UWE Bristol Graphic Design students enjoy award success

Issue date: 10 January 2013

UWE Bristol's Sophie Balch, Fanny Wacklin-Nilsson and Kathryn Evans-Prosser are the latest Graphic Design students to have their work recognised by London's top industry professionals.

At the world famous St Bride Library, in London, it was Sophie and Fanny's design industry-themed zine, Fond that beat off stiff industry competition to receive the accolade of 'Best in Show'.

Fond is a zine full of interviews with designers and studios about the design industry, whereby each issue takes a different theme.

What started off as a project on the Level 2 module Professional Practice in Graphic Design, which asked students to contact inspirational designers in an area of industry in which they wished to gain employment, soon grew in content and enthusiasm into a regular publication.

The first issue focused on editorial design, featuring magazines such as Fire & Knives, Boneshaker, Grafik and Wired. The second looked at Dutch typography with a Risograph printed interior and screen-printed cover. The newest issue explores the relevance of internships, including studio's opinions alongside students' experiences of interning around the globe.

Sophie and Fanny said, “We are both delighted and, to be honest, quite shocked that we won the best in show prize at the Handmade and Bound fair.

“It's a really great fair with loads of impressive work with many studios and designers we admire selling their work. Fond is very much a project we do for the love of it, and to receive such recognition and kind words about the work we are making makes it all feel very worthwhile. A big thank you to everyone that has been a part of this issue, and we hope to have a fourth issue out soon.”

Handmade & Bound is an independent fair with affordable, handmade artists' books, comics and zines. St Bride Library brings together exhibition spaces, a theatre, educational centre and one of the most significant collections of typography and historical printed reference works in the world.

Over at the Best British Book Design & Production Awards 2012,Kathryn Evans-Prosser was shortlisted in the Student Category for her book What is Money, which was produced on the Level 2 module Typography & Print.

Kathryn said, “I was so happy when I found out I had been shortlisted and it was nice to see my work recognised for an award which had such a large amount of applicants. The awards ceremony was great as well - I got the chance to see some amazing work and meet the people who had created it."

These latest awards have capped off a successful term for the Graphic Design course with 15 students also receiving awards from the International Society of Typographic Designers (ISTD).

Senior Lecturer, John-Paul Dowling said, “For our students to be receiving such high accolades for work produced at Level 2 is truly an achievement. They are competing with students in their final year, recent graduates or, in Fanny and Sophie's case, industry professionals. Such successes cement the high expectations that this design course demands of its cohort, and it is testament as to what can be achieved with a lot of hard-work and vision.”

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