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A Stella Montgomery Intrigue Series (Wormwood Mire and Withering-by-Sea)
  • Shortlisted

Designed by
Hazel Lam
Best Designed Children’s/Young Adult Series
ABC Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

About the Designer

Hazel is a senior book designer at HarperCollins ANZ, where she entered the publishing industry in 2013. Her experience spreads across fiction, non-fiction, illustrated books, children’s illustrated books and YA. In her previous life she has worked in motion graphics, broadcast design, magazine publishing and advertising for various clients in both Sydney and London. She loves to obsessively illustrate patterns, eat delicious foods and tell cheese jokes to anyone who will listen.

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Design Rationale

This is a gorgeous Victorian fantasy-adventure hardback series featuring an eleven year old orphan named Stella Montgomery. I have chosen a beautiful Victorian yet modern font to complement the style of illustration, which is also used in the internals. The design was created with the series in mind but I also wanted each book to be a special object that works on it’s own. The internals in each book are printed in a single pantone colour that matches the ribbon and has a combination of delicately detailed full page illustrations and smaller illustrations which scatter within the text. There are two books in the series Withering-by-Sea and Wormwood Mire.

128 x 198 mm
No. pages
Special finishes
Coated Wibalin case Single pantone colour internals Metallic endpapers Ribbon
Internal Design
Hazel Lam, HarperCollins Design Studio
Judith Rossell
HarperCollins Design Studio
R.R. Donnelley
Judith Rossell