Talented Grantham graphics graduate earns job straight after university

Dean Newcombe has recently joined the team at Allen Signs.
Dean Newcombe has recently joined the team at Allen Signs.
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A former Grantham College and Central Technology and Sports College student has become the first ever graduate employed fresh out of university by an established signage firm.

Signmaker and vehicle livery specialist Allen Signs were so impressed by 21-year-old Dean Newcombe’s final-year university project that they decided to offer him a job.

Dean, of Barrowby Gate, was inspired to become a graphic designer by his teacher Martin Pratt while studying at the Central Technology and Sports College, now Priory Ruskin Academy, and went on to do a two-year BTEC National Diploma in Graphic Design at Grantham College.

He then studied for a BA in Graphic Design at the University of Lincoln, graduating in September of this year.

Glen Merryweather, sales and marketing manager at Allen Signs, said: “We spotted Dean’s potential when he brought in his project and asked us to help him apply his design onto a blank skateboard.

“At the same time he asked if we were taking on any staff. It was perfecting timing, as we were in discussions about expanding the business and hiring a designer!”

Dean has already got stuck into his role creating design concepts and preparing visuals for planning applications, and has worked on branding projects for companies including Docusave and Coco Tanning and Beauty.

“It’s extremely fulfilling being given a brief by a client and seeing my designs come to life on a fascia or a van,” said Dean.