Eight illustration students from Falmouth University have just come out of a really interesting and insightful visit to Penguin Books. Two of the art departments senior lecturers gave up almost an hour of their time to pass on their personal experience of working within the publishing industry. They talked at length about how they source illustrators (predominantly online now), how they commission illustration, the realities of what goes on in editorial meetings, their personal journey to become art directors and much more. We are very grateful to them for spending some of their valuable time to talk to us. Falmouth already has direct links with Penguin through our ex student Richard Bravery working as a senior designer there, but we also found out that a recent Falmouth illustration graduate, Jess Hart was starting within the design department the very day we were visiting. It’s a shame that we were not able to hook up, good luck Jess!