Gavin wins gold for Olympic typography

June 23, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

A Glasgow student has been awarded the special Jury Prize in

Gavin McGregor's world winning design

a prestigious international graphic design competition.

Gavin McGregor, who is studying Creative Industries at Cardonald College, won the award at Conquerer Typographic Games, a competition open to qualified and student graphic designers across the globe.

The competition was inspired by the 2012 London Olympic Games, and entrants had to create a typographical poster with a sports theme using the phrase, ‘It’s not what you win, but how you conquer it’.

Commenting on  Gavin’s win, his lecturer, Vici Greenlees, said: “All designs were displayed on the Conqueror website and the public were able to vote for their favourites. The top 50 posters were then judged by a team of seven international designers, headed by world famous typographer Jean François Porchez.

“Gavin was one of several students who entered the competition and I’m ecstatic that we have a winner.”

Jean Francis Portez is a world renowned typographer who has created typefonts for clients such as car makers Peugeot, French newspaper Le Monde, and singer Beyonce Knowles.

Gavin’s work will be displayed in leading visual communications magazine, Creative Review, along with the other winners.

Castle cheer for Rally Champions

October 18, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

by Lynsay Keough. Photos by Lynsay Keough and

Kris Meeke takes a moment to reflect on the damage

Kris Meeke takes a moment to reflect on the damage

Juho Hanninen and Mikko Markkula enjoy their Scottish win

Juho Hanninen and Mikko Markkula enjoy their Scottish win

Finland’s Juho Hanninen produced a champion’s drive to see off the opposition and win the 2010 RACMSA Rally of Scotland. 2009 IRC champion Peugeot’s Kris Meeke, lost time with a puncture and lost the brakes when a rock tore out a hydraulic pipe leaving a gaping hole in the car frame. But he laughed off the damage at the finishing line telling LOCAL NEWS: ‘Ach, it’s just a piece of bodywork! It’s still the best rally in the championship!’  Despite this setback, Kris held on to third place in his last outing for the team, as he joins Mini for the 2011 World Rally Championships.
In the end Hanninen’s winning margin was just 25.5 secs over the 200km timed stages that ran from Friday 15 October at Scone Palace to the Sunday 17 ceremonial finishing line at Stirling Castle. The Rally of Scotland win comes after cementing his 2010 IRC championship title.
Last year’s Rally of Scotland winner, Skoda’s Guy Wilks, showed some amazing driving skills through the Loch Ard stages to claim the “Colin McRae IRC Flat Out Trophy”. Colin’s father Jimmy was among the judges.
Recently crowned Scottish Rally Champion , David Bogie from Dumfries, finished 4th overall, after starting the Sunday stages back in 11th place. The top five places went to;
1) Juho Hanninen/ Mikko Markkula (FIN) – Skoda Fabia S2000 2hrs 01m 07.4s
2) Andreas Mikkelsen/ Ola Fleure (NOR) – Ford Fiesta S2000 +25.5s
3) Kris Meeke/ Phil Pugh (GBR) – Peugeot 207 S2000 +3m 24.2s
4) David Bogie/ Kevin Rae (GBR) – Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 1X, +12m 01.3s
5) Karl Kruuda/ Martin Jarveoja (EST) – Suzuki Swift + 14m 07.6s

Ready to Rally?

September 21, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Revving up for action at beautiful Gleneagles

Revving up for action at beautiful Gleneagles

People are revving up for the British round of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge which comes to the stunning countryside of Perthshire and Stirlingshire from Friday 15  to Sunday 17 October.
Factory supported crews from manufactuers including Skoda, Peugeot, Proton, Subaru and Ford will be represented and Guy Wilks (Skoda), Kris Meeke (Peugeot), as well as of course Lanark’s own Alister McRae (Proton), will be the faces to look out for at the Friday night start at Scone Palace for the 2010 RAC Motor Sports Association (MSA) Rally of Scotland.
There then follows two days of high speed drama through the Scottish countryside in competitive, timed, stages, before the ceremonial finish at Stirling Castle on the Sunday afternoon.
Within the rally itself there will also be the “Two Wheel Drive Cup” class.
To encourage the rally drivers of the future and to promote general interest in the sport, admission for children is FREE! All tickets can be purchased through the official website or the hotline 0844 847 2488. The event will be broadcast by Eurosport to 59 countries.
International Motorsport Chief Executive Andrew Coe commented: “The scene is set for a quite fantastic event in one of the most stunning locations any form of top-class motor sport could wish to visit. It’s an event that Scotland should be justifiably proud of and also one which many other major events in the world of rallying and sport, generally, will view with great envy.”

