Shortlisted Books

A Spot At The Bar

Designed by
The Company You Keep
Category
Best Designed Fully-illustrated Book Under $50
Year
2017
Publisher
Hardie Grant Books
Design Rationale

Written and designed for the discerning home. With reference to a wealth of notable cocktail publications from the early 20th Century, the design honours the genre’s historical aesthetic reimagined for the contemporary setting. The composition of photography stylised with candid warmth and softly coloured gestural illustration narrates the people focus, where cocktail recipes sit amongst handwritten bartender notes and lifestyle guidance on hosting. This rich content is curated through detailed page layouts, with playful attention to the smallest touch points. A complimentary focal typeface was chosen – “Thermidor” is a revival based on 19th Century French type designer Charles Boudoir.

Details
Dimensions
190 x 248
No. pages
224
Special finishes
Matt Lamination/Spot UV/White Gold Foil
Credits
Internal Design
Rhys Gorgol,Claire Bradbury
Photography
Kristoffer Paulsen & Thom Rigney
Illustration
Adam Nickel
Printing
1010
Author
Michael Madrusan & Zara Young