22nd Feb, 2020

Starbucks display Carmen's winning window design

A STUDENT from the University of Worcester has had her work chosen by Starbucks to decorate the window of their city store throughout the Christmas period.

Carmen Andres Polvillo, who is studying Graphic Design and Multimedia, created the wintry window scenes after the coffee chain approached the university looking for designers to work with.

Carmen’s Cathedral-inspired design was chosen by Turlough McKenna, Operations Manager for Starbucks franchise partner, 1 Oak Ltd, out of the all the designs submitted by the first year design students.

“The designs for the window were aimed at celebrating Starbucks’ first year in Worcester as well as Christmas,” Carmen said.

“The Cathedral and the bridge are two of the most characteristic sights in Worcester so I thought making an illustration of them with snow would fit really well with the brief.

“It was very satisfying having the chance to go through the whole process, from responding to the initial brief to actually applying the vinyl to the windows. I learned a lot about what it could be like when I finish my degree and I’m a professional.

“It also made me realise what worked and what didn’t so now I know a few aspects to consider in my next brief. Having my work exposed to so many people in this way is amazing.”

Helen Holmes, Course Leader in Graphic Design and Multimedia at the university, said: “This was a perfect opportunity to involve my students in some real professional practice.

“As a professional myself, I know just how invaluable this kind of experience is for students. I have many graduate designers approach my design consultancy looking for work, and these ‘live’ briefs set designer’s portfolios way ahead of others who just have imaginary briefs set for them by their lecturers.

“Carmen and I then worked together to prepare the design for the windows, and applied the design in time for the launch of the Worcester Victorian Christmas Fayre.”

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