Design students demonstrate real-world impact

12 October 2016

Work on the project included rebranding and web design.

Work on the project included rebranding and web design.

Final-year graphics students at GCU demonstrated how their skills can have a real impact on wider society.

The students have been working on several programme-related design projects for local social enterprises and charities in conjunction with Scottish Institute for Enterprise (SIE).

The project involved the students researching, visiting their chosen organisation, designing solutions and presenting their proposals, all within a two-week period.

This year’s social enterprise partners included Lingo Flamingo, Opengates, Theatre Nemo, Refuweegee, SYHA, Adaptive Design Association and Ice cream Architects. The projects included everything from creating promotional campaigns using motion graphics to rebranding and web design. 

The students presented their work to their partners at an event held on campus on October 11.

Dr Mary Maclachlan, Lecturer, School of Engineering and Built Environment, said: “The students did a fantastic job in such a short period of time and I was overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and professionalism they brought to the projects. The feedback from the social enterprises was extremely positive, with many of them excited to implement the students’ proposals.”

The students will also participate in the Graphic Design Festival Scotland in Glasgow from 18-21 October.

Dr Maclachlan said: “This is a great experience for the students to work with some of the top creative practices in Scotland and present to an internationally renowned panel of judges. Of the students who took part last year − six won internships and one came third overall.”