Illustration student’s magic witchy win

A gloomy young witch, some visual wizardry and a sprinkling of magic have helped Edinburgh College illustration student Aimee Ferrier win a top local design prize.

Aimee’s design for the front cover of a new children’s novel – Ruby McCracken: Tragic Without Magic – won her the Kelpies Design and Illustration Prize 2017 and will be used when the book is published. The competition is run by independent publisher Floris Books and is in its fourth year. Entrants were asked to design a cover for the new book by author Elizabeth Ezra.

Aimee, who left a job in teaching to study Illustration at Edinburgh College, impressed the judges with the humour and detail in her design. They praised her understanding of what would appeal to the book’s readership.

She will now go on to work with the Floris design team to produce the final cover. Aimee also received a £250 cash prize.

The winner was revealed at an event at the Creative Exchange in Leith, a venue run jointly by Edinburgh College and City of Edinburgh Council. The ten shortlisted entries are on display at Creative Exchange until Friday 9 April.

Ruby McCracken: Tragic Without Magic will be published this autumn.

Leah McDowell, design and production manager at Floris Books, said:

It is encouraging to see entries from so many exceptionally talented designers and illustrators from across Scotland. We were impressed by the huge variety of creative interpretations of this year’s design brief, and look forward to working with our winner to create a fantastic book cover.