Graphic Design students ‘Light Up Poole’ with Digital Art

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Students from our Higher National Diploma (HND) Graphic Design course enjoyed taking part in a live project featuring renowned international artists, as they showcased their work in the 2019 Light Up Poole Festival.

The three-night event featured a series of interactive digital light art installations to celebrate Poole’s cultural diversity, rich heritage and unique location. The town centre was illuminated as numerous digital installations and participation events were set up from the Lighthouse, through Falkland Square and Kingland Crescent, down the High Street to the Quay. This year’s theme was ‘tides’, and our students used their creativity to produce a display which highlighted the theme of plastic pollution.

Second year student James Cowan explained that as the event was aimed at families they needed to think about the audience and how their installation could engage and inspire. He said: “We decided to use projection mapping techniques (making 2D projections appear 3D) to raise awareness about the damage single-use plastics have done to the environment. It was a really interactive piece which really captured the imagination of the visitors to our display.” In addition to this technical display, the students also made a jellyfish and hanging mobile of sea creatures out of single-use plastic items to further highlight the impact plastic is having on global sea life.

The students were responsible for sourcing the space for their exhibition, which involved working with shop owners to find the perfect environment to present their display. Esther Yarnold, HND Graphic Design Programme Lead at the College said the process provided valuable experience for all the students involved: “Working collaboratively is such an important skill and it was great for the students to experience working for a real client, especially as it was a project that over 20,000 members of the public would be coming to see.”

Libby Battaglia, Creative Director of Light Up Poole was thrilled with the work produced. She said: “For me one of the highlights is having so many young artists showcasing their work during the festival on the same platform as international artists. I absolutely loved the work the College students presented and I hope they enjoyed participating.”

Each year our Graphic Design students take part in live projects designed to enhance their learning experience. To find out more about our courses, please visit our Art & Design page.