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Student is minted by coin success

Student Pippa Sanderson can see her artwork on a new coin after winning a design competition.

The Hereford College of Arts graduate won a national competition to design a £5 coin commemorating the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics. Her design has now been unveiled and put into circulation.

Pippa took part in the competition during her final year studying BA (Hons) Graphic & Media Design at the college.

Her final design celebrates accuracy, manoeuvrability and speed. The coin face is split into four and shows a wheel for manoeuvrability, a target for accuracy, a stopwatch for speed and the face of Big Ben to represent London and time.

After winning the design competition, Pippa enjoyed working with the Royal Mint before the coin was put into circulation.

She said: “The course helped me develop a contemporary design aesthetic and engage in the latest design concepts.”

Innes Jones, course leader at the college, said: “Pippa was supported and advised during the design synthesis. She went through a process of reduction to communicate key elements of the Paralympics through the simplest and most engaging forms.

”The College is incredibly proud of Pippa’s achievement. She tells us that the whole experience has been fantastic throughout the whole process, particularly working with The Royal Mint. She graduated this summer with a first class degree in BA (Hons) Graphic & Media Design.”

Pippa says she is now hoping to create more interactive designs, maybe working on interactive magazines, books and interactive tablets.

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