Shortlisted Books

A–Z of Convicts in Van Diemen’s Land

Designed by
Simon Barnard
Category
Best Designed Fully-illustrated Book Under $50
Year
2015
Publisher
Text Publishing

About the Designer

Simon was born and grew up in Tasmania. He is an author and illustrator. He lives in Melbourne with his girlfriend and a little dog.

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Design Rationale

The large format was chosen to fit in the text and to maximise the highly detailed illustrations. The research was done over fifteen years—its historical accuracy has now been commended by historians and archaeologists. All objects and buildings are in correct scale. For the human figures I photographed individual poses, then drew them in correct style and costume. Drawings were transferred into Illustrator and Photoshop. Fonts were modified to match their 19th century equivalents and original records were scanned for a period patina.

Details
Dimensions
290x400mm
No. pages
88
Credits
Illustration
Simon Barnard
Author
Simon Barnard