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28th June 2019
Art and design

BA (Hons) Illustration student Sam Ayres has come third place for in the Penguin Student Design competition for his design in the adult non-fiction category of Owen Jones’ The Establishment.

Sam says: “Getting third place is an amazing feeling; I was surprised to get shortlisted, so when they said my name I was shocked.

Sam Ayres with one of the Penguin Design Awards judges

“As the third place winner I’m getting £350, which I’m going to put towards getting my own place after uni. However, through the event I also met a lot of Penguin staff, artists and university tutors – a collection of contacts that will hopefully be useful for my future.”

Sam’s feedback from the judges was extremely positive: “It’s a very bold cover, full of anger and rebellion. Despite the throw-away quality, I love that this is a very carefully worked out design.”

Judge Coralie Bickford-Smith adds: “It reflected the anger I felt when reading the book – its rebellious nature shouted to me from across the room.”

Read more about Sam’s inspiration for the piece 

Sam Ayres with the other Penguin Design Award winners