Keir Middleton on his Orwell Prize designs: “I wanted to create something that emulated the cut and dry policies of European politics”

Yesterday was the ceremony for the 2015 Orwell Prize for political writing, and as we previously informed you, the trophies were designed and made by year 3 BA DCL student Keir Middleton. What inspired Keir in his work on the trophies?

“The design was inspired by Polish communist propaganda, which I believed mirrored both the stark and brutal writing in George Orwell’s famous satire 1984, as well as the communist apartment buildings that could be seen throughout East Berlin, as well as much of communist Europe, before the end of the Cold War.

“When designing the trophies, I wanted to create something that emulated the cut and dry policies of politics throughout Europe.”

“Design has always been so prominent in my life and Goldsmiths has given me the opportunity to nurture this passion of mine. I aim to pursue a career in teaching design to the younger generation or to further my own skills in the field.”

Keir was also part of the team that designed last year’s Orwell prize trophy. You can read a more detailed story on this year’s event on the Goldsmiths website.