A Borders College student’s designs are hitting high streets across the country as part of the launch of a new product.
Art and design student John Alder has been working off and on with Axiski for several years on the development of its new sledge/ski board, which is now appearing in shops across the UK and beyond.
John has provided the logos and artwork showing the product’s versatility, which are used both on the product website and with the product itself.
Axiski is a new kind of ‘sledge’ which can be used on all types of snow, and even on grass and sand.
John has been working with the company since the early development years in 2011, but has been more involved over the last six months ahead of the product launch.
He started out producing the artwork from photographs of the prototypes and has been regularly liaising with the manufacturers in order to get to the final artwork stage.
John said: “It’s been good working on this project. The product has been well thought out and we’ve had a good working relationship.”
Lynne Gilchrist, head of faculty, said: “These type of projects are invaluable to the student learning experience by developing not only their practical skills, but also their employability skills.
“At the same time they give the student the opportunity to work with real clients.”
John is studying on the Level 3 BTEC art and design course, but thinks of himself as more of a designer than artist, and is particularly interested in digital art, including 3D art, as well as photography.
Last year his work was featured on the Deviantart.com website.
“This is a huge art website with thousands of pieces, so to be featured on the first pages is a great accolade,” John said.
John has also been featured on the Steam website, popular with the gaming community, which led to some of his 3D work being published in America. His efforts also feature in a book called Adventure Time, from the Cartoon Network.