A graphic design student at the University of Creative Arts in Farnham has led the design of a brand-new look for the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner as part of a commitment to expand engagement with communities across Surrey.
22-year old Jack Dunlop from Camberley was chosen to develop his branding concept after taking part in a competition run as part of the Deputy Commissioner Ellie Vesey-Thompson’s focus on increasing the opportunities available to children and young people in the county.
During a week-long placement with Akiko Design in Bramley, Jack received expert guidance to bring his vision to life, taking part in project meetings and receiving an iPad Pro and Apple pencil to aid in his future designs.
Over the week he developed valuable skills and an increased confidence to guide and exchange ideas with clients and to progress his design in a limited time.
Jack said: “I love making things visually appealing and always have ideas when I’m out and about for how I can improve the way that shops and other visual communication around me look.
“During my time with Akiko I worked closely with the designers and Commissioner’s team meaning I learned lots about how an original idea is developed through different versions, and about things I didn’t know before such as the different pantone colours to use.
“I got a lot more confident using different tools and joined in the discussions about the wider project, which was really interesting.
“In my last project at university we looked at branding, so it was really rewarding to be able to create real life branding and see that through the whole process. I’m going to be looking for a job in design after my degree so am excited that I’ll be able to talk lots about this experience.”
The brand is unveiled as the Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner designate a new pot of funding for community organisations aimed at the safety of children and young people over the next three years.
The specific allocation of a Children and Young People’s Fund follows a £100,000 project with Catch22 to reduce the criminal exploitation of young people established in January, and longer term investments by the Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner to increase the support available to children and young people at risk of, or affected by sexual violence.
Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Ellie Vesey-Thompson said: “It was brilliant to work with Jack and to see him grow in confidence throughout the week with the design agency.