Display Wizard are delighted to announce the winners of our first annual graphic design competition for the 2015/2016 academic year.

The brief, open to students studying at any UK higher education institution, was to design two exhibition stands which showcased the best aspects of studying their course at their institution.

After some fantastic entrants, our judging panel finally came up with a list of five finalists, which was then whittled down to three winners. Check out these stunning designs below and what each student said about their design proposal.

First Prize - James Ainsworth & Michael Jackson - Blackburn College


  • £500 grant
  • Internship with Display Wizard
  • Their 3x3 pop up stand and banner stand designs printed for the University/College.

Banner Stand

Banner Display Winner

3 x 3 Pop Up Stand

Winning Competition Entry

What James and Michael Said About Their Design:

"This campaign aims to promote The University Centre At Blackburn College. This is done with vivid, eye catching displays."

"We chose to use animals as visual metaphors, that are also recognisable based on aspects of their appearance."

Second Prize - Fiona Havelock - University of Edinburgh


  • £100 grant
  • Their banner stand design printed for the University/College.

Banner Stand Design

Competition Entry - Second Place

3 x 3 Pop Up Stand Design

Pop Up Display - Competition Second Place

What Fiona Said About Her Design:

"The inspiration for my design is the current collaboration Edinburgh University has with NASA. The Robot depicted here is the Valkyrie which is held at the school of Informatics."

"I chose to use this subject as I wanted to highlight the interconnected qualities of Edinburgh University."

"I hope that this design will show prospective students that by choosing to study here they are opening their horizons outward to a multifaceted intellectual community."

Third Prize - Emmeline Hewstone - University of Reading


  • £50 grant
  • Their banner stand design printed for the University/College.

Banner Stand Design

Graphic Design Competition Banner Stand

3 x 3 Pop Up Stand Design

Pop Up Display - 3 x 3

What Emmeline Said About Her Design:

"To appeal to prospective design students, I needed to create a consistent brand. I took inspiration from a design style that I have never experimented with before, but one that I absolutely adore – Swiss typography."

"I wanted to represent the historical and educational aspects of the course, having been exposed to Swiss typography and its influential designers through lectures and seminars focusing on the history of graphic communication."

"So, feeling inspired particularly by the likes of Josef Müller-Brockmann, I created a minimalist, primarily typographic design following a grid structure which is so commonly seen in Swiss typography."

For more information about the competition, or if you would like to enter next year's competition - please contact scholarships@displaywizard.co.uk or call 01995 606633.