Shortlisted Books

How to Be Happy

Designed by
Imogen Stubbs
Category
Best Designed Young Adult Book
Year
2016
Publisher
Text Publishing

About the Designer

Imogen is the art director at Text Publishing, where she has worked as a book designer and production manager since 2011. In 2015 she was shortlisted for Young Designer of the Year at the Australian Book Design Awards. Previously she designed and art directed the literary magazines Harvest and The Key of Sea Journal.

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Design Rationale

A YA memoir about the struggles of teen life including depression, sexuality and relationships. I wanted the cover to have elements of fun while also representing the chaos of a teenager’s life and mind and the many important and inconsequential things running through it at any one time. The colour scheme was chosen to appeal to a wide audience, and the hand-drawn title to follow the looseness of the illustration. The filled in ‘O’ signifies the black hole that depression can feel like, while spot UV was used to add dimension and show how the darkness can also have hope.

Details
Dimensions
128 x 198 mm
No. pages
272
Special finishes
Matt lamination, spot gloss uv over title and author type, and Text Prize logo.
Credits
Typesetting
J&M Typesetting
Printing
Griffin Press
Author
David Burton