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Graphic design students achieve success in national awards

University of Gloucestershire Graphic Design students have achieved success in a national competition run by one of the biggest design agencies in the UK.

The Jones Knowles Ritchie (JKR) Awards 2022 provided university students across the UK with an opportunity to showcase their creativity in following a challenging brief to design a brand.

Students studying for the BA (Hons) Graphic Design degree within the University’s School of Arts attended workshops led by JKR Senior Designer Tom Mitchell – a graduate from the same Graphic Design course – before submitting their entries.

Set a brief to design a brand that included the superfood ingredient spirulina, Abi Sargant and Georgina Cheshire (pictured above, left to right) were crowned JKR Award winners for YAU, a product aimed at encouraging people to exercise.

One of Abi Sargant and Georgina Cheshire’s winning designs

Abi Sargent said: “It has been great to collaborate with Georgina on this project and we are delighted to be chosen as the winners. We thoroughly enjoyed tackling the brief and created a project that we are both really proud of.

“I’m so grateful to JKR for this opportunity and thrilled to be invited to their agency to meet with one of their creative directors.”

Georgina Cheshire said: “YAU was such an exciting and fun project for Abi and I to collaborate on. I’m delighted for us to have been selected by JKR as the winners and so pleased that they enjoyed YAU. It’s a proud moment and I’m very grateful for the opportunity.”

Harriett Lewis and Max Sica, and Sophie Tollervey were highly commended for their entries in the same competition.

Claudia Brewster, Lecture in Design at the University and an award-winning multi-disciplinary designer, said: “Winning recognition for their designs in the JKR Awards is an enormous achievement for our students on the BA (Hons) Graphic Design degree course.

“We are extremely proud that they’ve been recognised for their hard work, original thinking and creative prowess in such a prestigious competition.”