‘New Designer Award’ for Derry man

DESIGNING SUCCESS - Derry designer Eamon Martin who has just come 2nd in the BDC New Designer of the Year awards in London. (1408JC6)

DESIGNING SUCCESS - Derry designer Eamon Martin who has just come 2nd in the BDC New Designer of the Year awards in London. (1408JC6)

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A Derry-born graphic designer who quit his day job to pursue more creative ambitions is now reaping the rewards - having been awarded 2nd place in the prestigious BDC New Designer of the Year awards.

Thirty-eight- year-old Eamon Martin, originally from Rosskeen Park in Hazelbank, moved to England three years ago to fulfil his ambitions in graphic design. Following an exhibition of his work at the New Designers Exhibition in London, Eamon’s impressive portfolio saw him announced as runner-up in the competition which saw entries from around 3,500 design graduates from 200 of the UK’s top design courses.

Eamon’s father, Hugo Martin, is delighted for his son and told the ‘Journal’ yesterday: “There were thousands in for this competition, so Eamon did really well to have come second. We’re very proud of him, especially as he’s doing so well and raising a young family too.”

Mr Martin revealed that as a result of his recent success, Eamon - a father-of-two living in Swindon - is now highly sought after as a designer.

“He is being headhunted by some big design firms in London now, which is brilliant for him. It’s just a pity they there’s no work in Derry to have kept him here. But he’s very happy and hopefully he’ll get a great job in London because of this.”

Eamon has two sisters and four brothers, one of whom is also a graphic designer in the USA.