A GRAPHIC communications student from Basingstoke has won an award for his typography design.

Sam Sammut, a student at University for the Creative Arts (UCA), in Farnham, received a Merit from the International Society of Typographic Designers (ISTD) in its annual student competition.

The 23-year-old answered a brief that asked entrants to consider the ways in which we read in the 21st century. He said: “The project was inspired by the digital typography found on smartphones and tablets. I aimed to explain what touch technology is and how it works through the use of nostalgic imagery and the treatment of type.”

He added: “I love typography and letterforms so it feels great to win this award and get recognition from ISTD.

“Initially, I wasn’t going to enter but my project really started to come together and the tutors encouraged me to give it a go.

“I’m glad I did because a Merit from ISTD will really boost my CV after graduation and show potential employers how much typography means to me.”

The awards were judged by leading graphic, interactive and typographic design specialists.

Craig Burston, graphic communication course leader at UCA, said: “Typography is something that we take extremely seriously on the course and to have this acknowledged by the ISTD is no mean feat – we’re very proud.”