Graphic Design students in the running for Penguin prize

Published: 16 June 2015 at 15:16

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Tuike and Leigh-Anna impress with cover designs

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Two Anglia Ruskin University art students have been shortlisted by Penguin Random House UK for its prestigious annual Design Award.

The 2015 Penguin Random House Design Award, which comprises the Adult Fiction Cover Award, Adult Non Fiction Cover Award and the Children's Cover Award, received more than 1,200 entries from aspiring designers around the world.

Leigh-Anna Frith and Tuike Tuominen, who both study on our BA (Hons) Graphic Design course, are two of 10 students to have made the Adult Fiction Cover Award shortlist. Their place on the shortlist puts them in the running to win a £1,000 prize and a design placement with the UK's biggest book publisher.

Leigh-Anna and Tuike took on the challenge of designing Jeanette Winterson's Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit. After the shortlist was announced, Leigh-Anna said "It is an amazing feeling to be shortlisted; it has given me confidence as a designer. I have always been interested in typography and visual communication and have enjoyed creating a book cover for Jeanette Winterson's Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit as it has given me a chance to explore different methods such as photography as well."

Tuike added: "I feel very honoured at being shortlisted and it is quite nerve-wracking actually! I hope this will give me good experience for my future career."

Their work will be judged by artist David Hughes, co-founder and creative director for La Boca Scot Bendall, as well as in house experts Suzanne Dean, Claire Ward and Richard Ogle.

Now in its ninth year, the Design Award offers students on an Art or Design course at HND or degree level exposure to and guidance from some of the publishing industry's leading lights. The winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on Wednesday 24 June.