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Parker Design Competition

Sixth Form student, Amber Skipper, emerged as the winner of this year’s Parker Infographic Design Challenge. Her prize? A week’s invaluable work experience at Parker Design’s Cheshire studio.

The competition offers our Sixth Form Graphics students an insight into what it is like to work on a real-world commercial design project. 17 of our A-level Graphics students submitted responses to the brief, which was to help United Utilities tackle a growing problem: blocked sewers caused by people flushing things down the toilet that don’t belong there, such as wet wipes.

The entries were whittled down to six finalists who were invited back to the agency to present their designs to the professionals.

“It’s been great to be involved in judging this competition. I’ve really enjoyed meeting all the students, talking about what makes a good infographic and most of all seeing their fantastic work – the standard has been amazing, and listening to the six finalists talk about how they came up with their ideas was great. I was so impressed with the amount of work and thought that they all put into the project and am looking forward to welcoming Amber to the studio in a few weeks!” said Graphic Designer, Nicola Vernon-Smith.

The Grange’s own Head of Graphic Design, Mr Paul McAleny, highlighted just how valuable an opportunity the process was for our students: “Visiting Parker Design’s studios, responding to a challenging brief and, for those students who were shortlisted, the experience of discussing their work with professional designers has, I know, enthused them and has really broadened their appreciation for the important role creativity and visual communication plays in industry. Thank you to Andi, Mark and Nicola for their time and enthusiastic support for our students and their work!”