In the last couple of weeks I had the pleasure of meeting up with the students from North Herts College who designed the covers for ‘Murder, now and then’, in a cover competition and it was heart warming to spend some time with them. (once a teacher always a teacher!)
First I met up with William Smith who designed the image for kindle. I asked him what he thought of the experience.
‘It’s one thing learning at college but it is another thing designing to specifications and deadlines and working with an author to make amendments. The other good thing was when I had an interview for university, I felt that I had something real and interesting to talk about and it helped. It gave me confidence.’
I wish Will good luck in his next few years at University and I’m so pleased it was such a positive experience. Sorry about closing my eyes in the photo though! I’m always doing that.
Then last week I had a chat with Emma Black, who painstakingly designed the paperback cover in 3D before having help from a tutor 😉 to do the formatting. She needed to be so patient when it came to amendments and it was not until half way through the process that I realised she was modelling each image before taking photographs of it. Amazing. I asked her what she thought of the experience.
‘I looked at your specification and I chose the elements I thought were the most important and spent some time thinking about the design. I know you were worried asking me to change parts of it but I just wanted to get it right. I did find the time keeping part difficult, since I had my other course work to do at the same time, and know I have to work on meeting deadlines, but my family are so proud of me now. I enjoyed the experience!’
I am not only thankful to these students, but their tutor Ben Hogan and another tutor and friend Peter Arnold for making it happen.