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Baby JakeStudents currently studying on our level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Graphic Design have recently collaborated on a special project in support of Jake Cathcart, a little boy who was born with a very rare heart condition.

Jake’s mum, Claire, approached the College back in December, asking them to design a logo which represented Jake’s favourite animal, a zebra, incorporating brown/green eyes, a ginger tuft of hair and wonky stripes to represent the lines on his electrocardiogram (ECG).

The winning design was produced by students, Ciara Gorst and Ross Kelly, and will be featured on printed merchandise to help raise money for Alder Hey Children’s Charity and The Sick Children’s Trust, charities that have supported Jake and his family throughout his illness.

Jake, who has a rare complex cardio Arrhythmia, has spent most of his life in and out of hospital due to this rare condition, so rare that they plan on naming the condition after him. When he first arrived at Alder Hey, he had too many cannulas for him to wear any clothes, once they were removed the first thing Jake wore was a zebra onesie and its stuck with him ever since.

Sue Booth, one of our Graphic Design tutors, said “This was a fantastic opportunity for the students to gain valuable experience of working to a live brief within a short time frame. They worked extremely hard from researching their ideas to creating their concepts and we couldn’t be more proud of the quality of work that they have produced.”

The inspiration for the logo concepts came from researching children’s cartoons, photographs of zebras and colours associated with children’s favourite story characters.

Jake’s mum, Claire, said, “I was given lots of drafts to choose from, but they were all so impressive that I couldn't pick one set design. I decided to take bits from two designs and then we came up with the end result, which I absolutely adore! The standard of work that was produced was so impressive, I think if I'd hired a company to create that logo they still wouldn't have understood my vision for it.” She added, “I am ever so grateful to the students at the college for creating the logo.”

Speaking about their achievement, Ross and Ciara said, “Having the opportunity to work on a project like this for such an important cause has been amazing, especially being able to work on it from the live brief through to the production stage. To be able to add this to our work portfolios will really help when it comes to applying for jobs in the graphic design industry.”

Claire has set up a Facebook page for Jake, where she documents his adventures and hopes to show parents embarking on this similar journey, that although life is scary at times, it can also still be normal and fun.

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