Students win big in national design competition

"This has really helped me to get in the industry bubble, get my name out there and network."

James Hansell, BA (Hons) Graphic Design

Young designers from Staffordshire University have swept the board in a national competition.

Students from the BA (Hons) Graphic Design and BA (Hons) Illustration courses won six prizes in The Brief Cases Solutions Awards and received two commendations.

Judged by a panel of industry experts, the competition challenges students to create new designs working to a business brief.

James Hansell (pictured) claimed Gold in the Enterprise and Social category and won the People's Choice award for his business idea 'Stop the Chop' which aims to increase vegetable consumption for health and animal welfare reasons.

The concept endeavours to make vegetables easier and quicker to consume by providing chopped vegetables pre-seasoned with signature spices.

James said: “Competition briefs are challenging, you learn so much from them and at the same time have the opportunity to win something for your work. It's a win, win.”

“I think the award will help me when applying for jobs and opportunities. This has really helped me to get in the industry bubble, get my name out there and network.”

The competition is run by Earth Island, one of the country's biggest print and packaging companies in collaboration with Brief Cases, an initiative which bridges the gap between academia and industry.

Graphic Design student Leanne Haycock won the Silver Enterprise and Social award and Staffs students secured all the prizes in the main Solutions Award category ­- Jacob Mountford won Gold, Oliver Webley won Silver, plus Moesha Jones and Leah Whitehead shared Bronze.

They collected their prizes - which included trophies, books, cameras and edible goodies - at a special ceremony at Café de Paris in London this month and had the opportunity to network with industry professionals.

The students also saw their designs showcased on products including t-shirts, mugs and bags at the event.

John Hudson, Graphic Design Course Leader, said: “It is an unprecedented number of awards that our students have received this year. It's fantastic for their professional profiles, winning these awards will really add to their CVs and their employability in the future.”

“It's testament to the Graphic Design and Illustration courses and the hard work of staff and students to end up succeeding on such a big scale.”

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