Shortlisted Books

Broken
  • Winner

Designed by
Stuart Geddes
Category
Best Designed Independent Book
Year
2018
Publisher
Broken Valley Arts

About the Designer

Stuart Geddes is a graphic designer and occasional publisher, mostly of books, and occasionally other kinds of projects (magazines and journals, exhibitions and websites). He also co-publishes/edits/designs/prints motorcycle magazine Head Full of Snakes, and is an industry fellow, researcher and PhD candidate at RMIT University.

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Design Rationale

Broken is a book chronicling twenty-five years of ocean photography by Jon Frank. Combining memory, conversation and photographs immediately recognisable as his own, Broken not only explores the breaking wave but also the personal history of the artist responsible for creating these influential pictures. The design of the book treads a line between the pragmatic and the poetic, with simple shifts in paper and printing technique to bring out an extra richness in the black and white photography, or to note the text sections front and back. The typography is minimal but workmanlike, with an anonymous but robust elegance.

Details
Dimensions
185 x 260 mm
No. pages
144
Special finishes
The cover and one of the 16pp sections is printed with two blacks, for added depth and definition in the photography. There is also a separate, cream uncoated stock for essays at the front and back of the book. The book is bound with flexible layflat binding, to give both the reader and the photographs the best experience.
Credits
Internal Design
Stuart Geddes
Photography
Jon Frank
Typesetting
Stuart Geddes
Printing
1010 Printing
Author
Jon Frank