Student at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, wins Penguin work experience with this book cover design

An illustration student has landed a prestigious work placement with a national publishing house after being ‘highly commended’ for her book cover design.

Angharad Burnard, a third-year student at Anglia Ruskin University (ARU), was chosen from more than 1,100 entries to the 2014 Penguin Random House Design Award.

Budding designers had to submit a cover design for ‘What a Carve Up’ by Jonathan Coe, and entries were judged by artist Rob Ryan, renowned chef and cookery author Jamie Oliver, artist Petra Börner and Penguin’s in-house experts. Angharad, who hails from Halifax, in West Yorkshire, said: “I wanted my design to be chaotic and nightmarish, but with nods to the wealth and riches of the Winshaws, using patterns you might associate with an old, decaying but once decadent manor house.

“The cut-up text is a reference to the blackmailing and secret notes and messages within the book, as is the scrawled handwriting.

“The lack of colour, I hoped, would reflect the theme of tabloids and newspapers, with the red spine being an obvious hint to danger and the inevitable bloodshed at the end of the book.”

Jim Stoddart, art director of Penguin Press, described Angharad as “a very competent illustrator” and praised her cover for being “full of life”.

She will now undertake a work placement with Penguin’s Art Department.

The Penguin Random House Design Award 2014 was created seven years ago to allow the most talented students an opportunity to see life in the publishing world.

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There’s a great idea – set a competition as an interview process (but not who can make the best coffee!).