Swansea College of Art, UWTSD student shortlisted for Penguin Random House’s Student Design Award


Swansea College of Art, UWTSD has been included in a shortlist of 10 students in the Adult Fiction Cover Award of the 2017 Student Design Award.


Cristina Cid, who is a second year Erasmus Programme student from Barcelona, redesigned the cover of To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee as part of her submission to the annual competition. 

Every year, students from Swansea College of Art enter the award as an opportunity to build their portfolio and experience a real cover design brief first-hand.  Cristina’s striking re-design of the classic book ensured she was shortlisted from over 2,100 submissions.  She will now go up against nine other student designers from across the UK in the Adult Fiction Cover Award category.

Commenting on her nomination for the Adult Fiction Cover Award shortlist, Cristina Cid said:

I'm very thankful for the opportunity and very excited that I have been shortlisted, I still can't believe it.

I’ve got my inspiration mostly from the book and the things I enjoy drawing and painting the most, like hair, skin and faces.   I also like to use warm and cold colours on the same drawing. 

I think the fact that I’ve read this book and designed the cover while I was studying abroad has influenced a lot on what the book means to me, because it has been a beautiful and special experience. I will always relate the book to my time here in Wales.”

Cristina Cid

The winners in each of the three categories (Adult Fiction, Adult Non-Fiction and Children’s) will receive a work placement within the Penguin Random House UK design studios, as well as a £1,000 prize to help .

Art Directors from Penguin Random House will now provide Cristina and other shortlisted students with detailed feedback on their covers, giving them the opportunity to refine and resubmit their designs before the final judging takes place in June.

The judging panel is made up of Art Directors from across Penguin Random House, as well as guest judges from the design and publishing industry, including Sarah Hyndman, David Pearson, Chris Packham and Rathna Ramanthan.

Delyth Lloyd-Evans Programme Director at Swansea College of Art, UWTSD added: 

“We are absolutely delighted that Illustration student Cristina Cid has reached the Penguin Random House’s Student Design Award Final. An Erasmus exchange student from Llotja, Barcelona, Cristina joined our BA Illustration programme at Swansea College of Art for Semester 2 study.

Her design development and final submission is reflective of her thoughtful process and outstanding illustration skills. Cristina’s achievements are also reflective of the environment of our Illustration department – of our inspiring community of local, national and international students, and of our dedicated academic and professional staff. We have really enjoyed having Cristina study with us and we look forward to seeing her next year as part of our proposed European study trip to Barcelona.”

Further Information

For more information please contact Arwel Lloyd, Principal PR and Communications Officer, on 01267 676663 / arwel.lloyd@uwtsd.ac.uk