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Australian National Dictionary
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Designed by
Sue Dani
Best Designed Non-Fiction Book
Oxford University Press

About the Designer

Sue is an award-winning educational book designer with over 15 years experience in educational publishing. Her design career began when an opportunity arose in a niche publishing house working with the challenges of magazine design and layout. This was the springboard that propelled her to work across the gamut of design, art direction, illustration, printing and publishing. Sue is currently Design Manager at Oxford University Press and has been instrumental in refreshing the OUP brand.

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Design Rationale

Considerations were to reflect the authoriative Oxford brand, be striking, functional, and make the leap from a traditional library purchase to also appeal to collectors/gift-givers. This title is a record of the social and cultural forces that have shaped Australia so it felt appropriate to use stunning First Fleet artworks to reference our nation’s heritage. Rich colour palettes from the artworks complemented the Oxford navy livery and combined with subtle cloth choices on cover and case components and quarter binding on covers, we were able to create something tactile, striking as well as authoriative, within a limited budget.

215 x 284 mm
No. pages
Special finishes
Cloth case 2 x volumes cloth quarter binding
Internal Design
Sue Dani, Joanna Davies
Sheck Wah Tong Printing Press
Chief Editor: Bruce Moore Managing Editor:Amanda Laugesen Editors: Mark Gwynn, Julia Robinson