It was time to celebrate both for the Royal Society of the Arts (RSA), which celebrated its 90th birthday and for Kingston graphics students, who won a number of RSA awards again this year. This is just the latest of an incredible run of success in the various awards that students routinely enter on the course and partly what makes Kingston's graduates so employable.
This year's awards were:
A Kingston University BA Graphic Design student who specialised in photography is getting set to unveil one of his latest projects in London's renowned Saatchi Gallery.
Luke Evans, who graduated in the summer of 2014, was left speechless when he received a phone call from the world-famous gallery asking him to showcase some of his recent photographs as part of a forthcoming exhibition.
The eye-catching series, named Forge, portrays grand landscapes deceptively created from small items in Luke's kitchen. The kitchen table creations are quite beautiful images that belie their domestic origins. Luke, we feel, is destined for a great future!
Eight Graphics students were nominated for five awards (some joint projects), of these four students were winners.
Jack Beveridge won a Yellow Pencil (for the National Trust competition award). Whilst Anna Barton, Louise Delves and Sam Smith won Yellow Pencils AND a Black Pencil, a top awards which represents the 'Best of the Best' – an amazing achievement!
The Creative Challenge brief, set by XL Recordings, was to: "Illustrate a significant event or series of events, from the history of XL Recordings. Celebrate the artist and highlight their seminal moment(s) in a way that engages and communicates to your audience."
The response, that earned Anna, Louise and Sam the coveted Black Pencil Award was entitled 'Three', and was an interactive poster for the concept album Aluminium, an orchestral reworking of music from The White Stripes. The D&AD jury said this was: "An example of outstanding work that demonstrates passion and obsession with craft. It is original and would work in the real world."
Student Clare Newsam's work is featured on the Creative Review blog with her 'Roundel Seesaw'. The piece of furniture was designed in response to a brief set by Creative Review's edit
or, Patrick Burgoyne, during one of his regular sessions with third year students. The brief was set as part of a project in conjunction with a Creative Review Special Edition, which was dedicated to the design, art and advertising of the London Underground.
Design & Art Directors Association (D&AD) Awards, the design industry 'Oscars', are recognised worldwide.
Winners receive the coveted 'Yellow Pencil' – a mark of success with much prestige. Every year, BA (Hons) Graphic Design students take part, collaboratively or individually, in the D&AD student competition – to identify the best up and coming creatives of the future. This year, yet again, Kingston excelled at the challenge.
Two projects were nominated for D&AD Yellow Pencils, three final year projects were awarded 'Best in Year' and some second year students were also awarded 'Best in Year'.
One brief from Channel 4/MPC was to create an innovative motion graphics identity for a recently launched catch-up channel aimed at 16-34 year olds. Students Matthew Hill and Liam Alexander Campbell designed an identity built around a loop. Social media interaction is visualized in moving form to incorporate the audiences reaction.
Another brief from Dazed & Confused required 'a photograph which encapsulates a particular moment in youth culture'. Observing adolescents preening and posing for photo booth sessions in Apple Mac stores, Luke Evans appropriated the images as a comment on privacy in the digital age and our need to perform and publish.
BA (Hons) Graphic Design graduate Olivia Twaites has been announced winner of the Proganda design competition set by The British Library and Artsthread, a website for creative graduates, which was open to students, graduates or industry professionals of three years or less experience.
Olivia's design solution looks at depression in the workplace and the mental health issues that can result from it.
Graphic design student Charles Anderson was named as one of the winners of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) annual Student Design Awards. Charles won his award for an idea to improve the quality of Britain's waterways, devising a solution to tackle the scourge of polystyrene waste.
The concept, called Dump in Polystyrene, demonstrates how the bulky material often used in packaging could be reduced back to its raw state, processed and then reused in new products such as flower pots. He set to work on the project for the Award's Improving Water Environments category after discovering a lack of recycling opportunities meant enormous amounts of polystyrene were going straight to landfill.
As part of the project, Charles even created a swan made from 1,400 waste polystyrene cups in tribute to some of the wildlife on the River Thames, which flows through Kingston. Two other teams of students were also highly commended for their projects.
Head of international outreach at DreamWorks Animation Shelley Page stopped off at Kingston University as part of an international tour showcasing the best new animation talent from around the world. Find out more.