Edinburgh College students commended for work on creative briefs

A group of Edinburgh College students have been recognised at the annual You Can Now (YCN) Student Awards for work completed as part of a brief set to them by partnership organisations.

HND Graphic Design students Valentina Torella, Elia Ballesteros and HND User Experience student Daniel Torres all received a commendation for work they completed in response to a creative brief set to them by businesses including Camden Town Brewery, Dishoom, and Fedrigoni x Oliver Bonas respectively.

The YCN awards programme challenges students from across the UK and beyond to come up with ideas to solve live creative briefs written each year by partnering organisations and reflecting an array of modern business and marketing challenges.

Outstanding entrants are awarded a commendation, exhibited at a celebratory annual event and offered further industry support, training and mentoring designed to kickstart their creative careers.

HND User Experience student Daniel Torres said: “It was a very special night when I found out I had won. There was suddenly lots of excitement in my house. I am delighted to be chosen, and to see all of my hard work has paid off. As a mature student, I guess it’s never too late to start something new! I am thankful to my class mates and my lecturers for their encouragement and support.”

HND Graphic Design student Elia Ballesteros said: “Being recognised for your work is always a great feeling. For this project, I collaborated with Carolina Cancanilla, a fantastic illustrator and fellow Edinburgh College graduate. We created Goddess, a fun range of candles inspired by pagan goddesses. I felt this would be something that Oliver Bonas customers could feel passionate about, and would be the ultimate feel-good product. I was very lucky to have such amazing teachers supervising the project. Chris, Helena, Hannah and Alex have been superb from day one, and I can’t wait to get going with the next challenge.”

Edinburgh College Art & Design curriculum manager Neil Manning said: “It’s truly fantastic to see our Graphics and User Experience students awarded such prestigious recognition from YCN again this year. Our students develop their creative skills within The School of Art and Design showing imagination and producing truly innovative outcomes that will allow them to succeed in the growing and emerging sectors of Graphic and User Experience design.”