Talking about the concept behind her design, winner Sian said:
"I wanted to capture the main character’s perspective of the world as a little boy. His world is whimsical and ever-expanding, full of curiosities, just like outer space. Noting the character’s love of Star Wars, I illustrated Auggie as a duck in a space helmet. The duck is in reference to the character’s self-portrait he draws at school.
"Lastly, the placement of the duck in the centre of the page is to symbolize how the other characters in the story orbit around Auggie’s life experiences."
Children's guest judge Jan Bielecki said:
“A wonderfully vibrant cover. The level of abstraction is measured and effective and the bold type makes the whole cover fly".
All three winners will receive a work placement within the Penguin Random House UK design studios, as well as a £1,000 cash prize. Those in second place will receive a £500 cash prize, whilst those in first place will receive a £350 cash prize.
The winners were selected from a shortlist of 30 designs (10 in each category) by three judging panels; consisting of Art Directors from across Penguin Random House UK as well as guest judges from the design and publishing industry, including: Noma Bar, Seb Lester, Coralie Bickford-Smith, Jamie Keenan, Laura Ellen Anderson, and Jan Bielecki.
Commenting on this year’s three winners, Jim Stoddart, Art Director for Penguin Press, said:
“The winning designs stood apart for their unique and original interpretation of the brief, whilst perfectly capturing the themes and narrative of each book. They were all united in bringing to life simple yet hugely powerful concepts, with bold style and impeccable execution. Congratulations to Bethany, Toby and Sian for all their hard work and incredible vision.”
Find out more about the Student Design Award here.