Shortlisted Books

Bro

Designed by
Josh Durham
Category
Best Designed Young Adult Book
Year
2017
Publisher
Hardie Grant Egmont

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 gritty look at navigating ethnic rivalries, fights and first loves in the schoolyard and on the streets. We started playing with the fist bump as a motif, but that seemed too obvious. We wanted something graphic, bold and kinetic, and I hit upon using painted letter shapes for that simple title. I overlaid the fists and girl to suggest negative shapes in the letters. To add extra graphic interest I created a line drawing street map that would be used as a SPOT UV layer. All illustration work and hand-drawn type by Design by Committee.

Details
Dimensions
210 x 135 mm
No. pages
240
Special finishes
Spot UV
Credits
Internal Design
Patrick Cannon
Photography
N/A
Illustration
N/A
Typesetting
Patrick Cannon
Printing
McPherson's Printing Group
Author
Helen Chebatte