Two first year Graphic Design students have been awarded both First prize and Runner-Up prize in an annual student poster competition run by livery company, The Worshipful Company of Glovers of London.
The Glovers Company, founded as a livery company in 1349, runs annual safety poster design competitions to raise the profile of health and safety at work and communicate how working with safety gloves, which offer correct hand protection, is an essential part of this. This year’s theme was to communicate how injuring hands, as a result of not wearing safety gloves at work, can have a long term affect on people's lives.
18 year old Francisco Alvarez from Southwark won 1st prize and will receive a cheque for £300 and a framed Certificate at a formal Prizegiving Ceremony and lunch at the City of London Drapers Hall in July. Fellow student, Jason Adebor, also 18, from Kennington, won the Runner-Up prize and will receive a cheque for £100 and a framed Certificate at the Prizegiving ceremony.
Kingston College students were also awarded the prize for producing the Best Series of Poster Designs from a college.
Course Tutor, Alison Richards, commented: “Francisco's design features an attention grabbing headline caption 'Pieces can go Missing' that supports his image and makes good use of dramatic colour - red, black and white - to get the message across in a simple and effective manner. Whilst Jason's design showed his clear understanding of the subject and featured a strong image and supporting statistical details relating to the theme of hand injuries in the work place.
“Overall, the standard of the poster designs was very high and we congratulate all the students on their success. It is a great achievement to follow up last year’s Runner-Up prize, with such a comprehensive win in all the poster design categories.”
The students worked on the competition brief as one of the 'live' projects that are featured in the course and as part of the design process, students created and developed ideas and used mark making to visualise their concepts. They also wrote the wording that would be used on their design, with final posters being produced on computers.
Students had previously visited an Edward McKnight-Kauffer poster exhibition in central London as part of their contextual studies within the project.
The prizes in the Worshipful Company of Glovers' Glove Design and Poster Design Competitions will be made at a formal lunch in Drapers' Hall, London (www.thedrapers.co.uk) on Tuesday 3 July 2012.
The Worshipful Company of Glovers of London, working with the British Safety Industry Federation, are concerned that workers do not realise the consequences of severely damaging their fingers or hands whilst at work and are therefore not taking adequate care to wear appropriate gloves to protect themselves. Simple actions such as holding a knife and fork, or a pen, doing buttons up or using a computer can be severely curtailed or become impossible when damage to your hand occurs, which can create life changing circumstances, such as loss of work, difficulties in caring for yourself and the inability to drive or undertake any manual task. Yet prevention is often simple but all too frequently ignored. For further information on the Worshipful Company of Glovers of London visit: www.thegloverscompany.org