Rookie designer wins top prize for book art

Craig Cox
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A STUDENT’S book cover design has been voted the best out of more than 1,000 entrants in a prestigious national competition.

Leeds Metropolitan University student Craig Cox has won Penguin Random House’s prestigious Puffin Children’s Prize.

One judge hailed his “impactful and arresting” design for S E Hinton’s coming-of-age novel The Outsiders.

Craig, 21, of Headingley, who is studying for a BA (Hons) in Graphic Arts and Design, was one of just 10 students from across the UK who made the shortlist from more than 1,100 entries.

He wins a £1,000 cash prize and a design placement with Penguin, the UK’s biggest book publisher.

Craig said: “To win this national competition is a great honour for me, I cannot believe it! Penguin is a giant in the publishing world and a household name known across the globe.

“To have my design on the cover of one of their books is something I will be proud of forever.

Lauren Child, who writes and illustrates the popular Charlie and Lola children’s books, said of Craig’s design: “I was struck by the pared-back design and the simplicity of the image, the placement, and the colour scheme all combining perfectly to create an impactful and arresting cover. It made perfect sense with the book’s content.”

Tom Weldon, chief executive officer of Penguin Random House UK, said “Standout cover design is an integral part of the success of a book and Penguin Random House has created thousands of iconic book covers throughout the years. We value creativity and design incredibly highly and started the Penguin Random House Design Award to encourage the next generation of designers to use their amazing talents to help us tell our stories.”

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