Wolverhampton School of Art

Lisa Wilson: Shortlisted for the Penguin Design Awards 2016

The Penguin Design Awards aim to discover and nurture talented emerging book cover designers. Entrants are challenged to create covers which stand out from other books on the shelves whilst still appealing to the books’ target audience.

Final-year BA (Hons) Visual Communication (Graphic Design) student Lisa Wilson has been shortlisted for the Adult non-fiction cover award. We caught up with Lisa to find out more about her submissions and what she has in store for the future.

Full Cover without Crop MarksCan you tell us a little bit more about your cover?

My design concept relates to the puzzle posed by the book title and offers a fun yet thought-provoking interpretation of the individuality and uniqueness of women, a subject that is promoted throughout the book. The typography choice is representative of strong headlines and viewpoints, whilst the contemporary colour palette pays homage to the suffragette movement. The unconventional use of paper is intended to intrigue and invite the reader to take a closer look.

What do you have planned for the future?

I've been working with paper art since 2013 after producing a rather ragged self-portrait as a Foundation student. I'm always inspired by how a single sheet of paper allows me to paint and sculpt in an unconventional way and I especially enjoy mixing the handcrafted with conventional graphic design.

Visual Communication course leader, John Clementson, said: "This is a tremendous achievement for Lisa and the department. Visual Communications subjects have been incredibly successful in this prestigious international competition having had 5 short-listings since 2009, including one winner and one runner-up. The entire team are proud of Lisa’s achievement and we wish her well in the finals."

Find out more about BA (Hons) Visual Communication (Graphic Design).

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