New talent 2017: Best graduates from London's top colleges

Catherine Searle (opens in new tab)

  • University: Ravensbourne
  • Course: BA (Hons) Graphic Design
  • Project: The Upbeat Project

After reading a report that claimed over 80 per cent of young people in London often or always feel alone, Catherine Searle devised The Upbeat Project, a charity created by students for students to engage and connect people.

“The work tackles the issue of chronic loneliness in a bold, spirited manner, with a vibrant, diverse set of illustrations printed on risograph,” explains Searle. “I’m pleased to have touched a subject that’s had an adverse effect on many of my peers in London.”

Medeea Lascar (opens in new tab)

  • University: Ravensbourne
  • Course: BA (Hons) Graphic Design
  • Project: Out of the Blue

Out of the Blue is a campaign to raise awareness of the Horniman Museum’s exhibit: Photographs of British Algae – Cyanotype Impressions, a 1843 book by Anna Atkins. Using a Riso printer to replicate the vivid blue of the original cyanotypes, Lascar created a series of posters and leaflets that can be torn into individual postcards.

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Nick is a content strategist and copywriter. He has worked with world-class agencies including Superunion, Wolff Olins and Vault49 on brand storytelling, tone of voice and verbal strategy for global brands such as Virgin, Pepsi and TikTok. Nick launched the Brand Impact Awards (opens in new tab) in 2013 while editor of Computer Arts, and remains chair of judges. He's written for Creative Bloq on design and branding matters since the site's launch.