My goodness, what a few weeks it has been! Firstly, I had an amazing whirlwind of a month at Browns Design in London. I had barely even been to London and having never mastered the tube on my own before, (nevermind the prospect of working for a brilliant company such as Browns) it was a daunting challenge to say the least. However, I picked up how to be a ‘Londoner’ fairly quickly I think. After a few days I had settled, found the best and cheapest pubs and worked harder than I had ever worked before. A brilliant month it has to be said, and I’ve promised to bother the lovely people at Browns with regular updates on my progress. Quite unexpectedly, five days after I left Browns I updated them with some exciting news!
The Design Auction team and I won a first prize, student award, D&AD yellow pencil!!!!
It went as follows: We sat up in our chairs as the commendation results were read out for the ‘What else do you do?’ category at the D&AD student awards nomination ceremony- we weren’t called. So, then onto second prize, we eagerly awaited our names, but ours didn’t crop up (swear words at this point were a plenty). The commentator went on…and first prize goes to…Toby Burkill, Lauren Traynor, Steve Fenn and Danny Elliott!!! And then it went slightly blank. What music did they play? Who’s hand did I shake? Did they show our work??? Did I really just stand up in front of all those people? Who knows! Adrenaline had taken over. (Obviously, this sounds ever so slightly dramatic, but seriously, it was a strange feeling!) Anyway, to sum up…it was great! A huge surprise and a fantastic night! We had celebratory drinks, amazing bowl food courtesy of D&AD and then more drinks and dancing at the after show party.
A huge thanks goes to our tutors and co-workers on the Design Auction – Barrie Tullett and John Dowling who kept us in check and should be awarded themselves for simply putting up with us design geeks nevermind all the hard work and hours they put in helping us set up the auction. Also, thanks to everyone who kindly contributed and supported the auction throughout, and finally to the Lincoln students who on the day worked really hard to keep everything ticking over nicely.
Here are a few celebratory pictures.