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Heart and Soul
  • Longlisted

Designed by
Sarah Mitchell
Best Designed Children's Illustrated Book
Scholastic Press an imprint of Scholastic Australia

About the Designer

Sarah is a freelance book designer based in Sydney. She has previously worked in-house for Scholastic Australia on a wide range of children’s titles across their various imprints. Prior to specialising in book design, Sarah freelanced as a graphic designer and illustrator, working with clients in the medical, arts and publishing industries. She has also written and illustrated a picture book, Starry Starry Night, which was shortlisted for the CBCA’s Crichton Award for new illustrators.

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Design Rationale

This is a story about a man, his dog and their shared love of jazz. I wanted the cover to capture the style of old record covers and posters. For the title treatment, I went for a groovy mid-century typeface reversed out of block colours to simulate a stencil or screen-print. Wood-free stock was chosen for the internals to complement the muted palette and painterly textures. Musical notes needed to be hand-drawn and applied to various illustrations throughout. These motifs were then carried over to the title page and endpapers, weaving text and image together into a visually harmonious package.

230 x 280 mm
No. pages
Special finishes
Matt lamination, spot gloss, wood-free internals
Internal Design
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