University of Portsmouth graphic design students win prestigious awards

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STUDENTS from the University of Portsmouth have won prestigious awards in an international competition.

Nine graphic design students received the awards from the International Society of Typographic Designers.

The brief was to design a typographic artefact, such as a book, website or poster, on the topic of dialects and accents.

Two of the students received merits while two more received commendations.

Sam Barclay recived a commendation.

The third-year student said: ‘I decided to focus my research on my own experiences as a dyslexic.

‘It was very intense but ultimately an enjoyable project.

‘I never thought I would get a commendation.

‘It was a massive surprise.’

Phill Cresswell, who is also a third-year student, received the other commendation.

He said: ‘I themed my work around the Yorkshire dialect.

‘I think this will absolutely help my future career.

‘It’s the sort of thing that shows you have a deep understanding of how typography works.’

Last year, five of the university students who entered won but Mike Harkins, senior lecturer of Art, Design and Media at the University of Portsmouth, thinks it is exceptional that nine students have won.

He said: ‘Winning in this competition is tough.

‘We’re extremely proud.’