Shortlisted Books

A Fairy Tale
  • Designers' Choice
  • Winner

Designed by
Allison Colpoys
Best Designed Literary Fiction Book, Designers' Choice Cover of the Year
Scribe Publications

About the Designer

Allison Colpoys is an award-winning book designer and illustrator, and a lover of pattern and typography. A previous Senior Designer at Penguin Books Australia, she now works in-house at Scribe Publications, and freelances through the Jacky Winter group. Allison’s first illustrated picture book, The Underwater Fancy-dress Parade, won two Australian Book Design Awards, an Australian Book Industry Award, and has been shortlisted for the CBCA’s Crichton Award for the Best New Talent.

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Design Rationale

A Fairy Tale is about a father and son who live a nomadic life on the outskirts of society. The eccentric father home schools his son by day and by night tells his him a fairy tale about a prince and a king. We see the world through the son’s eyes, which often turns into magical scenes of his imagination. But then things take a dark turn. The tricky part of this brief was to somehow capture the wonderful aspect of the son’s imagination, but also convey that it is a gritty, urban tale about an isolated father and son.

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Uncoated Stock
Jonas T. Bengtsson