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Iris and the Tiger
  • Shortlisted

Designed by
Imogen Stubbs
Best Designed Children's Fiction Book
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. She manages the book and marketing design program while also designing covers for literary fiction, non-fiction, young adult and middle grade titles. 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. Imogen served on the…

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Design Rationale

This novel blurs the real and the fantastic. The protagonist, Iris, is constantly trying to solve the mysteries around her. It’s a great introduction to surrealist art, so I wanted to bring some of that to the cover by turning the eclectic characters into artworks (including Iris herself). The setting is a Spanish mansion filled with art and collectables and Iris is on the hunt for an elusive tiger, which the wallpaper echoes. The chapter illustrations act as a guide to the mysteries that are unfolding. The overall aim was bright and inviting with a hint of intrigue.

128 x 198 mm
No. pages
Special finishes
Matt lamination with spot uv over paintings and emboss for picture frames
Internal Design
Imogen Stubbs
Sandra Eterović
J&M Typesetting
Griffin Press
Leanne Hall