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Shooting 50p Coin Design

Shooting Video Transcript

Tell us about yourself - and about the coin you designed
My name is Pravin Dewdhory, I live in Hackney, East London and my winning coin was the shooting.

What got you interested in the competition?
I decided to enter the competition because, I actually heard through a friend, and she knew that I was interested in coins because I’ve actually got a 1920’s till in my living room and I’ve got loads of things inside it and so it’s the kind of thing that my friends know I like so I heard about the competition through her and I decided to enter it.

Why did you choose Shooting for your design?
I decided to choose shooting because I had an idea to take the shattered clay pigeon and I wanted to make a play on taking the 2012 logo and the geometric shapes that come from it and create the segments from the explosion that links back to the branding of 2012 so that was my connection, the idea that the clay pigeon would work with the 2012 branding and how that sport fitted with the idea I had.

What was the inspiration behind your idea?
My inspiration for this design came from living in Hackney next to the Olympic Park so for the last few years I’ve been around this building site, all the work, all the trucks and particularly all the hoarding that goes on around the park has all this strong graphics and as a graphic designer myself I’m very drawn towards it so in some sense I guess it was quite easy for me because they kind of did some of the work for me so when they had done all this kind of geometric segmented shapes I tool their idea and moulded it with my idea of the exploding clay target to create this design for the shooting coin.

How does it feel to know your coin is going to be in the pockets of millions of people for years to come?
To have my design being put into the UK coin circulation is quite an incredible achievement and it’s been really interesting to meet all the other designers, hear about their backgrounds and find out the stories from all of them who are different ages and the different jobs that they do, it feels quite lucky to be part of that and the history.

How do you feel about being part of the London 2012 Olympic Games?
Being involved in the London 2012 Olympics feels quite incredible really because it’s something that you think you never be able to be a part of so when the competition was opened up to the nation it allowed everybody to get involved and I know they say that in the media and people don’t think it’s true but actually this is proof that it is true so people from the public did get involved, it’s not just about sport there are other ways that people can get involved if you’re not from a sports background like myself so I feel pleased and privileged to be part of that.