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High Sobriety
  • Shortlisted

Designed by
Allison Colpoys
Best Designed Non-Fiction Book
Scribe Publications

About the Designer

Allison Colpoys is an award-winning designer and illustrator, and the Art Director at Scribe Publications. Her picture books include The Underwater Fancy-dress Parade, Under the Love Umbrella, If All the World Were… and All the Ways To Be Smart. As well as receiving numerous Australian Book Design Awards for her illustration and cover design, she has won the CBCA Crichton Award for Best New Talent and two Australian Book Industry Awards.

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Design Rationale

This lively memoir documenting the authorís year without booze offers real insight into the history, traditions, and social pressures of why Australians drink. Because the memoir is witty as well as informative, I wanted to create a sense of fun with a strong emphasis on the clever title. Making it immediately obvious to readers that this book is about alcohol, the typographical cover uses cover copy to make up the shape of a recognisable alcoholic beverage, a beer bottle, which was the strongest option we tried and fitted best with the author’s tone.

135 x 210 mm
No. pages
Special finishes
Matt lamination, spot uv
Internal Design
Allison Colpoys
Allison Colpoys
Jill Stark