hard work in the YCN (You Can Now) Student Awards. These are given to creatively minded students showing design flair. Federica Dell'Antone, Tilly Kitching and Nina Thomas were all Commended, and will attend the YCN Autumn Awards Ceremony in London.

Interested in studying Graphic Design? Reserve a place on one of our open days to meet our students and staff, and find out more about life in the School of Art & Design at NTU.

Success for Graphic Design students at New Designers Part 2 and D and AD New Blood

Published on 7 July 2017
  • Subject area: Art and design
  • Category: Culture; School of Art & Design

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