College student wins design award

Nick with Council representatives

NICK Richards, a 20-year-old graphic design student at Harlow College, has just accomplished an extraordinary achievement by having his mural chosen to transform Prentice Place in Harlow.

Nick said. ‘It was unexpected to be chosen. I feel really proud because I grew up in Harlow, so it’s nice to know something I have done will be displayed there.’

He added: ‘At the beginning of this project, my first two designs were just not right. This is my fourth design. I didn’t actually get good feedback initially. But that was because the first designs were freehand drawings, whereas my final one was created on the computer.

‘I enjoyed going around Harlow to see what I could use, what sculptures would be best, replicating distinct places so people would know it was Harlow and not just any old town.’

He added: ‘ The next stage with clients is to get the design suitable to go up on the streets.’

Andy Debnam, Regeneration and Development Manager for Harlow Council visited the college to award Nick with a cheque for £100.

Mr Debnam said: ‘Nick captured the Harlow concept, which is the sense of community and diversity. Through the use of the greenery, the sculptures, the different people of Harlow, he really focused the design on people working together and being together.’

He added: ‘The Prentice Place is set for completion around February to March in two thousand and nineteen.’

Mustafa Sidki, Senior Tutor in Journalism and Media said: ‘The students performed very well. Ultimately I am happy and surprised by the quality and the diverse topics.’

Nick’s 2nd Design 


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Devon Taverner-Hailou

I am a strong character, who is determined to follow my goals and achieve my dreams. Ever since I was able to write, I would always carry a notebook and pen with me and I would fill the pages with songs, poems and stories. Writing has always been an outlet for me, a way for me to express my emotions and to overcome any difficulties. I used to want to be a singer-songwriter, though; unfortunately I have not been blessed with the best singing voice, so that dream had to go. Nevertheless, I still write songs and maybe one day, I will hear someone singing them on the radio. My dream would be to become a successful writer in the future; when people hear my name, I want them to think of a particular novel or article that I’d written. I would love to work in publishing or screenplays because I feel it will ignite a spark inside of me, if I see my name in print or in the credits of a film. I have a range of topics I am passionate about, from films and TV series as they give me inspiration for my own work, to being involved with promoting the rights of disabled people, as that’s a subject close to my heart. So far, my articles have covered a range of subjects; profile pieces, disability rights, college open evening, the new Stansted Airport College, and the Apple Distinguished Status at Harlow College.

1 Comment

  1. Nick Richards on 24th February 2018 at 2:20 pm

    Loved reading this, thank you Devon for creating such a good article about it!

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