Salford students’ CR covers

Students from Pendleton College in Salford design their own covers for CR

Error on Page by Faye Heavey (in response to Love Creative)

David Holcroft, a graphic design tutor at Pendleton College in Salford, sent us details of a recent project that his 16 and 17 year old students took on: design a cover for CR. We thought their efforts were great, so wanted to share them on the blog…

David emailed a PDF of the project, in which he asked the students to create a cover and a two page article on a design studio or ad agency of their choosing. All the students are in their first year of studying graphic design as a BTEC national diploma at Pendleton College. The project is the result of their first experiments with InDesign.

The brief for the students was as follows: “Over the next few months the magazine wishes to run a feature on some of the country’s best contemporary design agencies. It will be your job to create a front cover that communicates an appropriate message for one of these agencies: BBH, TBWA, Pentagram, The Chase, Saatchi & Saatchi, BBDO Abbott Mead Vickers, Fallon, Love Creative, Spin, NB: Studio, Leo Burnett, Wolff Olins, BMB, Ogilvy, Non-Format, Why Not Associates, St Lukes, McCann Erickson, Barnbrook, and Poke.”

Here are a few of our favourites (the complete set is at the bottom of the post).

Creative Spark by Alex McBurnie (in response to The Chase). Eye-catching colours on black, always strong.

Propaganda by Melissa Egan (in response to Saatchi & Saatchi). Nice to see some illustration being used.

Happiness by Josh Shaw (in response to Love Creative). A riot of colour; bound to stand out on the shelves.

Simple Solutions by Matthew Jones (in response to Non-Format). Simple indeed, but really effective.

Motion by Kirsty Williams (in response to Non-Format). Might be a bit pricey with the fluro inks but a great image.

Vinyl by George Aldred (in response to Non-Format). With a special finish, this one could work really well.

Three of the students’ editorial pages, on BBH and Non-Format:

BBH editorial by Peter Matthews

Non-Format editorial by Michael Upton

Non-Format editorial by James Landing

And here’s the full set:

The students who took part in the project were Jack Brittell, Damian Collins, April Donnelly, Melissa Egan, Mike Emerson, Steven Hill, James Landing, Josh Lang, Amy Lines, Brian Lobeda, Daniel Lord, Alex McBurnie, Tom Morgan, Sean Pendlebury, James Shaw, Josh Shaw, Michael Upton, Kirsty Williams, David Adu Dwumaa, George Aldred, Emma Broadie, Robert Brooks, Rebecca Cascoe, James Davies, Paul Derbyshire, Sean Frost, Josh Harfield, Faye Heavey, Hayley Higson, Jonathon Hodson, Matthew Jones, Lee Kelly, Peter Matthews, Michael McCarthy, Lee Stephenson, and Philippa Williams. Good luck in your studies!

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