Ross Duncan, a Graphic Design student from Edinburgh Telford College shares his experience of participating in the Scottish Creative Competition 2010.
"I entered the Show Racism the Red Card poster competition along with the rest of my class at our tutor’s encouragement. She thought it a worthwhile exercise because it gave us a chance to work on a ‘live brief’ which is to say we would be working to stricter guidelines and deadlines. It was also a more weighty subject matter than we had been used to.
As with all projects we started with a class mind-mapping session. It proved very interesting to hear the various views of people who had been directly affected or witness to racism as well as those who hadn’t given it much thought before. Then, individually, it was a case of researching Show Racism the Red Card and other anti-racist organisations/campaigns, causes and forms of racism as well as other kinds of discrimination.
The word ‘ignorance’ appeared quite early in the class mind-map session but it was only as I was doing research into the various types of racism that I realised it connected nearly all of them, I had got to the root of it.
Despite the prize giving being held at Hampden Park I was still surprised at the scale of it, from the number of kids in attendance to the amount of footballers who had given up their time to be there, it was just fantastic. I can only begin to imagine the amount of organisation that went into the event but its testament to the organisers that it all went so well.
My outstanding memories of the day were the tour of Hampden, Jim Duffy’s inspiring speech to a rapt but raucous auditorium as well as some of the judges approaching me after I won to discuss my entry.
The Sky prize was awesome. I had no idea what to expect and so it just kept getting better and better, from pictures of me holding the Scottish Cup to a picture with Craig Levin to the unique glimpse behind the scenes of the match itself and the hospitality shown by everyone it’s a weekend I won’t forget.
Winning this competition has had a great impact on my life. I am studying graphic design so to have something (with such a positive message) in print was a tremendous boost for my confidence and my portfolio. It has also encouraged discussion of my work outside of college and has also seen my brother become forever in my debt as it was he I took along on the Sky prize.
Thank you again!"