Prestigious Pencil accolade for Graphic Design students

Prestigious Pencil accolade for Graphic Design students

Graphic Design students from South Essex College University Centre have won a prestigious industry award.
The third year BA (Hons) Graphic Design students, who all study at the College’s Southend Campus, were awarded a Pencil from D&AD.


Emma Smith, Laura Grainger and Becki McConaky designed Pixel, a card game with the aim of guessing pixelated images, for the organisation’s Hasbro competition brief.

Emma, from Basildon, said: “Pixel was created as a modern day version of Pictionary. It was inspired by our love of colour and shape through design and putting this into a game.”

Laura, from Rayleigh, said: “It was a massive shock to win, we were incredibly excited and emotional when finding out the news. It feels great for us to have accomplished something so well known in the design industry and for our hard work to be acknowledged.”

The ladies with their entire third year class will exhibit at the D&AD New Blood show in London on 11 – 14 July.

The award winning game design will be showcased plus the students’ final major projects.

Becki, from Chelmsford, said: “It has been a great three years on the degree with the most supportive tutors and classmates. The course has helped us improve our confidence, think outside the box and create a strong portfolio for us to take forward and start our careers with.”

John Chandler, Course Leader, said: “This award is massive, it’s like the Oscars of the design world. All three students progressed from Level 3 courses at the College to the degree and I’m incredibly proud of them.”

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