Toby Tinsley, one of the very first graduates of the BA (Hons) Graphic Design course in 1997, is celebrating the news that his design, ‘Galactic Girl’ will adorn the nose cone of two of Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic shuttles due to fly to the moon as early as 2009.

Delighted by his recent success, Toby, a BA Graphic Design alumnus currently working at Design Company Sky 26, said “Everything about Virgin Galactic is incredible; they have created a design icon that will go down in the history books.”  The face of ‘Galactic Girl’ was based on Sir Richard’s mother, Eve Branson, and so is an incredibly important and personal design for the Virgin boss.

In July 2009 July Toby was present at the launch of ‘White Knight Two’, the mothership that will carry ‘SpaceShip Two’ – the passenger vehicle for high-spending space tourists – into orbit.