Gemma’s festival logo design is a winner

Gemma Riley
Gemma Riley

A final-year Graphic Design student has won a competition to design a new logo for the Deddington Festival.

Twelve students at Banbury & Bicester College submitted designs for review by the festival committee, and the contest was won by Gemma Riley, aged 18, from Kings Sutton.

Chairman of the Deddington Festival Committee, Emma Noon, said: “The festival committee were really impressed with the quality of work that was produced by the students.

“It was hard to select just one winning entry but we all agreed that Gemma’s design had the edge, with a clean design and bright colours. ”

Gemma said: “I very much enjoyed creating this logo and was really pleased that my design was selected. I would like to be a graphic designer when I leave college, so supporting a local festival and for my logo design to be featured on all their branding and publicity material is a great opportunity for me.”

Gemma’s course leader, Matt Chilton, said: “We were approached by the festival committee to see if our students could help to come up with an updated logo that would communicate the culture and community message with a fresh new look, yet not lose the heritage of the event.

“We love being asked to get involved in community initiatives like this, as it gives our students an opportunity to showcase their talents and apply their learning to real-life situations.

The 13th Deddington Festival is from Friday June 12 to Saturday June 20, with arts and culture events celebrating 2015 as the UNESCO Year of Light.

It culminates in festival favourite Deddy Rocks, from 2pm on Saturday, June 20, which sees local bands playing live in Deddington’s market square.

This year’s line-up includes Platinum, The Vents and Drive Dogs. With a barbecue, ice cream, beer and bands, the event attracts large crowds.

Families can rock out from 2pm culminating in a children’s disco, before the main concert starts at 6pm.

For full details, see www.deddingtonfestival.org.uk