More Than A Degree Show's Hall of Fame welcomes new faces

2017's inductees announced

Date posted

25 May 2017


Last updated

19 March 2020

Edinburgh Napier’s More Than A Degree Show Hall of Fame has welcomed five new faces as the University reinforces its reputation within the creative industries.

Announced at the show’s launch last Thursday (18 May), Professor Andrea Nolan, Principal of Edinburgh Napier, welcomed Melissa Preston, Gregor McWee, Katy Buchan and twins Steven and David McConnachie as its latest inductees after they were nominated by various individuals across the University’s key creative subject groups.

All five are alumni of Edinburgh Napier and have been awarded the prestigious accolade in response to the strides they have already made in their chosen fields, alongside the efforts they make in inspiring the current crop of creative students within the University.

Melissa Preston is a 2012 graphic design graduate from Edinburgh Napier and left the University not only with a first class honours degree but also a coveted D&AD Yellow Pencil award. She currently works as a senior designer at Design Bridge; one of the world’s leading design agencies.

2017's inductees are announced...

Gregor McWee started his career as a 3D designer with Northcross in Leith before moving to work within Adidas’ global HQ in Germany as a footwear designer. After working his way up through the ranks at the world-famous brand, he is now designer director of performance running within Adidas’ facility in Portland, USA.

Katy Buchan left Edinburgh Napier with a clutch of awards already under her belt after graduating in industrial design. She is now head of packaging development at Chivas Brothers for the company’s entire Scotch whisky and gin portfolio and helps produce around 20 million cases of spirit per year. She is an avid supporter of Edinburgh Napier’s School of Arts and Creative Industries and recently keynoted at its Women In Design event.

Steven and David McConnachie were inspired to create Double Take Projections after seeing a projection mapping on the side of Buckingham Palace – and they haven’t looked back since. They are now Scotland’s premier projection mapping specialists, helping light up a number of the country’s most-recognisable buildings including Edinburgh Napier’s own Craiglockhart campus as part of its WW1 and War Poets Collections centenary programme of events.

Well done to all of this year’s inductees!