The art of making an impact

ARTISTIC students from Priestley College have been asked to create iconic imagery that will be seen around Warrington.

The BTEC Graphic Design students were given the chance to create a new logo and branding for the local gay and lesbian youth support service.

Former Penketh High School pupil Grace Lockwood, 17, volunteered to create a series of designs and work with the Warrington Youth Service to refine her ideas.

“It was a great chance to help a local organisation and the experience helped me understand what it is like to work on a live brief,” she said.

The Warrington Youth Service asked if Priestley College would help GLYSS rebrand as the group felt it had grown and matured in the 15 years since it was formed.

They felt their name needed to be more inclusive and it changed to TAGS (which stands for Teenagers, Gender, Sexuality) and Youth TAGS for a younger age group.

Grace submitted a number of designs that featured a hand in rainbow colours, another using a tag and a third featuring the ‘peace sign’.

Three other students took on a completely different challenge as they created the Oktoberfest posters.

Kerry-Ann Collar, Daniel Mercer and Robert Taylor’s ideas were chosen by the organisers, Warrington Rotary Club, to advertise the event.

It follows a decision earlier this year by the Cheshire Children’s Hearing Services Working Group to use Kerry-Ann’s idea for their new logo.

“Both experiences have been great and provided me with valuable additions to my portfolio and CV,” she said.

Also in July, BTEC Graphic Design students Thomas Heeley, Lauren Ashcroft, Finlay Kirby and Simon Asai put themselves forward for a very exciting opportunity to work with the well-established company, Colas, who were looking for some exciting ideas to help design a poster for their Lean Initiative Project. The students worked very and effectively as a team over 3 days and produced designs that were really well received.