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Designed by
Bruno Herfst
Category
Best Designed Children's Fiction Book
Year
2016
Publisher
Puffin Books an imprint of Penguin Random House Australia

About the Designer

Bruno Herfst is a book designer from the Netherlands who has been working in the Australian book industry for the last 8 years. He is the developer of CoverBuilder; the InDesign plugin that creates a neat, solid base for any cover. He currently works for Penguin Books.

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Design Rationale

We wanted to make a book that couldn’t be consumed in one chunk and that had the complexity that would’ve appealed to us as kids, with lots of weird little bits that you didn’t notice the first time. We used the junk ‘meme’-type collage style you see all over the internet, and also made it echo D.I.Y ‘zines’, as though kids could go and make one themselves (we have already received 2 fan versions thus far). The book is typeset in over 100 fonts and we used scripts to mess with the rigid structure in InDesign. The cover has a fluorescent spot green with a psychedelic spot layer of UltraCoat.

Details
Dimensions
129 x 198 mm
No. pages
208
Special finishes
Textured spot-gloss and matt lamination
Credits
Illustration
Richard Higgins and Matt Kelly
Printing
Griffin Press
Author
Richard Higgins and Matt Kelly