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Wednesday 13 August 2014

Sam Wood wins web design competition

A talented web developer from Southampton Solent University has won a web design competition for the Association of Marine Electronic and Radio Colleges (AMERC).

Final-year BSc (Hons) Web Design student Sam Wood has won a cash prize for modernising and redesigning AMERC’s website as part of a live brief for one of his course units.

The brief- to focus heavily on the content and text with minimal imaging for quick page loading  – proved challenging for the students taking part but Sam’s design impressed the judging panel of AMERC executive committee members the most.

Using current trends – such as minimalism, white space, clear typography and flat design elements – his design follows a predominately blue colour scheme, with a splash of orange to match the logo and brand of the organisation.

The redesign is responsive to allow the website to be viewed across a wide range of screen sizes and devices and includes subtle animation and effects.

Sam, who was awarded a first class honours degree this summer says: “I’m really pleased and honoured that my design was selected. Going that extra mile and doing more than was expected for the assignment was really worth it.”

Margaret Jones, Programme Leader for the University’s Computer Networking Programme says, “Links with industry provide students with valuable real-life projects before they start their careers. This allows them to communicate with clients and work through the design process from start to finish.”

A first class degree and a CV packed with experience – gained while working as a freelancer for a variety of clients during his time at University – has paid off for Sam, he explains: “I’ve been busy interviewing over the summer and just received the best news. I’ve got my first job working as a web developer for a great digital agency in Christchurch called CHS Creative.”

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