Shortlisted Books

Having and Being Had
  • Shortlisted

Designed by
W.H. Chong
Category
Best Designed Non-Fiction Cover
Year
2021
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

A memoir of becoming conscious of living a lifestyle in capitalism – the brief was to clarify the oblique title and make the subject personal. No special effects budget so visual impact was important. It occurred to me that a purse is one of our most intimate and constant personal effects. It was transformed into a graphic metaphor conveying the title’s sense of possession and dispossession by the simple means of “negative coins”.

Details
Dimensions
153 x 234 mm
No. pages
336
Special finishes
Matt lamination
Credits
Internal Design
Jessica Horrocks
Photography
W.H. Chong
Illustration
W.H. Chong
Typesetting
J&M Typesetting
Printing
Griffin Press
Author
Eula Biss