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How to Make Friends with the Dark
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Designed by
Allison Colpoys
Designers' Choice Children's/Young Adult Cover of the Year
HarperCollins Publishers

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

How To Make Friends With The Dark is a powerful and heartbreaking novel about loss and grief. But it’s also about resilience, healing and letting light in. Mark Campbell briefed me to create a typographic cover with a similar emotional feel to my design for the author’s previous book, Girl in Pieces. And after reading the book I was keen to try to create type that somehow played with light and shadows, and for it to feel moody, but also a bit cosmic and magical. The cover is printed with matt lamination with bronze foil and spot UV.

210 x 135 mm
No. pages
Special finishes
Matt Lamination, Spot Gloss UV, Bronze Foil above Lamination
Internal Design
Stephanie Moss
Allison Colpoys
Stephanie Moss
McPherson's Printing Group
Kathleen Glasgow