Laura Jones 2nd year Graphic Design has been highly commended for her work by the Young Creative Network (YCN). Laura worked on a brief for the Greenall’s gin company in which she focused on ‘quintessential British moments’ to develop eye-catching advertising and packaging solutions.


2nd year graphic design students have this year won a range of awards from the national Starpack packaging competition, with briefs set by DS Smiths, MPMA, Smurfit Kappa and Graphic Packaging International; amongst others.

Mason Cook – gold award ‘Safe and Secure transit packaging’ Sponsored by DS Smith

Judges commented

The design Offers vastly improved dimensional variability (limited to 2 dimensions) – 3 would have been ideal. Good use of material and consideration of supply chain. The Concept: Strong, well branded, well considered. More consideration of protection of fragile products would have strengthened concept. Efficient product net (blank). The Model: Great model, well branded. Good selection of material. Development Boards: Well laid out, concise, clear – well branded. Information clear, development/rationale well explained. Overall: Development boards strong – concept aesthetically and functionally considered. Further consideration of transport of wide range of products especially fragile would have further improved concept.

Tom Flannagan – gold award ‘Point of Sale Unit for Generic Sugar Free Energy Drink for Convenience and Petrol Forecourt LocationsSponsored by Smurfit Kappa UK

Judges commented

Answers all requirements of brief including dimensions, product loading, assembly instructions and time for assembly. The Concept: We loved this! The idea of LED lights indicating stock levels. Simplistic assembly and cost effective to manufacture. Solid board has the right material to use for this. The Model: Great quality mock up – fully functional and fully branded, nicely finished. Product locators included – printed panel underneath – creates standout. Development Boards: Excellent presentation of thought process. not too much focus in product development. Good attention to detail. Overall: A worthy winner. Well thought out and very well executed. Well done!

Laura Jones – highly commended ‘Health in a hurry’sponsored by Graphic Packaging International

Jacob Parker – Highly Commended ‘Disaster aid and emergency packaging’ sponsored by BPI Polythene Industries

Simon Stamp – Highly Commended ‘Disaster aid and emergency packaging’ sponsored by BPI Polythene Industries