Second-year student wins internship with Dulux


Date: 24th Jan 2017

The colour experts at Dulux have been once again working with Buckinghamshire New University Textiles and Surface Design students - setting them a brief and asking them to 'immerse' themselves in their Colour Futures trends and colour forecast for 2017.

Second-year surface and print pathway students presented their work based around colour trends to the Dulux creative team in December, all hoping to win an internship with the paint brand in the summer. Neesha Lynch was announced winner this month with her interpretation of Dulux's Colour of the Year Denim Drift, using the fabric.

The second-year textiles student said: "I looked at denim itself and how it could be reconstructed, broken down and remade again so it would be more interesting.

"This has been a great experience. At University you are usually focused on your own work and what you are doing and this has been a great opportunity to collaborate with a big company that is so well-known. It is also focusing my mind on my career after University."

This is the third year the Dulux Colour Futures project has run with Bucks New University and Emily Simpson, Colour and Design Manager at Dulux, set the brief telling students to 'immerse themselves in the trend and bring them to life'.

She said: "The Dulux Colour Futures trend palettes are developed by a global team of colour and design experts from inside and outside AkzoNobel, collaborating using insights from as varied sectors as the motor industry through to textiles. These forward looking trends help us to keep our colour offering looking fresh and dynamic; interpretation of trends is exactly what we do, so it's great to see the students getting a chance to role-play in a practice environment."

"Bucks has really great facilities and the students are very experimental, very hands on. They also seem to have very good, technical computer skills as well, so they are really set up here to go out into the industry and work straight away."

To see all the of students' work visit The Gallery, opposite The Gateway.

To watch a video of the competition visit

To see more about the AkzoNobel Colour Futures here.