Mockingbird jacket leads to Penguin success for Klara

Published: 8 May 2017 at 14:41

Cover of 'To Kill a Mockingbird' depicting a tree and swingseat created from gold bubbles

Graphic Design student shortlisted for publisher’s design award

BA (Hons) Graphic Design student Klara Block has been shortlisted for the Adult Fiction category in the 2017 Penguin Random House Student Design Award.

Her entry, one of over 2,100 submissions, will now compete against nine others in the same category.

The Penguin Random House Student Design Award is an annual competition that gives students the chance to build their portfolio and gain experience by completing a design brief for a real book.

The winner of each category receives a work placement in the Penguin Random House UK design studios, as well as a £1,000 cash prize.

Klara chose to produce a cover design for To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee.  Talking about the inspiration behind her submission, she said:

“While the theme of my design was inspired by the contents of the book, the style and the design process was mainly inspired by Jessica Hische’s work for the Penguin Drop Cap series. Her diverse approaches to illustrate the letterforms have inspired me to combine illustration and type.”

“I am deeply fascinated by Harper Lee’s writing style, how she brings words to life and touches the reader. I can identify with the melancholic and hurtful realisation of a curious and innocent child that discovers the world’s darkness and cruelness, confronting a deep belief in the immanent goodness of people and the world.”

Final judging will take place in June, with a panel made up of Art Directors from across Penguin Random House as well as guest judges from the design and publishing industry, including Sarah Hyndman, David Pearson and Chris Packham.