Plymouth International Book Festival

Plymouth graphic student’s design to front Plymouth International Book Festival

Plymouth International Book Festival

A typographic student has won a design competition to create the imagery for a prestigious literary festival next year.

Dorothy Thompson’s abstract image of a bookshelf will be used to publicise the 2012 Plymouth International Book Festival.

Literature agency Cyprus Well challenged students on Plymouth University’s Graphic Communication with Typography course to create a design.

The organisation enables and nurtures the development of literature activity in the South West of England and is organising the 2012 event in conjunction with the University’s Peninsula Arts.

Second year undergraduate Dot took up the challenge spending six weeks working on her new brand identity.

She looked further a field to competitors in Edinburgh, Bath and Cheltenham during her research and said: “I took the view that book festivals are not necessarily about the books but about the people behind the books; people who read, write and enjoy literature. This way the designs incorporate a varied audience yet are also personalised to the individual.”

Dot’s design which consists of an abstract image to represent a shelf with the words ‘Plymouth International Book Festival’ working upwards from there was inspired by the one thing she said all book lovers have in common – bookshelves.

The participants’ work was viewed privately by the clients and Dot, along with five others, was short listed to give a presentation on their ideas to representatives from Cyprus Well.

Tracey Guiry, CEO of Cyprus Well, said: “We wanted a design which would allow us to develop different aspects of the book festival to suit what might be quite different types of activity or genres, and found Dot’s design to be a really intelligent, flexible and accessible solution to our brief.

“We hope to work with her further on how the design will be applied to the festival, we think she has a great career ahead of her and we are really pleased to be able to give her a start.”

After receiving the news she had been successful, Dot said it has given her the opportunity to see her work in a live situation seeing it through from beginning to end.

Peter Jones, Plymouth University Lecturer in Graphic Communication, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for Dorothy.  The festival reaches a huge audience in the literary world and it will be excellent for her portfolio and employability when she graduates.”