Junior designers meet the brief, publishing calendar for Dinostar.

Creative Briefs’ Junior Design Factory members present Dinostar with their calendar.

Children aged 8-15 years have completed a year-long project to create a calendar for Hull’s popular dinosaur museum, Dinostar on Humber Street.

The project was delivered by Creative Briefs, a community-focused creative studio run by designers Jason Bowers and Rebecca Shipham.

“Our Junior Design team were set a live brief by Hull museum Dinostar, to design, project manage, and promote a dinosaur themed calendar for 2019,” explains Rebecca.

“The star of the calendar was to be Earl, a 4ft model dinosaur, donated to us by the client – Steve Plater, Director at Dinostar.

“With our guidance, the young designers had creative control over the locations for the photography, and were in charge of designing the calendar, including deciding on their target audience, how to produce it, what size it would be, laying out the graphic artwork, editing photography and imagery for the calendar, and all promotion.”

Jason adds, “We were delighted at how quickly the young designers could use the design process they’ve learnt with us to answer a real client brief and come up with a professional outcome.  It’s been great working with the junior designers over a sustained period of time. We’ve seen them grow in confidence, share their knowledge with new design team members, and all take responsibility in answering the client’s design brief to the best of their ability.  Off the back of this project success we’re now running more Junior Design Factory sessions at our studio, tackling more design briefs from paying clients.”

Dinostar can be found at the east end of Humber Street, and has been a popular destination for children in the city for over a decade.  The Dinostar museum has an exciting exhibition of dinosaurs and fossils. Highlights include a full-size T-rex skull, genuine Triceratops bones you can touch, and a unique ‘Dinosaur Sound Box’.

Steve Plater, the dinosaur museum’s owner and director, says: “I was impressed by the work the team had done to blend the dinosaur with great Hull locations. The calendar is top quality and very professional, the children should be proud of their work. I hope the Junior Design Factory will be able to work with Dinostar again.”  The calendar is available from Dinostar’s gift shop.

A number of the junior designers attend Estcourt Primary Academy in East Hull.  Mr Ullah, a teacher at the school, says: “It was a fabulous opportunity for the children to become designers and have the responsibility and creative control over a project. The children’s confidence was enhanced through their team work and their ICT skills improved when photographing and editing their images.”

The Junior Design Factory meets regularly on Saturday and Sunday mornings at Creative Briefs’ bespoke studio on Albert Avenue.

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Dinostar – The dinosaur experience.

[Jerome Whittingham, @photomoments – for Creative Briefs]