Jack in the Green Design Competition

Parkwood 6th form student Barnaby of ARK William Parker Academy, created the winning design for this year’s Jack in the Green Design Competition. All of the Year 12 AS level Graphic Design students entered the public competition as part of their coursework. The design was used on promotional material including posters, the website, badges and T-shirts in the run up to the Jack in the Green festivities.

Barnaby explained that ‘For my design I wanted to make it different and unique; for it to have a different take on Jack in the Green. I noticed that previous designs weren't as appealing to younger people as they could be, and being a young person myself, I wanted to make a change to that. I aimed to include characters that participate in Jack in the Green, like the Bogies and The Morris Dancers, and I made them fall victim to Jack’s over excitement. I am pleased that so many T-shirts and badges have been bought by the public.’

The Jack in the Green Committee described Barnaby’s design as ‘fresh, original and radical’. They stated that ‘The standard of entries to the competition was very high, but Barnaby's design made us laugh and perfectly captures the sense of fun that is an important part of the tradition that is Jack in the Green.”

Barnaby’s design caused a lot of controversy, recorded on the Jack in the Green Facebook page. Some commented that the design was too removed from the traditional foliate head. Others wrote appreciatively about the uniqueness and originality of the design, even pointing out that the work of Andy Warhol and Jackson Pollock caused strong debate in its time.

Susan Warren, teacher of A level Graphic Design, stated that, ‘Barnaby is a gifted young designer with a most promising future ahead of him. We are grateful for the opportunity to showcase the talents of our students’. 

More information about the competition can be seen on the Jack in the Green website http://www.hastingsjack.co.uk