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News: Art and Design stu­dent receives award in Pen­guin Books Cov­er Design Competition

Two people stood at an event with one holding a cover design award
Two people stood at an event with one holding a cover design award

Con­grat­u­la­tions to one of our tal­ent­ed Art & Design stu­dent, Isabelle Poul­son, for being award­ed sec­ond place at the renowned Pen­guin Books, Adult Fic­tion Cov­er Design competition. 

When asked about how she felt upon receiv­ing her award, she said: I was very shocked to have been ini­tial­ly short­list­ed for the award and to come sec­ond was even more of a surprise!”

The stan­dard of the short­list­ed designs was real­ly high, so I real­ly didn’t have any expec­ta­tions of plac­ing. I was over the moon to have done so well and to start my design career on a high.”

Isabelle’s out­stand­ing art­work caught the eye of a pres­ti­gious judg­ing pan­el, which includ­ed British author, Bernar­dine Evaris­to, Pen­guin Gen­er­al Art Direc­tor, Richard Brav­ery, and Pen­guin Gen­er­al Deputy Art Direc­tor, Jon Gray.

Along­side her com­plet­ing her Foun­da­tion Diplo­ma in Art and Design, she is also work­ing on her port­fo­lio of book cov­er designs, in hopes of secur­ing a posi­tion as a Junior Design­er in the pub­lish­ing industry.

After com­ing sec­ond in the Pen­guin Design Award com­pe­ti­tion, I realised how fas­ci­nat­ed I am by this indus­try and how much I’d like to be a part of it”

Speak­ing about her expe­ri­ence and time at Not­ting­ham Col­lege, she said: 

My expe­ri­ence at Not­ting­ham Col­lege has giv­en me more direc­tion in my future and the con­fi­dence to go after a career that I want. Study­ing some­thing that I enjoyed was the most impor­tant thing for me and being sur­round­ed by oth­er cre­ative peo­ple who are pas­sion­ate about art has encour­aged me to con­tin­ue to pur­sue it.”

Con­cep­tu­al­ly I loved this design. It’s so dis­tinc­tive and well-artic­u­lat­ed. The gaze is so com­pelling. I love the uncon­ven­tion­al place­ment of the type 

 — Richard Brav­ery, Art Direc­tor – Pen­guin General
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  • 21st July 2022 (1:24 PM)
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