Graphic Design students take part in Fenner Paper challenge

2nd year BA (Hons) Graphic Design students were recently set a challenge by Justin Hobson at Fenner Paper. The project was organised as part of the Professional Practice: Live Brief unit, and lasted for a period of 6 weeks.

Fenner Paper has thirty years’ experience supplying and sourcing papers for printers and designers. They are firmly established as one of the leading independent paper merchants in the UK. They also specialise in producing environmentally friendly paper products, such as the Fenner Redeem 100% recycled paper that has been supplied and used for this project.

Paper and print expert Justin Hobson challenged the 2nd years to explore the relevance and role of the poster as a cultural artefact within the 21st century. He asked them to design an A2 printed poster, the purpose of which was to celebrate and communicate its own existence as a popular and prevalent cultural medium for the expression of ideas and beliefs. In other words, convince people of the power of the poster!

On 12 November the students, with the help of the Graphic Design team, put on a pop-up exhibition of their work on the top floor of Eldon South. During this event, a team of judges led by Justin, voted to create a short-list. The posters on this short-list are being considered to receive a commendation award for making an outstanding response to the brief.

18 posters were short-listed and these are now currently on display in the Eldon cafe space.

There have been 3 posters commended and these will be announced at a short and intimate awards event on Monday 8th December at 5pm in the Eldon cafe space. Professor Catherine Harper, Dean of the CCI Faculty will attend and give the commended students their awards.

Justin Hobson will also be featuring these posters on his popular industry blog Justin’s amazing world at Fenner paper.


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