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Posted 15.05.17

Illustration student shortlisted for Penguin Random House award

By Phillip Buchan
Illustration student Paulina Chromik’s design for 'The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13¾'
Second-year BA (Hons) Illustration student Paulina Chromik has been announced on the 10-person shortlist for Penguin Random House’s annual Student Design Award.

Every year, Illustration students from the college enter the award as an opportunity to build their portfolio and experience a real cover design brief first-hand.

Paulina’s striking re-design of the classic book 'The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13¾' ensured that she was chosen from over 2,100 submissions. Paulina will now go up against nine other student designers in the Children’s Cover Award.
The winners in each of the three categories (Adult Fiction, Adult Non-Fiction and Children’s) will receive a work placement within the Penguin Random House UK design studios, as well as a £1,000 cash prize.

"It feels really rewarding to have my potential recognised." —  Paulina Chromik, BA (Hons) Illustration

Art Directors from Penguin Random House will now provide Paulina with detailed feedback on her cover, giving them the opportunity to refine and resubmit their designs before the final judging takes place in June.

The judging panel is 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, Chris Packham and Rathna Ramanthan.

BA (Hons) Illustration students working on a live brief in the college

Commenting on her nomination for the Children’s Cover Award shortlist, Paulina said: "I chose to enter the children’s cover category of the awards because I’ve never worked on anything like this before. My Programme Leader, Mel Brown, gave me a lot of encouragement to submit, which I’m very grateful for."

"Being shortlisted has given me a big confidence boost and the feedback that I received from the judges has given me the chance to go back and revisit my designs — to think critically about what worked and what didn’t. It feels really rewarding to have my potential recognised, to have this opportunity to apply industry feedback to the work and resubmit for final judging. I’m enjoying creating book covers and taking the time to think about whether this is something I want to pursue further in the future."