International Typography awards for students

Graphic Communication students won awards from the International Society of Typographic Designers (ISTD). Image by Giorgio Del Buono

Two Graphic Communication students from the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) at Farnham have won awards from the International Society of Typographic Designers (ISTD).

Giorgio Del Buono received a Commendation and Sam Sammut won a Merit for their typography designs in the ISTD's annual student competition.

Giorgio, who is 24 and from Milan, said: "I feel humbled and honoured to receive this award. It means a lot to me because it shows that my three years of trying to understand, study and specialise in typography haven't gone in vain.  

The whole of my final year has been spent on this typography project for ISTD and I have tried to condense everything I have learned in previous years into this project, so I really pushed and challenged myself and spent a great amount of time on this so I'm really pleased with this outcome."

Sam Sammut. Sam, who is 23 and from Basingstoke, said: "I love typography and letterforms so it feels great to win this award and get recognition from ISTD.

"Initially, I wasn't going to enter but my project really started to come together and the tutors encouraged me to give it a go. I'm glad I did because a Merit from ISTD will really boost my CV after graduation and show potential employers how much typography means to me."

The ISTD awards are held as an appraisal of current standards in typographic design and are judged by some of today's leading graphic, interactive and typographic design specialists.

Craig Burston, BA (Hons) Graphic Communication course leader, said: "ISTD is a competition with notoriously high standards so to have two winners in one year is wonderful for Giorgio, Sam and everyone on the UCA Farnham Graphic Communication course.

Giorgio Del Buono. "Typography is something that we take extremely seriously on the course and to have this acknowledged by the ISTD is no mean feat - we're very proud."

Giorgio used his Great-Grandfather who was a Prisoner of War in WWII for the ISTD brief about 'Unsung heroes and Heroines.'

Giorgio said: "I responded to the brief by speaking to relatives and looking through letters and photographs from my Great-Grandfather to create a narrative and give a typographic form to his stories and life."

Sam answered a brief that considers the ways in which we read in the 21st Century.

Sam Sammut’s winning typography design. Sam explained: "The project was inspired by the digital typography found on smartphones and tablets. I aimed to explain what touch technology is and how it works through the use of nostalgic imagery and the treatment of type."

Students on the Graphic Communication course regularly win high profile awards. Last year, three students won prestigious Student D&AD prizes.

The course also has a good relationship with major brands, including Benetton and the United Nations, and has produced graphic communications for them.

For more information contact:

David Reilly, Press Officer, UCA
T: 01252 892939

Twitter: @UniCreativeArts

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