Leeds College of Art graduate wins second place in Britain’s Best Budding Designer

19 April 2016

Leeds College of Art Printed Textile & Surface Pattern Design 2015 graduate, Hannah Edmonds, has come second from over 250 applicants in Britain’s Best Budding Designer competition.

Hannah Edmonds photo

The competition, which attracted more than 250 entries from across the UK, was launched by online print retailer instantprint to find and recognise an aspiring designer worthy of the title ‘UK’s Best Budding Designer’.

The 12 finalists were picked after submitting one of their own designs. They then designed a range of templates for instantprint products, which were judged by a panel of industry experts: Jim Thacker, Editor of Computer Arts magazine; Pete Rope, Founder of digital design agency ArtScience, and Andy Duke, Head of Design at digital marketing agency Stickyeyes.

Hannah Edmonds Typewriter

Image: Hannah Edmonds, T is for Typewriter, 2015

Hannah Edmonds Brighton

Image: Hannah Edmonds, Brighton, 2016

Hannah said: “I'm so excited to come in second place, it was exciting enough to have been shortlisted but coming in second place makes all of the time and effort I put into entering really worth it.

It's certainly a confidence boost and I feel encouraged to continue my own personal style as successes such as this confirms that others appreciate it too. The judges are people with respectable roles within the creative industry, so it's great that they believe that my designs are worthy of second place”.

Hannah has won £500 prize money and will also have her work showcased on instantprint.co.uk.

Online print retailer instantprint understand it can be difficult for designers to break into the industry and become recognised, and want to give a lucky designer the chance to get their work out there.

James Kinsella, co-owner of instantprint, said:

“Congratulations to Hannah on coming second place! We’re in agreement with the judges that your work showed real skill and professional output. We wish you all the best in the future!”

More information can be found HERE

See more of Hannah’s work on her Instagram site HERE