Shortlisted Books

Love Sucks

Designed by
Astred Hicks
Best Designed Fully-illustrated Book Under $50
Smith Street Books

About the Designer

Astred is a freelance book designer whose distinctive work for a number of publishing houses covers fiction, non-fiction and educational, with a special emphasis on young adult fiction. She is a sometime lecturer in graphic design and was the lead author of the popular text for tertiary students, ‘Graphic design {Australian style manual}’. Astred has won a number of book design awards during her 14 year career in publishing. Recently she has branched out into illustration as well as design…

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Design Rationale

The brief was to design an antidote for gross lovey-dovey stuff. Smart and funny and cynical, this book of quotes and the accompanying clever illustrations by Emma Munger inspired me to propose creating individual lettering and layout for each spread, instead of using a rotation of typefaces. I was a little ambitious and it turned out to be a huge undertaking. But the end result was highly satisfying, with the finished work presenting as a collection of stand-alone pieces. – Astred Hicks

160 x 185
No. pages
Special finishes
Cover foil over title text (as well as the kiss mark).
Internal Design
Astred Hicks
Emma Munger
Daria Summers