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COL Student's Sustainable Success!

Part-time Developing Graphic Design Students chosen for 'Picture This' poster competition at the Scottish Parliament.

Winning Poster Design
Claudia Baldacchino's winning poster design

Claudia Baldacchino and Joy Mooney, both students of the Centre for Open Learning's 'Developing Graphic Design' course, were given the opportunity to enter Scottish Environment Week’s ‘Picture This’ Poster Exhibition. Scottish Environment Week is organised by Scottish Environment LINK, the forum for Scotland’s voluntary environment organisations.  Up and coming graphic designers were asked to ‘picture’ a sustainable Scotland and tell members of the Scottish Parliament what they must do to give Scotland a sustainable future. Chosen posters were displayed in the Garden Lobby exhibition space at the Scottish Parliament, with a private evening reception for contributors taking place on the 22nd February 2017. 


  • Joy Mooney’s work (Haud yer Waste) was highlighted at the ScotLINK event as personal favourite of Roseanna Cunningham, the Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change & Land Reform.  


  • Claudia Baldacchino’s poster (Oh Flower of Scotland) was selected as joint-winner by the whole panel, and was awarded £100.


Ian Sharman, tutor of the Developing Graphic Design course, endeavours to set a ‘live client’ project early on in the course to give students a chance to work with a live graphic design brief, interact with a live client and receive client feedback too. The benefit in this instance was that two of the students were chosen for the exhibition at the parliament. Ian commented, “Both pieces of work were indicative of the strong conceptual but purposeful stance we encourage in our graphic design short courses and indeed, those aspects were mentioned by the cabinet secretary”.


Poster competition
Joy Mooney with her design work at the Scottish Parliament

Claudia originally enrolled on the Developing Graphic Design evening course to expand her portfolio and was delighted to be given the chance to enter her work into the event. The poster, which features an image of a wilting thistle and references the Scottish national anthem, was inspired by memories of singing ‘O Flower of Scotland’ when Claudia first moved to Scotland as a child. Claudia explains, “I’ve lived in small urban towns, sleepy country villages, big cities and now Edinburgh, and while living in more urban settings I’ve felt that need for greenspace. So the poster itself is designed to be relatable, to evoke certain feelings (through song, imagery and colour) that tie anyone who’s ever lived in Scotland to the land and to nature”.


Joy decided to take the course as she had been out of full time education for over three years. Joy told us, “I found the chance to take part in group critics especially helpful and fun! Following the course I have a lot more confidence and ability in building my portfolio”.  


The Centre for Open Learning would like to congratulate both Claudia and Joy and wish them every success with their futures in graphic design!