BA Graphic Communication students recognised at International Society of Typographic Designers Main Student Assessment

Level 6 BA (Hons) Graphic Communication students Katherine Crean and Emily Lawrie were both accredited by the International Society of Typographic Designers (ISTD) for their editorial typographic practice in response to the Anniversaries and Food for Thought briefs at this year’s assessment.

Katherine’s project entitled 1977 made connections between her families love of David Bowie and the Berlin Wall. Katherine said: During the search for the perfect anniversary, I discovered that it had been 40 years since “Heroes” by David Bowie was released in 1977. I had always been brought up in a household that loved him, and I remembered speaking to my dad when the news broke that Bowie had died and the loss that he felt. As I began researching, I found depth in the meaning of the song and the context surrounding its creation, given the political climate of Berlin in the 1970s where Bowie was living at the time. With this, I discovered overlapping anniversaries between Bowie’s life and the evolution and destruction of the Berlin Wall that layered the emerging narrative.

Emily’s project entitled Bangers & Mash was an exploration of the rationing during the World War’s and our nations reliance on the classic British dish. Emily said:

“The origins of the term ‘bangers and mash’ derive from World War II when sausages were filled with so much water, to replace meat, that they were known to explode and ‘bang’ in the frying pan. This meal encapsulated two staple ingredients that we find in almost every meal, meat and potatoes.

Programme Director David Wrenne said “Opportunities to tackle industry-set competition briefs and to pursue professional accreditation both play an essential part in readying our students for the real world. We are thrilled that Katherine and Emily’s work was accredited by ISTD this year and while not all students that entered got shortlisted, they have developed fantastic portfolio entries and have a unique and powerful piece of work to showcase their typographic talents.”

Katherine and Emily will be invited to an awards ceremony at prolific design agency Pentagram, London in July.