Liam completes ‘hidden riches’ project

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Liam Murray, from near Denholm, a recent winner of the Student Award for Creativity and former graphic design student at Borders College, visited this year’s HNC Graphic Design students and chatted to them about the project he has been working on with The Mining Institute for Scotland.

During his final term on the HND Graphic Design course, The Mining Institute approached the college to see if students would be interested in tendering for the design of a book celebrating the organisation and mining in Scotland.

From a range of ideas and artwork from students, Liam’s concept was chosen.

Over a six-week period through the summer, Liam has worked with the author and project co-ordinator Richard Crocket to design and publish the 140-page book Hidden Riches. The book has now been published with a thousand copies printed and is now on sale at primarily the Scottish Mining Museum gift shop and within other small retail outlets in Scotland.

“It’s been great experience for me,” says Liam. “I’ve learned a lot, especially on the print side of the project, and I’ve had some good guidance from my course tutor John McNeill.”

Liam completed his studies at Borders College in June and through his time at college he built an excellent portfolio of work which has earned him a place on the third year of the Design and Digital Arts (Hons) course at Edinburgh Napier University.

His return visit to the college proved useful, as it was good for the current students to hear how Liam worked on and completed the project, letting them know about some of the important lessons he had learned from working on a ‘live’ project from concept to print.