Coventry students recognised in prestigious national design awards

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Friday 13 July 2018

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Two Coventry University students have been recognised in a prestigious design competition after reimagining the cover of Stephen Hawking’s bestseller, A Brief History of Time.

Final year graphic students Cameron Edwardson and Fiona Cheung both made the shortlist in the same category at this year’s Penguin Student Design Awards.


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Seeing off competition from over 2,000 entrants, Cameron was awarded second place overall while Fiona was highly commended in the Adult Non-Fiction Cover Award category at an awards ceremony in London.

The annual awards are now in their 12th year, hoping to seek out the next generation of designers by setting students the challenge of resigning covers of classic novels and non-fiction books.

With two finalists in the ten shortlisted for the Adult Non-Fiction Prize, Coventry’s Faculty of Arts and Humanities had more representatives than any other educational institution in this category.

Cameron, whose work was described as “a great design” by judges, said:

I really wasn’t expecting to be one of the finalists, it feels a bit surreal. I also think it’s a milestone in my career. It’s been a confidence boost and opens many opportunities for me. The feedback and comments from the judges was all really interesting. It’s great to get feedback on your design from professionals in the industry.

Fiona, whose design was highly commended in the competition, said:

To have got this far in the competition is amazing and overwhelming. Never be afraid to challenge yourself because you never know what will happen.

Phil Perry, senior lecturer in design and visual art at Coventry University, tweeted:

Very happy to announce that two @CoventryFAH BA (Hons) Graphic Design students were recognised at tonight’s Penguin Student Design Awards. Fiona is highly commended and Cameron has second place, both on the Stephen Hawking brief. Well done to each of them! #PRHDesignAward

Find out more about the award and Cameron and Fiona’s designs on the Penguin Random House Design Award 2018 website

Images: Fiona and Cameron together with their awards, and pictured separately with their book cover designs.

For further press information, please contact Hannah Smith, press officer at Coventry University, on +44 (0)24 7765 8352 or at

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