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Designs on success for Dundee graphics graduates

Graphic design students from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design are celebrating after an award-winning weekend at some of the industry’s biggest events.

Fourteen of the graduating group of final-year students were exhibiting at the D&AD (Design & Art Direction) New Blood Graduate Exhibition in London.

Sam Packham received one of the coveted ‘Wooden Pencil Awards’ in the Hasbro-sponsored brief for his board game concept ‘Hate the Game – Not the Player’.

Sian MacFarlane received a `Graphite Award’ and then captured one of only three `White Pencil Awards’ for her ‘Fabric of the Nation’ concept. Her design was typographically-based and used the visual language of fashion labels – allied to the DNA make-up of prominent Britons – to challenge perceptions of British culture and diversity. 

In a separate event held by the International Society of Typographic Designers (ISTD) at the world-renowned Pentagram Studios in Notting Hill, 16 of the graduate students received awards and membership of the society, placing Duncan of Jordanstone, part of the University of Dundee, at the top of the society’s international assessment league table.

Gary Gowans, Course Leader for Graphic Design at Duncan of Jordanstone, said, “These are tremendous achievements for our students which once again confirm Duncan of Jordanstone’s position as one of the leading colleges of art and design.”

Dundee is the leading university in the UK for Design & Crafts, according to The Guardian’s University Guide 2018.