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Julius Series (Julius and the Watchmaker and Julius and the Soulcatcher)
  • Shortlisted

Designed by
W.H. Chong
Best Designed Children’s/Young Adult Series
Text Publishing

About the Designer

W. H. Chong is the long-time design director at Text Publishing and designed their logo. In 2013 Chong was inducted into the Australian Book Design Hall of Fame. He is a founding member of ABDA, serving as Secretary from 2014 to 2016. He has written and spoken about book design, and blogged on art and culture for Crikey and Daily Review. He is also an exhibiting artist.  …

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Design Rationale

BRIEF: Two sequels with open-ended series look. Clever, high drama steampunk YA story set in a parallel Victorian-era London. NARRATIVE: Julius is an orphan who connects with an elusive group of time travellers known as The Watchmakers and a number of allies and enemies hunting for a lost diary / deadly orchids. Features many other weird and wonderful creatures from various timelines. DESIGN: Leveraging the Victorian-era I used a period technique — cut paper — to suggest the retro feel and fun action as well as darker elements.

128 x 198 mm
No. pages
352 and 330
Special finishes
Matt lamination
Internal Design
W.H. Chong
W.H. Chong
J&M Typesetting
Griffin Press
Tim Hehir