Kelpies Design & Illustration Prize 2015

A student at Gray’s School of Art has scooped top prize in a Scottish book cover design competition.

Lewis CoplandCommunication Design student Lewis Copland (23) has been announced as the winner of the Kelpies Design and Illustration Prize 2015, which saw entrants tasked with designing the cover of The Hill of the Red Fox by award-winning Scottish children’s author Allan Campbell McLean.

The competition saw 12 designs by students and professional designers from across Scotland shortlisted, including those of fellow Gray’s students Kieren McDonald (20) and Becky Catterson (20), with the winner selected by an expert judging panel to create the book’s final published cover and receive a cheque for £250.

Lewis, who is in his third year at Gray’s, said: “Winning the competition was a huge rush, as it was the first national design competition I had ever entered, and so to win it was a huge boost to my confidence in my design skills.

“I also flew back from Germany, where I am on ERASMUS exchange, specifically for the competition event, so I’m happy that it was worth the trip!

“The launch night was great fun, and I had a fantastic time meeting new people in the design community from all across Scotland, especially in such an attractive venue. The other entries were all very beautifully considered.”

Lewis Copland CoverHe added: “I hadn’t heard of the book before, but the challenge of trying to design the cover for a Cold War spy thriller aimed at 9-12 year olds sounded too good to pass up.

“For my entry, I tried to take the more playful and child-like elements of Soviet Cold War propaganda and mid-century Russian graphic design trends, and use them to create an exciting and colourful design that will hopefully appeal to the target age bracket.”

Leah McDowell, Design and Production Manager at Floris Books, said: “The judges had a really tough time deciding on their winner, but they felt that the design they chose was an excellent response to the brief and that it did a great job of taking into account the wants and needs of the book’s intended market.

“The designer’s limited colour palette, dynamic composition and bold typography come together to create a strong and attractive cover design.”

All of the shortlisted entries will be on display in a special exhibition until Friday, April 17 at The Creative Exchange, 29 Constitution Street, Edinburgh.

The Hill of the Red Fox is a Cold War spy adventure set on Skye, aimed at children aged 9 to 12.

View all the shortlisted designs

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Jenny Rush

Communications Officer | Design and Technology

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