Caring About the Kids: The Penguin Design Awards

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From Design Week, we learned that the winners and finalists have been announced for the first annual Penguin Design Awards, which also just launched a snappy new site to go along with it. The contest, as they say on said flashy new site, “…has been set up to encourage final year designers on a degree or HND art or design course to engage in design for publishing during their studies and to experience real jacket design briefs first hand.” The big winner for this first time out was Ara Youn from the London College of Communication for her work on Malcom Gladwell‘s book, “Blink.” What’s more, the judges and the prize weren’t nuthin’ to laugh at neither:

The robust panel of judges included Penguin’s two art directors, Jim Stoddart and John Hamilton, author Ali Smith and the Design Museum director Deyan Sudjic, who awarded the winning entry a $1000 cash prize and a six-week work placement at the Penguin design studio.

If you’re wanting to read more, Creative Review has some dirt on the whole contest too.