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.
"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.
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."