When starting my design I knew that I wanted the weapon to be the main focus. My concept was to incorporate this into objects which are naturally and almost exclusively associated with a hotel environment. The do not disturb signs found on door handles are synonymous with hotels and this then became the perfect object to have hanging off the barrel of a gun. My colour palette was intentionally simplified to add strength to the image and not provide a distraction to the visual concept.
"Virtually a unanimous winner – it’s a very immediate and striking cover design – we all appreciated the simple confidence of the idea and the simple clarity of the graphic and colouring." – Jim Stoddart, Art Director, Penguin Press
"Annie’s design is clean and confident. It jumped out of the shortlist instantly and demanded attention – which is such an important part of book cover design when you are competing in a crowded retail space with such a short time to grab a reader’s attention. There is also a wit to it that appeals too." – Joanna Prior, Managing Director, Penguin General Books
"Annie Kobyluch’s mix of a strong design concept and striking use of visuals and colour made her work really stand out." – Eliza Williams, Editor, Creative Review
"The clear winner amongst the judges, we loved its striking, clever design which felt like a fresh take on such an established author and genre." – Richard Bravery, Art Director, Penguin General Books
"There’s a real strength in the simplicity of the winning entry, its message is loud and clear – the viewer is in no doubt that this is a thriller. The clean graphic style and limited colour palette deliver a striking and unforgettable cover, one that really packs a punch." – Millie Marotta, Illustrator