Graduate's design lauded at prestigious awards ceremony

Matt Jones' book cover design for Penguin competitionMatt Jones, a recent MA Digital and Visual Communications student at the University, claimed second place for his ‘The Wind in the Willows’ cover design at the 2013 Penguin Design Awards.

Shortlisted in the “Puffin Children’s Prize” category from over 1,400 entries, Matt’s work was praised by the judges on the panel, including former Children’s Laureate Jacqueline Wilson and award winning graphic artist Chris Riddell.

Jacqueline Wilson described his design as “very delicate and delightful”, whilst Riddell added that his cover had “a classic feel that appeals to the nostalgic adult”.

This is the second time that Matt has been shortlisted for the prize. His second place finish gives him the opportunity to spend time on a work placement in a London design office.

Speaking about his success, he said: "I am delighted to have been shortlisted for the Penguin Design Awards for the second time. To be awarded the Runner-up prize for such a prestigious competition, which had over 1,500 entries from all over the globe, is a terrific achievement and one which I am extremely proud of".

John Clementson, Course Leader in Illustration at the University of Wolverhampton, said: “It was an exceptional achievement to be shortlisted twice for such a prestigious competition, but to win a runners-up spot for such a keenly contested competition is obviously fantastic news for Matt.

“The time he’ll spend working in a design house is invaluable in terms of making key contacts and gaining valuable experience within the industry.

“This will encourage everyone associated with the subject. Matt's success, along with other illustration student successes, sends out a clear message that we are comfortable competing at a national level.”

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Date Issued: Wednesday 26 June 2013

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