Shortlisted Books

Brett Whiteley: Art, Life and the Other Thing

Designed by
W.H. Chong
Category
Best Designed Non-fiction Book
Year
2017
Publisher
Text Publishing

About the Designer

W. H. Chong is the long-time design director at Text Publishing and designed their logo. In 2013 Chong was inducted into the Australian Book Design Hall of Fame. He is a founding member of ABDA, serving as Secretary from 2014 to 2016. He has written and spoken about book design, and blogged on art and culture for Crikey and Daily Review. He is also an exhibiting artist.  …

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Design Rationale

BRIEF: Biography of a famous Australian artist presented as a substantial work and an appealing object. DESIGN: The chronological narrative is marked by chapter openers featuring photos from personal albums. Images from sketchbooks were embedded regularly throughout the text pages. Three colour sections show how his work and self-image changed across time. (I was picture researcher and editor on the sketchbooks.) One intent was to provide a parallel visual narrative, an evolving sense of the artist’s life using the dozens of sketchbooks, never before published. The case was printed with a reproduction from a very characteristic painting.

Details
Dimensions
153 x 234 mm
No. pages
464
Credits
Internal Design
W.H. Chong
Illustration
Brett Whiteley
Typesetting
J&M Typesetting
Printing
Griffin Press
Author
Ashleigh Wilson