Chancellor presents student design prizes

Over the summer BA Graphic Communication students who has just finished their first year entered a competition run organised by Oculus, a Reading design company who are celebrating their 20th anniversary. The students were asked to create a brand for a fictional company and to deliver both visuals and a written rationale of the thinking behind their idea.

Earlier this month the top ten entries were displayed at an awards ceremony hosted by Oculus and prizes were presented by the Chancellor, Sir John Madejski, to the three winners Mike Leonard (1st place), Bethan Prestwich (3rd place), and Emily Whiteside (2nd place).

Introduction to wood engraving

Rob Banham has a new appreciation for the art of wood engraving after his first attempt at the process. He was one of the first students to take ‘Introduction to wood engraving’ at St Bride Library. Material from the Library, including blocks and prints by Thomas Bewick and Eric Gill, provided inspiration during six weeks in which the students were guided from their first nervous cuts through to printing an edition of their first block. The course is run by painter and printmaker Peter S Smith who currently has his work on show at St Bride along with prints by Rob and the other students. St Bride offers a variety of printing and printmaking courses in their Print Workshop.