Sophie has designs on charity

Emily Wang and Sophie Rowan with their wining logo design. Pic: Iain McGuinness / Alamy Live News
Emily Wang and Sophie Rowan with their wining logo design. Pic: Iain McGuinness / Alamy Live News

A student from Motherwell has helped create a winning design for a homelessness charity.

Sophie Rowan (21) and Emily Wang (21) from Hong Kong, both designers at Glasgow School of Art, produced a logo to mark ShelterScotland’s 50th anniversary.

Their winning design carries the slogan “We’re still fighting” and the year in which the charity began.

It will be used by ShelterScotland as the branding for a year-long series of events and activities getting under way next month.

Glasgow School of Art students also took part in competitions to design art installations for two of the charity’s shop windows in Glasgow and Edinburgh, as well as a display to be used in the windows of all of its shops across Scotland.

Professor Tom Inns, director of the art school, said: “Working on the project has been an important opportunity for our students.

“Not only did it offer the chance to learn more about how to apply their creativity to a live brief, but it was for an organisation whose work they particularly admire.”

Shelter Scotland director Graeme Brown said: “We are delighted that the Glasgow School of Art has partnered with us for our 50th anniversary.

“The level of creative thinking and realisation shown by the young designers has been outstanding and the logo is a strong and bold image, which we will be proud to carry for the next 12 months of activities.”

ShelterScotland’s Motherwell Furniture Shop held a housing advice street clinic last week at its Brandon Parade premises.

Last year, in North Lanarkshire, there were 1,892 homeless applications and 570 households in temporary accommodation.

In 2017, more than 21,000 people accessed housing advice and support services from Shelter Scotland, which received over 16,000 calls to its free national helpline.

The charity is aware of even more people in the community who need housing advice and support.

Many people cannot, or for a variety of reasons do not, access the help they need.

For some, navigating services can be frustrating and complex.

Others may be unaware of the help ShelterScotland can offer.

The local street clinic gave housing advice to passers-by.