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Tuesday 26 August 2014

Student redesigns and creates prize-winning website

For one student studying web design here at Southampton Solent University, putting 110% into a live brief assignment has really paid off.

The Association of Marine Electronic and Radio Colleges (AMERC) were the organisation who set the assignment, which involved completely redesigning the AMERC website so that it would be easier to use, faster to load and better aligned with current design trends. AMERC also added an element of competition to the assignment by offering a cash prize to the student whose design was selected.

The brief specifically requested that the designs used minimal imaging, instead focusing on presenting text based content in a way that would be engaging. This was a challenging brief for the students, but by the time each had finalised and sent in their submissions, the panel of AMERC executives had a variety of beautiful and functional designs to choose from.

The design that was eventually chosen was created by Sam Woods (pictured above), who employed various techniques including minimalism, flat design and clever use of white space to help his submission to jump off the screen and get noticed by the judges.

AMERC’s original website

Speaking about his achievement, Sam said: “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.”

This live brief assignment clearly wasn’t the only thing that Sam went the extra mile with; he has now finished his degree and was awarded a first class honours.

After finishing university and receiving these two pieces of good news, you might think that Sam’s summer couldn’t get any better, but a graduate job was just around the corner:

“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.”

Congratulations Sam, and the best of luck in the future.

Sam’s redesign of AMERC’s desktop (left) and mobile (right) website

Live briefs, just like the one Sam was involved with, are a part of many Southampton Solent University courses. To find out more about studying for a career in web design, please take a look at the computer networking and web design section of our main website.