Prince commends Sustainable Glasgow

September 6, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Story by Grace Franklin  Photographs by Stuart Maxwell

The Duke of Rothesay started it in Glasgow yesterday.
Aiming to encourage people to START to do what they can to make better use of natural resources and protect the environment, Prince Charles is making a whistle-stop tour of the UK in a train fuelled by recycled cooking oil, to visit good examples of what is being done already.
START – is a co-operative of partners who have all started down the eco friendly line.
The initiative was launched in Glasgow with the Duke going walk-about among the stands in Glasgow Central Station.
After being welcomed by Lord Provost Bob Winter, he chatted with people in the crowd and made Nancy Gray’s day. From Shettleston, the 74-year-old is an avowed Royalist. ‘I just love the Royal Family,’ said the retired tailoress. But when

The Duke of Rothesay with Lord Provost Bob Winter and Jane Wood, Chief Executive of Scottish Business in the Community

The Duke of Rothesay with Lord Provost Bob Winter and Jane Wood, Chief Executive of Scottish Business in the Community in Glasgow Central Station at the launch of START.

Prince Charles shook her hand and said he hoped he was not interrupting her day, she went all aflutter. Literally shaking with excitement, Nancy told the LOCAL NEWS: ‘I came here specially to see him.’ She followed the Royal entourage around all the stalls which highlighted what could be done to START looking after the planet better.
Price Charles – who is correctly addressed as the Duke of Rothesay when he is in Scotland – first dropped off a pair of his old green cord trousers into the Oxfam clothes recycling point.
Waitrose showed off their new trolley which can be borrowed by customers from their Byres Road shop, starting this week. It is fitted to the customer’s bicycle and enables them to pedal home with a big amount of shopping.
Cube Housing Association was able to illustrate their new district heating scheme on the Wyndford Estate in Maryhill. The cost effective system delivers low-carbon energy and reduces carbon emissions in a whole neighbourhood.

Virgin Money had a wish tree to get people to promise to do something – and they’ll come back to you in a month’s time to see if you’ve done it for the planet.
B & Q staff showed the Prince how they make peat free compost. ‘He was really interested in what we’re doing,’ said Douglas Szafranek.
Husband and wife team Alan and Hazel Tomkins were delighted to be presented with their award for sustainable business for their restaurants which include Gamba, Urban and Dining Room in Glasgow. The first such award from the START group, the company has worked to train staff in food safety, minimising waste and maximising on local produce. Said Alan Tomkins: ‘It is very special to have been recognised for this.’
Four young apprentices from City Building’s Queenslie training centre in Glasgow, explained to the Prince how they are building two different models of sustainable houses to test what works best. Said Laura Twigg (18): ‘He was interested in the fact that we used tyres as one of the building materials.’ Michael Connelly (17) commented: ‘It was a great honour to meet Prince Charles. I never would have imagined I’d meet a member of the Royal family one day.’ Naveed Mohammed (19) admits he’s been bragging about meeting the Prince since he knew he’d been selected for the START event. And Brian Docherty (17) found the Prince asked a lot of questions about the pipe layout in the sustainable houses.

Glasgow City Council had a large number of stands in their exhibition. Most noticeable was a Peugeot electric seven seater vehicle which came from Allied Vehicles in Possilpark and is one of the fleet of electric vehicles the city has purchased. Said Allied Vehicles managing director Paul Nelson: ‘The Prince was very interested in the project. Glasgow city has purchased 10 of these seven seaters and 30 smaller vehicles – called Peugeot Partners – from us.’
Quietly in the background, Richard Bellingham, Senior Research Fellow on energy Policy at the University of Strathclyde’s Fraser of Allander Institute, was pleased that a report produced by the Institute had brought together so many of the organisations in Glasgow which are STARTing to implement sustainability procedures. ‘By drawing in the right partners, the benefits will be real for the city and more likely to be supported and therefore, stronger,’ he said.
At the end of the tour, Jane Wood, Chief Executive of Scottish Business in the Community said that Scotland – home of the Enlightenment – should be proud of leading the way in carbon reduction and sustainability as instanced by the work shown on the stands the Duke of Rothesay had toured. She was wearing an eye-catching outfit designed by Joey Dee of Edinburgh and using 75% recycled materials.
Before Prince Charles boarded his train to go to Edinburgh where a similar exhibition was to be visited, he told the assembled crowd: ‘START is all about what each one of us can do for the benefit of our children and our children’s children. It can be really simple to make better use of natural resources. Each of the major sponsors of START have their own message because they know their own customers best. Through these initiatives we are leading by example and showing what can be done to make that first step to sustainability.’
He added: ‘Glasgow is good at working together. This will take the city forward to develop the brand Sustainable Glasgow.’