STUDENTS surpassed themselves when they paid tribute to one of the most famous names in the motoring world.
They created a series of posters to plug the Mini brand as part of their A-level graphic communication studies at Hartlepool College of Further Education.
Visitors to a public exhibition were so impressed by the students’ handiwork that they thought the designs were degree course standard.
Delighted college design lecturer Michael Thompson said: “People were coming up to me and saying that they thought it was all part of a degree show.
“It was good feedback for the pupils to see how well all their hard work has been appreciated.”
Ten first year A-level students came up with the idea of using Mini as the subject of a course theme entitled mystery and imagination.
Mr Thompson added: “They decided to start portraying Minis as they might be seen through the eyes of children.
“Children have such vivid imaginations and I asked the students to consider how exciting it would be to drive a Mini and the types of things you might think you see as you are driving to work on a morning.”
Each students then had to come up with a series of five posters.
The results included a 3D image of UFOs chasing a Mini and an appearance by 1980s video game character Pacman.
Mini Cooper Teesside, based in Stockton, supported the students’ work and sent a Mini Coupe Roadster Convertible along to the exhibition.
Mr Thompson said: “We thank Mini for their help and hope to work with them again.”