Design students impress judges with book inspired by home



A collection of work by University of Lincoln design students has picked up the Best Student Book Award at the British Book Design and Production Awards 2008


Rown’d Arh-End is a compilation of artwork inspired by the notion of home - and the different things it means to different people.


The bookOne of the key figures behind it, Philippa Wood, a senior lecturer in Graphic Design at the University's Lincoln School of Art and Design, said the students who worked to compile the book had learned a lot about the publishing business in the process.


She said: "The students have had to act as art directors and deal with very difficult decisions. They don't publish all the work - they have to choose the best and negotiate those tricky decisions about what is good enough to include in the book.”


Rown'd Arh-End was edited by Phillipa Wood and Barrie Tullett, both senior lecturers in Graphic Design at Lincoln. They work with Brian Peacock, an associate lecturer in illustration and two external editors in Edinburgh: Alison Bowden and Ken Cockburn.


University of Lincoln Graphic Design graduates Nathan Taverner, Arran Rushforth and Rae Shirley, who worked on their book during their time at Lincoln, collected the award at a ceremony at London’s Marriott Hotel.


The British Book Design and Production Awards 2008 were organised by the British Printing Industries Federation (BPIF), Oxford Brookes University and the Publishers Association.


The award was the latest success story from the Caseroom Press, which has produced numerous books and magazines since Barrie brought it to Lincoln in 2003.


He set up the Caseroom Press in order to publish The Case magazine whilst teaching at Edinburgh College of Art in the 1990s. 


With the support of the Lincoln School of Art & Design it has grown in confidence and ambition.


Other recent Caseroom Press publications have also been prizewinners and featured in art, design and publishing exhibitions. They include The Ghost in the Fog, which achieved Bronze in both the Roses Design Awards and Cream Awards, and Feathers & Lime, which is now part of the archive at the Klingspor Museum in Offenbach, Germany.


Members of the Caseroom Press team have been invited to talk about their work at the Centre for Fine Print Research, UWE Bristol School of Creative Arts, in February next year.