Spirit of Salford Awards

Date published: March 28, 2019

Students design the trophy for the first Spirit of Salford Awards

On the 14th March Salford City Council hosted the inaugural Spirit of Salford Community Awards. Taking place at the AJ Bell Stadium, the event was an opportunity to say thank you to residents, community groups, volunteers and public servants who work tirelessly to make Salford communities great places to live, learn and work.

Salford City Council set a live brief for final year Arts and Media students to design and make the awards. Matthew Boyes, Alexander Czermak and Adam Heywood, final year BA (Hons) Design students took up the design brief and worked with the Maker Space and the New Adelphi 3D workshop to produce the awards with fantastic results.

The trophies were made using a 3D printer to create a map of Greater Manchester which was then used to produce a silicon mould. The students created some black resin that that was then poured into the mould to produce the solid 3D map effect. The borough of Salford image was 3D printed separately to the remainder of Greater Manchester and was spray painted in Salford Community colours, and then attach it to the wooden base. The wooden base was created using a CNC cutting machine with the text etched on with the use of a laser cutter.

The team’s design creativity, attitude to work and professionalism were outstanding.  The Council were very impressed with their work. The students attended the event, met the Mayor and will be meeting with him again to discuss future design work. This is a real-life example of how live design briefs brings value to our students.  The Maker Space are keen to facilitate more briefs and replicate this experience for as many students as possible.  

The students attended the awards ceremony where they were able to meet the winners and network with Council delegates including Salford’s Mayor, Paul Dennett.

They said:

“Being given this opportunity to design trophies for such a prestigious event has been extremely valuable to us as designers. It has provided us with a great experience when it comes to designing and making a product as well as the satisfaction of actually seeing the finalised trophy handed out. We wanted to capture the essence of Salford in the design of the trophy, highlighting the proud community in true Salford colours.”

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