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School children make their mark

Thousands of school children made their mark and got to work designing bookmarks in honour of their favourite stories, in a bid to win the chance to have their design professionally printed.

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Bruty says the innovation the children showed really stood out to him

The brains behind the engaging competition was online printing company Solopress, who invited children at primary and infant schools across the country to get involved.

Judging the designs was Solopress’ very own designer, Matt Bruty. Also the author and illustrator of popular children’s book The Book Mites & the Spider, Bruty describes choosing the winners as a “formidable task.”

“The effort that went into the designs was obvious and I ensured I approached the judging with the same enthusiasm,” Bruty continues.

From all of the entries, winning bookmarks from each class were picked. Bruty then selected one bookmark from each winning class to have their design professionally printed by the team at Solopress – one for every child in each class.

As well as the bold and colourful illustrations there were some beautifully intricate subtle designs that showed real patience

For Bruty, it was the designs that used the full shape of the bookmark to form the children’s favourite characters that caught his eye, as this is a technique he uses in his own design work at Solopress. However, the children came up with a whole range of different styles and ideas – making it even harder to pick the winners.

Bruty says: “As well as the bold and colourful illustrations there were some beautifully intricate subtle designs that showed real patience. We also had purely typographic designs, a lot of humour and even a clever bit of collage.”

Titles such as The Cat in the Hat, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory were among the most popular, but the clear winner was the Harry Potter series, with lots of wizards popping up in the designs.

If you have any news, please email carys@linkpublishing.co.uk or join in with the conversation on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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