Monday, June 24, 2024

Grays graphic design student praised by industry


A talented Graphic Design student from University Centre Southend has received two industry accolades for his final major project.

Mark Nevard, 33, from Grays, studies BA (Hons) Graphic Design at South Essex College’s university branch in Southend.

The D&AD New Blood graduate show in London gave Mark a ‘One to watch’ award for his piece, Medicine for Modern Times.

The advertising and design association also chose Mark to take part in the D&AD Academy, which consists of a two week boot camp working with key industry figures.

Mark’s exhibition project focused on functional psychopathy. Mark said: “I wanted to explore the theory that if you are high in the psychopathic spectrum but are intelligent and non-violent, you are more likely to succeed in life.

“I used infographics, illustrations, custom typography and layout design to create a fictional exhibition with an accompanying book which looked to build on this theory.

“It feels amazing to win the award, such a huge honour. To be recognised amongst a large number of students makes all the hard work worth it!”

As part of the A&AD Academy, Mark will get the opportunity to be mentored by designers from internationally recognised agencies.

Mark added: “I hope to work with an agency eventually to develop my knowledge of the industry. There’s so much I have enjoyed about the degree course, the tutors are amazing and structure the course so it is challenging but really rewarding.”

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