Illustration graduate Jake Williams wins New Designer of the Year Award 2017

Illustrator Jake Williams, a recent graduate from Plymouth College of Art, has scooped the prestigious New Designer of the Year award at the 32nd edition of New Designers, an annual festival that recognises the best in emerging design talent.

Jake was chosen by a panel of judges for his fully-illustrated non-fiction children’s book Resilient Reptiles, which focuses on the unique ways that reptiles of the world have adapted to their environments in order to survive. They praised his "creative approach, style and ambition to tackle difficult subjects thoughtfully through the medium illustration".

Williams, who is originally from Christchurch, Dorset and now lives in central Plymouth said: "Exhibiting at New Designers has been a really good experience in terms of showing my work to new people and making invaluable industry contacts. Winning the award in particular has been mind-blowing and was totally unexpected. The level of interest in my children’s book from publishers really increased overnight after the award was announced.

Jake's shape-based vector illustration incorporates bold, vibrant colours in a balanced and considered manner. He draws inspiration from several different areas, from culture and nature to film, TV and science. His work focuses on a strong use of characters and concepts that come together to produce fresh and exciting work, often with multiple layers of communication. Here, we share snippets from his Resilient Reptiles book, along with some of his latest illustrations.