Shortlisted Books

Letters to the End of Love

Designed by
Allison Colpoys
Best Designed Literary Fiction Book
University of Queensland Press

About the Designer

Allison Colpoys is an award-winning book designer and illustrator, and a lover of pattern and typography. A previous Senior Designer at Penguin Books Australia, she now works in-house at Scribe Publications, and freelances through the Jacky Winter group. Allison’s first illustrated picture book, The Underwater Fancy-dress Parade, won two Australian Book Design Awards, an Australian Book Industry Award, and has been shortlisted for the CBCA’s Crichton Award for the Best New Talent.

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Design Rationale

Because there were six main characters in the book – three couples over different historical periods – the brief was to somehow have a human element and convey the tones and themes of the book, without having human figures on the cover. I knew I wanted to do something with letter writing stationery and tried multiple concepts with these kinds of motifs. But the sheet of stamps idea seemed to work the best, as the stamps house little icons that represent all of the different characters in the book and give the reader a little sense of the story inside.

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Special finishes
Debossing on front and back cover to represent perforations around the stamp images.
Yvette Walker