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Fairytales and daydreams earn students international accreditation


Two Leeds Beckett students have joined a select group after being recognised by an international typography body.

Image of page out of Esther's book

Emily Appleton and Esther Barber, from the BA Graphic Arts & Design course, have received accreditation from the International Society of Typographic Designers for their final year project work.

The body has a reputation for high standards, and only a small percentage of those who start the course earn accreditation.

Tasked with creating a book based around the theme of “lost”, the two students from the School of Art, Architecture and Design took different directions.

Esther created a storybook based around the often gruesome and adult-themed lost stories that have evolved into modern day fairytales.

Speaking about her reaction to the news, she said: “I did shed a small tear. I was so proud of myself, because it was a lot of hard work, all-nighters and stress.

“It meant a lot, because I never thought I’d actually be able to do it.”

Meanwhile, Emily’s work looked at daydreaming and being lost in thought, and the impact that has on creatives.

She said: “It was initially challenging. A lot of research was quite scientific, because there’s a lot of scientific theory behind daydreaming.

“Looking back at it, I’m really proud of the work I’ve done.”

Profile picture of Esther Barber and Emily Appleton

Course Director for BA Graphic Design, Jo Hamill, said: “This is a highly prestigious accreditation scheme that celebrates the very best of student work. The process is rigorous, and the standards are exceptionally high.

“We are therefore delighted for Emily and Esther that they have achieved accreditation.”

With an eye on the future, both students are looking to secure internships within the graphic design sector after they graduate in July.


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