Shortlisted Books

Argh! There’s a Skeleton Inside You!
  • Winner

Designed by
Julian Frost
Category
Best Designed Children's Illustrated Book
Year
2020
Publisher
Allen & Unwin
Design Rationale

This is a story about crash-landed aliens, but it’s also an interactive spaceship repair manual and a scientific imaging tool for looking inside hands.

To lead the reader on this curious 4th-wall-ignoring journey, I borrowed from the visual language of apps more than picture books. Bold funny character design; simple UX for interacting with the book itself; and clean flat illustrations to give the real-life anatomical images the greatest impact. It’s an educational book but every part, from the spot-gloss hand-print on the cover to the bright colours and subtle textures, is trying to say “pick me up and play!”

Details
Dimensions
210 x 252
No. pages
32
Credits
Internal Design
Julian Frost
Illustration
Julian Frost
Typesetting
Midland Typesetters
Printing
Leo Paper Group
Author
Idan Ben-Barak and Julian Frost