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Hope Farm
  • Shortlisted

Designed by
Allison Colpoys
Best Designed Literary 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

While reading Peggy’s manuscript I kept picturing the earthy, scrubby, overrun surrounds of the Gippsland commune. I wanted to convey that strong sense of place on the cover with a photograph. I wanted the lettering to have a discarded feel, like old rubbish that has been in the earth for ages, to symbolise the neglect at Hope Farm. So I soaked the letters in tea and singed the edges (Hope Farm burns to the ground). I did a mock-up of the full cover, working out where the copy should fall, and took my plan and letters to Royal Park.

135 x 210 mm
No. pages
Special finishes
Uncoated side = Outside cover (print reverse & machine varnish) + clear foil
Internal Design
Allison Colpoys
Allison Colpoys
Griffin Press
Peggy Frew