Shortlisted Books

Bonesland

Designed by
Josh Durham
Category
Best Designed YA Cover
Year
2019
Publisher
Text Publishing

About the Designer

Josh worked in magazine design before setting up his company Design by Committee under the mentorship of Australian book design luminary W.H. Chong. He draws upon a broad skill base to offer both illustrative and concept driven solutions to literary fiction, commercial fiction, YA, children’s, non fiction and illustrated book commissions for all of Australia’s leading publishers.

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Design Rationale

A raw, fiery, passionate YA book with a fiery cover to match. A small-town coming-of-age story. The main protagonist is an overthinking redhead so for a redhead designer the visual kind of created itself. We had a limited budget for finishes (ie zero!) so I tried to make the cover as dynamic as possible – hopefully integrating both type and illustrative with a simple but attention grabbing visual idea. There is also a tie in illustration on the back cover. Bonesland is a kinetic and visually striking cover. All type and illustration work is by Design by Committee.

Details
Dimensions
128x198
No. pages
320
Credits
Internal Design
Imogen Stubbs
Illustration
Josh Durham, Design by Committee
Typesetting
J&M Typesetters
Printing
Griffin Press
Author
Brendan Lawley