Design students at Havering College shortlisted for national project

PUBLISHED: 14:33 08 September 2014 | UPDATED: 15:26 08 September 2014

Rory McLaren. Picture: Havering College

Rory McLaren. Picture: Havering College


Two graphic design students from Havering College have been shortlisted for a new initiative to find the best emerging talent in their field.

Aimee-Joy Jones, 21, and Rory McLaren, 25, graduates on the BA (Honours) Graphic Design course, are among 70 designers nationwide hoping to be selected for the Design Council scheme.

Aimee-Joy’s project was a book called Fairytales in the 21st Century, bringing classic stories into the modern era, while Rory invented a game based on Top Trumps and 3D character models.

They displayed their work at the Business Design Centre in Islington this summer, where they were heralded as two of five up-and-coming designers with “vision, innovation and ambition” by the influential Malcolm Garrett.

Mr Garrett, who created the iconic artwork for bands like Buzzcocks, Simple Minds and Duran Duran, said of Aimee-Joy’s work: “The result is a book that I would love to see on sale, and would happily buy copies for all my friends.”

On Rory’s work, Mr Garrett commented: “Through teaching himself advanced software skills he took his creative solution beyond the expected boundaries, which suggests the kind of curiosity and ability in skills acquisition that will see him succeed in any creative environment.”

Dagenham resident Aimee-Joy, 21, who is currently job hunting, said: “For me New Designers was one of the best experiences I have ever had the chance to take part in and I’m going to make the absolute most of this opportunity now given to me.”

Tony Branch, of Havering College, in Ardleigh Green Road, Hornchurch, said: “To have two of our students shortlisted for the One to Watch initiative is a great achievement. The level of attendance from industry at the New Designers graduate showcase was one of the highest ever.”

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