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Industry award for college pupil

Banbury and Bicester College student Jonty Jackson won bronze at this year's Starpack Awards. NNL-140704-134712001

Banbury and Bicester College student Jonty Jackson won bronze at this year's Starpack Awards. NNL-140704-134712001

A graphic design student at Banbury and Bicester College has won national acclaim with an award for innovative packaging.

Jonty Jackson, 26, beat more than 145 entries to win bronze at the Starpack Industry Awards on March 25, which recognises innovation in packaging design and technology.

The brief was for fishcake packaging set by award sponsors the Norwegian Seafood Council, and Mr Jackson created a bolsa wood crate with maritime illustrations.

He said: “The brief called for a high-end design which reflected the organisation’s sustainable values and which would help to position the product as the first choice for shoppers.

“This project stretched my skills as it called for a technical understanding of how products fit together, as well as understanding of good design. Working on projects like this helps to develop a broad range of skills.”

The project was completed as part of his work for the Higher National Diploma (HND) in Graphic Design, which is run from Banbury and Bicester College’s creative arts centre in Broughton Road.

Mr Jackson is set to become one of the first graduates of the two-year HND in Graphic Design, which was launched last year.

Dave Thornhill, teacher, said: “The HND is all about preparing students for successful employment in the creative industries and we work closely with local companies to set live briefs that give students a clear understanding of commercial realities.

“These awards provided an excellent focus to our unit on packaging and it is testament to the quality of our students’ work that Jonty was chosen as an award winner.”

 

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