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A Clue for Clara
  • Finalist

Designed by
Hannah Janzen
Best Designed Children's Fiction Book
Allen & Unwin

About the Designer

Hannah is a Sydney-based book designer with an eye for detail and a passion for books. She has 12 years experience working in the Australian publishing industry. After working in a design studio for 6 years across a wide range of publishing clients and genres including: fiction, non-fiction, illustrated books, cookbooks, textbooks, children’s books and YA, she has freelanced for the last six years, specialising in children’s books. Hannah was named Young Designer of the Year in 2012 at the…

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Design Rationale

The brief was to capture this hilarious mystery about Clara the chicken who wants to be a detective! I commissioned illustrations of Clara looking through her magnifying-glass, showing the quirky, comical side with Clara’s big eye peering at the reader. She is then surrounded by spot illustrations that reference different parts of the story. I used modern, quirky lettering in a limited colour palette to highlight the protagonist in the forefront. The title treatment is framed in a logo-type device shaped like a broken egg adding to the comedy factor whilst also referencing the chicken in a different, visual way.

128 x 198 mm
No. pages
Special finishes
The cover is further embellished with a matt varnish and enhanced with a Spot UV gloss finish on Clara the chicken, spot illustrations, title, author name and subtitles on the front, back and spine.
Internal Design
Hannah Janzen
Cheryl Orsini
Hannah Janzen
McPherson's Printing Group
Lian Tanner