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UWE Bristol Graphic Design students succeed at top typographic awards

UWE Bristol Graphic Design students enjoyed unprecedented success at this year’s awards from the prestigious International Society of Typographic Designers (ISTD).

15 students received awards for their graphic design and typography work including a Commendation for Rebecca Penmore and five Merits for students Magnus Hearn, Liam Roberts, Suzie Eland, CJ Brown and Grace Watling.

The International Society of Typographic Designers is a professional body run by and for typographers, graphic designers and educators. The Society has an international membership, all of whom share its mission to establish and maintain standards of typography and to provide a forum for debate.

Recent graduate, Rebecca Penmore, received just one of two Commendations at this year’s awards. She said, “Receiving a Commendation for my ISTD entry has been one of the definite highlights of my design career so far.

“The tutors were fantastic in helping us get into the meticulous mindset required, not only for the design of the final typographic response but also in understanding the importance of all the supporting material.

“Since graduating in July, I have been busy freelancing for the design department of Waitrose, as well as interning within design agencies in London. My ISTD project has no doubt helped in winning over prospective clients and employers and has become a central piece within my portfolio.”

The students were accompanied by tutors John Paul Dowling and Gabriel Solomons (Senior Lecturers in Graphic Design) to the awards ceremony at TYPO London 2012, The Institute of Education.

John Paul Dowling said, “For a graduating student gaining membership to the Society gives them the edge when applying for work within the creative industries. It is a difficult task and a great honour to have the MISTD accreditation after one’s name. We are delighted for all the students – even more so those who achieved commendation and merit awards which are very rare. Speaking with the recent graduates at the event confirmed just how well regarded ISTD is in the industry, many of them are currently employed by some of the biggest names in the UK creative industries.”

The awards were officiated by Professor John McMillan, ISTD’s Education Director and international typographic luminary Erik Spiekermann. Spiekermann noted the ‘exceptional’ work being produced year-on-year from UWE and went on to say the he regarded the scheme “the most rigorous design assessment in the world”.

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