New Designers Awards graphics winners announced

Last week, the second part of the New Designers exhibition collected outstanding design work from around the UK across graphic design, illustration, animation and product design. An Awards scheme running alongside the exhibition picked out the best work, and while most prizes went to product designs, there were some notable graphics wins.

The overall New Designer of the Year (Part 2) went to Craig Foster for a self-assembly table lamp (above), but the Runner-Up was awarded to Eamon Martin (below). Eamon has just obtained a First for his BA (Hons) in Graphic Design from Swindon College of Art, and was awarded for his whole collection of work.

"I had worked as a forklift driver before I decided it was now or never to pursue the dream of graphic design and enrolled as a mature student," says Eamonn.

"I have always been fascinated by dreams and challenged myself to push the creative process within graphic design with a project about them. When you put your heart and soul into what you are doing, to have someone in industry acknowledge you means everything."

The Virgin Atlantic Award For Graphics went to Tyler Scott (below) from the University of Hertfordshire, who has a First in BA (Hons) Graphic Design. His project 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is a book design ingeniously depicting two different perceptions of a secret discovery.

"It’s great to have this award which will generate interest from people in the industry." said Tyler. "Last year Brinley Clark won two awards at New Designers and it has been incredibly beneficial for him.  Originally I was a student in South Africa and a lecturer from the University of Hertfordshire sponsored me to come over as an intern. To be recognised here at New Designers is a dream come true."

The Virgin Atlantic Award For Product Design went to Nikki Ferguson (below), who studied Product Design at the University of Dundee.

The Heirloom is a unit to hold an precious object to be passed down through a family's generations (a watch in the photos). Each recipient writes their memories of the object, their life and the previous holder on a rotating reel of paper - forming a permanent record that can be read back at any time.

The Sky Award went to Nicholas J Martin from Plymouth College of Art, studying Graphic Design.

"The most valuable aspect of winning for me is the recognition," he said. "It is one thing getting good grades at university, quite another to be recognised here and know my work is valued. 

"A placement will give me the opportunity to break into the industry.  I’ve always loved being creative in my life, never being afraid with my projects, always pushing boundaries."

The Hallmark Award was won by Laura Hopewell (below), who graduated Nottingham Trent University with a First in Graphic Design.

"Having won, I’m really looking forward to my Hallmark placement which will hopefully lead to work," says Laura, "I have always wanted to be an illustrator, a passion motivated by the work of Donna Wilson and Oliver Jeffers. The confidence boost of winning a New Designers award has inspired me to carry on.

"In the future I would love to illustrate childrens’ books and have my own line of stationery."

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