Student’s Designs Chosen for Barbican Waterfront Brand Refresh

14 February 2018 | Media, Games & Computing

City College Plymouth’s Ryan Lee has been crowned top of the class by the Plymouth Barbican Waterfront Community Network who have chosen his logo designs to use for their future branding.

Ryan and his fellow students approached businesses and promoted their skills as part of their course, hoping to involve a local company in a graphic design project. After seeing the advertisement and keen to work with local students, the Plymouth Barbican Waterfront Community Network approached the College with a brief to re-design its logos to mark seven years of being online.

The volunteer-run online platform which promotes the Barbican’s beauty and history to local residents and visitors, enlisted the help of Digital Media Consultant Eddystone Media to manage the project and work alongside the students. This experience gave them valuable insight into the media industry, learning all about client relations and how to fulfil a brief.

Justine Morgan, Associate Lecturer in Media at City College, said: Every year we link our students with external businesses to give them an authentic experience in the design process and to build their skills, portfolio and contacts. Eddystone Media was a fantastic support to our students this year, giving them feedback and professional advice throughout the design process. All our students produced great work but Ryan Lee’s designs were of a particularly high standard and we are extremely proud of his achievements. Seeing a student show their true potential and impress like Ryan has really is the best part of my job!”

“It was a great pleasure to have worked with all the students who took on the very difficult task of refreshing the logos for our busy community networks,” said a representative from the Plymouth Barbican Waterfront Community Network. “All of the participants showed great interest in the assignment and took their time to understand the brief. We were particularly impressed with the design developed by Ryan Lee. In fact, we loved it so much, that we asked him if we could use it in our future branding.

“Needless to say, this was a very positive experience and we would thoroughly recommend other businesses to get involved in such projects for their own and the students’ benefit. After all, at least at one point in our lives, we all needed someone to believe in us and give us a chance to show what we can do. We hope that you love our new logo just as much as we do and here’s to many more years of celebrating the Barbican and all it has to offer.”

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