Student profile: Toby Crowther, BTEC Graphic Design

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Student profile: Toby Crowther, BTEC Graphic Design

You may have seen in our news section, a story about the amazing design work that a couple of Graphics students are putting together for the Kirkstall Abbey Christmas Toy Appeal. Here, we catch up with Toby Crowther, part of the creative duo for this project.

What have you enjoyed most about your course (BTEC Graphic Design) so far?

“I’ve enjoyed creating a magazine about typography and layout, and researching art and design movements; I found it very inspiring.  I also like the atmosphere of being in a design studio, it gives you the freedom to help others out by bouncing ideas off each other.”

Tell us more about the project with Kirkstall Abbey.

“The opportunity to work with Kirkstall Abbey arose from a tutor recommendation, which myself and fellow student James Wray were lucky enough to be put forward for.  In December, Kirkstall Abbey will be holding a ‘Toy Appeal’ – where less fortunate children from around Leeds are able to choose a present for Christmas. We have been tasked with creating a poster, flyer, logo and box design which will be seen around Leeds. Presents will then be collected for the next five months in supermarkets around the local areas.

“I’m glad that I accepted this challenge, as it  not only provides me with hands-on experience of dealing with clients, but also great to put on my CV, on top of that, once all our work is printed, we’ll see it around Leeds!  The team at Kirkstall Abbey have also indicated that they’re likely to return to us for help with other projects, which is fantastic and a great achievement.”

What do you do outside of college?

“I love designing posters/illustrations of things related to shoes or music.  I try to use as many different mediums as I can, to try and give each piece a different feel. I also enjoy looking at different styles of typography as it has an interesting history.  Soon, I plan on selling some of my prints/poster designs online.

What are your plans for the future?

“My next steps are to successfully complete year 2 at Leeds City College, then progress to university to study Graphic Design further – I have a few universities in mind, and will apply once year 2 has begun, as I would like some advice from my tutors.  I’m really looking forward to learning more about the Design industry, and eventually being a part of it.”