Award success for UWE Graphic Design students

Issue date: 09 May 2011

Eight students from the University of the West of England have been given awards for their graphic design and typography work from the prestigious International Society of Typographic Designers (ISTD).

One student, Chris Nott was awarded the highest accolade from the society a Commendation. Three other students: Joe Allison, Tom Eves and James Somerfield will receive merit awards during the 2011 ISTD Student Award ceremony held at the Design Museum, London on 17 June 2011. The awards will be handed out by one of the world's most prominent typographers Erik Spiekermann. They will be admitted membership to the Society along with fellow UWE students Heather Kendrick, Maxim McNair, Alex Smye-Rumsby and Yan Yeh Yine who have gained the high level of expertise needed.

The ISTD is the professional body run by and for typographers, graphic designers and educators. It seeks to foster a symbiotic relationship between education and industry by publishing and promoting the highest quality contemporary practice amongst its international membership. Its aims are to establish and maintain standards of typography within the professional design and education communities, through the forum of debate and design practice. Recognised as the authoritative body for typography in the UK, and with growing recognition internationally, the Society also keeps sight of its real purpose, as described by its founder, Vincent Steer, ' bring together in friendship and mutual help, all those with a love of the printed word.' The ISTD student assessment scheme now in its 36th year has been described as 'the most rigorous design assessment in the world'.

UWE Graphic Design Lecturer, 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.

In addition, Chris Nott has also recently been offered a place on the Royal College of Art's MA in Communication Art & Design.

For more information on studying Graphic Design at UWE see: Graphic Design

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