Michael’s career is pointing in the right direction

Fiona McKenzie regeneration manager for National Grid hands over a cheque to Michael Kerr from Edinburgh's Telford College
Fiona McKenzie regeneration manager for National Grid hands over a cheque to Michael Kerr from Edinburgh's Telford College
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SUPER signage student Michael Kerr is £500 better off after scooping a top award to help publicise a little-known Edinburgh public park.

The 24-year-old from Galashiels impressed judges with his designs to highlight National Grid’s new green space at The Forthquarter in the north of the city. The company will now request quotes from local sign makers to produce Michael’s drawings and the information points will be installed at each of the three park gates later this year.

Michael is half-way through an HND graphic design course at Telford College, situated beside the 20-acre park which was opened last year.

He said: “I am really thrilled to have my designs chosen. It was great to have an opportunity to work on a live project and I can’t wait to see how the information points turn out.

“As a student I will obviously find a good use for the prize money.”

He added: “I designed a logo based on the slogan for the park of ‘live, work, learn and play’ and it seemed to prove popular.

“I hope to get a job at the end of my studies, but know it will be difficult with so few jobs in the Borders at the moment.”

Project manager Jim Moore told us: “I was enormously impressed with all of the ideas put forward, but Michael’s designs really stood out. Not only had he understood what we were looking for on this occasion, he has created a new set of innovative and useable ideas to market wider aspects of the park.”

David Hiddleston, curriculum manager at Telford College, said: “We are delighted with Michael’s success. Challenges like this are fantastic for developing learners’ skills and provide valuable experience of working to a creative brief with a real client.”

Michael has already completed his National Certificate in 2010 and his design for The Forthquarter helped him achieve an A-plus this year.