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Wolverhampton student wins Express & Star award

Wolverhampton | | Published:

Graduation came with an added bonus for one University of Wolverhampton student, who picked up an award from the Express & Star.

Adam Pearson graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Visual Communication and Graphic Design with a 2:1 grade but well as receiving his degree on stage at The Grand Theatre, Mr Pearson was given an extra envelope containing an award and a cheque for £100.

The 21-year-old said he was pleased to have received the The Express & Star Award for Digital Editorial Design in Graphic Communication.

"To be honest I wasn't expecting it," he said.

Still letting his win sink in, Mr Pearson did not know what he would spend the money on, although said it might go toward replacing his laptop - three years at university had worn his current one out.

One of the projects he completed during his degree was taking something that wasn't enjoyable to read, and laying it out in a way that people would find visually appealing and want to read.

Looking at typography, context, layout, and highlighting the most important bits so people didn't have to 'trawl through pages and pages', Mr Pearson redesigned a set of terms and conditions.

Starting out at Staffordshire University, he had changed to the University of Wolverhampton for his degree, and meeting new people had been one of the highlights of his student years.

A new city had also provided new inspiration, he said, as had working with different lecturers.

Living in Stoke-on-Trent, Mr Pearson said he was now doing some freelance graphic design work, and looking to join an agency or start his own business.

Almost 4,000 students from the university have graduated since last Thursday (September 4).

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