student’s skateboard design will go into production after she won a graphic design competition.

Yang Hang (pictured centre), a first-year graphics student at Halesowen College, won after learners were asked to design something that raised awareness of an ongoing global issue, from plastic waste to equality, to animal experimentation and diversity.

The competition was run for graphic design students in partnership with SkateHut, a local company which will make the winning skateboard.

Seventeen-year-old Hang’s winning design was voted for by the public after SkateHut posted all 26 of the students’ creations on its social media channels.

“It was fantastic for the students to present their ideas to a real-world client. Their concepts are great and show that young people have real concerns about the world they live in,” said Gillian Dunkerley, BTEC course leader.

The students’ skateboard designs will form part of a display at the college’s end-of-year summer show.

“The students’ ideas were amazing. Many of them would work commercially as a real board,” added Amy Lou Holland from SkateHut.

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