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The Penguin student design award: real book covers

The Penguin student design award

The Penguin Student Design Award is dedicated to young, aspiring students on the road to becoming successful designers. The competition is a real opportunity for them to get a first taste of a design brief for a real cover. Because you have to be over 18 years of age, you qualify only if you are studying on a Further Education or Higher Education course, part time or full time, in any subject, at any level. Professional designers are not accepted in the competition, since this the time for young talents to shine.

The prize is in the form of work placement within the Penguin Random House Design Studios for 4 weeks. There are also £1,000 in prize money. For the three categories only one submission for each is possible. Shortlisted students will receive feedback and additional art direction; just like in an actual design project for Penguin. It’s this final submission that should mirror all these directions. After that, the winners are selected. The deadline is March the 16th.

Many book covers have become iconic across time. Paradoxically, sometimes it’s good to judge a book by its cover, because many of them cannot be outdone, tens of years after their first edition. Such is the one for “A clockwork Orange”. What’s your favorite book cover of all time?

Penguin student design award