Shortlisted Books

Letters to the End of Love

Designed by
Allison Colpoys
Category
Best Designed Literary Fiction Book
Year
2014
Publisher
University of Queensland Press

About the Designer

Allison Colpoys is an award-winning designer and illustrator, and the Art Director at Scribe Publications. Her picture books include The Underwater Fancy-dress Parade, Under the Love Umbrella, If All the World Were… and All the Ways To Be Smart. As well as receiving numerous Australian Book Design Awards for her illustration and cover design, she has won the CBCA Crichton Award for Best New Talent and two Australian Book Industry Awards.

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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.

Details
Dimensions
129x198mm
No. pages
252
Special finishes
Debossing on front and back cover to represent perforations around the stamp images.
Credits
Author
Yvette Walker