Carla Sy – 2015 Young Designer of the Year



Carla Sy


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Carla Sy has a background in Visual Communication design which she studied at Massey University, graduating with First Class Honors in 2009. In 2010 Carla was given the opportunity to work as a full time junior book designer at Random House. Five years on and a series of good fortunes later she is  grateful to still be in the industry doing what she loves and is now a Senior Book Designer for the merged publishing company Penguin Random House. Carla finds the small publishing industry in New Zealand fascinating as it allows her to work on a wide range of genres; from children’s books to black and white fiction and non-fiction books, right across to the full colour non-fiction illustrated books. Carla says “Working on books brings passion, inspiration and challenge on a daily basis — there’s never a dull day and I look forward to many more years as a book designer to come.”

Judges’ Comments Carla Sy’s work displays a great flexibility and depth of design talent. As well, Sy has shown herself to be a fine illustrator evidenced by her wonderful work on Drowning City and Singing Home the Whale. She also shows a good grasp of trade non-fiction design with her skilful work on The Mighty Totara. The Naturalist is a beautiful cover where Sy has used collage in a thoughtful and elegant way. We look forward to watching the development of Sy’s design career.

Drowning City Cover image

Title Drowning City by Ben Atkins
Publisher Random House New Zealand

100 Best Native Plants for New Zealand Gardens cover

Title 100 Best Native Plants for New Zealand Gardens by Fiona Eadie
Publisher Random House New Zealand

Singing Home the Whale cover image

Title Singing Home the Whale by Mandy Hager
Publisher Random House New Zealand

The Mighty Totara Cover image

Title The Mighty Totara: The Life and Times of Norman Kirk by David Grant 
Publisher Random House New Zealand

The Naturalist book cover

Title The Naturalist by Thom Conroy
Publisher Random House New Zealand