Shortlisted Books

Blueberries
  • Shortlisted

Designed by
Jessica Horrocks
Category
Best Designed Non-Fiction Cover
Year
2021
Publisher
Text Publishing

About the Designer

Jessica is a designer and production coordinator at Text Publishing, where she has worked since 2015. Prior to this she had a brief stint in the design department of an advertising agency and a longer one in the production department of an educational publisher. She won Emerging Designer of the Year at the 2019 Australian Book Design Awards.

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Design Rationale

Blueberries is both memoir and an interrogation of memoir, reflecting on what it means to be a woman, a body, an artist. It defies easy categorisation, as does the abstract cover imagery, which has a bodily feel but hints at blueberries (a symbol of privilege in the title essay). The tunnel-like forms are suggestive of looking inward, as are the frames. The spare, elegant and fluid writing style is reflected in the cover’s aesthetic, with textures and uncoated stock adding warmth and intimacy. It was a design challenge to maintain the same aesthetic internally, given the complexity of the pieces.

Details
Dimensions
153 x 234 mm
No. pages
256
Special finishes
uncoated cover stock (reverse side)
Credits
Internal Design
Jessica Horrocks
Typesetting
Jessica Horrocks and Duncan Blachford
Printing
Griffin Press
Author
Ellena Savage