Leeds-based creative design agency, ACD&B, has unveiled the winners of its inaugural design competition, which it launched in collaboration with Kirklees College to support the next generation of graphic designers.

ACD&B’s managing director, Chris Parkinson, a former graphic design student at Dewsbury and Batley College (which is now Kirklees College), tasked the BTEC Foundation Diploma in Art, Design and Media Practice students with creating a brand name, strapline and packaging design for a premium cosmetic range.

The standard of work produced by the students was of such a high standard that two were crowned winners. Zaynab Hosseini (23) from Wakefield and Lucy Rigby (20) from Huddersfield impressed the entire team at ACD&B with their creative approach and unique designs. The duo have won an internship at ACD&B where they’ll get the opportunity to work on client briefs and create work for their portfolio. In addition they’ve each received Amazon vouchers.

Chris said: “We’re keen to support up-and-coming talent and to give design students the opportunity to enhance their portfolio and CV with work experience, giving them an edge in a competitive industry.

“The standard was incredibly high which made it very difficult to choose an overall winner, which is why we picked two. Zaynab and Lucy both grasped the brief and delivered on every aspect of it.

“It’s been a pleasure to work with Kirklees College and we will be collaborating with next year's cohort of students too.”

Grace Clifford, course leader at Kirklees College said: “Working with ACD&B was a really enjoyable experience, for both the students and staff involved. It was hugely beneficial for the students to be able to discuss their ideas and developing projects with Chris and his team who offered them insightful feedback from an industry perspective.”

Zaynab Hosseini said: “The opportunity was a unique, enjoyable process that I learnt a lot from, it was fascinating how the project enabled me to express my creativity as well as complete an industry standard brief.”

Lucy Rigby said: “Working on the design brief gave me a fun opportunity to explore areas of Fine Art that I wouldn’t usually choose, while also helping me to improve in the subjects I normally focus on, in particular the structural development of the packaging.”

ACD&B specialises in providing clients with branding, artworking, creative and web design and works with a portfolio of clients including NorthEdge, Retearn, Bespoke, and JLA to provide modern, creative visual solutions that deliver results and add value.

Kirklees College offers a wide range of vocational courses for students aged 16 upwards in further education, higher education, and adult education and is committed to serving the people of Kirklees and the surrounding areas.