School of Design – Student Outstanding International Achievement

Agnesa Pulvirenti’s work (above) is a practice research exploration of visual agnosia, described in Oliver Sacks’ The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, and showed the effect of visual impairments experienced in this disease.
Maria Vioque Nguyen’s work (above) was a large format, beautifully crafted circular visual interpretation of the emotions expressed in Molly Bloom’s 4000-word monologue from James Joyce’s Ulysses. A practice research piece that demonstrates her knowledge gained

Congratulations to Maria Vioque Nguyen and Agnese Pulvirenti (both year 3 BA Hons Graphic and Digital Design) for winning the ISTD Award (International Society of Typographic Designers) through the International Student Assessment Design Awards, and especially to Maria, who won a Commendation for her project, the highest possible award. She achieved one of only 10 Commendations awarded in the UK in 2019.

This is the first ISTD Commendation which has been gained by the University of Greenwich, an outstanding result. The award demonstrates the knowledge that the students gained throughout their studies and we are all very proud for their achievement. Well done to all students participated to the ISTD awards this year – we had a number of great submissions!!!!!

Special thanks to the Graphic Design Academic Team and especially to Belinda Magee for guiding the students through the ISTD process.

ISTD is recognised as the authoritative body for Design and Typography in the UK, with growing influence internationally (EU, Americas, Asia). Its student Design Awards must demonstrate considerable Design and Typographic skill and a strong conceptual approach.

The awards are described as the ‘Most rigorous and honest assessment in the world’ by design professor, writer and typographer Erik Spiekermann.​

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