Barclays banks on success with Priestley students

App designers webSTUDENTS have created wallpaper that is set to inspire workers at one of the world’s leading banks.

Barclays set Art & Design students from Priestley College the brief of brightening up some of their workspaces at its global technology centre Radbroke in Knutsford.

They then had to present their ideas to key members of the Barclays team during a Dragons’ Den style meeting.

“The students were encouraged to consider themes that reflected the culture of the site which included technology, transformation, Barclays Values and customer service,” said Peter Hartley, Regional Portfolio Manager in Global Real Estate and Resilience.

“The quality of the work meant that it was difficult to select just one winner so three wallpaper designs will be commissioned to decorate walls at Radbroke and our new offices in Manchester.”

The winning design was by 18-year-old Zach Wrightson who is studying the Extended Diploma in Art & Design at Priestley College.

He used the theme of transformation and examined smart materials under a microscope to see how they changed colour and texture at different temperatures.

Zach, a former pupil at William Beamont, used these patterns as inspiration for his designs.

“My concept related to the innovation, development of smart business practices and customer focus of Barclays transforming banking,” he said.

“I selected a neutral colour range to link in with any colour of furniture creating a calm but warm interior suitable for a large open plan office space.”

Runners-up were ex-Culcheth High pupil Sechele Mtitimila and Elizabeth Justice, formerly of Great Sankey High, whose designs will also be used by Barclays in their offices.

wallpaper winners webA second challenge was set by the bank, which transacts billions of pounds a day and has millions of customers across the world.

Priestley’s Graphic Design students were asked to create an advertising campaign which could be used to commission the next viral advert for Pingit – an app that allows you to send and receive money using just a telephone number.

Former Bridgewater High School pupil Rebecca Walton’s concept – featuring people’s pets pictured using Pingit on a range of mobile devices – was chosen as the idea with the most potential.

Runners-up were former Lymm High pupil Sophie Cahill and James Cannell, who previously studied at Warrington Collegiate.

Social Media Manager Helen Rothwell, who judged the Pingit marketing campaigns, said: “The standard of all the candidates’ work was fantastic and each of them had paid good attention to detail.

“I was very impressed and it was interesting to see how they all interpreted the brief.”

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