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Classmates Excel In Design Competition

August 14, 2012

Taradale High School students achieved a clean sweep in the design competition for a new logo for the EIT Hawke’s Bay Science and Technology Fair.

Sixteen-year-old Reearna Webley won the competition and a $150 prize with her striking design featuring a test tube and its bubbling contents.

Runners-up were Harry Wilson, Evelyn Birch and Jessie Fairey who each received a $50 prize.

The four are all Year 12 students in a creative graphic design class taught by John Goodhind.

“They are a very creative crew,” John says. “Reearna was the lead in the school’s play, Sweeney Todd. She’s a very creative individual and into her textiles as well. Harry is a musician – he’s a singer and plays the guitar. Evelyn is a good artist and Jessie is a good textile designer as well.”

Ten entered from John’s class, a new course at Taradale High School at Year 12 level.

“The students were very keen on the competition and put in a lot of effort.”

Wanting a logo to use on its stationery, the Hawke’s Bay Science and Technology Fair committee held the competition for students attending a Hawke’s Bay secondary school this year.

The design had to incorporate the words “HB Science & Technology Fair”, be suited to use as a letterhead and on official booklets and photocopy well in black and white.

Organiser Mike Duncan says the competition attracted some 40 entries, assessed by an independent judge, and the standard was very good.

“Taradale High School did an excellent job of promoting this as a live brief for their senior students and the quality of their entries supports this.”

In considering any design brief, the students in John’s class are required to bring their creative thought to the problem. “It’s about trying to teach them how to link things together,” he says.

And that’s certainly proved a winning formula for this creative graphic design class.