Edinburgh Napier takes home top design awards

Students excel at Creative Conscience Awards and D&AD New Blood Awards

Date posted

16 July 2018


Last updated

19 March 2020

Creative students from Edinburgh Napier have continued to excel at number of the UK’s most prestigious design award shows.

Students from the University’s School of Arts and Creative Industries have taken home a host of prizes from the recent Creative Conscience Awards, D&AD New Blood Awards, the YCN Awards and Interior Educators @ Free Range 2018. The talented crop also scooped a top prize at the RSA Student Awards.

Creative Conscience Awards 2018

Charlotte Crozer

2018 Graphic Design graduate Charlotte Crozer was awarded a Gold award for her ‘Chained to the Supply’ project. Highlighting unethical and unsustainable practices, the project aimed to shine a light on what really goes on behind closed doors in the fast fashion industry. It also aimed to change minds on fast fashion and generate a more thoughtful conscience consumption.

Guilhem Boujassy

In the same category, fellow 2018 Graphic Design graduate Guilhem Boujassy took home a Bronze award for his ‘The Old School’ project. The project aims to tackle the rising number of lonely people in the UK and proposes a new programme where retired individuals could be paid to teach in schools. This could potentially help knowledge transfer alongside tackling the problem of loneliness within the elderly.

Calvin Brown

Product Design graduate Calvin Brown took a Bronze award home in the Product & Structural Design category. He designed ‘Buddy’ – a therapy product for autistic children who experience sensory overload. The product brings the sensory room to the user rather than vice versa, with ‘Buddy’ portable so that they can remain ‘calm on the go’.

D&AD New Blood Awards 2018

The Univeristy is also celebrating success at the recent D&AD New Blood Awards in London last week.

The awards acknowledge young creative talent, with winning a prestigious New Blood Pencil viewed as instant validation for an individual’s potential within the design world.

This year, the University’s fourth year Graphic Design students took home the Best in Show award at the exhibition for the fourth time in five years.

Elise Smidt, Karina Bonnin and Jennifer Dewar, a group of Creative Advertising students, came home with a Yellow Pencil award for their #giffconsent campaign, which aims to fight sexual harassment through the development of an app. The app gives power back to the individual and teaches the younger generation to ask for consent first.

Since 1962, D&AD has been inspiring a community of creative thinkers by celebrating and stimulating the finest in design and advertising. The D&AD Professional Awards are recognised globally as the ultimate creative accolade, entered and attended by the best from around the world.

For more information on the awards, visit here.

YCN Awards 2018

A total of four You Can Now (YCN) student awards were awarded to third year Graphic Design students, Sarah Hardie, Shaun Leishman, Anastasija Vojevodko and Graphic Design graduate Cameron Gleave.

YCN was established in 2001 and is a network where outward-looking organisations access the expertise they need to stay ahead. It brings creatives from across the UK together for digital learning, connections and consultancy services. 

Interior Educators @ Free Range 2018

Interior and Spatial Design 2018 graduate Alexandra Groza took home the top student award at Interior Educators @ Free Range in London.

Taking home a prize of £2,000, Alex was praised for her re-imagination of the Tropical Palm House building in Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Garden.

Unveiled at this year’s Showtime Degree Show, her stunning model and design added a new space to the building under the existing house as she looked to add bioluminescent plants and animals to the attraction’s offering. 

IE:Studio Awards focuses on design studio practise and the investigation of ideas.

The competition is open to all members of the Interior Educators national subject association and is for final year students of all undergraduate interiors and spatial programmes.

The award is for the most innovative, comprehensive and well communicated final degree studio project.

RSA Student Design Awards 2018

All the above awards followed the first prize in the RSA Student Awards Motion Graphics category awarded in May for recent Graphic Design graduates Cameron Gleave and Guilhem Boujassy for their film 'Unclear Waters'.

Unclear Waters is digital animation with a hand-drawn style and portraying different small sequences of different analogies connected to water. This central element is used as a metaphor for information and creates the connecting thread through the series of smaller scenes.

View Unclear Waters here:

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