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Penguin Book Cover Design Award Winner

A Clockwork Orange

Zack Crook, a second year BA (Hons) Graphic Design student won first prize in the Penguin Adult Fiction Book Cover Student Design Awards 2016 for ‘A Clockwork Orange’.

His reward for achieving the highest level of success at these prestigious awards included a placement at

Zack said about his work: “With my cover I decided to focus on the language famously used by Anthony Burgess in his novel. I picked out words from the language, which I thought related to the themes in the book and illustrated this on the cover using my own typographic style that I tried to relate to the dystopian future setting of the book. I then started to pick out details in the typography such as Alex’s face in orange and the name of the book in black.”

Judges’ comments:

“I was immediately drawn to the clever idea of using the language as the only device on the cover.” Alexandra Shulman

“With so much symbolism and iconography attached to the story it is refreshing to see an approach that looks at the book in a different way.” Richard Bravery, Senior Designer, Penguin General Books

“We loved how this brought Burgess’s remarkable language onto the front of the cover. It’s a clever, intellectual solution and that seems right for this book. Also a fantastic piece of design.” Joanna Prior – Managing Director, Penguin General Books

“A clever and original design. It has the inside of the book on the outside.” David Shrigley

“So good to see a typographical solution, almost the only one submitted - I love the simple confidence of the design and typography.” Jim Stoddart, Art Director, Penguin Press

Zack's A Clockwork Orange winning design

Zack's A Clockwork Orange winning cover design