The Macmillan Prize, funded by Macmillan Children’s Books, was established over 20 years ago to stimulate new work from young illustrators and to help launch their professional careers. Whilst a student at the University of Teesside, Emma’s work was selected by tutors to represent the strength of Graphic Designers as illustrators, subsequently her illustrative representation of the children’s classic, ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ was highly commended by the judging panel of leading children’s book illustrators and experienced children’s booksellers.
Emma’s primary discipline as a Graphic Designer is communicated through her illustrative style, the application of geometric shapes, freehand ‘scribble’ lines, quirky characterization, bold, contemporary colour palette and the integration of typography are trademarks that she continues to apply to commissioned pieces.
It was Emma’s highly commended entry that was to become the very first software resource published by Shoo Fly Publishing. A new text was incorporated and marketed with a quirkier, more contemporary title ‘Jack and the Beans Talk’. The resource went on to be shortlisted for a highly prestigious BETT award within education.
So we guess you could say an inspirational, multi-award winning piece of work that was illustrated by a student and is today enjoyed by children in schools throughout the UK.
Prior to launching Jam Jar Studios, we supported Shoo Fly Publishing in our roles as Software Development Manager and Senior Designer. Since 2003 we have worked with Shoo Fly to establish a brand now at the fore-front of educational publishing; one which oozes creativity, high quality design/content and demonstrates that learning can be fun as well as helping us to grow.
Working alongside a team of highly skilled and creative professionals, Emma created the exterior graphics for the Seven Stories illustrated contemporary façade.
Our second commission for South East Grid for Learning, and our biggest challenge to date. Xeno were eager to launch a new ‘Moodle’ web portal to serve as a first point of on-line learning for children and the educationalists involved in supporting their learning. The brief was to develop a Moodle ‘theme’ for each of three ‘user groups’ – primary children, secondary pupils and adult.