May 10, 2013 |
Exhibition and display leaders have chosen the future talent of the design industry after a competition national search.
Jagrut Mistry, aged 21, was shortlisted as one of three finalists by a panel of creative and industry experts and was subsequently selected as the people’s choice when the competition was opened up to a public vote. The judging panel was headed up by Olivier Vallee, vice president commercial director at leading event and experience marketing agency George P Johnson.
Close runners up were James, from University of Lincoln, and Maria Cristina Rech, a student at London Metropolitan University, whose innovative designs impressed the panel.
Global exhibition solutions provider Nimlok, which is based in Wellingborough, launched the competition in 2012 to celebrate upcoming talent in the events and design market. Jagrut said: “I feel elated to have been selected as the winner of this competition. It provides me with further motivation to pursue a career within a creative environment and will be beneficial to developing my experience. The competition has given me the chance to apply my knowledge of design principles effectively where I plan to build upon my experience of entering the competition.
“It gives me a great sense of pride that my work has been recognised by numerous people, not only from the general public but also by the judging panel of industry and creative experts. This type of reception to my entry provides me with greater confidence in my skills and abilities.
“I would definitely like to thank all of the people who had voted for me, but I would also like to thank everybody else who voted as they showed their support for the competition as a whole and supported the idea of giving students the opportunity to gain professional experience.”
To enter, students had to choose one or more of three design briefs based on a number of exhibition and display scenarios.
In addition to the L250 prize, Jagrut will get to work on a wide number of projects during a work placement with leading brands, such as Virgin, TomTom and Prudential, and develop a number of products including interactive displays, digital games and exhibition stands.
Lewis Field, head designer at Nimlok, said: “We are looking forward to Jagrut joining our team and enabling him to put his obvious skills to the test.
“The competition attracted some great quality candidates and all three shortlisted designs showed a clear understanding of the brief and a creative solution.”