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16 Apr 2019

Student designer’s animation shortlisted for international design award

Finalist Graphic Communication and Illustration student Eve Cowan has reached the final stage of this year’s Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) Student Awards.

Watch Eve’s animation

Eve is competing for the NHS England Award and produced a solution to the Living and Dying Well brief, which asks entrants to create an animation based on a short audio clip by broadcaster Michael Buerk on the difficulties of recognising, verbalising and discussing death.

Eve, who is due to graduate this summer, said the brief appealed to her after listening to Michael Buerk’s commentary on a subject she believes most people find hard to broach with family members.

She said: “I wanted to produce an animation which reflected his gentle tone with non-threatening visual images which could be easily related to by everyone. I felt inspired to produce an animation which had vibrant images to try to normalise the subject matter which could be used to open a difficult conversation.”

The awards are open to students and graduates across the world, and Eve is one of six entrants to be shortlisted.

For the final part of the judging process, Eve will take part in a 25-minute interview at the RSA in London on 30 April. The results will be announced in May, with the winner or winners awarded up to £2,000.

Eve said was “amazed” to find out she had been shortlisted.

“It’s a great feeling to be appreciated for work you have put so much effort into; especially when staring at it for weeks on end can lead to you never wanting to see it again! Whether I win or not, being shortlisted has been an achievement in itself and something I am very proud of.”

Watch Eve’s animation

Image: Still from Eve Cown's entry to the RSA Student Awards.