Graduating students from the Graphic Design and Illustration programmes at Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) have once again showcased their work at the annual New Blood Festival and Exhibition in London.

Organised by D&AD (British Design & Art Direction), New Blood brings together students from over 75 UK design and advertising-related programmes, giving industry professionals the chance to meet new talent. Last year, our Illustration students won a Best Stand Award at the event.

This year, D&AD’s New Blood Team’s favourite picks included Graphic Design - BA (Hons) students, James Crossley and Ayshah Aziz.

James, who started the year with a YCN Student Award Commendation, was also chosen as one of Design Week’s ‘Top Five Picks’ from the exhibition. 

ECA awards for New Blood exhibitors

In addition to his external prizes and accolades, including the Graphic Design Festival Scotland ‘Best Up-And-Coming’ Award 2015, James Crossley is the recipient of our Andrew Grant Bequest 2016.

Other New Blood exhibitors to win ECA awards this year include Graphic Design - BA (Hons) student, Nick Merdasi, who has won a Clayson-Harvie Bursary and Helen A Rose Bequest.

Victoria Ball's work has been used extensively by ECA and the University of Edinburgh, including on posters, postcards and prospectus suites.

It’s Nice That | Graduates of 2016

Peony Gent, who showed on our Illustration - BA (Hons) stand at New Blood, has been chosen by It’s Nice That as one of its Graduates of 2016.

Founded in 2007, It’s Nice That now has a reach of over half a million readers a month across its online and print platforms.

Its annual Graduates showcase, kindly supported by GF Smith, exists to champion the work of the “most exciting students graduating from UK art and design courses” through, for example, fully-illustrated interview features on its website.

Of the 14 Graduates of 2016, chosen from around 900 entries, two are from ECA: Peony Gent (Illustration); and Vera Babida (Animation).

Creative Review | Talent Spotting 2016

Illustrator, Molly Soar, has also been spotted by one of UK’s leading publications on the communication arts and included in its annual graduate talent scheme.

She is one of 15 graduates whose work has been selected by Creative Review to appear on 900 JCDecaux digital screens all over the UK, including at major railway stations, shopping centres and roadways.

Last year, Ailsa Johnson (who is now undertaking her MA in Illustration at ECA, having studied for her BA here too) was chosen by Creative Review for the same scheme; her work appeared in St Pancras International, Molly’s is in King’s Cross.

Ailsa has recently won a Penguin Random House Design Award 2016.

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