This year, 12 designers at Kingston University were on display during the Wimbledon fortnight in the shape of the tournament's official poster. The budding artists responded to a brief set by the All England Lawn Tennis Club and Hat-Trick Design Agency.
The students had just one week to get their designs down and were chosen from more than 50 entries. "Being given a short deadline forces out your best ideas," illustration and animation student James Jessiman explained. He looked at the distorted shape of tennis balls as they hit the grass at high speed for his design. "For a lot of us, this was our first client brief and it was a great challenge to tackle the identity of an English institution such as The Championships."
Each individual picture uses the familiar Wimbledon Championship colours of green, purple and white. While all but one feature tennis balls, none feature the rain. The winning students saw their work unveiled at a special afternoon tea in their honour at the All England Lawn Tennis Club hosted by its chairman Philip Brook.
Mick Desmond, Commercial Director at All England Lawn Tennis Club, said it had been its ambition to work with the local community for this year's Championship artwork. "Kingston University was recommended to us by our design agency, and together we wrote a proposal to invite the students to bring Wimbledon to life in their own way," he said. "We were very pleased with the students' responses to our brief. We selected 12 for 2012 and are delighted with the finished result."
Illustration student Lorna Scobie scooped first prize in the Macmillan Children's Books Competition this year in the new digital section for her 'witty and inventive' digital book Bradley.
Awarding the prize, Anne Glenn (Creative Director at Macmillan Children's) complimented Lorna on her charming artwork and clever digital illustration ideas that lost none of the character of the traditional book.
Discussing her award Lorna said "It's an award which celebrates the best new talent in the field of children's picture books, and this year was the first time they awarded the 'Digital Award'. This is really exciting because it signifies that the children's publishing industry truly is opening it's doors to digital books, apps and the like, and also shows that they value the importance of digital books alongside traditional books."
For the Macmillan competition Lorna won £1,000 and had her work exhibited at Foyles bookshop in London.
Lorna's work also caught the eyes of the judges in this year Penguin Design Awards, where she scooped second place in the Puffin Prize for her design of a new book cover for Grimm's Fairy Tales.
This prestigious award in the design industry was open to students on any art and design course and for this Lorna won £350.
Yet again, Kingston's Illustration Animation BA(Hons) scooped top prizes at this year's D&AD New Blood in London. The New Blood exhibition, held at Old Spitalfields Market in east London, is a showcase of the best new talent from graphic design, visual communication, advertising, digital media, illustration, photography and other commercial creative arts.
The graduates won a Best Show Award 2012 for their exhibition stand and the top prize for the Best of Animation New Blood went to Stephen Middleton.
The students received lots of interest from the Creative Industry, one art director from a top agency commenting "Kingston shows just keep getting better and better... stands out as by far the best."
Napatsawan Chirayukool, originally from Bangkok in Thailand, won one of 10 Adobe Design Achievement Awards for her heart-warming two-minute animation of the "little pieces of happiness" that make a person's day:
More than 20,000 students from 152 different countries entered the awards, which honour the most talented and promising student graphic designers, photographers, illustrators, animators, digital filmmakers, developers and computer artists from the world's top higher education institutions.
Our Illustration Animation BA(Hons) had an amazing sweep of gold and silver medals and a distinguished merit in the international student illustration awards organised by New York company 3x3. Getting into the 3x3 Student Show is not easy but once in you are among the best of the next generation of illustrators. Alexandra Dommett topped the list with the Best in Show prize and was joined by Helen Davies with a silver and Rachel Lillie with a distinguished merit. As an international competition, this shows Kingston University's Illustration Animation BA(Hons) students are amongst the best in the world.
Along with her 3x3 prize, Rachel Lillie won the joint Transport for London and Association of Illustrators illustration competition and exhibition on cycling. Rachel produced the illustration 'Good for you, green for London' in response to the brief which was to design an illustration that would promote the environmental, health and recreational benefits of cycling in London. As part of her prize, Rachel's work will be used as a poster at tube stations around London and will be exhibited at the Cycling in London exhibition which is being held at the London Transport in Covent Garden.
As well as 3x3, a D&AD award was on its way for graduate Chryso Haralambous. She won a New Blood for a poster she produced for the 1970 film 'Love Story'. "A panel of industry judges tours more than 80 UK and international college stands and selects the best representative work; they only award around 20 'New Bloods' each year out of thousands of pieces of work so this is a real coup for Chryso," course director Geoffrey Grandfield said.
George Butler, a former Kingston University illustration student, teamed up with The Times to publish his illustrated travel blog as he travelled the 8,500km overland from London to Libreville, the capital of Gabon, over the course of six months. George, who graduated in 2007, was initially introduced to reportage illustration on a Kingston University trip to Manhattan where he "learnt how drawing can take you inside a situation and in a community in a way that photography, on the whole, does not".
A series of four dramatic short films entitled 'See Something, Say Something', animated by two recent Kingston University graduates, won a BAFTA at the 2010 British Academy Children's Awards ceremony:
Ben Wright and Will Milton, who met on their first day at University, designed the overall aesthetic, including characters, backgrounds and animation for the films while working at design agency Bold Creative. Bold, which specialises in social projects, interviewed four children about their experiences of bullying, and their deeply moving, brutally-honest stories were then animated by Kingston graduates Ben and Will.
The films took two months to make, and were screened on the children's TV channel Nickleodeon as part of an anti-bullying awareness week. They use a combination of hand-drawn and computer animation.
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