Shepton student designs award-winning app
SHEPTON student Amelia Hurrell has won a £1,000 prize for a mobile and tablet app she designed to help communicate with her sister.
The Weston College student showcased her app at the New Designers Exhibition in London and won the Sky Award for her ME & You communication tool for young people with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME).
Miss Hurrell, 22, said: “Winning this came as a great shock. I am so excited and look forward to the placement in the industry.
“My sister has ME, and her experiences at school inspired this project and I cannot believe how far it has come.
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“ME affects individuals in unique ways, and I discovered how difficult young sufferers find it attempting to explain complications and symptoms to teachers and how this impacts school work.
“The app, and the range of other communication tools I developed, help to eliminate this struggle using an easy to understand unique visual language.
“It also offers tips for teachers on how to help and better integrate those with ME into the classroom.”
ME is a long-term, fluctuating illness commonly called Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or diagnosed as Post Viral Fatigue Syndrome.
Symptoms affect many body systems, more commonly the nervous and immune systems and can result in persistent fatigue or pain.
The judges, including Paul Butler, head of design at Sky Creative, said: “We were really impressed with Amelia’s personal commitment. She pushed the design process by proactively researching, engaging users and members of the ME community.
“Amelia’s work has depth, attention to detail and a great sense of personal style evident across her portfolio.”
Miss Hurrell has gained a First Class Honours Degree in Graphic Design at Weston College in partnership with Bath Spa University.
As well as the £1,000 prize, Miss Hurrell will spend four weeks with Sky Creative at their London headquarters.