Students in the running for Penguin prize

Published: 3 June 2015 at 15:54

Tuike and Leigh-Anna impress with Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit cover designs

Two Anglia Ruskin University 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 from around the world.

Leigh-Anna Frith and Tuike Tuominen, both 21, 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.  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, Richard Ogle and Claire Ward.  

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, and the winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on Wednesday, 24 June.

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 said:

“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.”

Richard Ogle, Art Director for Cornerstone, said:

“There are some very strong entries this year.  What has struck me is the highly accomplished finishing and professionalism plus the breadth of solutions which, for a brief for one book, is pretty amazing.  The key quality I am looking for, above everything, in the winning entry is a creative flair.”

Tom Weldon, CEO of Penguin Random House UK, said:

“Penguin Random House has created thousands of iconic book covers and we pride ourselves in being a home for the best creative talent in our industry. 
“Through the Penguin Random House Design Award we are able to engage with a new generation of designers who, we hope, will join us in inspiring and entertaining readers everywhere, both now and in the future.”