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Brighton Journal | 27th January 2020

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University of Brighton Graduate Designs UK’s New £2 Coin

University of Brighton Graduate Designs UK’s New £2 Coin
Hannah Midgley

Dominique Evans graduated the University of Brighton in 1995 with a BA(Hons) in Graphic Design. Little did she know that 22 years later she’d be designing the UK’s new £2 coin.

Working as a Royal Mint graphic designer for the past 12 years, Evans was awarded the prestigious job of designing the UK’s newest £2 coin design, in honour of author Jane Austen.

The coin’s design showcases a silhouette of Austen, one of the most loved writers in English literature, set in a period frame alongside a backdrop of regency era wallpaper.

On designing the coin, Evans said: “From the first brief through to the final design, it was a delight to research Jane Austen’s life in detail. I imagined her framed silhouette as if it were in one of the houses featured in Jane Austen’s books, on the wall of a corridor, as guests passed by to attend a dance, perhaps in Pride and Prejudice or on the wall in the home of Emma.”

Speaking of her course at the university, Dominique had nothing but praise for her time there: “I have such fond memories of my time there. The course really did instil in me the importance of idea generation, which has been a foundation stone for everything I have done in my career since then.”

Since graduating in 1995, Dominique has fostered her love of fashion and interior design amongst other things.

Talking of her job with the Royal Mint back in Wales, the graphic designer said: “All my projects involve tonnes of research and testing, and no two days are the same, which makes them delightfully unpredictable and extremely fulfilling.

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