‘Before I started university I knew I wanted to do something creative but wasn’t really sure which course to take, and so I began by doing a Foundation Diploma in Art, Design and Media and The Arts University Bournemouth. I then went on to do a degree in Illustration at Norwich University of the Arts, from which I have recently graduated from a couple of months ago. I really enjoyed the course and met some really inspiring people, and over the three years my work gradually moved towards design for publishing, focusing on book design.’
‘In June this year I was lucky enough to win the Penguin Random House Design Award 2014, which is a competition that is briefed once a year, to design a book cover. I entered the Adult Prize, where the brief was to design a book cover for Jonathan Coe’s ‘What a Carve Up!’ This was also a project I did as part of my final year, and was the first time I had really worked with 3D elements, which is something that I think has inspired me to explore more experimental approaches to a subject.
One of the prizes was a four week work placement with Penguin Books, which I am currently half way through at the moment! It is a huge insight into how the publishing industry works, and I am really enjoying the experience so far. At the moment I am working on a book cover for ‘Lost Japan’ by Alex Kerr. I now have two weeks left of the placement, and afterwards am going to continue to search for more creative opportunities!’