Computer Arts cover contest: top 30 entries revealed

After much deliberation, we can reveal the top 30 cover designs for the forthcoming New Talent issue of Computer Arts.

Earlier this month, Computer Arts teamed up with our friends at D&AD New Blood to provide a unique opportunity to design the cover for our upcoming New Talent special, on sale at the end of July.

Based on criteria including creativity of concept, quality of execution and of course its suitability for use as a magazine cover, the team whittled the 150 entries down to a longlist of 30.

So without further ado, here they are:

Abi Stevens

Cover design for CA's New Talent issue by Abi Stevens

Cambridge-based illustrator Abi Stevens graduated in 2011

Amelie Exton

Amelie Exton

Kingston University graduate Amelie Exton was shortlisted for an RSA Student Award in 2013

Amelie Exton

Exton also suggested a psychedelic animated version for the iPad edition

Arjun Makwana

Cover design for CA's New Talent issue by Arjun Makwana

A recent graduate from the Faculty of Fine Arts at MSU Baroda in India, Arjun Makwana currently works at Ogilvy & Mather Mumbai

Ben Pickup

Cover design for CA's New Talent issue by Ben Pickup

Ben Pickup is a third-year student at the University of Central Lancashire

Bridget E. Meyne

Cover design for CA's New Talent issue by Bridget E. Meyne

Bridget E. Meyne is due to graduate from Falmouth University this year

Clare Dolan

Cover design for CA's New Talent issue by Clare Dolan

Loughborough graduate Clare Dolan currently works as a junior designer and part-time freelance illustrator

Claudine O'Sullivan

Cover design for CA's New Talent issue by Claudine O'Sullivan

London College of Communication graduate Claudine O'Sullivan is a London-based freelance illustrator

Eric Chow

Cover design for CA's New Talent issue by Eric Chow

Eric Chow graduated from LCC in 2012, and is currently working at Southsea-based studio ilovedust

Holly Ovenden

Cover design for CA's New Talent issue by Holly Ovenden

Holly Ovenden is studying graphic design at Shillington College

Johanna Tarkela

Cover design for CA's New Talent issue by Johanna Tarkela

Submission from illustration student Johanna Tarkela

Josh Clarke

Cover design for CA's New Talent issue by Josh Clarke

2013 Shillington College graduate Josh Clarke is now working as an in-house graphic designer at Maris Interiors

Jun Hun Yap

Cover design for CA's New Talent issue by Jun Hun Yap

Freelance lettering artist, designer and illustrator Jun Hun Yap has a diploma in illustration and a degree in graphic design

Katya Wagner

Cover design for CA's New Talent issue by Katya Wagner

Cape Town-based Katya Wagner graduated from Vega School of Brand Leadership in 2014

Lewis Bartlett

Cover design for CA's New Talent issue by Lewis Bartlett

Lewis Bartlett is a Visual Communication student at Arts University Bournemouth

Marija Tiurina

Cover design for CA's New Talent issue by Marija Tiurina

London-based illustrator Marija Tiurina graduated last year

Mark Johnson

Cover design for CA's New Talent issue by Mark Johnson

Staffordshire graphic design graduate Mark Johnson is now working at the MNA in Wolverhampton

Mat Roff

Cover design for CA's New Talent issue by Mat Roff

Having graduated from De Montfort University in 2012, Mat Roff is now a freelance illustrator based in Oxford

Michael Lester

Cover design for CA's New Talent issue by Michael Lester

Michael Lester graduated from the University of Westminster in 2013

Milli-Jane

Cover design for CA's New Talent issue by Milli-Jane

Freelance illustrator Milli-Jane taught herself Illustrator before enrolling on an Art Foundation course

Nahla Watfa

Nahla Watfa is graduating this year from ACAD in Canada with a BDes in Graphic Design and Advertising

Naila Medjidova

Cover design for CA's New Talent issue by Naila Medjidova

Toronto-based graphic design student Naila Medjidova graduated this year

Neville Cassar

Cover design for CA's New Talent issue by Neville Cassar

A graduate from Grenadi School of Design in Melbourne, Neville Cassar is based in Malta

Nick Booton

Cover design for CA's New Talent issue by Nick Booton

Originally from Liverpool, Nick Booton is now a freelance illustrator based in London

Olivia Ariferiani

Cover design for CA's New Talent issue by Olivia Ariferiani

Hailing from Jakarta, Indonesia, Olivia Ariferiani graduated from Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne in 2010

Paddy O'Hara

Cover design for CA's New Talent issue by Paddy O'Hara

Paddy O'Hara is graduating from Falmouth University this year, having studied graphic design

Paul Burkhart

Cover design for CA's New Talent issue by Paul Burkhart

Based in Kansas City, Missouri, Paul Burkhart is a recent graphic design graduate from JCCC

Sam Rowe

Cover design for CA's New Talent issue by Sam Rowe

Now freelance, Sam Rowe studied illustration at Plymouth University

Sasha Seraia

Cover design for CA's New Talent issue by Sasha Seraia

Sasha Seraia will graduate from Plymouth College of Art in 2014

Stephanie Lidbetter

Cover design for CA's New Talent issue by Stephanie Lidbetter

Brighton-based freelance illustrator Stephanie Lidbetter graduated from Northbrook College with a BA in Communication Design

Steph Morgan

Cover design for CA's New Talent issue by Steph Morgan

Steph Morgan recently finished her graphic design degree at the University of Huddersfield

Tommy Parker

Cover design for CA's New Talent issue by Tommy Parker

Fresh off the illustration course at Plymouth University: Tommy Parker

Shortlist revealed in two weeks!

Huge congratulations to all the talented young creatives who made the longlist, and thanks to everyone else who took the time to enter.

We'll be announcing the final 10 designs on Monday 7th July, so watch this space. Who would make your shortlist?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Nick Carson is editor of Computer Arts magazine.