24th March 2005




Three Graphic Design students at the University of Lincoln’s Hull School of Art and Design have been shortlisted for the prestigious Royal Society of Art’s Design Directions Awards.


Matthew Nicholson, Andrea McIver and Stephen Shaw have been invited to the RSA’s national headquarters in London where they will present their projects and meet the competition judges, all of whom are design industry leaders.


The competition offers many different project types and the Hull students selected three different briefs. Matthew’s piece, entitled ‘Brand New’, explored new products and services for Ideal Standard. Andrea chose the ‘Postage Stamp’ brief which explored the future of stamps, and Stephen’s project was called ‘Voting by Design’ and addressed the problems of electoral participation.


All three students are waiting for the final results, due at the end of April. Winners of the competition will have the choice of an internship, a travel bursary or a cash award as their prize.


The Hull students are following in the footsteps of recognised designers including Martin Lambie-Nairn, who was awarded an honorary doctorate by the university in September and who was an RSA Award winner in the 1960s.


The students are also hoping to follow Hull Graphic Design students

Emily Hallsworth, Philip Tate and Tom Bradley, who were commended and had their work published in the Young Creatives Network (YCN) annual earlier this year.


“We have enjoyed a very successful year at Hull and these students deserve their success. It’s been a lot of hard work, but great fun too!” said Julie Husband, senior lecturer in Design at the Hull School of Art & Design.


For more information on the RSA awards, visit www.rsa.org.uk.



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