Second year BA (Hons) Graphic Design student Kieran James has won the Ministry of Sound JDO RAW competition.

The competition was to discover the nation’s most forward thinking graphic design student who was able to combine intelligent branding with trailblazing creativity. Kieran will have the chance to see his design on the cover of the 2016 edition of the Ministry of Sound’s flagship compilation series, The Annual. Alongside seeing his design on the shop shelves, he will also receive a cash prize and a two month paid placement at JDO.

Whilst on his placement, Kieran worked on the album cover, which is to be released in shops on 6th November and can be pre-ordered via Amazon.

Kieran tells us about his time at JDO: “Winning the competition was really exciting, but going to work in a studio and being surrounded by creative people, working on a real project that I knew was going to be released on such a huge scale was incredible and is an amazing opportunity at such an early stage in my career. It still seems unreal that I can see it on the front page of iTunes and Amazon and on the shelves in places like HMV!”

Matt Jefferies was a finalist in the competition, and tells tells us about working on his entry: “With my work I tried to capture the Ministry of Sound brand and recent trends in the music industry, especially within house and dance music. My visuals incorporate concepts of motion, repetition and illusions, as these are closely linked to house and dance music culture. The process of entering had to be well planned and logical as it wasn’t just a cover to design, but the whole campaign. My thinking behind my idea was that it had to be versatile in both print and digital advertisement mediums. I really wanted to emphasise the Ministry of Sound’s values and its dedication to music.”