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Design student commended by high profile Publishing Firm


A Graphic Communication student has been commended on her competition entry for a London-based publishing firm.

Charlotte Durling, currently completing her third and final year at the University of South Wales, entered Orion’s book competition as part of a competition brief module.

Orion offered an exciting and unique opportunity for current design students to have their work used in a series of Dylan Thomas paperbacks, celebrating the upcoming centenary of his birth.

Charlotte’s designs were highly recommended by the judges who stated that the “designs did a brilliant job of rethinking Thomas’s covers for a contemporary audience and her approach was beautifully textured.”

Entrants submitted three cover designs for the titles: PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG DOG, UNDER MILK WOOD and SELECTED POEMS.

“I wanted the covers to be contemporary and also appeal to existing fans of Thomas,” says Charlotte. “To create a reward factor for the existing fans to relate to I started looking into elements of Dylan Thomas’ life. I discovered that he really enjoyed pub culture, so leading on from that I designed a number of emblems that resembled beer labels. “

Charlotte continued, “I wanted the book to look like a special edition because they were supposed to be in celebration of Thomas’ 100th birthday. I also created a little logo to go on the spine of all of the books to tie them all together and add to their shelf appeal. The image was created from Thomas’ writing shed were he wrote a lot of his material which would be another reward factor for his fans to recognise.”

Orion Publishing Group wishes to thank everyone who entered – the standard was impeccably high – and offer a huge congratulations Charlotte.

Find out more about studying Graphic Communication at the University of South Wales.


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