Shortlisted Books

Birdland

Designed by
Bianca Chang
Category
Best Designed Fully-illustrated Book Under $50
Year
2016
Publisher
Hachette Australia
Design Rationale

Leila Jeffreys’ feathered subjects may seem quite at home inhabiting the pages of a book – but in designing Birdland, my hope was to remain faithful to how Leila originally intended her images to be viewed – as large-scale artworks in a gallery context. She is first and foremost an exhibiting artist. Like the walls of a gallery, the white space and stacked caption typography serves as a neutral framework in which the artwork can breathe and be focussed on. The full-bleed section openers offer a glimpse at the level of detail present in Leila’s images at their intended scale.

Details
Dimensions
235 x 305 mm
No. pages
188
Special finishes
Metallic pantone on the jacket and case. Two different paper stocks are used inside the book: a cream woodfree for text pages and a high-quality matt art paper for the images.
Credits
Photography
Leila Jeffreys
Author
Leila Jeffreys