By Maggie Muttart
April 28, 2015
Hard work and a bit of hope go a long way.
Holland College student Sam Hughes, a second-year Graphic Design student, won the Best in Region award at this year’s Canadian Regional Design Awards for a project he did. The Redgees, as they’re commonly referred to, were held in Toronto, Ont., on April 20.
Hughes said he honestly didn’t believe it when he found out he’d won.
“When I submitted the work I didn’t expect much to come from it. I knew it was a great piece, but going up against the top firms across Atlantic Canada, it was something I didn’t expect. It was a great feeling.”
Hughes collaborated with second-year Photography student Patrick Berigan on the project. They were given a mock client, in their case Fader Magazine, and asked to do a design and/or brand for their company.
“Going into it, me and Patty kind of knew each other, and I felt that we had the same taste and style. I knew he was the guy for the job,” said Hughes.
Hughes said he chose the path of graphic design because from a young age he has always been interested in things he calls visually pleasing, from clothes and graphics to photography.
“Anything like that really jazzes me, and I guess graphic design was a perfect fit.”
As for Berigan, he said his older brother has been a huge influence on him, although Berigan is much more involved in doing video projects and filming.
“I was seeing the way technology was advancing, and how people were now using DSLR cameras to record video. I also wanted to learn correct lighting and colour and visuals in general.”
Berigan plans to head to Toronto within the next year.
“Toronto really is where the market is, and there’s always so many things happening that it seems to be the spot to be in Canada.”
Hughes also mentioned heading to Toronto, but he really hopes to head to Vancouver, B.C.
“It’s kind of like the same thing with Toronto, a lot of things going on, but I’ve heard it has a bit more of a relaxed environment, with a lot more nature.”
By Maggie Muttart