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Less Stuff
  • Commended

Designed by
Ngaio Parr
Best Designed Non-Fiction Book
Hardie Grant Books

About the Designer

Ngaio Parr leads her independent studio as a designer, art director, and illustrator. The studio collaborates on a range of work including publication design, illustration, art direction, curation, set & space design, visual identity, and other printed matter. Select clients include The New York Times, Thames & Hudson, Red Bull, Penguin,, Buzzfeed, Hachette, Disney, HP, Leanne Ford, Secret 7 and Adobe. Ngaio Parr founded her eponymous studio in 2014. She studied Fine Arts at QUT, and Design at QCA…

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Design Rationale

I wanted Less Stuff’s aesthetic to reflect author Lindsay Miles message, that a life with less (in this case, less illustration, more white space) can create an equally vibrant and fulfilling experience. Gestural lines, a colourful palette, and minimal illustrations guide the reader through the space and their journey into living life with less. Designing and illustrating a book about having less is quite a philosophical challenge! What items are worthwhile? What items are would we showcase to throw away? How can we honour white space to honour the space we need in our lives? A joy to design.

210 x 160 mm
No. pages
Special finishes
textured matt lamination + emboss
Internal Design
Ngaio Parr
Ngaio Parr
Leo Paper Products
Lindsay Miles