Shortlisted Books

Little Korea

Designed by
Murray Batten
Category
Best Designed Cookbook
Year
2019
Publisher
Smith Street Books

About the Designer

Murray is an award wining freelance book designer with over six years experience and has worked with some of Australia’s leading publishers including Hardie Grant Publishing, Murdoch Books, HarperCollins Australia & Smith Street Books.

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Design Rationale

The design for Little Korea was initially inspired by Korean noodle packaging. Taking cues from the brutalist style of typography and graphic treatments of this packaging, I created an eclectic visual language with a striking minimal colour palette – red, blue and pale pink, juxtaposing bold extended type with a calligraphic style, and the playful use of emojis dotted throughout. The cover is eye-catching with its striking colour combination, and confident use of the noodle bowl graphic, which ensures it stands out as a contemporary take on Korean cuisine.

Details
Dimensions
195 x 240
No. pages
224
Special finishes
Spot UV on cover's red illustrations.
Credits
Internal Design
Murray Batten
Photography
Billy Law
Author
Iconic dishes & cult recipes