Michael’s logo delight

Michael Ritchie and Barry Coppinger.
Michael Ritchie and Barry Coppinger.

A TALENTED graphic design student is celebrating after his design was picked to be used as a new police chief’s logo.

Hartlepool teenager Michael Ritchie took part in a task launched by his tutors at Cleveland College of Art and Design (CCAD), in Middlesbrough, to come up with a new badge for Barry Coppinger, the recently elected Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland.

Michael Ritchie and Barry Coppinger.

Michael Ritchie and Barry Coppinger.

Michael put his mind to the task and came up with a suitable and strking logo.

It was picked by Mr Coppinger and his colleagues and is now being used by on all paperwork and posters.

The 18-year-old, who has since left the college arm of CCAD and is now studying at its university campus in the Hartlepool, said: “Creating the Police and Crime Commissioner logo has been an interesting task which proposed new and exciting obstacles such as being politically neutral.

“This led to extensive research and eventually an outcome that I am very pleased with.

“The whole project has been a great experience and I’m positive that it will help me in the future – whether it be when finding briefs or knowing how to approach them.”

Mr Coppinger was delighted with Micheal’s design.

He said: “The standard of work submitted by the students was extremely high and I’m sure many of them will go on to achieve great things.

“We chose Michael’s design overall as it was modern, fresh and clear – it’s a striking design with just the right balance of image and text. We wish him well for the future.”

Michael hopes to move to Newcastle and work as a freelance graphic or web designer once he has finished his degree.