26th June 2002




Lincoln student Nat Everard has won first prize in the British Design and Art Direction Student Awards.


Nat (21), who studies Illustration at the Lincoln School of Art & Design, won the illustration award at the Commonwealth Institute in London last night (Tuesday).


His prize is a coveted ‘yellow pencil’ trophy - the Oscar of the design world – and a £1,000 cash prize.


“It still hasn’t sunk in,” said Nat. “It was an amazing night and I was really surprised to have won first prize.


“At dinner I was sitting next to the creative director of Good Housekeeping magazine and lots of other top designers and illustrators – it was fantastic.”


Nat intends to invest his prize money in a new computer and then keep himself available after graduating for any commissions that come in. “I made a lot of good contacts at the ceremony and I’m hoping that being in the D&AD book and on the website will get me noticed,” he said.


Howard Pemberton, subject leader for Illustration at the Lincoln School of Art and Design, said Nat’s award was recognition for the quality of the Illustration course.


“The D&AD Student Awards are the premier showcase for design students in Europe, and the ‘yellow pencil’ is like the Oscar of the design world – design groups spend years trying to get one and Nat has won one at the age of 21,” he said.


“The award confirms the direction that the course is going in. Part of the philosophy is that it’s professional, contemporary and relevant, and now it’s been recognised by the major creative design organisation in the UK.


“The Student Awards always look for work that breaks the mould, and that’s what we encourage our students to do. We’d rather lead than follow.”


British Design & Art Direction (D&AD) is a professional association and charity representing the UK’s thriving design and advertising communities.


Each year the D&AD Student Awards give undergraduates their first taste of the design business and a chance to take on real-life briefs from major clients.


For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincoln (tel: 01522 886042)     email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk


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